James Schmid

James S.

Tallahassee, FL

Lesson Details



James delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 16+ and special needs

Teaching since:

James (Baritone) has been working as a professional opera singer, actor and musical theater performer since the second grade. Currently, James maintains a studio of students in Musical Theater, Music Therapy, Theatre and Opera at Florida State University. As an actor and voice over artist, James has credits with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Second City, and the Walt Disney Company. On the operatic stage, James has performed with Chicago Opera Theater, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Assistant Directed at Brevard Music Center. While studying at the University of Michigan, James performed in many Operatic and Musical Theater roles. Specializing in Musical Theater and Opera, James enjoys working with any rep and is technique focused. James has received a Bachelors degree for The University of Michigan and is completing a Masters in Voice Performance from Florida State University. For those looking to fix vocal issues, expand range, or train to be a professional, James has the experience and knowledge to make you a better performer than you can imagine!

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Teaching Assistant in Musical Theatre
Aug 2015 - Present
Florida State University


Masters in Voice Performance
Aug 2015 - Present
Florida State University
Voice Performance
Aug 2011 - Apr 2015
University of Michigan


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Florida Music Educators Association
Aug 2015

The mission of the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) is to promote quality, comprehensive music education for all Florida Students as a part of their complete education.

International Thespian Society
Jun 2011

The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the Educational Theatre Association’s student honorary organization. ITS recognizes the achievements of high school and middle school theatre students. Since 1929, EdTA has inducted more than 2 million Thespians into ITS. That number continues to grow, with more than 36,000 students from around the country being inducted each year.

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Photos & Videos

Dandini in La cenerentola

Renée Fleming Masterclass

Papageno in The Magic Flute

Joe in Dead Man Waling by Jake Heggie

The Magic Flute 2014

Sydney Opera House

La cenerentola

The Magic Flute

Photo by James S.
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3 Reviews

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Jennifer Dec 26, 2015
Singing · In studio

I feel very lucky to have been placed in James studio this year. James is friendly, optimistic, encouraging and cares for his students. He has made our voice lessons something that I am excited to go to every week. During our first few lessons, we identified my strengths and weaknesses and what my short term and long term goals for voice lessons were. We started working towards my goals and improving my weaknesses right away. Throughout or lessons James was able to explain what I should be feeling while singing, how it should sound, and what goes on in my body when I am singing in a way that I was actually able to understand. This special way of explaining things helped me to make several strides during the last four months. Additionally, James has also helped me to search for audition material and prepare for my audition. James is such a blessing and I would recommend to anyone!

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Louis Dec 16, 2015
Singing · In studio

James teaches in a very clear and concise way and gives his best as a voice teacher at every lesson. I've worked with several other voice teachers and he has been the best hands down. He's really good at recognizing strengths and weaknesses and addressing those weaknesses in a really effective manner. He's also very structured and working with him has made a lot more efficient and focused with my practice time. I've only been working with him for about a month and a half and I've already improved tremendously. James is not only a really great teacher but he's also super approachable and friendly. He's someone that you could go to and talk to about anything and that's something I feel is very important in a music teacher. Overall, I highly recommend James as a voice teacher.

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Aaron Dec 13, 2015
Singing · In studio

I love working with James, he truly is a great fit for me. He is kind, and ultimately, he became a friend to me not long after we started working together. He is respectful of all of my strengths and weaknesses, and we always have something to work on, for there is always something to improve. He gave me specific exercises to work on outside of our lessons that catered exactly to what I needed, and I would come to lessons working more efficiently because of it. We always made a great use of our lesson time. He knows a lot about the anatomy of the voice and how to sing properly, but also knows how healthy singing feels, which proved better at explaining how to do so. After just four months of working together, he helped inspire confidence in my voice and performance, but also helped me identify what I need to work on for the coming months. James is marvelous.

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