Conductor, bach Chamber youth choir
James is a native of St. John’s, Newfoundland and James appeared frequently on stage and on CBC Radio and Television as a boy soprano and actor. James’ choirs have won eight National Gold Awards at MusicFest Nationals. He currently teaches Music at Agincourt Collegiate Institute where the choral ensembles have twice been awarded the trophy for the top High School Ensemble in the Toronto Kiwanis Festival. This season Jame’s ensembles had the honour of singing with the Elmer Iseler Singers under the baton of Lydia Adams. James holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Toronto and his subsequent studies have included both education and choral conducting. While at university James was selected to conduct choirs under Dr. Doreen Rao and Robert Cooper and continued for eight years to conduct choirs at the university level. Throughout his career James has trained students and teachers in rehearsal techniques for young male singers. He has twice been selected to present at the Ontario Music Educator’s Association annual conference, speaking on the state of music education in our schools and on training young male voices, and for fifteen seasons he has conducted the massed choir at the Ontario Educational Leadership Centre.