James has been a professional musician since 1982. He has degrees in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting as well as study toward a Masters of Arts in Musicology from California State University at Los Angeles. In 1983 Jim made his conducting debut with the Pasadena Chorale and Orchestra with his orchestration of ‘Rejoice in the Lamb’ by Benjamin Britten.
Jim has studied conducting with Roger Wagner, William Hatcher and Sergio Siminovich and specializes in music from the Medieval to Baroque periods. Locally, he conducted the Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major and Vaughan Williams 3rd symphony in the Northwest Mahler Festival reading sessions in 2004 and 2014, and has sung with the Tudor choir. James served as the Assistant Conductor for the Lake Union Civic Orchestra for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons.
James joined the Microsoft Corporation in 1999. He is currently a Senior Tester in the Office team. Jim’s leadership of the Kirkland Civic Orchestra started in 2004, during the time when the orchestra was then called the Microsoft Orchestra.
Here is the program for June 05, 2016.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
Symphonie fantastique, Mvts 4
Academic Festival Overture
Overture in G
Here is the program March 13, 2016.
King Lear Overture
Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a
Le Roi D’ys
Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78
Here is the program for November 15, 2015.
Hexenritt – aus Hänsel und Gretel
Piano Concert No. 23
Mother Goose Suite
Fairy Tale – Conte féerique
Here is program for June 28, 2015 at the Ballard Locks.
Colonel Bogey March
A Trumpeter’s Lullaby
Leroy Anderson Favorites
The American Frontier
Jurassic Park Highlights
To a Wild Rose
Liberty Bell March
Stars and Stripes Forever
The Washington Post March
English Folk Songs Suite
Here is the program for June 14, 2015.
Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 “Pastoral”
In Nature’s Realm
Here is the program for March 22, 2015.
Two English Idylls
Suite de Ballet
English Folk Songs Suite
Here is the program for November 16, 2014.
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 1 in Eb, Op. 1
Here the is program for June 09, 2014.
La Boda de Luis Alonso – Intermedio
Night in Madrid (Spanish Overture No. 2)
Goyescas – Intermezzo
Symphonie Espagnole in D minor, Op. 21
Here the is program for March 24, 2014.
Romanian Folk Dances
Slavonic Dances No. 8, 10, and 14
Trumpet Concerto in E flat major
Lachian Dance No. 1
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Invitation to the Dance