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James thru lid - touched upKeyboardist James J. Myers, a native of Portland, Oregon, is in demand as a musician possessing tremendous versatility, brilliant technique, and consummate artistry.  Spanning three continents and a myriad of television and radio broadcasts, his dynamic performances have captivated audiences internationally.  From Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, to the Beethovensaal of Hannover, Germany, England’s Kings College, the Schubert Theater in Boston, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, and venues in New York, Switzerland, Hungary and France, Mr. Myers has embraced a phenomenal range of repertoire on five instruments.  He has been privileged to share the stage with leading musical luminaries of our age, including Christine Brewer, Kenji Bunch, Judith Christin, Greer Grimsley, Jennifer Koh, Robert McDuffie, Carol Neblett, Elmar Oliveira, Sandi Patty, Carmen Pelton, Julie Simson, Noah Stewart, Janet Sung, Chris Thile, and Renée Fleming.  In solo and collaborative master classes he has supported renowned artists Tom Cipullo, Leon Fleisher, Steven Isserlis, Fernando Laires, Yo Yo Ma, Sylvia McNair, Murray Perahia, John Perry, Eugene Pridonoff, Martile Rowland, Ann Schein, Abby Simon, Alan L. Smith, Nelita True, Roger Vignoles, the late Zvi Zeitlin, and Wagnerian Linda Watson.

Mr. Myers also commands an impressive array of studio and symphonic recordings.  In 2008 he was featured on the Kurzweil double synthesizer with Opera Colorado’s Naxos recording of Nixon in China under Marin Alsop.  He has served operatic teams at houses in Los Angeles, Orange County, Santa Fe, Rochester, “Oberlin in Italy’s” traveling productions of La Traviata, and with Ann Baltz of Operaworks Los Angeles.  Choral engagements brought him under the batons of William Hall, Abraham Kaplan, and Donald Neuen of the Crystal Cathedral, reaching over 31 million listeners worldwide.  Gaining rave press reviews, Mr. Myers has collaborated with acclaimed conductors David Angus, Andrew Bisantz, Edward Gardner, Matthew Halls, Benton Hess, Jeffrey Kahane, Christoph König, Erich Kunzel, Bernard Labadie, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Sean Newhouse, Scott O’Neil, Peter Oundjian, Lucas Richman, Robert Spillman, Antoni Wit, Duain Wolfe, and the late Marvin Hamlisch.  Additionally he has worked with composer Jake Heggie, Chicago Lyric’s Richard Boldrey, and Peter Atherton of Operafestival di Roma.  In May 2010 he had the great pleasure of meeting composer John Adams as keyboardist in ethereal performances of Transmigration of Souls with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Following composition work with David Burge and Samuel Adler (a student of Hindemith and Copland), Mr. Myers maintains a prolific outpouring of compositions in vocal and instrumental settings.  In 2009 he completed his Requiem Op. 120 for soloists, chorus, and orchestra in memory of his father.  He conducted the sold-out Colorado debut, which served as a significant Habitat for Humanity fundraiser.  In November, 2010, he completed his Three Songs on Children’s Poetry of James Whitcomb Riley, performed with the 2011 Denver debut of his Suite for Two Pianos, and an Ave Maria for his mother in Portland.  Former Miss California Jacquelynne Fontaine and Eastman cellist Sandra Halleran performed Soft You Day in 2012 at his wedding.  Dedicated to his husband Justin VandenBosch, it is based on poetry by Maya Angelou.  Current projects include a work for marimba and piano, slated for June, 2013, at New York’s DiMenna Center for Classical Music with percussionist Ingrid Gordon, and his Sonata for Violin and Piano, with an anticipated debut by Dr. Lin He in Shanghai in summer, 2014.

James headshot - square, touched up 2As an enthusiastic music educator Mr. Myers has conducted master classes and recitals at academic centers including Fuller Theological Seminary, Virginia Tech School of Music, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Northern Colorado, and Louisiana State University.  At Texas A & M Corpus Christi he prepared a solo lecture recital on clavichord and harpsichord music in February, 2010, and is slated to return in 2014.  A prestigious Rotary Graduate Fellowship supported his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover (Solistinklasse) with internationally acclaimed pedagogue Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, and he earned an International Education Grant for studies in France.  He holds degrees with distinction from the Eastman School of Music (Performer’s Certificate) and the University of Colorado at Boulder and completed piano studies with Aurora Underwood, Gary Amano, Jeffrey Kahane, Robert Spillman, Craig Sheppard, and Jean Barr.  Harpsichord and organ studies were under Elizabeth Farr, Arthur Haas, William Porter, and Jacqueline Yost.

James Myers is currently Coach/Pianist with Boston Lyric Opera, Organist and Music Director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish (Malden, MA), and Opera Theater Coach and Collaborative Keyboardist at the Boston Conservatory.  Past faculty positions were with Pacific Lutheran University, Chapman University Conservatory of Music, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, University of Northern Colorado, and Metropolitan State University of Denver.  His students have won roles at opera houses and festivals throughout the world and performance scholarships to leading music centers, including New England Conservatory, Indiana University, University of Southern California, and the Eastman School.  James and his husband Justin VandenBosch reside in Boston.