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JAMES J. MYERS

1280 Scranton Street, Aurora, CO 80011 USA

Cell: 714.783.5908 Email: jklavier@hotmail.com

 

 

PROFESSIONAL OVERVIEW

Keyboard Soloist with leading artists of our age, including Renée Fleming, Christine Brewer, Chris Thile,

Robert McDuffie, Marvin Hamlisch, John Adams, Jake Heggie, Jennifer Koh, and Judith Christin

Rotary Graduate Fellowship, Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Solistin Klasse), Hannover, Germany

Opera Coach/Pianist, programs in Boston, Los Angeles, Denver, New York, and Italy

Performer’s Certificate, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York

Keyboard Faculty, universities in Washington, California, Tennessee, and Colorado

Prize Winner, competitions throughout North America and Europe

 

EDUCATION

Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano Accompanying and Chamber

Music. Minor: Baroque Performance Practice. Completion 2013.

 

University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, Master of Music, Piano Performance and Literature.

Minor: Music History, 1994.

 

Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover, Germany. Certificate: Klavier Solistin Klasse, 1992.

 

Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, Bachelor of Music with Honors, Piano Performance and

Literature, 1990.

 

FACULTY POSITIONS

Metropolitan State University of Denver, CO. Opera Theater coach/pianist, piano instruction, class

piano, accompanying, harpsichord and choral pianist, 2007 – 2012.

University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO. Vocal coach for Opera Theater productions,

2010 – 2012.

University of Colorado at Boulder, CO. Vocal/Instrumental Coach/Pianist, 2009 – 2011.

University of Tennessee School of Music, Knoxville, TN. Interim Director of Collaborative Arts,

solo and collaborative keyboard, harpsichord, operatic coaching, undergraduate and graduate levels,

2006 – 2007.

Chapman University School of Music, Orange, CA. Piano and harpsichord instructor, principal coach,

Opera Theater productions, 2003 – 2006.

Pacific Lutheran University School of Music, Tacoma, WA. Primary and secondary piano instruction,

class piano, accompanying and harpsichord, 1999 – 2000.

 

SELECTED ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENTS

Louisiana State University School of Music, Baton Rouge, LA. Presented vocal/collaborative

masterclasses and a concert with violinist Dr. Lin He, February, 2010.

Texas A & M University, Department of Music, Corpus Christi, TX. Solo piano masterclass

clinician, and solo/collaborative keyboard concert with Dr. Shane Anderson (harpsichord,

clavichord, double piano), February, 2010, with invitation for February, 2013.

University of Hawaii Department of Music, Honolulu, HI. Presented collaborative masterclass

(Lieder) with pianist Dr. Thomas Rosenkranz, October, 2007.

University of Northern Colorado School of Music, Greeley, CO. Presented solo piano recital,

taught graduate and undergraduate masterclasses in solo and collaborative keyboard and

chamber music, April 2007.

Virginia Tech Department of Music, Blacksburg, VA. Masterclass clinician in Lieder and German

Aria, vocal/collaborative students, April 2007.

University of Tennessee School of Music, Knoxville, TN. Guest masterclass clinician in German,

French, and Italian art song and aria, April 2006.

National Association of Teachers of Singing, Los Angeles, CA. Collaborative pianist for composer

Jake Heggie Masterclasses and NATS auditions, 2005 – 2006.

Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA. Presented workshops on Leadership in the Worship

Celebration for 300 participants, October, 2004.

California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA. Guest keyboardist, university chapel

worship; presented seminar Legacy of J.S. Bach, November, 2003.

Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY. Research Graduate Assistant in Musicology; Gig Service

Manager/Office Assistant, Office of Career Planning and Placement; Graduate Assistant in

Opera and Vocal Accompanying, 2000 – 2003.

 

OPERATIC AND CHORAL EXPERIENCE

Boston Lyric Opera, Boston, MA. Coach/Pianist for company productions, 2012 – present.

Colorado Symphony and Opera Colorado, Denver, CO. Collaborative keyboardist with Renée Fleming,

Christine Brewer, and Greer Grimsley in performance and coachings, 2010 – 2012.

Classical Singer National Convention, Chicago (2012) and Los Angeles (2011) competition pianist for

Semi-final and Final Rounds, Vocal Competitions (Operatic Aria).

Opera Theater of the Rockies, Colorado Springs, CO. Operatic coach/pianist for roster of

professional and emerging professional singers, with Artistic Director Martile Rowland, 2010 – 2012.

Denver Lyric Opera Guild, Denver, CO. Masterclass and operatic competition coach/pianist,

2010 – 2012.

Opera Colorado, Denver, CO. Production keyboardist under Maestro Marin Alsop, Naxos label

recording of Nixon in China, John Adams attending, summer, 2008.

Colorado Symphony Chorus, CO. Chorus pianist, 2007 – 2012.

Boulder Bach Festival, Boulder, CO. Featured organist, harpsichordist, adjudicator, 2007 – 2011.

Operaworks Summer Festival, Los Angeles, CA. Coach/pianist 2006.

Mercury Theater Opera, Rochester, NY. Production Coach/pianist 2006.

Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe, NM. Accompanist for Southwest Regional Auditions in Los Angeles,

2004 – 2006.

Opera Pacific, Santa Ana, CA. Coach and audition pianist, 2004 – 2006.

Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, CA. Choral keyboardist, piano and harpsichord, 2003 – 2005.

Eastman School of Music, NY. Graduate Assistant in Opera Accompanying, Opera Theater,

2002 – 2003.

Oberlin in Urbania Opera Festival, Urbania, Italy. Coach/Pianist with La Traviata, Summer, 2002.

 

SELECTED PRIZES, HONORS AND AWARDS

Performer’s Certificate in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music, Eastman School of Music,

Rochester, NY.

First Prize, Kneisel Lieder Competition, Piano Accompanying, Eastman School of Music,

Rochester, NY.

Rotary Graduate Fellowship, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Evanston, IL, for

solo piano studies in Hannover, Germany.

International Education Scholarship, University of Colorado at Boulder, Office of International

Education for French studies in Annecy, France.

First Prize, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Chamber Music Accompanying, National

Level, Karlsruhe, Germany.

The Barbara M.H. Koeng Award, Vocal Accompanying, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY.

Second Prize, National Federation of Music Clubs Young Composers Competition ASCAP Award,

National Level, New York City, NY.

Finalist, Stravinsky International Piano Competition, Champaign-Urbana, IL.

First Prize, Donna and David Eason Award in Solo Piano Performance, Oregon Music Teacher’s

Association, Portland, OR.

First Prize, Joseph Fisch International Piano Competition, San Diego, CA.

Music Teachers National Association state, regional, and national prizes in solo piano and

composition, Northwest and mid-Atlantic States.

 

SIGNIFICANT PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

Composition Commissions in a range of cities, including Denver, Seattle, New York, and Shanghai.

Synthesizer, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, with violinist Robert McDuffie and Maestro Peter Oundjian

presenting the Denver debut of Violin Concerto No. 2 by Philip Glass; Boetcher Concert Hall,

Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Harpsichord Soloist, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, with violinist Jennifer Koh and Maestro Matthew

Halls with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Piano Soloist, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, with mandolinist Chris Thile and Maestro Jeffrey Kahane

with Thile’s Mandolin Concerto.

Organist, Boulder Bach Festival, with Maestro Robert Spillman performing Bach’s Mass in B Minor.

Harpsichord Soloist, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, leading continuo in performances of Handel’s

Messiah, with Maestro Bernard Labadie.

Piano Soloist, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, with violinist Elmar Oliveira and Maestro Edward

Gardner with Rautavaara’s Violin Concerto.

Harpsichordist, Denver Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and Denver School of the Arts in performances

of Concerto “Verso” by Kenji Bunch.

Keyboardist (synthesizer, piano, celeste, harpsichord, and organ), Colorado Symphony Orchestra,

under international conductors, including Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Antoni Wit, and Marvin Hamlisch.

Solo and Collaborative Keyboard at venues throughout Los Angeles, including the Greek Theater,

Zipper Hall of the Colburn School, and Bovard Auditorium of the University of Southern California.

Piano Soloist, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, with four performances of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR.

Solo Piano Recital, District 180 Rotary convention attended by the mayor of Hannover and other

dignitaries at the restored Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany.

Summer Concerts in Europe, in association with the Institut Savoisien d’études Françaises, Annecy,

France. Featured in France, Switzerland, Romania, Denmark, Austria, and the United Kingdom.

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LANGUAGES

English, German, Italian, French, Latin

TEACHERS

Piano: Aurora Underwood, Gary Amano, Jeffrey Kahane, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling,

Robert Spillman, Craig Sheppard, Jean Barr

Harpsichord & Organ: Arthur Haas, Elizabeth Farr, William Porter

Composition: Aurora Underwood, Dennis Esselstrom, Samuel Adler, David Burge

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

College Music Society, 2002 – present

Music Teachers National Association, 2005 – present

National Association of Teachers of Singing, 2006 – present

Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, 2008 – present

Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, 1991 – present

HOBBIES

Composition, Travel, Languages, Animals, Hiking, Camping, Biking, Swimming,

Zip-Line Tours, Rafting, Fishing, Baseball, ATV, Photography, Cooking

REFERENCES

Credential File available upon request with references addressing experience in solo

and collaborative keyboard, vocal coaching/opera, composition, pedagogy,

music ministry, languages, and academics.