James Richardson

James Richardson

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Main Campus, Harrisonburg

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James Richardson, baritone, is currently assistant professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University where he teaches voice and conducts ChoirWithoutBorders. Mr. Richardson holds his master of music degree from The Peabody Conservatory of Music of The Johns Hopkins University where he graduated Pi Kappa Lambda and was awarded the Annie Wentz Prize in Voice. He is also a first and second place winner in the NATS mid-south auditions and a four-time semifinalist. While in the studio of Marianna Busching and under the coaching of John Shirley-Quirk, he performed numerous opera roles ranging from early works such as Bacchus in Purcell’s Timon of Athens to 20th century opera including Bartly in Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea and the Vicar in Britten’s Albert Herring. His work with master teachers includes Martin Isepp, William Stone, William Sharp, and Vinson Cole. Equally at home in the world of oratorio, Mr. Richardson’s performance in Judas Maccabaeus was described by the Baltimore Sun as “polished, richly laden with vivid tempos and dynamic phrasing.” More recently, at Westminster Choir College he performed Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs; and he toured throughout Ukraine as a soloist with Philadelphia’s Tenth Presbyterian Church Choir and Westminster Brass. As a regular recitalist and art song enthusiast, repertoire from the past couple seasons includes cycles by Brahms, Schumann, Spohr, Holst, Finzi, Hoiby and Kohn; not to mention solo Bach cantatas Amore traditore and Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen. In February he partnered with pianist and composer James Clemens in a program featuring Clemens’ Lessons: A Song Cycle for My Daughter. Mr. Richardson is also a frequent soloist with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival where he has sung the Mass in B Minor; the part of Schlendrian, the disapproving father in the Coffee Cantata; and the Count from The Marriage of Figaro.

Education

M.M., The Peabody Conservatory of Music of The Johns Hopkins University, 2003
B.M., Covenant College, 1999

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

“A Transcription Based Upon Stephen Feld’s Ethnographic Study of the Kaluli, Sound and Sentiment.” Peabody Ethnomusicology Seminar, The Peabody Conservatory of Music of The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, May 16, 2003.

Le nozze di Figaro and the Enlightenment.” Backstage at The Peabody Opera: Peabody Elderhostel Lecture, The Peabody Conservatory of Music of The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, May 9, 2003.

“The Unappreciated Ingenuity of the English Libretto for Haydn’s The Creation.” Oratorio at The Peabody: Peabody Elderhostel Lecture, The Peabody Conservatory of Music of The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, May 6, 2002.

Exhibits, Performances and Productions

(May 12, 2013) vocalist for The Rocktown Consort, a chamber vocal ensemble; Community Mennonite Church.

(March 15, 2013) vocalist for The Rocktown Consort, a chamber vocal ensemble; EMU Music Faculty Artist Series.

(February 22, 2013) baritone for a solo recital featuring Holst’s Vedic Hymns, Set One; Brahms’ Vier ernste Gesänge; Ravel’s Cinq mélodies populaires grecques; and arias by Donizetti, Gilbert & Sullivan, and Rodgers & Hammerstein; accompanied by Jim Clemens, piano; EMU Music Faculty Artist Series.

(December 9, 2013) vocalist for Rejoice, an evening of Advent and Christmas music; The Rocktown Consort, a chamber vocal ensemble.

(November 10, 2012) bass soloist for Haydn’s Mass No. 9 in D Minor, Missa in Angustiis/Lord Nelson, H. 22/11; EMU Annual Gala Concert.

(November 10, 2012) prepared ChoirWithoutBorders and soloists for the EMU music department’s Annual Gala Concert.

(June 17, 2012) bass for J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 34, O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe; Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.

(June 10, 2012) baritone for J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor; Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.

(May 1, 2012) vocalist for In Springtime…, a varied program of “spring” related music; The Rocktown Consort, a chamber vocal ensemble.

(March 11, 2012) vocalist for a Choral Evensong at Emmanuel Episcopal Church; The Rocktown Consort, a chamber vocal ensemble.

(February 17, 2012) baritone for a solo recital featuring songs and arias by Hoiby, Britten, and Bernstein; Paul Bowles’ Blue Mountain Ballads; and James Clemens’ Lessons: A Song Cycle for My Daughter; accompanied by Jim Clemens, piano; EMU Music Faculty Artist Series.

(December 13, 2012) vocalist for Hodie Christus Natus est, an evening of Christmas music; The Rocktown Consort, a chamber vocal ensemble.

(November 12, 2011) prepared ChoirWithoutBorders and soloists for the EMU music department’s Annual Gala Concert featuring Mozart’s Requiem.

(June 18, 2011) Count in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro; Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.

(February 19, 2011) baritone for a solo recital featuring J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 203, Amore traditore; Louis Spohr’s six lieder for baritone, violin, and piano; and Steven Mark Kohn’s American folk song settings; accompanied by Lynne Mackey, harpsichord and piano, and Joan Griffing, violin; EMU Music Faculty Artist Series.

(December 9, 2010) baritone for Hark! The Glad Sound!: A Celebration of Advent, a varied program of Advent and Christmas carols arranged and sung by James Richardson and Shannon Kiser; Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, Marriottsville, MD.

(October 15, 16, 21, 22, & 21, 2010) Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof; guest artist with Eastern Mennonite High School.

(June 20, 2010) bass for J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 39, Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot; Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.

(June 19, 2010) baritone for Mozart’s duet “La ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni; Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.

(June 18, 2010) Schlendrian, the disapproving father in J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 211 (Coffee Cantata); Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.

(April 18, 2010) conducted Christian Journey: From Darkness into Light, a spring concert featuring ChoirWithoutBorders and the Cantemus Chamber Choir; EMU.

(March 18, 2010) baritone for A Journey Through the Psalms: A Lenten Noon Recital featuring excerpts from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion including “Mache dich, mein Herze, rein;” Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, Harrisonburg, VA.

(March 7-9, 2010) conducted the Cantemus Chamber Choir in several performances as part of a spring choir tour in Sarasota, FL; Bay Shore Mennonite Church, Newtown Gospel Chapel, Sarasota Christian School, Sunnyside Retirement Village, and the Eastern Mennonite University Appreciation Banquet.

(February 12, 2010) baritone for a solo recital featuring Schumann’s Liederkreis, Op. 39, Hoiby’s Last Letter Home, and Finzi’s Let Us Garlands Bring accompanied by Lynne Mackey, piano; EMU Music Faculty Artist Series.

(December 10, 2009) baritone for Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus: A Celebration of Advent, a varied program of Advent and Christmas carols arranged and sung by James Richardson and Shannon Kiser; Chapelgate Christian Academy, Marriottsville, MD.

(April 21, 2009) baritone for All Things Baritone: A Recital of Arias, Duets, and Part-songs also featuring Shannon Kiser, baritone and Lynne Mackey, piano; EMU Music Faculty Artist Series.

(April 17, 2009) bass for J.S. Bach’s solo cantata No. 56 Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen; EMU Conducting Recital.

(April 10, 2009) baritone for The Seven Last Words of Christ, a cantata for Good Friday by Théodore Dubois; Good Friday Tenebrae Service; Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, Harrisonburg, VA.

(March 26-28 & April 2-5, 2009) music director for Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe; EMU Theater.

(January 6, 2009) bass for Handel’s Messiah; A Community Epiphany Service; Parkview Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA.

(December 12, 2008) baritone for I Wonder As I Wander: A Celebration of Advent, a varied program of Advent and Christmas carols arranged and sung by James Richardson and Shannon Kiser; Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg, VA.

(December 11, 2008) baritone for I Wonder As I Wander: A Celebration of Advent; Chapelgate Christian Academy, Marriottsville, MD.

(November 22, 2008) bass for Handel’s Jubilate for the Peace of Utrecht and José María Vitier’s Misa Cubana; EMU Gala November Concert.

(October 11, 2008) baritone for Encore! Music Department Recital featuring selections from Old American Songs by Aaron Copland and “Soliloquy” from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel accompanied by Lynne Mackey, piano; EMU Homecoming.

Church, Community and Professional Service

(2012 – present) serve on the community advisory board for the Harrisonburg City Schools’ new Fine Arts Academy.

(2011 – present) weekly lead singing and teach Sunday school; assist the pastor and church accompanist with musical preparation for worship; Christ Presbyterian Church; Harrisonburg, VA.

(2011 – 2012) weekly lead singing and a study on church music for a small-group, Bible study for members of Christ Presbyterian Church; Harrisonburg, VA.

(April 12, 2013) music judge for solo vocalists and small choral ensembles at the Association of Christian Schools International Music Festival hosted by Blue Ridge Christian School at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, Bridgewater, VA.

(February 16, 2012) voice masterclass for the studio of Lisa Updike.

(May 6, 2012) vocalist for Choral Vespers at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community; The Rocktown Consort, a chamber vocal ensemble.

(April 22, 2012) conducted ChoirWithoutBorders in Sunday morning worship at New Hope United Methodist Church; New Hope, VA.

(March 23, 2012) music judge for solo vocalists and small choral ensembles at the Association of Christian Schools International Music Festival hosted by Blue Ridge Christian School at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, Bridgewater, VA.

(March 11, 2012) vocalist for a Choral Evensong at Emmanuel Episcopal Church; The Rocktown Consort, a chamber vocal ensemble.

(November 5, 2011) music judge for the Virginia, District V Choir Auditions hosted by Fort Defiance High School; Fort Defiance, VA.

(May 25, 2011) led a choral music workshop on American hymnody at Trinity Presbyterian Church; Charlottesville, VA.

(April 4-5, 2011) music judge and clinician for a regional Christian school, choral music festival hosted by Fredericksburg Christian Schools; Fredericksburg, VA.

(March 25, 2011) music judge for solo vocalists and small choral ensembles at the Association of Christian Schools International Music Festival hosted by Blue Ridge Christian School at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, Bridgewater, VA.

(January 30, 2011) music judge for The 63rd Bland Music Scholarship Contest; Zone I, Region II, Greene and Madison Counties; Ruckersville, VA.

(November 6, 2010) music judge for the District V Choir Auditions hosted by Wilson Memorial High School; Fishersville, VA.

(June 13-20, 2010) gave a series of concert lectures as part of the Shenandaoh Valley Bach Festival Exploritas program.

(April 9, 2010) music judge for solo vocalists and small choral ensembles at the Association of Christian Schools International Music Festival hosted by Blue Ridge Christian School at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, Bridgewater, VA.

(March 20, 2010) music judge for the 2010 District V Choral Festival hosted by Harrisonburg High School; Harrisonburg, VA.

(February 21, 2010) music judge for The 62nd Bland Music Scholarship Contest; Zone I, Region II, Greene and Madison Counties; Ruckersville, VA.

(December 10, 2009) sang and led worship in chapel at Chapelgate Christian Academy, Marriottsville, MD.

(October 20, 2009) led and conducted a workshop with the Fort Defiance High School’s male choral ensembles; Fort Defiance, VA.

(March 30, 2009) speaker for the 2009 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony at Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg, VA.

(March 20, 2009) music judge for solo vocalists and small choral ensembles at the Association of Christian Schools International Music Festival hosted by Blue Ridge Christian School at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, Bridgewater, VA.

(February 6, 2009) speech and debate judge for the Shenandoah Christian Forensics regional qualifying tournament for the national tournament of the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association; held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Harrisonburg, VA.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Elected a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society by the Epsilon Omicron Chapter; Baltimore, MD, 2003.

Annie Wentz Prize in Voice; The Peabody Conservatory of Music of The Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, MD, 2003.

First Place Winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing; Mid-South Regional Auditions, 1997.

Second Place Winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing; Mid-South Regional Auditions, 1996.

Critical Commentary
Mr. Richardson’s singing in Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus was described by the Baltimore Sun music critic, Tim Smith, as “polished, richly laden with vivid tempos and dynamic phrasing.”

Phyllis Bryn-Julson called his performance in Albert Herring “wonderful! He portrayed the character with utmost wit and intelligence, paying special attention to the many details of the role, while keeping such wonderful warmth in the voice the entire time.”

Professional Memberships

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Professional Conferences Attended

(June 17-22, 2012) The Society for Scriptural Reasoning, The Music of Scripture; University of Virginia, George Mason University, and Eastern Mennonite University.

(July 2-6, 2010) The National Association of Teachers of Singing, 51st National Conference; Salt Lake City, UT.

New Courses Taught

(Spring 2012) American Popular Music

(Summer 2011) Bach Festival Course for the Adult Degree Completion Program

(Spring 2011) Child and Adolescent Voice

(Spring 2010) Listening to Film

(Spring 2010) Cantemus Chamber Choir

EMU Service

(2012 – present) serve on the board for the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir.

(2012 – present) serve on the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir search committee for a musical director.

(2012 – present) teach private voice to select students of the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir.

(2010 – present) serve on the Undergraduate Enrollment Strategies Committee.

(2009 – present) faculty representative on the board of ENCORE!, an alumni support network for the music department.

(2008 – present) serve on the music department’s Scholarship/Audition Committee.

(Fall 2012 – Spring 2013) senior class advisor.

(Fall 2012 – Spring 2013) chaired the music department’s search committee for a new piano faculty member.

(Fall 2012 – Spring 2013) served on the theater department’s search committee for a new faculty member.

(Spring 2013) elected to faculty senate.

(Fall 2012) music department chair.

(May 17, 2013) music department representative for SOAR.

(April 27, 2013) oversaw the music department’s Commencement Concert.

(April 27, 2013) read scripture as part of the Baccalaureate Service.

(April 22, 2013) participated in a “Reformation Era Denominations Panel” representing a Reformed, Calvinist, Presbyterian view as part of the history department’s HIST 362, Renaissance and Reformation Europe.

(April 12, 2013) conducted ChoirWithoutBorders at the International Banquet.

(March 22, 2013) served as the head judge for the C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest.

(February 27, 2013) conducted ChoirWithoutBorders in chapel and led singing.

(November 16, 2012) music department representative for the second campus visit.

(November 8, 2012) prepared and wrote a “curriculum proposal” for the music department concerning the creation of two new choirs (a male and female ensemble). The proposal was approved the following spring semester in preparation for the 2013-2014 academic year.

(October 29, 2012) presented a lecture on the African-American spiritual for the language and literature department’s LIT 320, Beginnings of the African-American Tradition.

(October 26, 2012) music department representative for the first campus visit.

(October 25, 2012) “Landscape of Music” lecture on Verdi’s Otello in preparation for our department’s field trip.

(October 13, 2012) gave a welcome and music department update as part of the homecoming, ENCORE! dessert/reception and concert.

(August 1, 2012) designed and updated a new ENCORE! brochure.

(May 19, 2012) music department representative for SOAR.

(May 3, 2012) led singing and worship for the Faculty Staff Conference and Annual Recognition Luncheon.

(March 30, 2012) led singing and worship in the Writers Read chapel.

(March 26, 2012) served as the head judge for the C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest.

(December 12, 2011) conducted ChoirWithoutBorders in EMU’s annual Christmas service, Mary’s Child.

(November 2, 2011) undergraduate faculty representative for the Humanitarian Studies Task Force.

(October 15, 2011) gave a music department update as part of the homecoming, ENCORE! luncheon/program.

(September 21, 2011) Conducted ChoirWithoutBorders in chapel.