DEPARTMENT: Music Dept
POSITION: Private Lessons-Voice and Assistant Profressor
LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | LA 003
PHONE: (540) 432-4222
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 Purcellâ€™s Timon of Athens to 20th century opera including Bartly in Vaughan Williamsâ€™ Riders to the Sea and the Vicar in Brittenâ€™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. Richardsonâ€™s performance in Judas Maccabaeus was described by the Baltimore Sun as â€œpolished, richly laden with vivid tempos and dynamic phrasing.â€ More recently, at Westminster Choir College he performed Vaughan Williamsâ€™ Five Mystical Songs; and he toured throughout Ukraine as a soloist with Philadelphiaâ€™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 Clemensâ€™ 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.
DMA in progress, James Madison University School of Music
MM, The Peabody Conservatory of Music of The Johns Hopkins University, 2003
B.M, Covenant College, 1999
“Reflections on Performance Practice of the Genevan Psalter: Musical Literacy as a Means to Worship.” Introductions to Issues in Historical Performance Practice, James Madison University School of Music, Harrisonburg, VA, April 27, 2015.
“Understanding Beethoven’s Folk Song Settings on Their Own Terms: Removing the Lens of Romantic Lieder.” James Madison University School of Music, Harrisonburg, VA, December 12, 2014.