performances

 Upcoming Performances

April 21, 2017: Variations on a Hymn Tune

College of the Ozarks Orchestra
Luke Carlson, conductor
Point Lookout, MO

June 9, 2017: Quintet for oboe, violin, viola, cello, and piano (premiere)

Peggy Pearson, oboe
Catherine Cho, violin
Dimitri Murrath, viola
Edward Arron, cello
Diane Walsh, piano
Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival
Christ Church
Easton, MD

2017-2018 season: A Sibyl (premiere; Fromm Foundation commission)

soprano TBA
Collage New Music
venue TBA
Boston, MA

fall, 2017: Quintet for oboe, violin, viola, cello, and piano

La Fenice
Winsor Music
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Brookline, MA

summer, 2018: Quintet for oboe, violin, viola, cello, and piano

Portland Chamber Music Festival
performers and venue TBA
Portland, ME

Past Performances

2016-2017

September 18, 2016: Three Folk Hymns (premiere of this version)

(arrangements of
“How Can I Keep From Singing?”
“Be Thou My Vision” and
“What Wondrous Love Is This?”)
Suzanne Rigden, soprano
Francis Perron, piano
Maison d’opéra et de concerts à Sherbrooke
Plymouth Trinity United Church
380 Rue Durrerin
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

October 1, 2016: Short Stories

Musiqa
MATCH Box 4
Midtown Arts and Theater Center
3400 Main Street
Houston, TX
New York, NY

October 23, 2016: Badinerie Squared 

Mimi Stillman, flute
Bart Feller, flute
Rutgers Woodwind Day
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ

November 2, 2016: Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus

Musicatreize
Roland Harabedian, conductor
Musicatreize Room
Marseille, France

 November 5, 2016: Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus

Musicatreize
Cantori New York
Mark Shapiro, conductor
St. Ignatius of Antioch Church
New York, NY

November 6, 2016: Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus

Musicatreize
Cantori New York
Mark Shapiro, conductor
St. Ignatius of Antioch Church
New York, NY

November 6, 2016: Dark the Star

New York New Music Ensemble
Thomas Meglioranza, baritone
Rose Recital Hall
Fisher-Bennett Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

November 6, 2016: What Wondrous Love is This? (from Three Folk Hymns)

Kristin Gornstein, mezzo-soprano
Derrick Goff, piano
Concerts by Candlelight
Emily Norris Carey Learning Center
St. Thomas Church
Whitemarsh, PA

November 7, 2016: Dark the Star

New York New Music Ensemble
Thomas Meglioranza, baritone
Tenri Cultural Institute
New York, NY

January 23, 2017: Three Sacred Songs; Waltzing the Spheres;
“Cinder” and “Every Day is a God” from Holy the Firm

Mary Mackenzie, soprano
Eric Sedgwick, piano
lecture recital with commentary by the composer
co-sponsored by Penn Music Department and Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture
Lerner Center
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

February 2, 2017: Dark the Star

Evan T. Jones, baritone
Deborah Bish, clarinet
Greg Sauer, cello
Heidi Williams, piano
Peter Soroka, percussion
Alexander Jimenez, conductor
Florida State University Festival of New Music
Opperman Music Hall
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL
[performance cancelled due to illness]

February 22, 2017: excerpts from Holy the Firm

Jamie Jordan, soprano
Steven Beck, piano
Rose Recital Hall
Fisher-Bennett Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

February 25, 2017: Holy the Firm

Katie O’Mara, Sarah Cooper, Rebecca Achtenberg, sopranos
J. J. Penna, piano
Bristol Chapel
Westminster Choir College Art Song Festival
Rider University
Princeton, NJ

February 26, 2017: Alleluia on a Ground

Emmanuel Music
Ryan Turner, conductor
Emmanuel Church
Boston, MA

March 15, 2017: What Wondrous Love is This; Be Thou My Vision; Who Do You Say That I Am? (premiere)

Susan Narucki, soprano
Donald Berman, piano
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA

March 24, 2017: Oboe Quartet

Peggy Pearson, oboe
members of the Daedalus Quartet
Rose Recital Hall
Fisher-Bennett Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

March 26, 2017: Come, Brothers All; Come Sisters, Too

Winsor Music
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
15 St. Paul’s Street
Brookline, MA

2015-2016

September 26, 2015: excerpts from Holy the Firm

Ekaterina Kichigina, soprano
Mikhail Dubov, piano
Myaskovsky Hall
Moscow Conservatory
Moscow, Russia

September 27, 2015: Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift

Youmee Kim, piano
Glidden Recital Hall
Ohio University
Athens OH

October 18, 2015: Badinerie Squared

Mimi Stillman, flute
Bart Feller, flute
New York Flute Club
Engelman Recital Hall
Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY

October 29, 2015: From Psalm 116

Ensemble for These Times
Nanette McGuiness, soprano
Dale Tsang, piano
Laney College
Oakland, CA

November 13, 2015: The Call

Carolina Choir
Susan Klebanow, conductor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

November 17, 2015: Three Sacred Songs; Waltzing the Spheres; Shadow Memory; Holy the Firm; How Can I Keep From Singin’? (arr. Primosch)

Mary Mackenzie, soprano
Heidi Louise Williams, piano
Southern Mississippi University
Hattiesburg, MS

November 17, 2015: From a Book of Hours

Alexandra Razskazoff, soprano
New Juilliard Ensemble
Joel Sachs, conductor
Paul Hall
The Juilliard School
New York, NY

November 20, 2015: Three Sacred Songs; Waltzing the Spheres; Shadow Memory; Holy the Firm; How Can I Keep From Singin’? (arr. Primosch)

Mary Mackenzie, soprano
Heidi Louise Williams, piano
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

January 31, 2016: Variations on a Hymn Tune

Philadelphia Sinfonia
Gary White, conductor
Temple Performing Arts Center
Philadelphia, PA

January 31, 2016: Dancepiece

Society for New Music
May Memorial Unitarian Society
Syracuse, NY

March 12, 2016: Icons

21st Century Consort
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Washington, DC

March 19, 2016: Stratigraphy (premiere) 

Prism Quartet
Marilyn Nonken, piano
Rose Recital Hall
Fisher-Bennett Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

March 20, 2016: Stratigraphy

Prism Quartet
Marilyn Nonken, piano
Tenri Cultural Institute
New York, NY

March 25, 2016: Holy the Firm

Liv Redpath, soprano
J. J. Penna, piano
Paul Hall
The Juilliard School
New York, NY

March 25, 2016: Oboe Quartet

Peggy Pearson, oboe
Ari Streisfeld, violin
Kathryn Lockwood, viola
Caroline Stinson, cello
Tenri Cultural Institute
New York, NY

March 26, 2016: Oboe Quartet

Peggy Pearson, oboe
Ari Streisfeld, violin
Kathryn Lockwood, viola
Caroline Stinson, cello
The Cooperage
Honesdale, PA

April 1, 2016: Four Sacred Songs

Sarah Noone, soprano
Notre Dame University
South Bend, IN

April 5, 2016: “Nocturnal Obsessions” from Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift

Geoffrey Burleson, piano
Music & More Series
Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church
152 W. 66th Street)
New York, NY

April 8, 2016: Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift

Geoffrey Burleson, piano
Bargemusic
New York, NY

May 1, 2016: Alleluia on a Ground (premiere)

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
Paul Rardin, conductor
Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion
2110 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

May 9, 2016: Five Poems (premiere)

Tai Murray, violin,
Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
American Philosophical Society
Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

July 24, 2016: String Quartet Nr. 3

Cavatina Quartet
Summergarden series
Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY

2014-2015

November 20, 2014: Waltzing the Spheres

Nanette McGuiness, soprano
Dale Tsang, piano
Jewish Music and Poetry Project
SF Music Thursdays
Center for New Music
San Francisco, CA

December 3, 2014: excerpts from Holy the Firm; Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift

Ekaterina Kichigina, soprano
Natalia Cherkassova, piano
Myaskovsky Hall
Moscow Conservatory
Moscow, Russia

 January 7, 2015: Waltzing the Spheres

Nanette McGuiness, soprano
Dale Tsang, piano
Berkeley Piano Club
Berkeley, CA

January 18, 2015: Badinerie Squared (premiere)

Mimi Stillman, flute
Jeffrey Khaner, flute
Dolce Suono Ensemble
Trinity Center for Urban Life
Philadelphia, PA

January 23, 2015: Waltzing the Spheres; excerpts from Holy the Firm

Maureen Francis, soprano
Matt Bengston, piano
Penn Contemporary Music
“Wail of the Voice!”
Rose Recital Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

February 1, 2015: Meditation for Candlemas

Emmanuel Music
Ryan Turner, conductor
Emmanuel Church
Boston, MA

February 10, 2015: Waltzing the Spheres

Meredith Lustig, soprano
Michael Barrett, piano
New York Festival of Song
OPERA America’s National Opera Center
New York, NY

April 12, 2015: Oboe Quartet (premiere)

commissioned by Winsor Music
Peggy Pearson, oboe
members of Apple Hill Quartet
Unitarian Universalist Church
Newburyport, MA

April 26, 2015: Oboe Quartet 

Peggy Pearson, oboe
members of Apple Hill Quartet
St. Paul’s Church
Brookline, MA

April 25, 2015: Oboe Quartet 

Peggy Pearson, oboe
members of Apple Hill Quartet
Bass Hall
Monadnock Center for History & Culture
Peterborough, NH

April 26, 2015: One With the Darkness, One With the Light

Emmanuel Music
Ryan Turner, conductor
Emmanuel Church
Boston, MA

June 3, 2015: Shadow Memory (premiere)

Lisa Williamson, soprano
Rami Sarieddine, piano
New Music Fellows
Songfest
The Colburn School
Los Angeles, CA

June 14, 2015: Icons

Benjamin Fingland, clarinet
Stephen Gosling, piano
Music At St. Alban’s
Staten Island, NY

  June 18, 2015: Oboe Quartet

Peggy Pearson, oboe
Robin Scott, violin
Steven Tenenbom, viola
Marcy Rosen, cello
Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival
Easton, MD

June 21, 2015: Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus

The Crossing
Donald Nally, conductor
Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church
Philadelphia, PA

July 24, 2015: Dark the Star

Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center
Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music
Lenox, MA

2013-2014

September 29, 2013: Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift

Judith Gordon, piano
Sweeney Concert Hall
Smith College
Northampton, MA

October 2, 2013: Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift

Judith Gordon, piano
Tsai Performance Center
Boston University
Boston, MA

October 22, 2013: A Flutist’s Sketchbook (premiere)

Jeffrey Khaner, flute
Charles Abramovic, piano
Settlement Music School
Queen Street Branch
Philadelphia, PA

October 23, 2013: Holy the Firm

Mary Mackenzie, soprano
Eric Sedgwick, piano
Penn Contemporary Music
Rose Recital Hall
Fisher-Bennett Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

October 31, 2013: Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift

Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, piano
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

November 3, 2013: “Cinder” from Holy the Firm

Kameryn Lueng, soprano
Szilvia Mikó, piano
Civic Morning Musicals Vocal Competition
Syracuse, NY

December 17, 2013: “Cinder” and
” ‘…that passes all understanding’ ” from
                                Holy the Firm;
                                Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift

Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, piano
Judith Kellock, soprano
Music for the Neighborhood
Jewish Center of Jackson Heights
3706 77th Street
Queens, NY

January 10, 11, 2014: Songs and Dances from ‘The Tempest’

Folger Consort
Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano
William Sharp, baritone
National Cathedral, Washington, DC

January 24, 2014: “Meditation on ‘Motherless Child’ “ from Piano Quintet

Daedalus Quartet
James Primosch, piano
Wail of the Voice!
Penn Contemporary Music
Fisher-Bennett Hall
University of Pennsylvania

January 26, 2014: Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift

Christopher Oldfather, piano
Collage New Music
Longy School of Music
Cambridge, MA

January 26, 2014: The Call (premiere)

Emmanuel Music
Ryan Turner, conductor
Emmanuel Church
Boston, MA

February 22, 2014: “Cinder” from Holy the Firm

Moira Susan Gannon, soprano
J. J. Penna, piano
Bristol Chapel
Westminster Choir College
Princeton, NJ

February 26, 2014: Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift

Linda Reichert, piano
Penn Contemporary Music
Rose Recital Hall
Fisher-Bennett Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

(program will include works by Harbison, Gerald Levinson, and Copland, with James Primosch, piano)

March 22, 2014: ” ‘…that passeth all understanding’ “ from Holy the Firm

Arielle Carrara, soprano
Sarah Bouse, piano
Rice University
Houston, TX

March 28, 2014: Waltzing the Spheres (premiere)

American Female Poets Songbook project
Lyric Fest
Kiera Duffy, soprano
Laura Ward, piano
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA

March 30, 2014: Waltzing the Spheres (premiere)

American Female Poets Songbook project
Lyric Fest
Kiera Duffy, soprano
Laura Ward, piano
Academy of Vocal Arts
Philadelphia, PA

April 4, 2014: Meditation on “Amazing Grace”  (premiere)

Terell Stafford, trumpet
Mary Javian, contrabass
James Primosch, piano
Network for New Music
Rock Hall, Temple University
Philadelphia, PA
(concert includes performance of new work by Anna Weesner with James Primosch, piano)

April 21, 2014: Piano Variations

Katelyn Bouska, Mark Livshits, Timur Mustakimov, piano
(work divided among the three pianists)
Rock Hall, Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

June 28, 2014: Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus (premiere)

The Crossing
Donald Nally, Condcutor
The Icebox at Crane Arts
Philadelphia, PA

July 15, 2014: Waltzing the Spheres

Lyric Fest
Kelly Bixby, soprano
Laura Ward, piano
Bristol Chapel
Westminster Choir College
Princeton, NJ

August 3, 2014: Times Like These

Lisa Oberlander, clarinet
Tatiana Muzanova, pianist
International Clarinet Association
ClarinetFest 2014
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA

2012-2013

September 6, 2012: Times Like These
Lisa Oberlander, clarinet
Yien Wang, piano
Legacy Hall, Rivercenter for the Performing Arts
Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University,
Columbus, GA

October 14, 2012: “Cinder” from the song cycle Holy the Firm

Randi Marrazzo, soprano
Laura Ward, piano
Lyric Fest
Academy of Vocal Arts
Philadelphia, PA

December 16, 2012: Gaudete in Domino (premiere)

Emmanuel Music
Ryan Turner, conductor
Emmanuel Church
Boston, MA

December 21, 2012: spiralling ecstatically

The Crossing
Donald Nally, conductor
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Philadelphia, PA

December 23, 2012: spiralling ecstatically

The Crossing
Donald Nally, conductor
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY

January 11, 2013: Fantasy-Variations

Min-Young Kim, violin
Tom Kraines, cello
Greg DeTurck, piano
Penn Contemporary Music: “Wail of the Voice”
Rose Recital Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

February 13, 2013: Icons

Benjamin Fingland, clarinet
Stephen Gosling, piano
Penn Contemporary Music
Rose Recital Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

February 19, 2013: “Cinder” from Holy the Firm

Kameryn Lueng, soprano
Christina Giuca, piano
Bito Performance Space
Bard College Conservatory of Music
Annandale on Hudson, NY

February 21, 2013: Cinder” from Holy the Firm

Kameryn Lueng, soprano
Christina Giuca, piano
Morgan Library
New York, NY

April 2, 2013: Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift (premiere)

Judith Gordon, piano
Smith College
Northhampton, MA

work commissioned by consortium of pianists including:

Daniel Barber
Geoffrey Burleson
Eliza Garth
Judith Gordon
Stephen Gosling
Catherine Kautsky
You-mee Kim
Jon-Luke Kirton
Ryan MacEvoy McCullough
Eric Moe
Christopher Oldfather
Linda Reichert
James Winn
(locations and dates of additional performances TBA)

April 5, 2013: Chamber Concerto

Benjamin Fingland, Clarinet
Network for New Music
Rose Recital Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

April 13, 2013: Times Like These

Lisa Oberlander, clarinet
Yien Wang, piano
Cheryl G. & Joseph C. Jensen Grand Concert Hall
of the Stephens Performing Arts Center
Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID

April 16, 2013: “Cinder” from Holy the Firm

Kameryn Lueng, soprano
Szilvia Mikó, piano
Longy School of Music
Boston, MA

April 18, 2013: String Quartet #3

Daedalus Quartet
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
Settlement Music School, Queen Street Branch
Philadelphia, PA
Concert will honor composer Richard Wernick with performances of works by his students.
Program includes music by Melinda Wagner, Yinam Leef, and Philip Maneval.

April 27, 2013: “Cinder” from Holy the Firm; How Can I Keep From Singin’?

Kameryn Lueng, soprano
Szilvia Mikó, piano
Bito Performance Space
Bard College Conservatory of Music
Annandale on Hudson, NY

June 24, 2013: Salve Regina

Choir of St. Jean Baptiste Church
Kyler Brown, director
New York, NY

July 8, 2013: Sacred Songs and Meditations

21st Century Consort
Folger Consort
Mary Mackenzie, soprano
National Cathedral, Washington, DC
(also recording sessions for eventual CD release)

2011-2012

February 25, 2012: Ariel Songs (premiere)

Network for New Music
Barbara Berry, soprano
Susan Nowicki, piano
Community Music School
775 W. Main Street, Trappe, PA

February 26, 2012: Ariel Songs (premiere)

Network for New Music
Barbara Berry, soprano
Susan Nowicki, piano
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA

March 28, 2012: Piano Variations

Gregory deTurck, pianist
Penn Contemporary Music
“Wail of the Voice”
University of Pennsylvania
Rose Recital Hall

May 8, 2012: “Every Day is a God” from Holy the Firm

Mary Mackenzie, soprano
Pianist, TBA
Songfusion
Mary Flagler Cary Hall at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 W. 37th Street
New York, NY

August 10, 2012: “Where the Bee Sucks” from Ariel Songs

Gillian Dooley, soprano
Fiona McCauley, piano
Flinders University
Adelaide, South Australia

2010-2011

February 28, 2011: Three Sacred Songs (excerpts)

Mary Mackenzie, soprano; Kathleen Tagg, pianist
SongFusion 2011-2012 Season Preview Concert; 8:00 pm
Church of St. Jean Baptiste, Lexington Ave at 76th Street
New York, NY

May 1, 2011: Two Arms of the Harbor (premiere)

Emmanuel Music; Ryan Turner, conductor
Emmanuel Church Sunday Eucharist, 10:00 AM
15 Newbury Street
Boston, MA

May 27, 2011:  Straight Up

Prism Saxophone Quartet
World Café Live; CD release concert
Philadelphia, PA

May 31, 2011: Straight Up

Prism Saxophone Quartet
The Stone; CD release concert
New York, NY

June 8, 2011: Secret Geometry

Jon-Luke Kirton, pianist
Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire
Birmingham, UK

2009-2010

September 25, 27, 2009: Four Sacred Songs

Jamie Van Eyck, soprano
Orchestra 2001
James Freeman, conductor
Perelman Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia, PA (September 25)
Lang Recital Hall, Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA (September 27)

October 27, 28, 2009: Dancepiece

Da Capo Chamber Players
Merkin Concert Hall
New York, NY (October 27)
Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (October 28)

October 29, 30, 31, 2009: Songs for Adam (premiere)

Commissioned by Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Text written specifically for this piece by Susan Stewart
Brian Mulligan, baritone
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra Hall
Chicago, IL

November 13, 2009: “Cinder” from Holy the Firm

Elizabeth Collins Cook, soprano
John Clodfelter, piano
All Hallows Episcopal Church
Wyncote, PA

November 27, 2009: One With the Darkness, One With the Light

Emmanuel Music
John Harbison, conductor
Emmanuel Church
Boston, MA

March 7, 2010: Spiralling Ecstaticaly

Emmanuel Music
Ryan Turner, conductor
Emmanuel Church
Boston, MA

May 2, 2010: Diabolic Diabelli (premiere)

Commissioned by Network for New Music; one of 25 new variations by 25 composers on the theme from Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations
Network for New Music Ensemble
Settlement Music School
Queen Street Branch
Philadelphia, PA

May 22, 2010: Luminism (premiere)

Commissioned by Albany Symphony
Albany Symphony
David Alan Miller, conductor
Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center
Troy, NY

2008-2009

January 4, 2009: Salve Regina

Emmanuel Music
John Harbison, conductor
Emmanuel Church
Boston, MA

January 17, 2009: Times Like These (premiere)

Jean Kopperud, clarinet
Stephen Gosling, piano
University of Pittsburgh
Additional performances at:
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (February 10, 2009)
SUNY Buffalo (February 12, 2009);
Merkin Concert Hall, New York City (February 23, 2009)

March 8, 2009: One With the Darkness, One With the Light

Boston Children’s Chorus
Michael Beattie, conductor
Emmanuel Church
Boston, MA

March 16, 2009: Songs for Adam (excerpts) (preview performance)

Commissioned by Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Text written specifically for this piece by Susan Stewart
Daniel Eifert, baritone
Chicago Civic Orchestra
James Gaffigan, conductor
Orchestra Hall
Chicago, IL

April 18, 2009: Holy the Firm

Maren Severtson, soprano
J. J. Penna, piano
Westminster Choir College
Princeton, NJ

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  1. Hi James,
    I enjoyed checking out your website. Lots of interesting reads. We were on some concerts together at some point….I think at 10th Pres? Anyway, hope to see you sometime soon. I really like your work whenever I hear it!
    Best,
    David

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