My name is James Boldin, and I am an Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where I teach applied horn and music history courses, and perform with the Chamber Arts Brass.
I have performed and presented at the Southeast Horn Workshop and have presented clinics at the Louisiana Music Educators Association State Convention and the South Central Regional Music Conference.
I am an active orchestral musician, and perform with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra as principal horn and the Rapides Symphony Orchestra as third horn, and have also performed with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Lyric Opera, and Opera East Texas.
I have published articles in The Instrumentalist Magazine and The Horn Call: The Journal of the International Horn Society, and maintain a blog devoted to horn playing and teaching at www.hornworld.wordpress.com
Strong listening skills are extremely important for both performers and educators. Try some of the following exercises to aid in developing your ability to listen actively. You can practice active listening almost anywhere, and the [...]
The Alexander Technique is just one among several mind/body disciplines which can be of great benefit to performing musicians. Having had personal experience with Alexander Technique, I thought it would make a good blog topic. [...]
Just imagine – you’ve spent countless hours practicing your lip trills, starting slowly and speeding up, and practicing “flips” so that you can begin a trill immediately – you are now ready to play these [...]
Based on the title, you might think that this post would involve some sort of philosophical discussion about the nature of playing solos…actually it’s much more literal than that. Knowing where to stand (or sit) [...]
Author’s Note: I actually wrote the following post while watching the men’s World Cup tournament in South Africa last year, but as the final match of the women’s World Cup in Germany has just been, [...]
Stage presence, and the larger issue of representing oneself as an artist, are two things which I think definitely should be covered as part of a musician’s education. However, this education doesn’t always have to [...]