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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 earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Music degree from Appalachian State University.

Prior to joining the faculty at ULM, I held positions at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as a Lecturer in Music and the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Teaching Assistant. 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. My primary instructors include Douglas Hill and Dr. Karen Robertson.

An orchestral musician

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 played extensively with orchestras in Wisconsin, including the Madison, La Crosse, Green Bay, Manitowoc, and Oshkosh Symphony Orchestras, and with the Asheville Symphony in North Carolina.

And soloist

I have performed as soloist with the Camerata Chamber Orchestra in Madison, Wisconsin, and with the University of Louisiana at Monroe Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, I have presented master-classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Summer Music Clinic, at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

Recordings and publications

My recording credits include two CDs on the Summit Records label, Soliloquies, featuring euphonium soloist Demondrae Thurman, and Forbes Plays Koetsier, featuring tuba soloist Mike Forbes. Additional recordings include James Dick Plays Edvard Grieg, with the Texas Festival Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta, and Overtures from Overture Hall, with the Madison Symphony Orchestra conducted by John DeMain.

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

I am a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and The International Horn Society, and currently serve as IHS area representative for the state of Louisiana.

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