James Jenkins is an active collaborative pianist, vocal coach, and composer. A former resident of the Washington, DC area, James has performed in many of Washington’s most prestigious venues, including the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Arts Club of Washington, Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, the Embassy of Luxembourg, the Strathmore Mansion, and the Washington National Cathedral. He was also the pianist for the award-winning Thomas Circle Singers from 2007-2012, during which they premiered works by American composers Gwyneth Walker and Blake Henson.
From 2012 to 2015, as a resident of central Ohio, James worked with numerous professional organizations including Opera Columbus, Opera Project Columbus, the Carpe Diem String Quartet and Columbus Dance Theatre, and was a freelance pianist and vocal coach at The Ohio State University and a staff accompanist for Ohio Wesleyan University. During the summer of 2015 he was an accompanist and vocal coach at Härnösand Opera Academy and Festival in Härnösand, Sweden, where he had the pleasure of accompanying the legendary tenor George Shirley in recital. During the summers of 2007-2009 he accompanied and assisted distinguished artists and conductors in workshops at Westminster Choir College, including singers Julianne Baird and Elem Eley, and conductors James Jordan, Weston Noble, Joe Miller and Bruce Chamberlain.
James especially enjoys composing art song. His song set The Living Root was premiered at historic St Margaret’s Church in Annapolis, MD in 2011 and selections performed in 2015 at the Alba Music Festival in Italy. Mr. Jenkins received his M.M. in collaborative piano from the University of Maryland, College Park and his B.M. in piano performance from Stetson University.