Friday Musicale is proud to welcome vocalist Dr. James Hall, a faculty member in the UNF School of Music recently awarded with the Gerson Yessin Distinguished Professorship, along with pianist Michael Landrum. Hall enjoys an active and varied performing career that includes opera, oratorio, chamber music and solo recital. A specialist in high tenor repertoire, Hall is frequently called upon as tenor soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana. He has performed to rave reviews in some of the nation’s most prominent concert halls.Consistently praised for his soaring upper register and vocal beauty, Hall has appeared in concert halls throughout the United States and abroad. Most recently, he was a featured guest artist at the Gwyl Beaumaris Festival in Beaumaris, Wales, United Kingdom.
Well-regarded as an accomplished vocal pedagogue, Hall has presented numerous lectures and guest master classes at universities and music conferences throughout the world. In 2015, Hall joined the summer faculty at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. Students under his tutelage have been accepted to the nation’s leading conservatories, including The Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and the Shepherd School of Music, to name a few. Hall is a graduate of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and the Maryland Opera Studio.
Michael Landrum – A native of Augusta, Georgia, Michael Landrum received the Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College and the Master of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts. After completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from Temple University, he became Professor of Music and Film Studies at Roberts Wesleyan University, a position from which he retired in December of 2017.
A past first-prize winner in the J.S. Bach International Competition for Pianists in Washington, D.C., he has performed widely in that area, both with orchestra, including the Baltimore Symphony, and as a solo recitalist. In the Upstate New York area, he has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and at numerous colleges and universities. He has had an active career in chamber music, as well, having often performed with the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester. In late August of 2012, his double-disc Nocturne CD was released on the Sono Luminus label. It was selected as “CD Pick of the Week” on radio station WETA in Washington, D.C., and “Album of the Week” on KDFC in San Francisco and WQXR in New York City.