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February 23, 2013 at 7PM
One Voice
A concert to benefit scholarship funds of the Trenton Children’s Chorus and Westminster Conservatory

Nassau Presbyterian Church
61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ
Free Admission
Scott Tixier, jazz violin; Judith Bettina, soprano; James Goldsworthy, piano; James Day, guitar; Festival Winds; Trenton Children’s Chorus; Westminster Conservatory Children’s Choir

April 2, 2013 at 8PM
TCNJ Contemporary Ensemble
Featuring TCNJ Faculty and Guest Artists
Mayo Concert Hall
The College of New Jersey
Free Admission

New York Summer Music Festival (NYSMF)
Classical Guitar Institute, Guest Artist, July 13, 2012
For young musicians ages 11-25

For more informationvisit NYSFM.org

May 5, 2012
Wall Guitar Fest
Wall High School, Wall, NJ
Featuring Carlos Barbosa-Lima, James Day, Mayes Duo
Works by Karmon, Lansky, Moreno-Torroba
James Day, guitar

October 21, 2011
College Music Society National Conference, Richmond, VA
Lecture: "Affective Experiences: Community Cultural Development and Higher Education"

July 18 - Aug. 29, 2011
2011 Australia Endeavor Award

Residency and collaboration in community arts

Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Faculty of the VCA and Music, University of Melbourne

July 12, 2011
Trenton Harmonies
Lecture: "Trenton Harmonies: Explorations of Community and Local Music Culture"
Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, Trenton, NJ

April 2, 2011 at 6pm
Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts
Songs of the Spanish Renaissance
Music by Juan Del Encina and Miguel De Fuenllana
Diane Aragona, soprano
James Day, guitar

February 11, 2011 at 12pm
Rider University Art Gallery
Seymour Barab: Bagatelles
Nancy Froysland-Hoerl, soprano
Tim Urban, recorder
James Day, guitar

Nov. 29, 2010 at 1:30pm
Composing for the Guitar
Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia
Discussion and Performance
Eric Sessler, composer
James M. Day, guitar
Works by Karmon, Lanksy and others

Nov. 14, 2010 at 3pm
PCGS Pro Members Recital
Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society
Michael Karmon: Rain (2009, World-Premiere)
Paul Lanksy: Roll-Out (2008)
other performers and works as well

Nov. 13, 2010 at 2:30pm
TCNJ Faculty Recital
Mayo Concert Hall
Works by Michael Karmon, Lansky, and Lentini
This is a feature event of the 2010 TCNJ Audition Workshop

October 16, 2010 at 6pm
Paul Recital Hall
Juilliard Pre-College Division

Music of Eric Sessler
Good Words to You (2008)
Judith Bettina, soprano
James Day, guitar

October 10, 2010 at 8pm
TCNJ Faculty Gala
Mayo Concert Hall
Karmon: selections from Rain (2009)

September 18, 2010 at 3pm
Outdoor Cafe
Fine Arts Festival

Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
Music of Milan, Villa-Lobos, Lauro and others

April 10, 2010
The Trenton Children's Chorus: One Voice
Princeton University Chapel
Princeton University
with Guest Choral Groups, Instrumentalists and Soloists
Fancisco J. Nunez, conductor

Nunez: Criome Mi Madre
Guest soloist, James Day, guitar

March 28, 2010
Shakespeare in Song
Westminster Conservatory Faculty Recital
Bristol Chapel, Westminster College of the Arts
Rider University

Danielle Sinclair, soprano
Denise Mihalik, mezzo-soprano
Tim Urban, baritone
James Day, guitar
Kathy Shanlkin, piano
Michael Jacobsen, piano

March 5, 2010
College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Conference
Appalachian State University
Lecture-Recital: "Liederkomposition im höheren Sinne": Gottfried Weber as Lieder Composer
with Nicholas Dogas, baritone and student collaborator

February 6, 2010 at 8pm
Westminster Faculty Recital
Westminster College of the Arts, Rider University
Contrasts in Sound
Music of Lansky, Sessler and others
Judith Bettina, soprano
James Goldsworthy, piano
James Day, guitar


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The News Reporter
Whiteville, NC

James Day


James M. Day is Assistant Dean of the School of the Arts and Communication at The College of New Jersey. He is active as performer, scholar and teacher in Europe and the United States. His performances have included appearances at Juilliard’s Paul Recital Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, SolarFest Performing Arts Festival in Vermont, The International Guitar and Lute Exposition in Vicenza, Italy, and St. James Piccadilly in London. His performances have been broadcast on public television and radio and he has received numerous awards, including a top prize in the Rantucci International Guitar Competition in Buffalo. Recent seasons include engagements in the U.S. with Harrisburg Symphony, Eastern Wind Symphony, Boheme Opera Theater of New Jersey, Car Music Project, Princeton Girl Choir, and Guitar Foundation of America International Convention in Los Angeles, and numerous collaborations with soprano Judith Bettina.

As a promoter of new music, Dr. Day has collaborated closely with composers in the creation and performance of new solo and chamber works. His recent activities include the commission and world-premiere of Eric Sessler’s song cycle Good Words to You (2008), James Lentini’s No Boundaries (2008) for solo guitar, Michael Karmon’s Rain (2009) and the world-premiere of Paul Lansky’s Preludes (2008). Additionally, he is featured in the world-premiere recording of Laurie Altman’s Octet on the album On Course (Albany Records, 2008). His collaborations in new music have received grant support from the Howard Hanson Institute for American Music, Meet the Composer, Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

In the field of art song, Day's performances have been hailed as "very sensitive, technically and musically" by Soundboard (Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America). His recording, Night and Dreams: Franz Schubert Lieder with Guitar, with tenor Robert Swensen, was released by Clear Note Publications in 2008. Additionally, Dr. Day has given scholarly lecture-performances on both historical and contemporary art song with guitar at Eastman School of Music, the Philadelphia Guitar Festival, College Music Society International Conference in Madrid and Northeast Conference in Princeton, the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany. His research on the subject has also been published in Soundboard.

Dr. Day received his Bachelor of Music degree at the North Carolina School of the Arts under Aaron Shearer and Gerald Klickstein, and his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music under Nicholas Goluses. In addition, he has pursued advanced studies with Oscar Ghiglia at both the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and at Incontri chitarrstici in Gargnano, Italy. As a student he performed in master classes of some of the world’s greatest virtuosi including Pepe Romero, David Russell, Paul O’Dette, and William Kanengiser. In 2005, Dr. Day held a three-month residency as guest artist teacher at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst and Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2011, as recipient of a prestigious Australia Endeavor Award, he held a six-week residency at the Centre for Cultural Partnerships at the University of Melbourne to pursue his growing interest in community-based arts.

Dr. Day has led guitar studies at The College of New Jersey since 1997. In May 2012, he was appointed Assistant Dean for the School of the Arts and Communication at The College of New Jersey after serving as the Interim Assistant Dean the previous year.


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“Very sensitive, technically and musically.”

Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America

James Day


Above: Soprano Judith Bettina and James Day perform song four of Eric Sessler's Good Words to You (2008) at Juilliard's Paul Recital Hall (October 2010)

Listen to the PCGS Podcast Interview with Eric Sessler
and James Day

Night and Dreams:
Franz Schubert Lieder with Guitar

Robert Swensen, tenor
James Day, guitar
(Clear Note Publications, 2008)
Available at www.clearnote.net

Laurie Altman: On Course
Homage a Stravinsky for Instrumental Octet (2006)
performed by James Day and others
(Albany Records, 2008)
Available at www.albanyrecords.com


James Lentini (b. 1958)
Westward Voyage
(Studio recording under direction of the composer)

Michael Karmon (b.1969)
Rain: III. Winter
Composed for James Day, 2009
(Recorded live, in concert, The College of New Jersey)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Partita in A minor (BWV 1013), arr. J. Day
Bourée Anglaise
(Recorded live, in concert, The College of New Jersey)

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
All in Twilight
(Recorded live, in concert, The College of New Jersey)

Frank Martin (1890-1974)
Quatre pieces brèves
(Excerpt from James Day's compact disc recording
Modernist Masterworks for Guitar: Music of Martin,
Villa-Lobos, Ponce & Poulenc
, Princeton: Minimal, 2002)


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“Terrific performance
...expressive and convincing...
beautifully done!”

James Lentini

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