James M. Day is Interim Dean of the School of the Arts and Communication at The College of New Jersey. His work as performer, scholar and teacher has spanned venues and institutions in Europe, Australia, and across 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. Past seasons have inlcuded 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 led guitar studies at The College of New Jersey from 1997-2014 and served as Assistant Dean for the School of the Arts and Communication at The College of New Jersey from 2011-2016.
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