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James Day
James Day


James Day


Recent and Past Seasons:

June 10-12, 2016
Kinnara Ensemble
Works for choir and guitar inlcuding Jeffrey Van's A Procession Winding Around Me and Castelnuovo Tedesco's Romancero Gitano. For more information visit Kinnaraensemble.org.

June 26- July 1, 2015
New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes
Featuring an international roster of artists, workshops, masterclasses, ensemble coaching, performance classes, and concerts. Open to all ages and levels. For more information visit Mannesguitar.com.

New York Summer Music Festival (NYSMF)
Classical Guitar Institute, July 6-19, 2014
For young musicians ages 11-25

For more informationvisit NYSFM.org

November 9, 2013 at 8PM
Princeton Pro Musica
Program includes Van: "A Procession Winding Around Me"
Richardson Auditorium
Princeton University

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 information visit 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


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James Day


James M. Day is Assistant 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 has served as Assistant Dean for the School of the Arts and Communication at The College of New Jersey since 2011. In addition he served as interim dean of the school during the spring 2017 term.


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“Very sensitive, technically and musically.”

Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America

James Day


Above: "Roll-Out" from Practical Preludes, composed by Paul Lanksy. Recorded at The College of New Jersey, March 2016.

Above: Live performance of "Guiding the Minotaur" by Donald Crockett, Mayo Concert Hall, The College of New Jersey (April 2013).

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)

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


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)

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

James Day
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