Dr. James Boldin maintains a diverse career as an educator and performer. He is a member of the faculty in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at The University of Louisiana at Monroe. From 2011-2014 he held the Dr. William R. Hammond Endowed Professorship in Liberal Arts.
He has performed at the 44th, 45th, and 47th International Horn Symposiums, and at numerous regional horn conferences. He has also presented clinics at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference, the Louisiana Music Educators Association State Convention, and the South Central Regional Music Conference. He performs extensively with Black Bayou Brass, a resident faculty ensemble at The University of Louisiana at Monroe. As a member of this ensemble, he has performed recitals and presented master classes throughout the region and abroad. Recent engagements include performing at the 2014 International Women’s Brass Conference, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors national conference, and a series of performances and master classes in Thailand at Mahidol University, Silpakorn University, and the Royal Thai Navy Music School.
An active orchestral musician, Boldin holds positions with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and Monroe Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Lyric Opera, Opera East Texas, and with numerous orchestras in the Midwest, including the Madison, La Crosse, Green Bay, Manitowoc, and Oshkosh Symphony Orchestras. As a soloist, he has performed Mozart’s Concerto for Horn, K. 447 with the ULM Chamber Orchestra, and Paul Basler’s Missa Kenya and Songs of Faith with the Monroe Symphony Chorus.
His debut solo recording, Jan Koetsier: Music for Horn, was released in 2013 on the MSR Classics Label, and has been critically praised for “superb playing…on an extraordinarily high level of both technique and communicative abilities.” (Fanfare Magazine). He has also been recorded on the Summit Records label and on two orchestral recordings, James Dick Plays Edvard Grieg, with the Texas Festival Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta, and Overtures from Overture Hall, with the Madison Symphony Orchestra conducted by John DeMain. He is the author of Solo Duet Training for Horns, a collection of pedagogical duets based on popular solo literature for the horn, and his articles and reviews have been published in The Instrumentalist Magazine, The Horn Call: Journal of the International Horn Society, and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal. An avid arranger, his works have been published by Mountain Peak Music, Cimarron Music Press, The International Horn Society, and Stainer & Bell, Ltd. In 2012 and 2015 he was awarded Career Advancement Grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. He also maintains a website devoted to horn playing and teaching at jamesboldin.com. Boldin is a member of The College Music Society, The National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and The International Horn Society, and currently serves as IHS area representative for the state of Louisiana. Boldin earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Appalachian State University. For more information on horn study at ULM, visit the ULM Horn Studio website.