A native of Portland, Oregon, keyboardist James J. Myers is in demand as vocal coach, recitalist, composer and music educator. He has shared the stage with artistic luminaries of our age, including Christine Brewer, Judith Christin, Greer Grimsley, Thomas Hampson, Kelly Kaduce, Jennifer Koh, Robert McDuffie, Morris Robinson, Nadine Sierra, Bruce Sledge, Janet Sung, Christ Thile, and Renée Fleming. He has collaborated with composers Kenji Bunch, Tom Cipullo, Philip Glass, and Jake Heggie, and in masterclasses with Jane Eaglen, Leon Fleisher, Sylvia McNair, John Perry, Martile Rowland, Abby Simon, Nelita True, Wagnerian Linda Watson and the late violin virtuoso Zvi Zeitlin.
Mr. Myers has supported operatic/symphonic teams in North American and European houses with acclaimed conductors David Angus, Andrew Bisantz, Arthur Fagen, Christopher Franklin, Edward Gardner, Matthew Halls, Alexander Joel, Jeffrey Kahane, Bernard Labadie, Sebastien Lang-Lessing, Peter Oundjian, Ryan Turner, and the late Marvin Hamlisch. In 2008 he was featured on the Kurzweil double synthesizer with Opera Colorado’s Naxos recording of Nixon in China, under Marin Alsop. In past seasons with Boston Lyric Opera he has prepared Madama Butterfly, Der Fliegende Holländer, Die Zauberflöte, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Katya Kabanova, In the Penal Colony, and The Merry Widow.
A winner of the prestigious Rotary Graduate Fellowship, Mr. Myers holds degrees with distinction from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover (Germany), the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Eastman School of Music. Past academic positions included Chapman University Conservatory of Music Los Angeles, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Tennesse at Knoxville, University of Northern Colorado and Metropolitan State University of Denver. He and his husband Justin VandenBosch reside in Boston.