Dr. James Boldin, Associate Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana Monroe, maintains a diverse career as an educator and performer. He currently holds the L.M. McKneely Endowed Professorship in Humanities, and from 2011-2014 he held the Dr. William R. Hammond Endowed Professorship in Liberal Arts. In addition to his teaching duties, he also serves as Associate Director of the ULM School of Visual and Performing Arts.
He has performed and presented at numerous conferences, including five International Horn Symposia, the International Trombone Festival, the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference, the Louisiana Music Educators Association State Convention, and numerous regional horn workshops. Boldin is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist, and performs on the YHR 671 Double Horn.
Boldin performs extensively with Black Bayou Brass, a resident faculty ensemble at the University of Louisiana Monroe. As a member of this ensemble, he has performed recitals and presented master classes throughout the region and abroad. Recent performances include the 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. In 2018 Black Bayou Brass released Scenes from the Bayou, which features several World Premiere recordings for brass trio.
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 Monroe Symphony Orchestra, and Paul Basler’s Missa Kenya and Songs of Faith with the Monroe Symphony Chorus.
As an advocate for new music, Boldin has commissioned and premiered numerous compositions for horn solo, brass trio, brass quintet, and other chamber ensembles, including the World Premiere of Gary Schocker’s In Arkadia for Horn and Harp at the 47th International Horn Symposium in Los Angeles.
His solo recording, Jan Koetsier: Music for Horn, has been critically praised for “superb playing…on an extraordinarily high level of both technique and communicative abilities.” (Fanfare Magazine). He is the author of two books, Solo Training for Horn and Solo Duet Training for Horns, published by Mountain Peak Music, 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.