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
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.
About this Site
These pages are intended for current horn students as well as students interested in studying the horn at ULM.
The Department of Music at the University of Louisiana Monroe is a part of the School of Visual and Performing Arts,
and offers degrees in a wide variety of concentrations. Students
choosing horn as their major instrument can choose from numerous degree offerings.
Numerous funding opportunities are available for undergraduate
students, including talent grants and several academic scholarships.
In addition to their weekly applied lessons, horn students can expect to play in a variety of large
and small ensembles including the ULM Orchestra, ULM Wind Ensemble, ULM
Horn Choir, brass quintets, woodwind quintets, and other small chamber
Numerous other playing opportunities are also
available in and around the Monroe area. Solo opportunities
include the weekly student recital hour as well as a weekly horn studio
class. This 50 minute class serves to supplement individual
studio lessons, and allows the instructor to address specific playing
and teaching concerns within a group format.
Black Bayou Brass is the faculty brass ensemble in residence at ULM,
and offers students the opportunity to hear their instructors perform
both traditional and contemporary brass ensemble literature.
If you have any questions or would like further information on horn
study at ULM, please feel free to contact me by phone or email. I
would be happy to set up a complimentary lesson with you if you are
planning on visiting the ULM campus.
Contact Dr. Boldin
Office Phone: 318-342-1591