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 and 45th
International Horn Symposiums, and at numerous regional horn workshops.
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. His articles have
been published in The Instrumentalist Magazine and The Horn Call: The Journal of the International Horn Society, and his musical arrangements have been published by Cimarron Music Press. In 2012
he was awarded a Career Advancement Grant 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