James Stirling

Voice Located at the Perfect 5th

Title: Instructor of Voice.

Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Education: University of Arizona, Westminster Choir College

James Stirling's Summary

James Stirling is the Director of Music at Christ Church UCC Elizabethtown where he directs the Chancel Choir, and maintains a concert series. He is also a voice teacher at Lebanon Valley College through the Community Music Institute and is actively performing recitals in the Lancaster area.

James completed his master’s degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Arizona in Tucson and his bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a voice focus at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey.

While completing his master’s degree, he was the choir director at Lord of Grace Lutheran Church as well as the solo vocalist for the First Church of Christ, Scientist. At the U of A, James was the chorus master for Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, as well as a chorus member for Gluck’s L’Ivrogne Corrigé, and scenes from Rossini’s La Cenerentola.

I incorporate yoga and a myriad of other techniques to teach students in mostly the classical and music theatre styles, but also has experience in teaching pop and rock. As a result of my classical training in the bel canto style, I am experienced in sung diction for English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. A lesson will usually begin with vocalises that touch on different aspects of the voice and then will end with applying the skills learned from those vocalises to repertoire specifically chosen for each individual. Unlike other instruments, the voice is not something we can hold in our hands or see with our eyes, so it is my goal to pair abstract language with feeling.