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James Bishop

Director of Instrumental Music
Associate Professor of Music

Bishop conducting

Since 1987, James Bishop has served as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Music at Eastern Florida State College where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, the Community Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra and the Jazz Ensemble. Bishop has a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northwestern University where he was a student of Dr. Frederick L. Hemke.

Bishop served as Director of Bands at Rockledge High School and the faculty of Northwestern University as Assistant Professor of Saxophone, Director of the Wind Chamber Music Program and Conductor of the Chamber Winds. Concurrent with his duties at Northwestern University, he served as Instructor of Saxophone and Chamber Music Coach at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. In 1991, Bishop was appointed to the position of Instructor of Saxophone at Stetson University; a position he maintains concurrent with his duties as Director of Instrumental Music at Eastern Florida State College.

Bishop is in high demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. He serves as an adjudicator for the Florida Bandmasters Association State Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Assessment. He also adjudicates at numerous District level Music Performance Assessments for the Florida Orchestra Association.

James Bishop has a national reputation as a chamber music performer and coach. He's performed with The American Saxophone Quartet, The Chicago Saxophone Quartet and the Contemporary Chamber Players of Chicago. During his tenure at Northwestern University and Stetson University, chamber music groups under his direction have been laureates of the Coleman, Monterrey and Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions.

He maintains an active career as a solo recitalist. In 1987, Bishop was a finalist in the prestigious Concert Artist Guild competition in New York. He has performed at World Saxophone Congresses in North America and Europe and has played for some of the world's greatest conductors. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Grant Park Orchestra, the Orlando Philharmonic, the Florida Space Coast Philharmonic, the Northwestern University Wind Ensemble, the Northwestern University Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, the Cornell College Wind Ensemble and the Stetson University Symphonic Wind Ensemble.