Thara Memory, music alum, led his American Music Program to win the Essentially Ellington competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City in May 2015.
Department of Music
BM, Drake University
James Schmitt is a frequent soloist in the Portland area as well as throughout Oregon, and is a research team member for the Soul Song Project.
Hie repertoire includes opera (Mozart and Verdi), oratorio (Bach's St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Cantata No. 160; Handel's Messiah; Haydn's The Creation and Lord Nelson Mass; Respighi's Laud to Nativity; Vaughan Williams' Mass in G Minor) as well as solo recitals.
He has sung with Lyric Opera Company of Chicago, the Des Moines Symphony, Claremont Symphony in California and Columbia Symphony in Portland. He also is a member of the Novum Chamber Singers
James has taught at Scripps College, Warner Pacific College and the University of Portland.