2020 Tenor, James Reese

James Reese is a frequently sought soloist and collaborative musician whose singing has been praised for its “intensity and sensitivity…spirituality and eloquence.” His 2019-20 season includes return appearances with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Lyric Fest, and TENET Vocal Artists, as well as his debuts with the American Bach Soloists, the Harrisburg Symphony, Tempesta di Mare, and the Gamut Bach Ensemble. Recent performances include Bourbon Baroque Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, about which the Calgary Heraldwrote, “tenor James Reese was the newcomer, and without doubt he will be remembered and welcomed back in the future. He sang with remarkable clarity of diction and vocal focus….a very strong impression.” A frequent interpreter of Bach, James made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2018 with the New York Choral Society in the B Minor Mass. The New York Classical Review wrote of that performance, “the high, easy tenor of James Reese…floated beautifully on its own over the long, gentle lines of the Benedictus.” James is an advocate for new music, and is a founding member of Philadelphia vocal sextet Variant 6. He has premiered works by Caroline Shaw, Ted Hearne, John Luther Adams, Joanne Metcalf, Reena Esmail, and others. He has performed with leading ensembles, including The Crossing and Seraphic Fire, in addition to guest appearances with Gallicantus and Calmus. He is the winner of the Margot Fassler Award for the Performance of Music, and is the 2019 recipient of the Career Advancement Grant from the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia.  James is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, and holds a masters degree from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with James Taylor as part of the Yale Voxtet. He lives in Philadelphia.