James Sherry is an active performer and educator. He’s also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Dubuque in Iowa.
For almost two decades James Sherry served as the Director of Instrumental Music at the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Dubuque, and Mahidol University College of Music in Thailand. While at Mahidol, his institution hosted the World Saxophone Congress; the International Trumpet Guild Conference; the Asian Symphonic Band Festival, which he adjudicated in 2004 and 2005; and the Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble (SAYOWE), where he was the Music Director of the SAYOWE All-Nations Ensemble, a chamber orchestra comprised of college and professional musicians from Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Myanmar. This Summer of 2013, participated in the 9th Annual Thailand Composition Festival in Bangkok and served musical residencies at the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh Conservatories.
Dr. Sherry directed bands in the Baltimore and Chicago Public Schools. His Carson Elementary School Band received the top prize in the city band festival. He was the coordinator and Music Director of the Baltimore School for the Arts TWIGS Band (To Work in Gaining Skills), and led the Chicago Meritfest Honor Band in a performance in Chicago Symphony Center Orchestra Hall in 2003. He has directed honor bands at Loras College, the Northeast Iowa Bandmaster Association, WaMaC Conference, and the Dubuque All-City Band, with master educator Bruce Pearson. He recently directed the University of Iowa Johnson County Landmark Jazz Ensemble in 45th Annual Band Extravaganza for a crowd of thousands in Carver Hawkeye Arena.
James Sherry was a founding director of the Great River Collegiate Wind Symphony
- James Sherry Conducting Ron Nelson: Resonances with Great River Wind Symphony
- James Sherry conducts Frank Ticheli: American Elegy with Great River Wind Symphony
- James Sherry conducts Hymn Arrangements for Wind Symphony
- James Sherry conducts the University of Iowa’s Jazz Ensemble, Duke Ellington: Rockin’ In Rhythm
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