James K. Bass, D.M.A '05

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James K. Bass, D.M.A Choral Conducting '05, three-time Grammy nominated conductor and singer, is Director of Choral Studies in the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA and is the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Camerata Singers. In 2017 he made his Cleveland Orchestra solo debut singing with Franz Welser-Möst in Miami and in Severance Hall and was bass soloist with the Aspen Chamber Orchestra, Xian Zhang conducting in 2018. Other engagements as soloist include the New World Symphony with Michael Tilson-Thomas, The Florida Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Back Bay Chorale and Orchestra, Firebird Chamber Orchestra, and The Sebastians. He was the featured baritone soloist on the GRAMMY nominated recording Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings with soprano Lauren Snouffer, conductor Craig Hella-Johnson and the GRAMMY winning ensemble Conpirare. He is one of 13 singers on the GRAMMY®-nominated disc A Seraphic Fire Christmas and appears on CD recordings on the Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Albany, and Seraphic Fire Media labels.
He has prepared choirs for some of the most important conductors of our time including Sir Colin Davis, Sir David Willcocks, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gerard Schwarz, Giancarlo Guerrero, Marcelo Lehninger, and Robert Shaw among others.