James Boldin is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and currently holds the Dr. William R. Hammond Professorship in Liberal Arts. His duties at ULM include teaching applied horn and music history, and performing with Black Bayou Brass, a faculty ensemble in residence. Boldin has performed and taught extensively throughout the region and abroad, and recently presented guest recitals and master classes in Thailand at Mahidol University, Silpakorn University, and the Royal Thai Navy Music School. He has performed at the 44th International Horn Symposium and at numerous regional workshops. Recent conference presentations include clinics at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference, the Louisiana Music Educators Association State Convention, and the South Central Regional Music Conference. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Appalachian State University. Boldin’s primary teachers include Douglas Hill and Dr. Karen Robertson.
An active orchestral musician, he performs regularly as a member of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra (Principal horn), Rapides Symphony Orchestra (Third horn), and Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (Fourth horn). He has also performed with the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Lyric Opera, and Opera East Texas, and with numerous orchestras in Wisconsin, including the Madison, La Crosse, Green Bay, Manitowoc, and Oshkosh Symphony Orchestras. He has performed as soloist with the Monroe Symphony Chorus, the ULM Wind Ensemble, and the ULM Symphony Orchestra.
Recording credits include two CDs on the Summit Records label, Soliloquies, featuring euphonium soloist Demondrae Thurman, and Forbes Plays Koetsier, featuring tuba soloist Mike Forbes. Additional recordings include James Dick Plays Edvard Grieg, with the Texas Festival Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta, and Overtures from Overture Hall, with the Madison Symphony Orchestra conducted by John DeMain. His articles have been published in The Instrumentalist Magazine and The Horn Call: The Journal of the International Horn Society, and his musical arrangements have been published by Cimarron Music Press. In 2012 he was awarded a Career Advancement Grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. He also maintains a blog devoted to horn playing and teaching at
. Boldin is a member of The College Music Society, The National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and The International Horn Society. He currently serves as IHS area representative for the state of Louisiana. For more information on horn study at ULM, visit the ULM Horn Studio website.