ULM logo
College of Arts, Education, & Sciences
VAPA | Music

jamesMatthew James, bass-baritone, is a Professor of Music, and has previously served as Associate Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts and as General Director of the Louisiana Lyric Opera. Prior to arriving at ULM Dr. James was Chair of the Department of Music at Walla Walla University from 2002-2008. Previously Dr. James held positions at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD and at Southern Adventist University in Chattanooga, TN, where he taught voice and directed musical theatre productions. Dr. James completed his graduate work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and subsequently was an apprentice at the Des Moines Metro Opera and an Artist Fellow with the Bach Aria Festival at Stony Brook, NY. He sang professionally for two years with the National Opera Company of Raleigh, NC, performing major roles in The Barber of SevilleThe Merry Wives of WindsorL'Italiana in Algeri, La Bohème, Martha, and El Capitan. Dr. James subsequently appeared in the title role in Don Giovanni with the Rome Festival and in productions of The Magic Flute and The Barber of Seville with Operafestival di Roma where he also served on the teaching staff.