Dr. Stephen James currently serves as Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet at both the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) and Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. At UCA, Dr. James also performs with the faculty brass quintet, Pinnacle Brass. Having previously earned Bachelor of Arts (Virginia Tech), Master of Music (Western Michigan University), and Doctor of Music (Michigan State University) degrees all in Trumpet Performance, Dr. James is now pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education degree at UCA to increase his versatility as a teacher.
As a performer, Dr. James is active as an orchestral musician. Currently, he is a contracted trumpeter with the Jackson (TN) Symphony Orchestra and a regular substitute with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He is also a founding member and Principal Trumpet of the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra based in Branson, Missouri. In addition to his orchestral activities, Dr. James plays cornet with the award-winning Natural State Brass Band in Little Rock, Arkansas. As a soloist, he has recently performed with the Natural State Brass Band and Hendrix College Wind Ensemble, competed in the North American Brass Band Association Solo Competition, and given recitals in Arkansas, Louisiana, and at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan.
As a teacher, Dr. James serves on the faculty of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. In addition to his work at Blue Lake, UCA, and Hendrix College, Dr. James also serves as a freelance teacher throughout the central Arkansas region, giving master classes at area schools and teaching private lessons to both high school and collegiate students.