A native of Detroit, baritone James Weaver is currently a member of the vocal faculties at the University of Richmond and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and resides in Williamsburg, where he is Music Director at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church.
Since finishing studies with Max van Egmond at Amsterdam's Sweelinck Conservatory, Jim has been a frequent performer with many of the finest orchestras and chamber ensembles in North America and Europe. He has sung with such diverse groups as Collegium Vocale Ghent, The Academy of the Begynhof, the Dutch experimental theater group GRIF, Ensemble Courant, the Orpheus Band, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Dryden Ensemble, Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Seattle and Portland Baroque Orchestras, the Baltimore Consort, Newberry Consort, Columbus Consort, and the Ricercar Consort. An acclaimed Bach specialist, he has worked with Joshua Rifkin and The Bach Ensemble, Jeffrey Thomas and the American Bach Soloists, Kenneth Slowik and the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the San Francisco Bach Choir, Bethlehem Bach Choir, Cathedral Choral Society, and the Washington Bach Consort. Recent engagements include performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Santa Fe Pro Musica, Bach Masses with the Washington Bach Consort and the St. John Passion with American Bach Soloists.
Also a sought-after interpreter of Lieder, Mr. Weaver has collaborated with such celebrated accompanists as Dalton Baldwin, Kenneth Slowik, and UofR faculty member Joanne Kong. He is on the faculty of a number of music workshops, including the San Francisco Early Music Baroque Workshop, Longy International Baroque Institute, and Rutgers University Antheneum.
Mr. Weaver has been critically acclaimed for “first-class performances, rich in tone, clear, and forceful in diction, powerfully emotive in style” (The Washington Post), “firm, flexible, expressively vivid tones throughout a wide vocal compass” (Chicago Tribune), “a strong command of line” (San Francisco Examiner), and “wonderfully clean, woodwind-like passagework; mellifluous German; a warm tone color” (The Boston Globe).
He has made numerous recordings with the American Bach Soloists on Koch International and can also be heard on the Dorian, Smithsonian, Channel Classics, Ricercar, and Newport Classics labels. Mr. Weaver’s most recent recordings include the world premiere of Night Music by Peter Hallock, written especially for Mr. Weaver and performed with the Augustan Singers at the Cathedral of St. Mark in Seattle, and Volume One of the Complete Bach Masses on the Loft Label with the Washington Bach Consort.