School Of Music
Office hours & location
Aaron Copland School of Music
Queens College C.U.N.Y.
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367-1597
Mon-Thurs 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Our office will be closed on Fridays through August 8.
|James McElwaine (Adjunct Professor)
Fields of Study:
In 1976, he co-founded Musical Elements, a NYC chamber orchestra that, across its 15-year span, specialized in commissioning and performing 20th century scores. Two years later, he toured Europe as vocalist, keyboardist, and arranger for Vanguard Records' disco-jazz artists, The Players Association. Since then, his career has been dedicated to bridging the unfortunate professional disparities between 'serious' and 'popular' music.
In 1986, he founded the renowned studio composition program at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College – SUNY, the first degree-program in commercial composition in public higher education. After mentoring over one thousand professional writers at that school across 25 years, he retired as professor emeritus in 2012. He now teaches composition, production, and digital audio technology at Queens College – CUNY for the Aaron Copland School of Music.
Originally from the Gulf Coast, his initial studies were in physics and theology, followed by degrees in music at the University of North Texas and Yale University. He now resides in Cos Cob, Connecticut with his wife Theresa.