James Reese, tenor


James Reese is a frequently sought soloist and collaborative musician. His 2019-20 season sees solo debuts with American Bach Soloists, the Gamut Bach Ensemble, Tempesta di Mare, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Piffaro, and the Master Chorale of South Florida. He also makes return appearances with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, TENET Vocal Artists, Lyric Fest, Philadelphia's Bach @ 7 series, and Bach Vespers @ Holy Trinity Lutheran NYC. 

Previously, James has appeared in concerts with Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra; Bourbon Baroque Orchestra; Masaaki Suzuki and Juilliard415; the American Classical Orchestra; and at the Ad Astra Music Festival. In May 2018, he made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in Bach's B Minor Mass with the New York Choral Society, directed by David Hayes. Of that performance, the New York Classical Review wrote, "the high, easy tenor of James Reese...floated beautifully on its own over the long, gentle lines of the Benedictus." In June 2018, he made his European debut with ensemble Seconda Prat!ca. 

An advocate for new music, James is a founding member of Philadelphia vocal sextet Variant 6 (variantsix.com). He has premiered works by Caroline Shaw, Ted Hearne, John Luther Adams, Joanne Metcalf, Judd Greenstein, Joel Puckett, and others. James sings frequently with leading American choruses, including The Crossing, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Seraphic Fire, True Concord, and The Thirteen. He has recorded on the ECM, Innova, and Albany labels; including The Crossing's release of Gavin Bryars' The Fifth Century, which won a Grammy award for Best Choral Performance in 2018. He also sang on 2016 Grammy-Nominated Bonhoeffer, released by the Crossing.

James is the 2018 winner of the Margot Fassler Award for the Performance of Music at Yale University, and the 2019 winner of the Career Advancement Grant from the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, where he studied with Kurt R. Hansen, Alan Darling, and Donald Nally. He completed his masters degree at Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music, where he studied with James Taylor as part of the Yale Voxtet. 

The biggest discovery of the night for me was tenor James Reese. His clear voice was so effortless…”
— Michael Anthonio, Parterre



Lyric Fest: The Art of Song

November 4, 2019 | 7:30p | Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia PA
World premiere of a concert-length song cycle by Daron Hagen.
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Master Chorale of South Florida: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi

November 15-17 | Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, FL
Florida solo debut.
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J.S. Bach - Magnfiicat
Antonio Vivaldi - Gloria

Tempesta di Mare: Music of Kromeriz

December 6, 7, 8 | Philadelphia PA
Orchestra debut.
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Vejvanovský: Sonata Natalis à 10
Carissimi - Quasi aquila provocans
Michna: Carols from Česká Loutna

Later this season:


Gamut Bach Ensemble

December 18 | Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia PA
Orchestra debut, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society debut.
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TENET Vocal artists: Green Mountain Project in ITALY

January 1-8, 2020 | New York, NY and Venice, IT
The final edition of TENET Vocal Artists’ Green Mountain Project featuring Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. This year the project travels to Venice, IT, for two appearances.
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Philharmonia baroque orchestra: Coffee Cantata

February 7-12, 2020 | Bay Area, CA
Music director designate Richard Egarr leads performances of J.S. Bach Coffee Cantata throughout the San Francisco area.
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tenet vocal artists: Musikaliche exequien

March 21 and 22, 2020 | New York, NY
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American Bach Soloists: Faire is the heaven

March 27-30, 2020 | San Francisco, CA
Orchestra debut.
Schütz: Musikalische Exequien
Bruhns: Mein Herz ist bereit
Bach: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, Cantata 106
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Messiah festival of the arts

April 10-12, 2020 | Lindsborg, KS
Festival debut.
J.S. Bach - St. Matthew Passion
G.F. Handel - Messiah
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April 26 and 27, 2020 | Harrisburg, PA
With Stuart Malina, Artistic Director of the Harrisburg Symphony, and Ya-Ting Chang. Presented by Market Square Concerts (Harrisburg)
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by email: jreese.music@gmail.com
by phone: (484) 343-0066