James Reese, tenor


“The biggest discovery of the night for me was tenor James Reese…his clear voice was so effortless.”

James Reese is an avid solo and collaborative musician whose singing has been praised for its “intensity and sensitivity...spirituality and eloquence."

Upcoming engagements include his debuts with American Bach Soloists and the Gamut Bach Ensemble, in addition to return appearances with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (under music directors Nicholas McGegan and Richard Egarr) and TENET Vocal Artists. Recent performances include the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bourbon Baroque Orchestra, and the New York Choral Society, with whom he made his Carnegie Hall solo debut.

An advocate for new music, James is a founding member of Philadelphia vocal sextet Variant 6. James sings frequently with leading ensembles, including The Crossing and Seraphic Fire, and has made guest appearances with Gallicantus and Calmus.

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 for Best Choral Performance in 2018. He also sang on 2016 Grammy-Nominated Bonhoeffer, released by the Crossing.

James is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, and holds a masters degree from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with James Taylor as part of the Yale Voxtet.