James Reese, tenor


“The biggest discovery of the night for me was 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.”

Recent and upcoming credits include: debuts with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, and the Gamut Bach Ensemble, as well as return engagements with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (under music directors Nicholas McGegan and Richard Egarr), TENET Vocal Artists, Lyric Fest, and Bourbon Baroque Orchestra.

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.

An advocate for new music, James is a founding member of Philadelphia vocal sextet Variant 6 (variantsix.com). He has premiered works by Ted Hearne, Caroline Shaw, John Luther Adams, Judd Greenstein, Joel Puckett, and Gabriel Jackson, among many 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 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.

“Dazzling clarity of tone and eloquence of phrasing…”