James Albrecht joined the music faculty at the University of Akron in the fall of 2013. Prior to his appointment in Akron, he was the 2nd trombonist in the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
As an orchestral musician, he has served as acting utility trombone with the Pittsburgh Symphony and was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami, FL. He has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, and many regional orchestras around the country.
Dr. Albrecht can be seen performing with the Cleveland Orchestra on their Bruckner Symphony No. 7 DVD and heard on many Pittsburgh Symphony CDs.
As a chamber musician, Dr. Albrecht is a frequent guest clinician and performer as a member of the University of Akron Faculty Brass Quintet and the Sequenza Trombone Quartet. He has also performed with Cleveland’s Burning River Brass.
Dr. Albrecht began his undergraduate work at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music. He holds a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Memphis. He has also attended many summer festivals including the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA, and the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, SC.
Through the years, Dr. Albrecht has been fortunate to study with some of the greatest brass virtuosi and pedagogues including Peter Sullivan, Tony Chipurn, Richard Stout, Mark Lawrence, David Finlayson, Steve Witser and Edward Zadrozny.
BM – Manhattan School of Music, MM – Cleveland Institute of Music, DMA – University of Memphis