Bard Faculty

James Bagwell

Professor of Music; Director, Music Program; Codirector, Conservatory of Music Graduate Conducting Program, Orchestral and Choral

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Music

Area of Specialization: Conducting/Music History


B.M.E., Birmingham-Southern College; M.M.E., M.M.M., Florida State University; D.M., Indiana University. Music director, The Collegiate Chorale (2009-15); principal guest conductor and artistic consultant, The American Symphony Orchestra (2009- ); director of choruses, The Bard Music Festival (2004-) and May Festival Youth Chorus, Cincinnati (1997– ); guest conductor, the Cincinnati Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and Seattle Symphony, among others. Prepared choruses nationwide for numerous prominent conductors, including Loren Maazel (New York Philharmonic), Riccardo Muti (Israel Philharmonic), Alan Gilbert (New York Philharmonic), Robert Shaw (Cincinnati May Festival), Esa-Pekka Salonen (Los Angeles Philharmonic), and Michael Tilson Thomas (San Francisco Symphony). At Bard since 2000.


  • Research Interests: Medieval music theory; American musical theatre; American choral music in the 18th and 19th centuries; Charles Ives
  • Teaching Interests: Music history; conducting; advanced ear training
  • Other Interests: History of conducting


Phone: 845-758-7356
Department: Bard Conservatory of Music
Location: Edith C. Blum Institute
Office: N121