attended Westminster Choir College of Rider University and after acquiring
his master degree, accepted the posts of assistant professor of organ and
church music department head at his alma mater. He served as director of music at
Princeton Theological Seminary and St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church
in New York,
where he also filled the roles of artistic consultant and organist. In 1982, he helped prepare and
publish the Episcopal hymnal.
He became the
director of the American Boychoir in 1985 and
remained with them for the next twenty-six years. In 2000, he was dubbed the Litton-Lodal Music Director, an honour
conferred on him by American
School trustees, Jan
and Elizabeth Lodal. He has since been named Music
In 2001, he
became the choirmaster at Washington National Cathedral, where he directed
the Cathedral Choir of Men and Girls.
He also worked as college cantor, conductor and visiting professor
at St. Olaf College,
where he led the St. Olaf Cantorei.
with whom he has worked include the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Pops
Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cathedral Symphony Orchestra,
the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the
National Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the New York Vocal Consort,
the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Vienna
In 2002, he
was invited to conduct the AmericaFest honor
choir at the 6th World Symposium on Choral Music, which was held
in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was asked to perform similar
duties at the American Choral Directors Association Convention in 2004 in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2005, he
became the conductor and interim music director of the Nassau Presbyterian
Church Adult Choir, which brought him back to Princeton, New Jersey. He was selected as a conductor for
the Second International Boys and Men’s Choral Festival, hosted by Hradec Kralove and Prague
in the Czech Republic during the summer of 2008.
A few CDs that
bear his name include Messe Basse, On
Christmas Day, and Voices of
Angels: Christmas Favorites
from The American Boychoir.
O Come All Ye Faithful (Frederick
Oakeley/John Francis Wade)
(CD: On Christmas Day)
Conductor – James Litton
Music – Cathedral Symphony Orchestra and