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James Dargan

James Dargan, baritone

Creative artist James Dargan has played violin and sung since he was very young. He is also a writer of words and music, as well as a polyglot translator. James was raised in the Deep South and – after a childhood spent at the Duke University String School and NC School of the Arts –was educated in New and Old England.

At Boston University, James studied violin with Nicholas Kitchen (first violinist of the acclaimed Borromeo Quartet, still in residence at New England Conservatory), and completed bachelor's degrees in Literature, Religion, and Musicology, all the while singing and acting in various choirs and stage productions, fencing, and writing his thesis under the aegis of his advisor, the late poet Geoffrey Hill.

In the UK, James studied English Literature in the graduate programme at Leeds University, continued to play the violin, and began to find his voice as a singer, working as a Lay Clerk in the Choir of York Minster.
After York, James returned to Boston, where he's sung with groups as diverse as The Choir of the Church of The Advent, Boston Baroque, and Lowell House Opera; continued to play and teach violin, and added composition and outreach work to his portfolio. He also studied voice with Dr. Lynn Eustis, Neil Semer, and Peter Harvey, and recently attended the prestigious Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto, on a full scholarship.

Recently relocated to New York, James sings in the professional choir of Marble Collegiate Church, freelances around Manhattan, and continues to pursue social justice through the arts.

Although undated but apparently prior to his move to New York, for a wonderfully personal insight into the character of James Dargan visit .

We are pleased to welcome James Dargan and his accompanist, Mark Whitlock, to their first appearances in the Historical Pianos Concerts series.