James Bishop, Saxophone
James Bishop is a native of Brevard County. Mr. Bishop is a graduate of Rockledge High School and he holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Music Education from Northwestern University where he was a student of Dr. Frederick L. Hemke. After serving as Director of Bands at Rockledge High School, Mr. Bishop was appointed to the faculty of Northwestern University as Assistant Professor of Saxophone, Director of the Wind Chamber Music Program, and Conductor of the Chamber Winds. Concurrent with his duties at Northwestern University, he served as Visiting Instructor of Saxophone and Chamber Music Coach at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.
Since 1987, Mr. Bishop has served as Assistant Professor of Music and Humanities at Brevard Community College where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, the Orchestra, and the Jazz Ensemble. In 1991, Mr. Bishop was appointed to the position of Instructor of Saxophone at Stetson University, a position which he maintains concurrent with his duties as Director of Instrumental Music at Brevard Community College.
Mr. Bishop has a national reputation as a chamber music performer and coach. He has performed with The American Saxophone Quartet, The Chicago Saxophone Quartet, and the Contemporary Chamber Players of Chicago. During his tenure at Northwestern University and Stetson University, chamber music groups under Mr. Bishop's direction have been laureates of the Coleman, Monterrey, and Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions.
Mr. Bishop maintains an active career as a solo recitalist. In 1987, Mr. Bishop was a finalist in the prestigous Concert Artist Guild competition in New York. He has performed at World Saxophone Congresses in North America and Europe. Mr. Bishop has played for some of the world's greatest conductors. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Grant Park Orchestra, the Orlando Philharmonic, the Florida Space Coast Philharmonic, the Northwestern University Wind Ensemble, the Northwestern University Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, the Cornell College Wind Ensemble, the Stetson University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, The Central Florida Winds, and the Community Band of Brevard.