James M. Meaders
Dr James M. Meaders is Founder and Artistic Director of Vox Anima London, and conductor of Vox Populi and Vox Anima Chamber Choir - two UK-based ensembles that promote and perform the repertoire of today’s composers. Meaders moved to England in 2017 following a rewarding 3-year stint with DCINY as Associate Artistic Director and Conductor. Prior to his arrival in New York in 2014, Meaders spent 16 years on the faculty at Mississippi College. As Professor and Director of Choral Activities in the Department of Music, Dr Meaders’ choirs performed multiple invitational performances for conventions of the American Choral Directors Association at the state, divisional (2004 2008, 2014), and national (2005) level. He led the Mississippi College Singers on four international tours and concerts in such venerable venues as Washington National Cathedral, St. Peter’s, Vienna, Canterbury Cathedral, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He has presented multiple sessions on varied choral topics to state, divisional, and national conventions of ACDA, the National Association for Music Education, and the Association of British Choral Directors.
In New York, James has numerous appearances on the podium at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center dating back to 2006, with repertoire ranging from Chichester Psalms and Mozart Requiem to premieres of music by Dan Forrest and Kim Andre Arnesen. He has shared the stage with Ola Gjeilo on multiple concert appearances. In 2019, Meaders made a return visit to New York as DCINY Guest Conductor for performances of the New York premiere of Dan Forrest’s LUX in February at Carnegie Hall and Will Todd’s Songs of Peace (with Mr. Todd at the piano) in April at Lincoln Center.
Dr. Meaders has taught undergraduate and graduate conducting applied voice and chaired a university department of music. He was a practising church musician for more than 25 years before moving to New York and has conducted community choirs, numerous honour choirs and many festivals. Meaders, in partnership with several US choral colleagues, created The International Partnership for Choral Music Education, an annual service learning-based symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa that is dedicated to promoting the development of the choral arts of South Africa.