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James Armstrong

Associate Professor (Musicology), Director of Choirs

Office: Ewell 153
Phone: (757) 221-1085
Email: [[jiarms]]

  • A.B., Princeton
  • M.M. and A.Mus.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Before coming to William and Mary, Professor Armstrong held faculty appointments at Mount Holyoke College, Vassar College, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests range from eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Central European sacred music to historically-informed performance and the African American spiritual. At present he is compiling a thematic catalogue of the complete Esterházy sacred music collection, which is housed today partly in Eisenstadt, Austria and partly in Budapest, Hungary. Recent publications include a seminal article on music at the court of Nicolaus II Esterházy, which appeared in connection with an exhibition in Compiegne, France devoted to Nicolaus as a patron of the arts in Europe. Professor Armstrong also contributed an article that appeared in the the catalog of the international bicentennial exhibition in Eisenstadt, Austria commemorating the death of Joseph Haydn. Professor Armstrong is active as both a clinician and an adjudicator.

Courses Taught

MUSC E04 - Choir
MUSC 150W - Freshman Seminar: The Devil in Music: Goethe's Faust
MUSC 150W - Freshman Seminar: Haydn and Mozart
MUSC 210 - Music in the Liberal Arts
MUSC 213 - History of Western Music
MUSC 321 - Conducting
MUSC 345 - Seminar in Music Research: Language and Music
MUSC 365 - Special Topics in Music: Classic Masters: Mozart and Haydn
MUSC 365 - Special Topics in Music: Choral Music of the 19th and 20th Centuries
MUSC 370 - African American Spiritual (cross-listed with AFST and AMST)
MUSC 383 - Baroque and Classic Periods

Selected Performances with W&M Choir

2020 - International Tour to Japan and South Korea
2019 - Inaugural of Katherine A. Rowe as President and Re-Investiture of Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates as Chancellor of William and Mary
2017 - International Tour to South Africa
2014 - International Tour to the Baltic States and Finland
2013 - Emancipation Proclamation Sesquicentennial Commemoration Concert with the Richmond Symphony (jointly with other choirs from Virginia colleges and universities)
2012 - Investiture of Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates as Chancellor of the College of William & Mary
2011 - International Tour to Italy, Greece, and Turkey
2008 - International Tour to Portugal, Spain, and Morocco
2007 - Command Performance for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
2006 - Inaugural of Tim Kaine as Governor of Virginia
2006 - Investiture of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor as Chancellor of the College of William & Mary
2005 - International Tour to Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia
2002 - International Tour to Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Estonia
1999 - International Tour to Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, and Hungary
1997 - Funeral of Ambassador Pamela Harriman (National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.)
1997 - Inaugural of President Bill Clinton (Capitol Steps, Washington, D.C.)

Selected Awards

2006 - W&M Alumni Association Faculty Service Award
1999 - W&M Alumni Association Fellowship Award for Teaching
1995 - Julius Herford Prize for Distinguished Doctoral Research in Choral Music (American Choral Directors Association)

Selected Past and Present Service

Department of Music, Chair
Committee on Academic Status, Chair
Committee on Degrees
Dean's Advisory Council
Educational Policy Committee
Arts and Sciences Ad Hoc Committee on Merit Review
American Choral Directors Association, Monograph and Composers Series, Editorial Board