James Shields, clarinet
James Shields, an active chamber and orchestral musician, is currently the principal clarinet of the New Mexico Philharmonic, the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Ontario and was formerly the principal clarinet of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra from 2006 until 2011.
He is a graduate of The Juilliard School of Music (B.M. 2006, Clarinet Performance), where he studied with Ricardo Morales, principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Shields has appeared as soloist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Wind Symphony, and the Chatter Chamber Ensemble, and has performed as principal clarinet with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, the Astoria Music Festival (Astoria, OR), and the Interlochen Arts Festival’s World Youth Symphony Orchestra.
He is co-artistic director of Albuquerque’s Church of Beethoven, a weekly show that combines chamber music, spoken word, and visual art. In the summer of 2010 he received his Masters degree in Composition from the University of New Mexico.