Dr. James TapiaConductor
Tapia received the doctor of music degree in conducting from the University of Texas at Austin. His ost-graduate work includes participation in the Carnegie Institute for Orchestral Conductors and the Pine Mountain Conducting Seminar. He has served on the faculties of Syracuse University, the University of Michigan and Pittsburg State University.
Tapia is equally at home with professional, university and youth ensembles. He has held the position of music director of the Syracuse Summer Festival Orchestra for the past 15 years. He is conductor of a professional music educator’s wind ensemble, the Central Winds. He also currently serves as conductor of the Syracuse Youth Orchestra.
Tapia began his professional conducting experience with the Tampa Bay Symphony as assistant conductor and has conducted the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Bach Festival Orchestra, the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and the Dallas Wind Symphony along with many guest conducting experiences.
Tapia is a strong proponent of new music. He has been instrumental in the development and production of contemporary music festivals, and his interest in new music has led him to collaborations with such composers as Leslie Bassett, Karel Husa, Michael Daugherty, George Crumb, Donald Grantham, Andrew Waggoner, Dan Godfrey and Andrew Meade.