Title: Music Director, Conductor Emeritus
Company: Danbury Symphony Orchestra
Location: Danbury, Connecticut, United States
James E. Humphreville, BMus, MA, music director and conductor emeritus of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
Having played the French horn since the age of 8, Mr. Humphreville has carried his passion for music with him throughout his life. He initially obtained a Bachelor of Music from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1952 and a Master of Arts from Columbia University in 1961 prior to earning a Professional Diploma from the University of Connecticut in 1969. During this time, he began his professional career as a teacher at Danbury High School, holding the position from 1957 to 1961. Over the course of the following decade, he found success as a member of the affiliate faculty of music at Western Connecticut State University and the director of choirs at Danbury High School. He has since found success in a multitude of creative positions, including the conductor of the Danbury Concert Chorus from 1967 to 1985, the supervisor of music at Danbury Public Schools from 1975 to 1990 and the conductor of the Connecticut Opera Alliance from 1994 to 1997.
Notably, Mr. Humphreville excelled as the music director and conductor of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra from 1977 to 2000, achieving emeritus status in 2001. Supplementing his professional career, he has served as the vice president of the Danbury Musicians Association and president of the Connecticut Music Educator Association. Additionally, he has maintained professional affiliations with the East Division Board of the Music Educator National Conference and the American Federation of Musicians. Furthermore, he has contributed his expertise to the board of directors of the Danbury Concert Association and has participated with the Music Education Advisory Committee of the Connecticut State Board of Education.
Prior to enjoying a successful career in music, Mr. Humphreville completed service with the United States Army between the years of 1952 and 1955. Though he is now enjoying his retirement, in his free time, he enjoys German diary writing. Moreover, he became certified as a scuba diver in 1990. Though his career has been suffused with highlights, he is most proud to have conducted the symphony and concert chorus.
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