James Weaver has served Iowa Schools and the Theatrical Community as Vocal Technique Teacher, Director and Performance Coach for over 20 years. He is well versed in a vast body of repertoire and equally comfortable teaching all of the various voice classifications. A percentage of his students enjoy active careers and have appeared with Opera Companies, Disney, U.S.O. Tours, Regional Theater and Broadway National Tours. His students are well represented in the Iowa All State Chorus and Iowa State Solo/Ensemble Outstanding Performer Showcase.
A native Iowan, he studied voice under Marvin E. Kelley before attending Simpson College in Indianola earning a B.M.E. where he was a student of Maria DiPalma. He participated in the Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Program and was awarded the Sven Lekberg Award for outstanding contribution. Student Opera participation included Gianni Schicci, The Magic Flute, Riders To The Sea, The Medium, Rigoletto, A Street Scene, Albert Herring, The Marriage of Figaro and numerous others. He studied with Eckhart Sellheim in Koln, Germany focusing on the works of Schubert, Schumann and Wolf. Subsequent voice teachers were Clay Dawson and Daniel Gast.