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College of Arts and Sciences

James Spinazzola

Assistant Professor

Department and Program Affiliations:


Academic focus:

Director, Cornell Wind Symphony

Current research project: 

Arranging and orchestrating for chamber and full wind ensembles

Previous positions: 

  • Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Music, Cornell University, 2016-2018
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Music, Cornell University, 2014-2016; 
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Music, Cornell University, 2012-2014
  • Associate Professor, Department of Music, University of Indianapolis, 2006-2012

Academic background: 

  • D.M.A, Wind conducting, Louisiana State University, 2006
  • M.M., Wind conducting, University of Colorado-Boulder, 1998
  • B..S, Music education, Duquesne University, 1995

Last book read:

“Moonglow” by Michael Chabon

In your own time/when not working:

Woodworking, hiking, reading

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

I'm excited about a new course I'm offering in the fall, Performing Chamber Wind Music: The Classical-Era Wind Octet, as well as new iterations of the Cornell Wind Symphony and Introduction to Western Music Theory.

What most excites you about Cornell:

I am continually inspired by the students' curiosity, intensity, and level of engagement.  Every semester brings new collaborations and exciting challenges.

Twitter handle/blog url: (official website of the Cornell Wind Symphony)