James K. McCully, tenor Music Director, Adjudicator, Voice Instructor, Vocal Coach, Conductor & Accompanist. * James K. McCully studied in New York City with Metropolitan Opera tenor Jerry Hadleys teacher; and Metropolitan Opera and Paris Opera soprano Marjorie Lawrence. * James K. McCully studied with Dallas Opera conductor, vocal coach and accompanist Dr. Michael Cordovana, the musical assistant to Maestro Nicola Rescigno founder of Lyric Opera of Chicago and Dallas Opera, and favorite conductor of Maria Callas. * James K. McCully adjudicated the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions with the Paris Opera artistic director Bernard LeFort, the winner now Metropolitan Opera soprano Jan Grissom; and the National Opera Vocal Competition with Metropolitan Opera tenor George Shirley, the winner now Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Dana Beth Miller. * James K. McCully served for over a decade as a National Endowment for the Arts On-Site Evaluator of Professional Opera and Musical Theater Companies and their Emerging Artists Programs across the nation; and as a National Council on the Arts Opera Musical Theater Fellow under the direction OPERA NEWS editor Patrick Smith. * James K. McCully served as a member of the voice faculties at Catholic University and National Conservatory; and co-taught musical theater classes with the American College Theatre Festival Kennedy Center producing director Dr. David Young. * James K. McCully served as Chairman of the National Opera Convention with Metropolitan Opera tenor Placido Domingo at Kennedy Center; and as general director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts Vocal Competition with International Chairs Metropolitan Opera soprano Dame Joan Sutherland and Maestro Richard Boynynge. * James K. McCully served as an Arts and Humanities Nominator for the prestigious $250,000 Heinz Awards; recipients Metropolitan Opera soprano Beverly Sills and Metropolitan Opera composer John Harbison. * James K. McCully students sing for AGMA Opera Houses, AEA Theaters, International/National Tours, National Cathedral, National Shrine, National Theatre, PBS, The White House, Presidents and Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. * James K. McCully showcases his advanced students in concert at the Music Center at Strathmore (1,976 seats) and the Kay Theatre (650 seats) in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. As a group, his students perform in a 21st century stone landmark 40ft Star Disc Celestial Amphitheatre each summer. * James K. McCully was the recipient of the Signature Sinfonian Award for a lifetime of excellence and for his personal and professional accomplishments from Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity of America which was featured in AMERICAN MUSIC TEACHER MAGAZINE. * James K. McCully specializes in bel canto technniques that increases range, quality, breath, carrying power and stamina of the voice. In addition, he works with each singer on audition material, repertory development, performance preparation, singer acting, and CD recordings in a professional studio. * James K. McCully offers voice instruction in opera, musical theater, oratorio, cabaret and sacred music. METRO ACCESSIBLE VOICE STUDIOS: Washington DC Studio: 202-683-7874 Norther Virginia Studio: 703-354-8623 "Mr. McCully, it is great that you are doing such good work to help young singers, and we both wish you the greatest of success." Dame Joan Sutherland & Maestro Richard Bonynge The Metropolitan Opera & International Artists "Mr. McCully, thank you for your important part in making the 43rd National Opera Association Convention the biggest and best yet." Kirke Mechem, Opera Composer TARTUFFE, JOHN BROWN, & THE NEWPORT RIVALS "Mr. McCully, we talked about you and your superb arrangements for the recent convention. We've never met a vocal teacher and coach who was capable of doing what you did. We were particularly impressed with your calm and outwardly serene manner throughout the hectic days. And you are a gentleman. Thank you for all that. For all your future endeavors our very best wishes go with you." Evelyn Lear & Thomas Stewart The Metropolitan Opera & International Artists "Mr. McCully's determination to make the 43rd National Opera Association Convention a memorable event was everywhere apparent, and he achieved his goal." George Shirley The Metropolitan Opera & International Artist "Mr. McCully, the caliber of singers you brought to our stage was breathtaking. Any one of them alone could have held an audience spellbound: the ensemble was dazzling indeed. Thank you, James, for making so much wonderful music in our National Capital, and for training others who will carry on the tradition!" Dr. Donn B. Murphy The National Theatre, President "Over the past several years, I have had the opportunity to work with Mr. James McCully in the preparation and coaching of roles for the stage. Mr. McCully is a fine musician and very gifted vocal coach whose students consistently receive contracts from opera and musical theater companies. I think James is a very personable and gracious man with a very strong knowledge of the opera-musical theater field." Dr. Michael Cordovana Assistant to Maestro Nicola Rescigno The Dallas Opera, assistant conductor "I've worked with James off and on for the last 7 years or so. He's a great technician, and is great at building a full throated, coordinated sound. I think sometimes people can be intimidated by the kind of sound he encourages, but I've had great results from working with him, and I've heard some other really good voices come out of his studio. That's really the measure, isn't it...when people improve? Additionally, he's a great pianist so you sort of get two for the price of one! A bit about me: baritone, I have a Masters from Manhattan School of Music, and have worked with some great teachers." Martin Good, Washington National Opera baritone Masters of Music in Opera Performance Manhattan School of Music "Maestro McCully, I would not be the singer that I am today if it were not for you. I am now viewed as a legitimate classical singer with a sound that can cut through an orchestra with ease. Every good thing that I am able to do with my voice from here on out can be attributed to the work that you have done with me. Thank you so much for all that you do. You are a true Saint in the music world!" Colin D. Eaton, II PBS Vai DaCapo: Songs of Delight Grammy Award Winning Opera & Stage Performers ~ "A Commanding Tenor That Sings With Great Aplomb." ~ ~ THE WASHINGTON POST ~ ~ "A Young Tenor Whose Name You Shall Not Soon Forget." ~ ~ "Possessing The Ability To Dazzle Audiences With Ease." ~ ~ "Eaton Reached All Of The Required High C's That Helped To Make Pavarotti Famous." ~ ~ THE BALTIMORE SUN ~ ~ "Mr. Eaton not only sang the aria with great aplomb, but nailed every one of those pesky high C's,even drawing out the last one to show what he could REALLY do(showoff!). But, heck, if you can do it, flaunt it. And Mr. Eaton certainly can and did. And the audience was dazzled by the ease and musicianship of his feat." ~ ~ THE CAPITAL ~ "For almost a decade, I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. James McCully and working with him as an Organist/Music Director at Arlington National Cemetery's Old Post and Memorial Chapels at Fort Myer." "Mr. McCully has established the kind of personal relationships necessary to effectively reach out to those most in need through dynamic music programs that were both challenging and enjoyable to the service and to the three choirs that grew substantially during his tenure. In addition, he provided special music programs as music director and keyboard support at Bolling Air Force Base, Quantico Marine Corps Base, Washington Naval Yard, and Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens." "Mr. McCully has a broad base of musical knowledge which is necessary in ministering to the needs of soldiers who are in the most vulnerable position. He has excellent musical skills and has the ability to communicate his joy of music to soldiers who are working in a business in which death and 'what comes next' are very real possibilities, especially in times like these." "Mr. McCully has served faithfully with almost perfect attendance. A conscientious musician, Mr. McCully was presented an Award of Excellence for his outstanding support to the Old Post and Memorial Chapel community at Fort Myer on Armed Forces Day, 20 May 1995."
Monsignor Goudreau, Catholic Chaplain Arlington National Cemetery Old Post & Memorial Chapels "The Old Guard" Colonel & Garrison Commander "I invited Mr. McCully to be an On-Site Evaluator for the Opera-Musical Theater Program based on his familiarity with the grants process, having been a Fellow in the Program under my predecessor, Patrick Smith, who had left to become editor of OPERA NEWS. I found Mr. McCully to be reliable, insightful, and thorough in fulfilling this important task, which he agreed to do, as a service to the field." "Among his many accomplishments, I am personally impressed by his success in creating International Forums for Singers and Conductors; his ability to enlist the participation of such major figures as Placido Domingo and Dame Joan Sutherland; his commitment to American Works; and his support of young talent." Dr. Tomas C. Hernandez National Endowment for the Arts, director Opera-Musical Theater Program "Mr. McCully, an individual I have known through his participation and membership in the National Opera Association as a State Governor, as an active Convention Associate, and through his establishment of an opera scholarship for outstanding young singers through the National Opera Association's Vocal Competition. I have been impressed with his diligence and enthusiasm in all of these areas. I know that he has been industrious in his promotion of opera and his encouragement of young artists." Dr. Randall L. Holden, National Opera Association, President