James Knox

About the composer

James W. Knox, is the current Professor of Music at Central Oregon Community College where he directs Cascade Chorale, College Choir and vocal jazz ensemble Central Singers. Through James' studies he has had the privilege of working with distinguished conductors and composers from around the world, such as Robert Sund, Frieder Bernius, Veljo Tormis, Fred Stoltzfus, Joseph Flummerfelt, Morna Edmundson, Yaccov Bergman, Maria Guinand, Hirvo Surva, Alice Parker, Charles Bruffy, Simon Carrington, Karen Kennedy, Joshua Habermann and Hilary Apfelstadt.

His involvement and love for music is also displayed as a baritone soloist. James' work included guest artist at Seattle, Washington's Opera Banquet, Peace Through Music pieces Dona Nobis Pacem by R.V. Williams, Cantata Misericordium by Benjamin Britten, Faure's Requiem, portrayed Jesus in the premiere of J.S. Bach's St. Mark's Passion, Cascada in The Merry Widow, Menotti's one act opera The Telephone, Pooh-Bah in Obsidian Opera's Production of The Mikado, Javert in the local production of Les Miserables. In 2014, he taught in London for the abroad exchange program at COCC. Winter and spring of  2018 he was on his sabbatical leave in Estonia for the preparation for the annual Song Celebration Festival, taught at the Conservatory of Vicenza, Italy and the Miari School of Music in Belluno, Italy. 

  • Kyrie
  • Piano, Synthesizer, Mixed choir
  • 2.35 USD
  • Gloria
  • Piano, Synthesizer, Mixed choir
  • 2.35 USD

Do not stand at my grave and weep - now available!

07.01.2019 Article

The poem that Mary had written in 1932 depicts the story of a young Jewish girl, Margaret Schwarzkopf, who had been staying at the Frye’s household and was unable to visit her dying grandmother in Germany due to anti-Semitic unrest.   Mary Frye made several copies of the poem and circulated them privately and among her friends. She never published or copyrighted the poem and so it remained unknown until Frye revealed that she had written it.   Her claim was confirmed in 1998 after ...

O crux benedicta- new work available in January!

28.12.2018 News

Latest work, O crux benedicta, will be available in January. This work displays the powerful victory of Christ's sacrifice over all mankind.  This piece will be the highlight of your Easter season!  SATB and piano (medium difficulty). For more information please contact James directly at:

Ring out, wild bells- premiere success!

28.12.2018 Article

James W. Knox premiered a dramatic and uplifting piece this past holiday season with the beautiful words of Alfred Tennyson; Ring out, wild bells, scored for SATB divisi, string orchestra and sleigh bells.  The 9:30 minute work came to a climatic ending for the Central Oregon community during the annual Holiday Magic Concerts.  "Surely, this new work has to become a standard in today's choral repertoire.."  Bend Bulletin "What a special moment we just experience in our community ...

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