Chair, Department of Music, Washington Adventist University and Director of Choirs
James Bingham, Ph.D., has been chair of the music department and director of choral activities at Washington Adventist University (WAU) since 1994. Prior to this appointment, he chaired the music department and directed choirs at Kingsway College, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada from 1970-80 and at Atlantic Union College, South Lancaster, Massachusetts from 1985-94.
Bingham undertook his undergraduate studies at Avondale College, New South Wales, Australia, and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Andrews University, Michigan.
The Pro Musica, a group founded by distinguished conductor the late Paul Hill, in 1967, and the Columbia Collegiate Chorale, established in 1994 by Bingham, have performed at the Carnegie Hall, New York; the National Gallery of Art, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. under Bingham's direction. They were selected, along with the New England Symphonic Ensemble of WAU, to represent the United States at the 1995 Jerash International Festival, Jordan, under the sponsorship of Queen Noor of Jordan.
The choirs have performed in major concert halls, cathedrals and churches, and educational institutions in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, the Caribbean, the Far East, the Middle East, Southern Africa, and the United States. They have recorded numerous CDs, some under the Ethereal Records label, and have received highest praise for the recording of Louis Vierne’s Messe Solennelle in C minor and John Rutter’s Dancing Day.
In his role as chair of the music program at WAU, Bingham has elevated performance and academic standards and infused the program with life and a sense of direction. His most recent achievements include that of presiding over the construction of the first phase of a new music facility in 2010 and 2011, a pressing need at the school for over six decades, and the publishing of a major choral work, Procession and Carols: A Christmas Suite for Women’s Chorus and Harp in 2012.
Bingham is also heavily involved in the practice of sacred music as organist and choir director in two area churches and, although he is primarily an administrator and choral director, he finds time to arrange, orchestrate and compose solo, choral and instrumental music. His compositions have been used as required repertoire for competition and they have been presented at national music conferences, while his orchestrations have been heard and admired around the world.