- D.M.A., Trombone Performance, University of Memphis, 2012
- M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music
- B.M., Manhattan School of Music
James Albrecht joined the music faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall of 2018. He is also the acting principal trombone of the Reno Philharmonic. Before his appointment in Reno, he served on the faculty at the University of Akron in Ohio and was the 2nd trombonist in the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
As an orchestral musician, he has served as acting utility trombone with the Pittsburgh Symphony and was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida. He also has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony, the Charleston Symphony and many regional orchestras across the country.
As a chamber musician, Albrecht is a frequent guest clinician and performer with the Reno Philharmonic Brass Quintet. He is a member of the Southeast Trombone Symposium Professors choir. He was also a member of the University of Akron Faculty Brass Quintet and the Sequenza Trombone Quartet and has performed with Cleveland's Burning River Brass.
As a clinician, Albrecht has given master classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Duquesne University, University of Memphis, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown University, Ohio University and The Ohio State University.
He began his undergraduate work at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music. He holds a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Memphis. He also has attended many summer festivals including the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, and the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.
Through the years, Albrecht has studied with some of the greatest brass virtuosi and pedagogues including Peter Sullivan, Tony Chipurn, Richard Stout, Mark Lawrence, David Finlayson, Steve Witser and Edward Zadrozny.
Albrecht can be seen performing with the Cleveland Orchestra on its Bruckner Symphony No. 7 DVD and heard on many Pittsburgh Symphony CDs. He is also on the recent CD release of Legacy which features the Artists of the Southeast Trombone Symposium.
Albrecht is a Bach Performing Artist and performs on Greg Black Mouthpieces.