James Albrecht joined the music faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall of 2018. He is also the principal trombonist of the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, a member of the Great Basin Brass Quintet and frequently performs with the Reno Chamber Orchestra. Prior to 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, FL. He has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Sacramento 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 masterclasses at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Duquesne University, University of Hawaii, University of Memphis, The Ohio State University and many others.
Albrecht 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 has also attended many summer festivals including the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California and the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.
Through the years, Albrecht has been fortunate to study 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 their Bruckner Symphony No. 7 DVD and heard on many Pittsburgh Symphony Audio Recordings. He is also on the recent CD release of Legacy, which features the Artists of the Southeast Trombone Symposium. In 2019, Albrecht performed the world premiere of trombone sonata by Robert Brownlow at the International Trombone Festival.
Albrecht is a Bach Performing Artist and performs on Greg Black Mouthpieces.
- DMA, trombone performance, University of Memphis, 2012
- MM, Cleveland Institute of Music
- B.M., Manhattan School of Music