Director of Music
James Diaz is the First Prize winner of the 2000 Dallas International Organ Competition, and the Gold Medal and Concerto Prize winner of the 1994 Calgary International Organ Competition. He also took First Prize at the Fort Wayne National Organ Competition in 1994. In addition to giving solo recitals in North America, Europe, and Asia, Mr. Diaz has given the world premiere of two organ and orchestra works by Pulitzer Prize winning composers: in 2002 he appeared with the Dallas Symphony in the premiere of Joseph Schwantner’s September Canticle, and in 1994 he premiered Gunther Schuller’s Concerto for Organ and Orchestra with the Calgary Philharmonic. He has recorded a solo CD for Delos International at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, and his recording of the Schuller concerto has been released by New World Records. Mr. Diaz is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan, where he studied organ with Robert Glasgow and piano with Dickran Atamian. He holds a master’s degree in Organ Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Todd Wilson and worked under Karel Paukert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights. Following service as assistant organist and choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, in 1998 he was appointed Organist and Choirmaster at Saint Michael and All Angels Church in Dallas, one of the largest Episcopal churches in the United States.
Read Mr. Diaz’s weekly musical and liturgical notes here.