About the Instructor:
James Stager is a sought-after trombonist, pianist, and educator. He teaches music theory, music history, low brass, and jazz improvisation at The Royal Conservatory as well as at several of Toronto's performing arts schools, and music theory at York University. He is frequently heard in concert halls, festivals, and nightclubs in a wide variety of musical settings including symphony orchestras (Toronto Philharmonia), musical theatre (Shaw Festival and Soulpepper Theatre), world music (Moda Eterna, Caché), and jazz groups (Big Rude Jake, Red Hot Ramble). In addition to his teaching and performing career, as a member of The Conservatory's College of Examiners, James adjudicates woodwind, brass, and percussion examinations throughout Canada and the United States, and evaluates written examinations in music theory and history.