James PinhornJames Pinhorn is a native of St. John’s, Newfoundland where he appeared frequently on stage and on CBC Radio and Television as a boy soprano and actor. He moved to Toronto in 1985 and completed a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Toronto.
During a year of Special Studies in Elementary Education and Choral Conducting at the University, James served as the Assistant Conductor of the Concert Choir conducted by Doctor Doreen Rao. During that season he was invited by Dr. Rao to conduct the choir in a performance of Sharon Fragments at a gala concert honouring Canadian composer John Beckwith. That same year James was invited by Robert Cooper to conduct the back-stage chorus in three performances of Ravel’s ballet Daphnis et Chloe for the National Ballet of Canada.
He served as conductor of the University Chorus at the University of Toronto for two years before accepting the position of conductor of the University Women’s Chorus, a post he held for 6 years. James was also a vocal coach for the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, and was the guest chorus conductor for Robert Cooper in two performances of the opera Marina for the Opera in Concert Chorus in December of 1996.
James has been invited many times as a presenter for the Ontario Music Educators Association Conference, where he has given presentations on the state of music education in our public schools, on rehearsal techniques for young male singers, and on issues of intellectual and artistic copyright. James also has had the honour of conducting the Massed Choir for 15 seasons at the Ontario Educational Leadership Centre in the Intermediate Arts Emerging Leadership Course for Grade Seven students, and is currently a Course Administrator there.
James Pinhorn is a Secondary music teacher at Agincourt Collegiate Institute in the Toronto District School Board where he teaches both Vocal Music and Computers and Music courses. The Agincourt Madrigal Singers have won National Gold Awards 7 times, most recently at the 2015 MusicFest Nationals competition in Toronto, Ontario. Agincourt’s Choral ensembles have been twice awarded the Ed Bolsby Trophy for the top High School Ensemble in the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival, both in 2012 and in 2014. In the Spring of 2014 The Agincourt Men’s Chorus won the City Of Lincoln prize for Best Male Chorus at the National Kiwanis Festival in British Columbia. Most recently in 2015, The Agincourt Madrigals Singers won the Paul J. Bourret Prize for best SATB Chorus in The National Music Festival Association’s recorded competition, held in Edmonton, Alberta. Under Mr. Pinhorn, the Agincourt Choirs have been featured in their own noon hour concerts both at Roy Thomson Hall, and for the Music Monday organization in 2016. In April 2017, The Agincourt Madrigal Singers travelled to Banff, Alberta for the Rocky Mountain Music Festival, where they performed their very own showcase concert to a sold out and very appreciative audience