Youth Choir JAM

November  17-18, 2017


Youth Choir JAM is an ecumenical youth choir festival covering a broad range of styles in sacred choral literature. This music is rehearsed in home churches prior to the event. No matter the size of choir, participation is sure to give your program a boost. Under the direction of nationally recognized choral directors known for their skills in working with youth, participants rehearse from late Friday afternoon through the concert on Saturday afternoon.


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James Wells - Clinician

James Wells serves as the Director of Choral Music at Brentwood United Methodist Church near Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Wells has spent the last 20 years in public school education and church music. He is the co-director of the Nashville Children's Choir at Belmont University along with his good friend and mentor, Dr. Madeline Bridges. In his public school teaching experiences, Mr. Wells taught general music, treble and youth choirs, percussion ensembles, and directed musical theater productions.   Mr. Wells is a frequent guest director for festivals, mass choirs, and honor choirs around the southeast. He received his music training at MTSU and Belmont with undergraduate degrees in Music Ed. and Voice Performance and a Masters Degree in Music Education. At Brentwood UMC, Mr. Wells has recently moved from the role of Director of Youth and Children's Music, to now oversee all the choral programs of the church. Brentwood is a large congregation and has over 600 choir participants yearly.

Many of our youth will remember James as a clinician at Montreat or Music Week held at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina over the past several summers.

On a more personal note, James has been married to his wife Amy for 21 years and has two daughters. Emily is 14 and a sophomore in high school. Molly is 18 and a sophomore at Mississippi State University. 

Youth Choir JAM is an ecumenical youth choir festival attracting churches from metro Richmond, Northern Virginia and North Carolina. Carefully selected anthems with a broad range of difficulty and styles are prepared ahead of the event. Nationally recognized guest directors inspire the youth and their directors as they equip and lead the singers to offer their best voice and spirit to the music. Our Richmond Chapter of the AGO has offered generous support for this year’s event.
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