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composer , conductor.

Phillip James, American composer, conductor.


James, Phillip was born on May 17, 1890 in Jersey City. Son of Philip William and Ernestine (Wildhagen) James.


Bachelor of Arts, City College of New York, 1910. Doctor of Music, New York College Music, 1946.


July 1945); married second, Helga Boyer, February 3, 1952. Children—Vivien, Philip. Museum director operettas for Victor Herbert and prodns.

Winthrop Ames, New York City, 1911-1916. Conductor New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, 1922-1929, Brooklyn Orchestral Society, 1928-1929. Professor music, head music department, New York University, professor emeritus.

Instructor music Columbia University. Vice president Llangollen International Museum Eisteddfod, North Wales. Conductor Bamberger Symphony Orchestra, Radio Station WOR.

Guest conductor National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, New York Orchestra, NBC Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Columbia Broadcasting System, New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, Bronx Symphony Orchestra.


  • Other Work

    • Composer two symphonies, five suites, seven concert overtures, choral works, chamber music and songs.


Served as Second lieutenant, infantry, United States Army, later bandmaster and commanding officer American Expeditionary Force Hdgrs. Band, World War I.; Member National Institute of Arts and Letters, Society Publication American Music (Chairman of the Board), American Musicol. Society, MacDowell Allied Mems.

(president 1953), Edw. MacDowell Association (Vice-President), A.S.C.A.P., Phi Beta Kappa, Mu Sigma. Club: Century Association (New York City).


Married Millicent Eady, September 7, 1916 (deceased.; married second, Helga Boyer, February 3, 1952. Children: Vivien, Philip.

Philip William James

Ernestine (Wildhagen) James

Millicent Eady

Helga Boyer

Vivien James

Philip James