James French began his multi-faceted career as child musician in his father’s churches, moving to Music Director positions in Washington, D.C., Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles. French moved to Maui during the 1991-92 Season to serve as Music Director and Conductor of the Maui Symphony Orchestra, presented in Hawaii’s premiere concert hall, Castle Theater in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. French was featured for his work with MSO creating concert theater performances in ASOL’s Symphony Magazine and was critically acclaimed in numerous reviews by the local press. French has directed Joseph and His Multi-Colored Dream Coat, Oliver, The Importance of Being Earnest, Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, Chorus Line, Pirates of Penzance, Mikado, and H. M. S. Pinafore on the professional stage. Along with being an orchestral conductor, French has been active as a composer, church musician, and recitalist at the pipe organ, harpsichord, and piano. French taught vocal music, directed choirs and music dramas at Luther Burbank Junior High School and Burbank High School where he founded and trained teachers in the Show Choir concepts.
French serves as Music Director/Organist here at The Cathedral Center of St. Paul, enjoys teaching Creative Writing, and family life with wife Claudia and their seven most accomplished children.