Dr. James Hammann
Music Studies Coordinator and Associate Chair; Classical Organ
James Hammann is Associate Chair of the Music Department. He teaches organ, music theory, music history and class piano. He also serves as undergraduate coordinator and oversees the Music Studies degree program. In addition to his duties at UNO he also serves the Chapel of the Holy Comforter as organist/choirmaster. Dr. Hammann holds degrees in organ performance and church music from Ohio Wesleyan University and The University of Michigan. His major teachers include Rexford Keller, Robert Clark, and Marilyn Mason.
Dr. Hammann’s conducting credits include a four year tenure as music director of the Allen Park Symphony Orchestra, conductor of the Southeastern Michigan Choral Society, and conductor of the Tecumseh Pops Orchestra. He frequently guest conducts the New Orleans Civic Symphony and directs UNO’s baroque ensemble.
He was awarded the “Artist of the Year” award by the Arts Commission of Toledo, Ohio, for his founding and conducting of The Little Orchestra Society of Toledo.
Dr. Hammann has played organ recitals throughout the United States, and has given over one hundred performances of his one man show, “Old Bach,” where he dons costume and wig to recreate moments in the composer’s life and play representative selections on the organ and harpsichord. His four compact disks of organ music recorded on historic organs in the United States and Germany are available through the Organ Historical Society. He has played for numerous conventions of both the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society. He holdsthe Associate Diploma from the AGO.
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