The American bass-baritone, pianist, choreographer and stage director, James Jillson Selway, is a graduate of The Juilliard School and The Catholic University of America.
James Selway is an accomplished pianist and has performed at the Phillips Collection and the World Bank in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Recital Hall, and the United Nations. He is director of Harnes Selway Arts where he maintains a Suzuki piano studio and directs operetta and music theater productions for the Harnes Selway Arts summer program, "Singers ONSTAGE." He specializes in directing operetta for youth and also produces Gilbert and Sullivan productions at Summer Music Festival - Suzuki Kingston, Kingston, Ontario. Selway is a frequent workshop clinician in the USA, Canada, and Bermuda, both as a music theater director and as a pianist.
James Selway has performed as pianist and worked as choreographer with the World Children’s Choir at Carnegie Hall and at the Kennedy Center; at the White House, the National Archives, the National Building Museum and other Washington, D.C. venues for Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and for UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. He has also toured and led workshops with the World Children’s Choir in Canada, Ireland, Romania, and Scotland.
A bass-baritone, James Selway has sung with Aspen Music Festival, the Greenwich (Connecticut) Philharmonia, the Aspen Contemporary Music Conference, the Washington Opera, the New York Chamber Soloists, the American Opera Center, the Yale Summer Music Festival, and at the United Nations. He has sung in Israel and throughout the Caribbean as a soloist with "Around the World in Ninety Minutes".
James Selway is President of Harnes Selway Arts, Inc., Falls Church, Virginia. He maintains a Suzuki piano studio of 40 students and also directs operetta and music theater productions for the Harnes Selway Arts summer program, Singers Onstage. For over twenty years he has directed operetta for children and youth and continues to direct and produce Gilbert and Sullivan productions at Summer Music Festival ~ Suzuki Kingston, Ontario. Selway is also Associate Director of the World Children’s Choir, founded and directed by his wife, soprano Sondra Harnes.
James Selway is the composer of many pieces for voice and piano. With One Dream, written following the September 11th attacks has been recorded by the World Children’s Choir and has been published by Warner Brothers. His composition The Peace of Christmas was written for the 2002 Pageant of Peace on the White House Ellipse and performed on that occasion by the World Children’s Choir and the United States Air Force Band. e is pianist for five World Children’s Choir CD's, including the “Peace of Christmas.” The World Children’s Choir release, “We Must Dream,” is a compilation of 15 of Selway’s vocal and piano pieces. A new CD just released by WCC features two of newest songs, A Gift of Love and La Revedere.
James Selway's dances and performs with Dianne Braden in the song and dance duo Braden and Selway. Braden and Selway perform for arts and community organizations, senior residences, and schools, and are associated with the Arlington (Virginia) Center for Dance where they also perform and teach workshops for children and adults. Selway is also featured as Ambassador Drosselmeyer in the Center Dance Company’s production of The Nutcracker.
At the invitation of recording and concert artist Susan Reed James Selway appeared as artist-in-residence in February of 2004 and 2005 at Thacher Montessori School in Milton, Massachusetts. He has also done music theater workshops throughout the USA, in Canada, and in Bermuda. Each summer he directs music theater classes and performances for children, teens, and adults at the Ogontz Suzuki Institute in Lisbon, New Hampshire, an assignment he has held since 1994.