Praised by Stephen Robinson for playing with “great expression and feeling”, guitarist James Van

Druten has delighted audiences with his mature and refined style of playing. James is currently

completing a Master of Music in guitar performance with Douglas James at Appalachian State University. In

2013, James graduated from Stetson University with a Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University. As a

soloist, he has won numerous awards including Fourth Prize in Division I of the 2014 Appalachian State

Guitar Festival and Second Prize in the 7th Annual Marilyn Newell Youth Music Festival. He was also a

Semifinalist in the 2011 Rosario International Guitar Competition. James has performed in master classes

given by some of the world’s most distinguished guitarists including Manuel Barrueco, Denis Azabagic,

Rafael Padron, and Stephen Aron. As a chamber musician, James has had the pleasure of being a member of

Stetson University’s Guitar Ensemble, the Appalachian State Guitar Orchestra and has collaborated

extensively with soprano Elizabeth Galafa,performing works by Fredrico García Lorca and Manuel de Falla.

Equally comfortable away from the concert stage, James has served as a teaching assistant to Dr.Stephen

Robinson, learning valuable tools on how to approach teaching in a university setting. He is also recently

been appointed adjunct professor of Guitar at Milligan College.

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