Professor James Ripley conducts the Carthage Wind Orchestra, Carthage Band, and the chamber winds group AMATI. He also serves as principal guest conductor of the Sakuyo Wind Orchestra at Sakuyo University in Kurashiki, Japan, where he was the music director from 2001-2011. Prof. Ripley was recognized for distinguished service in the field of instrumental music by Luther College with the Carlo A. Sperati Award in 2012. In 2018, he became Music Director of the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band. He is currently President-Elect of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE).
Prior to his appointment at Carthage, Prof. Ripley served as assistant professor of conducting and ensembles at the Eastman School of Music, where he was the associate conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra, and as conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble at the River Campus of the University of Rochester. He is an active arranger and editor of wind ensemble music. He has appeared as guest clinician and conductor throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan.
Prof. Ripley joined the Carthage faculty in 2001. He earned his D.M.A. in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, his M.M. in wind conducting from Northwestern University and his B.A. in Music Education from Luther College. In addition, Prof. Ripley taught for eleven years in the public schools of Minnesota and Iowa.
Professor James Ripley conducts the Carthage Wind Orchestra, Carthage Band, and the chamber winds group AMATI. He also serves as principal guest conductor of the Sakuyo Wind Orchestra at Sakuyo University in Kurashiki, Japan, where he was the music director from 2001-2011.
Director of Instrumental Music Activities
Professor of Music
- D.M.A. — Conducting, Eastman School of Music
- M.M. — Wind Conducting, Northwestern University
- B.A. — Music Education, Luther College
- MUS 0050 Carthage Wind Orchestra
- MUS 0090 Small Instrumental Ensembles
- MUS 2060 Brass Techniques in Schools
- MUS 2070 Percussion Techniques in Schools
- MUS 2710 Psychoacoustics of Music
- MUS 3010 Seminar in Form and Analysis
- MUS 3100 Instrumental Conducting and Techniques
- MUS 400T History of the Wind Band
- MUS 4200 Instrumental Music Methods
Wind Orchestra/Concert Band arrangements:
Kitten on the Keys, Zez Confrey, Warner Brothers/Alfred
Second Rhapsody, Geroge Gershwin, Warner Brothers/Alfred
Triumphal Ode, Howard Hanson, Carl Fischer
American Ballads, Morton Gould, G. Schirmer — rental library
American Patrol, Morton Gould, G. Schirmer - rental library
Begrabnisgesang, Johannes Brahms - rental from arranger
Four Irish Myths, Henry Cowell, G. Schirmer - rental from arranger
Henry V, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Boosey & Hawkes - rental from arranger
Refer to website for complete listing: jcripley.com
Personal Home Page: jcripley.com