James Libbey, artistic director
James Libbey is a music and theatre teacher at the International School of Luxembourg (ISL), where he has worked for the past 17 years. He grew up in Cornwall, Ontario in Canada and holds a Doctor of Education in International Education (Northcentral University), Master of Music Degree (University of Toronto), Bachelor of Education (Queen’s University), and Bachelor of Music Degree (Queen’s University).
Dr. Libbey is an experienced choral conductor, and for the past 29 years has directed a variety of choirs including: Gananoque Choral Ensemble, Queen’s University Choral Ensemble, University of Toronto Master Chorale, Cantabile Girls’ Choir, Royal Military College of Canada Choir, Bel Canto Choir (Graz, Austria), and Cantabile Women’s Choir (Luxembourg). At ISL, he directs the Upper School choirs and is the Musical Director for annual musicals including most recently, Les Misérables, West Side Story, and Little Shop of Horrors. He received private choral conducting lessons from Dr. Mark Sirett, and Dr. Doreen Rao.
An experienced guest conductor, James has had the privilege to direct the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) European Middle School Girls’ Honor Choir in Waterloo, Belgium and the AMIS European Middle School Boys’ Honor Choir in both Rome and Brussels. His original choral compositions have been premiered by choirs in Aberdeen, London, Frankfurt, Rome, Brussels and Luxembourg.
As a professional musician, he has toured extensively across North America and Europe. He has recorded 7 albums and a concert DVD. An active music educator, James served on the AMIS Executive Board for 10 years and served the last two as the President of AMIS, an organisation representing 196 international schools across the globe. James served as the Pipe Major of the Luxembourg Pipe Band for several years, and also served in the Canadian Forces as a member of the Ceremonial Guard for 6 years.
James is delighted to be part of Voices International. As musical director, he has enjoyed building upon the strong musical tradition of the choir in Luxembourg. He is particularly excited about the joy of making music with a diverse group of people from multiple cultures and backgrounds. His belief in the power of music to bring people together to create something beautiful in the world is fundamental to his philosophy of music education. James is married to Johanna, has 4 children, 7 chickens, 1 rooster, 2 minature goats, 2 cats, and a dog.