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Memorial Service for Voice Teacher James S. Javore to be Held in NYC This Saturday

Earlier this month, Boston Conservatory and New York City voice teacher James Javore passed away following a battle with prostate cancer. In celebration of his life, a group of alumni, past students, and colleagues will host an open memorial service this Saturday, May 7, at The Church of Latter Day Saints at 66th and Columbus at 2:00PM.

Aside from teaching, James had performed sung in over 60 operas, with more than 70 performances each in baritone roles such as Don Giovanni, Figaro ("II Barbiere"), and Sharpless ("Madame Butterfly"). He listed over 30 oratorios in his repertoire, including "Carmina Burana", "Elijah", "Messiah", Bach's "Passion", and the Requiem Masses of Brahms, Faure, Mozart, and Durufle.

He performed with numerous symphony orchestras from the New York Philharmonic to the Iceland Symphony; opera companies such as Chicago Lyric, Cleveland Opera, Connecticut Opera, and, early in his career, and 13 national tours with Goldovsky Grand Opera. Among his more than 30 musical theater productions, his favorites included Billy in "Carousel", Count Carl-Magnus in "A Little Night Music", Tommy in "Brigadoon", and Carriere in "Phantom". His versatility as a singer and actor had also taken him into plays, films, television, radio, commercials, and voice-overs.

He was Cantor/Leader of Song at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York from 1979-1992. He made his debuts with New York City Opera in Hal Prince's production of "Candide"; the premiere of "King David' on Broadway; the Off-Broadway productions of "The Mother Of Us All", and "Lust"; the 1st National Tour of Broadway's "The Secret Garden"; and the European tour of Maury Yeston's "Phantom".

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