James Kirkwood

Lecturer of


Brodie 123 and 115
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454


James Kirkwood teaches cello at Geneseo.

Faculty Information


  • M.M., Boston University
  • B.M., New England Conservatory of Music


  • SOTA lecturer, SUNY Geneseo, full-time (1994-present)
  • Professor of Cello, Nazareth College, Rochester NY, part-time (1989-2008)
  • SOPA lecturer, SUNY Geneseo, part-time (1977-94)
  • Visiting Professor of Cello, SUNY Oswego, part-time (1990-91)
  • Assistant Professor of Cello, SUNY Brockport, part-time (1979-83)
  • Director of Chamber Music, Hochstein Music School, Rochester NY (1981-83)

Research Interests

Private Study with: * George Neikrug (1975-84) * Aldo Parisot (1968-75) * Janos Starker (1968) * Willem VanEmenes (1959-68)

Publications and Professional Activities

  • Recordings with seven labels: * Composer Recordings Inc. * Capstone Records * Opus One Records * American Society of University Composers Record Label * Mark Educational Recordings Label * Centaur Label * Sampler Records * Dynamic Studios
  • Recent Releases: * Granados Piano Quartet (2004) * Palomo Andalusian Divertimento for piano trio (2007) with Amy Stanley


  • Tremont String Quartet, cellist and founding member
My Classes

MUSC 100:
F/Understanding Music:

    The general subtitles offered under the heading Understanding Music" will share a common aim of developing perceptive listening and basic analytical skills through exposure to a specific body of music literature, delineated either by style (e.g., jazz or rock) or topic (e.g., The Romantic Spirit, Film Music or a survey of Musical Styles). Each course will begin with an introduction to the musical elements, branching out to consider how these elements function with the specific musical repertory. It will be equally important to consider the role the music, in turn, plays within the ideological, cultural, and political contexts of its time. Attendance at musical performances will be required. "

MUSC 144:
Strings for General Student

    Instruction in violin, viola, cello, or double-bass intended for the student with a level of technical competence sufficient for admission to a MUSC 165 instrumental organization. (May be repeated once for credit.) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in a MUSC 165 instrumental organization.

MUSC 154:
Strings for Performance Option

    Instruction in selected string instruments designed for those admitted to the Performance Option-String. (May be repeated once for credit.) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

MUSC 244:
Strings for General Student

    A continuation of MUSC 144. (May be repeated for credit.) Prerequisites: Two semesters of MUSC 144 and permission of instructor. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in a MUSC 165 instrumental organization.

MUSC 254:
Strings for Performance Option

    A continuation of MUSC 154. (May be repeated once for credit.) Two semester of MUSC 154 and permission of instructor.

MUSC 265:
Chamber Music Ensemble

    Small ensembles, such as piano trio, string quartet, wind quintet, or brass sextet, for advanced instrumentalists. (May be repeated for credit.) Admission by permission of instructor.