James M. Guthrie

Associate Professor of Music
Director of Orchestra
Music Industry Coordinator & Music Librarian

Contact Information

(252) 398-6295

The music industry program at Chowan provides hands-on audio engineering training; we record and master dozens of concerts each year. Many of our music industry students enroll in Applied Composition in order to create music in a variety of styles - from classical to electronica to pop. Student compositions are regularly featured on our popular New Music concert series.


  • DMA, Louisiana State University
  • MMus, Louisiana State University
  • BMus, Louisiana State University
  • Specialist Certificate in Studio Music (SCSM), Berklee College of Music
  • Professional Certificate in Studio Music (PCSM), Berklee College of Music

Courses Taught

  • Applied Composition/Applied Strings/String Techniques
  • Basic Audio and Live Sound
  • Computer Applications for Music
  • Recording Techniques
  • Survey of Music Business
  • Music Theory/Aural Skills/Music Fundamentals
  • Choral Arranging/Instrumental Arranging
  • Artistic Director: Meherrin Chamber Orchestra
  • Artistic Director: New Music Concert Series

Academic & Scholarly Achievements

  • Awards
    Pi Kappa Lambda, National Honor Society in Music
    Kenneth B. Klaus Young Composer's Competition, 1982
    Louisiana State University Foundation, School of Music Dedication Prize, 1987
    Tubist’s Universal Brotherhood Association (T.U.B.A.) Composition Contest, 1991
    American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Standard Awards for Classical Composition: Annually since 1993

    Professional Memberships
    Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), Educator Member
    National Association of Composers, USA (NACUSA-MA), Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Past-President/Vice President
    The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Composer member
    The Southeastern Composers’ League (SCL), Composer member, editor, Music Now newsletter (2000-2005)
    South Central Society for Music Theory (SCSMT) Past-President (1996)
    Tar River Symphony Orchestra, Substitute Cellist

    Selected Composition Presentations
    2015: Sonata No. 2 for Solo Violoncello: Music of Living Composers Concert Series, Campbell University

    2014: Sonata No. 1 for Solo Violoncello: Music of Living Composers Concert Series, Campbell University

    2013: Fantasia for Solo Violoncello (premiere): Music of Living Composers Concert Series, Campbell University
    Fantasia for Solo Violoncello: Lasker Summer Music Festival

    2012: Meherrin Symphony No. 2 (premiere): Meherrin Chamber Orchestra, Chowan University
    Chase Scene: New Music Concert, Chowan University

    2011: Metal, Electro-acoustic Music Video (premiere): New Music Concert, Chowan University
    Partitions (premiere): Meherrin Chamber Orchestra, Chowan University

    2010: Voice of the Mountains: Lasker Summer Music Festival
    Meherrin Symphony No. 1, Meherrin Chamber Orchestra Concert

    2009: Chaconne for solo guitar (premiere): NACUSA National Conference, Chowan University

    2008: Electro-Sonata No. 3: NACUSA Mid-Atlantic Region Conference, Chowan University

    2007: Windows (premiere): CMS Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference: Gardner-Webb University

    2006: Electro-Sonata No. 2: CMS Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Mary Baldwin College

    2005: Solo Organ Recital – the Little Time Machine, St. Luke’s Historic Church, Smithfield, VA

    Recent Cello Performances
    2015: Beethoven Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 5, No. 1, Lasker Summer Music Festival
    Volkmann Serenade No. 3, op. 69, Meherrin Chamber Orchestra
    Guthrie Cello Sonata No. 2, Campbell University
    Guthrie Cello Sonata No. 1, Southeastern Composers League, Converse College
    Brahms Sonata in E Minor, op 38, Elizabeth City Music Club

    2014: Bach Cello Suite No. 2, Green Hall art Gallery, Chowan University
    Boccherini Cello Concerto in Bb, Chowan Faculty Gala
    Telemann Suite for Solo Cello, Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Cancer Care Center, Ahoskie, NC
    Mozart Requiem, Assistant Principal, Chowan Masterworks Concert Series

    2013: Handel’s Messiah, Principal Cello, Guest Chamber Orchestra, Elizabeth City State University
    Guthrie Fantasia for Solo Cello, Campbell University

    2012: Handel’s Messiah, Assistant Principal Cello, Chowan Masterworks Orchestra, Chowan University, Suffolk Center for the Arts
    Beethoven – Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 5, No. 2,  Chowan University