James Ackley, School of Music
James Ackley is an Associate Professor of Music. James performs all over the world and enjoys connecting with different cultures. His performances have taken him to more than 25 countries in total. As a member of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, he won a Grammy Award for best Classical Album. As a soloist, James has been considered for a Grammy on five separate occasions. Currently, James is working closely with the Department of Theater and Dance at USC, writing a grant to produce several concerts of Ballets with solo trumpet that James has had commissioned. James has published 11 recordings and a book since he joined the USC in 2007. He has also premiered over 20 works and commissioned over 40 for trumpet. James has received Alumni awards from his alma maters: Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music (BM), the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM) and, most recently (2015), Turpin High School.