James Mismas

Lecturer
M.M., The University of Akron

James Mismas

James MismasLecturer in Voice

M.M., The University of Akron
M.M., University of Illinois
B.M., Oberlin Conservatory of Music 

James Mismas is an energetic, multi-talented musician. After earning performance degrees in both organ and voice from Oberlin Conservatory, University of Illinois and The University of Akron, Mismas’ musical influence has been far-reaching as a performer, teacher and conductor. Praised for his “polished, passionate singing,” he has sung with the Cleveland Opera, Ohio Light Opera and Akron Lyric Opera Theatre and with the Akron Symphony, the Canton Symphony and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra. He has sung concerts in Germany and Greece. His 22 years of teaching voice and opera at Kent State University have produced students who have won numerous local and national competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and have active careers as singers and teachers throughout the United States and Europe. He has also been on the voice faculties of Hiram College, The College of Wooster and The University of Akron. He was a finalist and/or winner of several organ competitions including the Boston-Harvard A.G.O. and the prestigious Fort Wayne Competition. As director of music and organist at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Akron, OH, he oversees all musical activities for services, plays the organ, conducts the adult choir and administrates the church’s highly successful concert series, Five at Five, on Sunday afternoons at 5 p.m. Mismas served as the director of the Akron Symphony Chorus for 10 years and served as guest conductor for their performance of Handel’s “Messiah” with the Akron Symphony Orchestra in 2006. He is presently a member of the voice faculty at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music.