James Sinclair has served as the Music Director of Orchestra New England since the orchestra’s founding in 1974. His versatility in delivering superb performances in a variety of styles – from the Baroque to pop literature – drives the remarkable success of ONE.
Maestro Sinclair is among the world's pre-eminent scholars and champions of the music of Charles Ives, serving on the Board of Directors and as the Executive Editor for the Charles Ives Society, where he supervises the work of Ives scholars throughout the United States.
Sinclair has also served as Music Director for four PBS television documentaries, including the Peabody Award-winning film about Ives, A Good Dissonance Like a Man.
In 1999, Yale University Press published Sinclair's 800-page A Descriptive Catalogue of the Music of Charles Ives, which the Association of American Publishers cited as the best publication of the year in arts scholarship.
Also in 1999, Naxos, a leading repertoire provider in the recording world, commissioned Sinclair to record the complete orchestral works of Charles Ives, an eight CD project (more).
During the 1994-95 season, Sinclair led the Yale Symphony Orchestra, which included an overseas performance tour in the Spring of 1995. In addition, he supervises the Berkeley College Orchestra and is an advisor to Yale’s Saybrook Orchestra.
A native of Washington, D.C., Sinclair graduated from Indiana University and served on the faculty of the University of Hawaii before relocating to New Haven in 1972.
He has served as Assistant Professor and Visiting Lecturer in Music at Yale University. Currently Sinclair is an Associate Fellow of Berkeley College at Yale and oversees both the John Kirkpatrick Papers and the Charles Ives Papers at Yale.
In 1999, Sinclair was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of New Haven.