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James Grant Code: Biography

James Grant Code
1942 -
Region: Atlantic

James Grant Code

James Grant Code was born in Hollidaysburg, PA on Auguest 16, 1942, the third child of Charles Joseph Code, Chief Engineer of Tests for the Pennsylvania Railroad, and Anne Fairfax Porter Code, teacher and housewife. After graduating from Conestoga High School in Berwyn, PA (a suburb of Philadelphia), James spent a year studying engineering at Carengie Tech in Pittsburgh; not finding that to his liking, he transferred into music at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA, from which he graduatied with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education in 1965. After a year of teaching high school band and choral music at Westhampton Beach High School on Long Island, NY, he went on to do graduate work at the University of Miami, FL, from which he graduated with a Master of Music in Theory-composition in 1967 and a Doctor of Musical arts in the same field in 1975.

Shortly after marrying Belinda Barron, oboist and teacher from Beach City, OH, Code accepted a position teaching brass instruments, theory and composition at Mount Allison University, in Sackville, New Brunswick, in 1969. He has been at that position ever since. He was promoted from Lecturer to Assistand Professor in 1975, Associate Professor in 1982, and Professor in 1991. He was Acting Head of the Department of Music in 1982-83, and Head from 1988 to 1993. As well as teaching the above-mentioned, he directs the Jazz Ensemble and Brass Choir, and coaches Chamber Music. A performer on both trumpet and horn, in both the classical and jazz idioms, he has been heard in a number of CBC performances over the years. He is currently principal horn in Symphony New Brunswick, and a member of the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra and the Fundy Chamber Players.

Code has written many chamber music compositions as well as those for larger ensembles. Several of his compositions have been performed a number of times on CBC (Sextet for winds and piano; Vaporization-Condensation for five-part flute choir, Variants for clarinet and tape; Echoes of the Voices of Angels for two pianos), and have been performed in such diverse areas as Miami, Ohio, North Carolina and Vancouver; several (Andante and Allegro for solo flute; Three Duets for Flute and Bassoon; Encounters for trumpet, English horn and piano) are published. His writing is in the classical idiom, often using short motives or PC sets, and has a strong rhythmic character and jazz influence.


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