James R. Metzler received his first musical training as a boy chorister in the Choir of Men and Boys at All Saints' Episcopal Church, Worcester, Massachusetts. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College and a Master of Music degree from Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. He has also taken doctoral studies in organ and musicology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Additional studies were taken at the Royal School of Church Music, Addington Palace in Croydon, England. James Metzler received the Choirmaster's diploma (Ch.M.) from the American Guild of Organists, gaining the highest score in the country, and he has been a winner of the S. Lewis Elmer Award for gaining the highest score of all diploma candidates. Mr. Metzler holds an Honorary Fellowship diploma from the National College of Music and Arts (HonFNCM), London for services to music, and is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society and the Royal School of Church Music.
He has given organ recitals in many notable places, including three in Westminster Abbey (London), as well as in St. Paul's Cathedral (London), Notre Dame Cathedral (Paris), Norwich Cathedral (UK), King's College Chapel (Cambridge University, UK), Westminster Cathedral (London), Worcester Cathedral (UK), Ely Cathedral (UK), Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue (New York City) and Washington National Cathedral (USA). You may access his recordings at www.YouTube.com/TheCathedralOrganist
As a choral conductor, he has toured England on 18 occasions, directing the music for more than 100 services in places such as Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral, York Minster Cathedral, Durham Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral, Guildford Cathedral, Chester Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral and Southwark Cathedral.
Mr. Metzler has held church music positions in Ohio, Arkansas and Michigan. He has also held university teaching appointments in Connecticut, Ohio and Michigan. James Metzler's biography is included in several publications, notably the "International Who's Who in Classical Music, 18th Edition" (London, England), "Who's Who in America, 60th Edition" and "Who's Who in the World, 24th Edition".
James Metzler joined the faculty at Grand Valley State University in 2011, where he teaches three class sections of Introduction to Music Literature.