Significant teachers and mentors:
A few of Jim's significant teachers/mentors include several individuals with whom he studied while traveling abroad. These instructors are: Max Rudolf, Boris Goldovsky, Thomas Briccetti, Christoph Eschenbach, Franco Ferrara, Carl Melles, Anthony Addison, and Willis Page.
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
Mr. Setapen has several areas of expertise given the large amount of exposure he has had to the music world. Areas that he is comfortable in/most familiar with include: conducting, orchestras, opera, mentoring, and chamber music.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Some of Jim's most recent guest engagements have included the Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony, the Northbrook and Racine orchestras, and the University of Chicago Orchestra. He was also the Music Director of Summer Music Monterey, and worked with the youth orchestras of Oakland, Denver, and Amarillo. Recently the guest conductor for the Vermont All-State Orchestra, the Milwaukee High School Honors Orchestra, and the Northeast Kansas Honors Orchestra. Setapen has also been on the faculty of the Conductor's Institute at Bard College in New York.
Additional affiliations include: Board of Directors, Illinois Council of Orchestras, Member - League of American Orchestras, Conductors Guild
Interests outside of music:
In addition to his love for music, Jim also enjoys theater, restaurants, architecture, Shakespeare, Charlie Chaplin, Bette Davis, and English author Dennis Wheatley.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
Favorite piece-what I'm currently studying!
Anything by Mozart