James Flores began his musical career with piano lessons at the age of 4 under the guidance of his aunt, Aurora Flores and violin lessons with the late Margaret Moore. He became interested in sacred music and the organ in 2011 studying under the instruction of Benedict Wilson. James subsequently became sub-organist for the Schola Cantorum at St Patrick’s Church, in Albury.
From 2014, he continued his organ studies under the guidance of Dr Allan Beavis OAM as Organ Scholar of the St Matthew’s Music Association. In 2017, James completed a series of thirteen organ recitals with notable performances at St Andrew’s Cathedral (Sydney), St Stephen’s Uniting Church (Sydney) and St Jude’s Anglican Church (Bowral). He also placed second in the Ringwood Classical Organ Competition (Melbourne).
James has participated in masterclasses with renowned organists such as Daniel Moult (London), Johann Vexo (Choir Organist, Notre Dame de Paris) and Sarah Kim (l’Oratoire du Louvre, Paris). James has successfully attained the LTCL with Distinction from Trinity College London, the Licentiate Diploma with Honours from the St Cecilia School of Music (SCSM) in organ and the Associate Diploma from the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) in organ and piano. He also holds a Diploma in Church Music (SCSM) and the Archbishops’ Award in Church Music (Guild of Church Musicians).
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James’ involvement in church music ministry spans over several parishes of the Albury, NSW, area. James enjoys the demanding but rewarding challenges in contributing to the various liturgies of the Christian church and his ongoing development as a recitalist and liturgical organist. James has been featured in three CDs with the former St. Patrick's Schola Cantorum, recorded two solo organ CDs and has an active channel on YouTube. He is also the founder of the vocal ensemble "Swell Vox" and is always on the lookout to collaborate with the next generation of musicians.
In 2020, he received the Governor-General of Australia Medal for his contribution to music and was a finalist for Albury Citizen of the Year in 2017 and 2018. James hopes that the organ will be a treasured instrument for many more generations to come.