Ethnic & Multicultural Chair
Jim Papoulis composes, orchestrates, and conducts music from many genres and is known for work that combines contemporary, classical, and world sounds, writing for films, choirs, dance, and artists of many genres.
He has conducted hundreds of shows worldwide, with artists that include symphonies, chamber ensembles, pop bands, gospel and children’s choirs.
Papoulis has made significant contributions to choral music by revitalizing the choral repertoire with songs whose roots are classical and world, with voicing that incorporates lead vocalists with choirs, vocal percussion, and world rhythms. His choral work often is sung from the perspective of the singer, and is constantly inspired by the work he does through the foundation for small voices. He firmly believes that music can heal, educate, celebrate, and empower the lives of children.
Through the Foundation for Small Voices he has conducted songwriting workshops with choirs from the United States, China, Japan, Tanzania, Mexico, Kenya, Dominican Republic, Haiti, England, Norway, Canada, France, Ireland, Bosnia, Jordan, Australia, Dubai, and Greece.
He has worked with choirs and ensembles on all continents and from all walks of life, and has also worked with:
Aretha Franklin, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Beyonce, the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Boys Choir, London Symphony, Beijing Children’s Choir, Faith Hill, Natalie Cole, Snoop Dogg, Take 6, New York Voices.
His music has recently been featured at:
- BEIJING OLYMPICS
- 9.11 10th Anniversary Concerts throughout the world including New York, Moscow, Tokyo, Beijing, London, Oslo, Paris, Shanghai, Rio, Rome, Salzburg, St. Petersburg, Dubai, Delhi, Oslo, Paris
- 2008 PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION
- POPE VISIT televised nationally at YANKEE STADIUM
- SAVE THE CHILDREN at Lincoln Center
with Narration by Bill Clinton and Samuel Jackson
- MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. ABC television special
- THE WHITE HOUSE
- CARNEGIE HALL
- ALVIN AILEY at CITY CENTER
- ROYAL ALBERT HALL
- WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA 2010