James Kortum

Originally from the United States, James came to Australia in 1977 to take up the position of Principal Flute with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Subsequently he has been Principal Flute with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Second Flute with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. James has also performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra, Hunter Sinfonia and Pacific Opera Orchestra. As a chamber musician James was a founding member of the chamber ensemble Collage and regularly appears as guest artist with The Grevillea Ensemble. Prior to his current position at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, James was Lecturer in Flute at the University Of Newcastle Conservatorium Of Music. In 2005 James received the Master of Arts (Music) degree from the University of Newcastle for his text The Purposeful Flautist: Technique to Interpretation. Active as a clinician throughout Australia, James has also appeared as guest artist at flute conventions and festivals held in Sydney, Brisbane, Coffs Harbour, Canberra, Christchurch and Hamilton, New Zealand, plus given master classes in England, Hong Kong and New Zealand. A devoted ‘yogi’, in 2012 James completed the Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teacher Training at the Yoga Institute, Cammeray, NSW, and is now teaching at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has also taught classes at The Australian Institute of Music, The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Houston, Texas, Buonconvento, Italy and Christchurch, New Zealand.



Dance Troupes

Speech and Drama

Senior Vocals

Modern Vocals Pop and Musical Theatre


String Instruments

Wind Instruments