James Hirschfeld

Program Officer

James joined the Howard Gilman Foundation in April 2018. Prior to joining the Foundation, James served as the Director of Artistic and Administrative Planning at Miller Theatre at Columbia University, where they were responsible for program planning and development. James is an active freelance classical and jazz trombonist and has performed and recorded with many New York-based ensembles including Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Ensemble Signal, Alarm Will Sound, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. James holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music. James has lived in Washington Heights since 2004.


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The art of today reflects the experiences of people who live in a complicated and ever-changing world that is often difficult to make sense of. But the arts have the power to help us better understand the moment in which we live and to provide insight into our collective experience.