Dr. James Conely
- Colleague Certificate, American Guild of Organists
- Ed.D., Columbia University Teachers College
- M.Ed., University of Florida
Dr. James Conely, adjunct instructor of piano and organ, received his Ed.D. in college English teaching correlated with music from Columbia University Teachers College, where he studied piano with Thomas Richner. Previously at the University of Florida where he received the M.Ed., he studied piano with Russell Danburg and continued post-masters work in organ with Willis Bodine. In addition to his academic degrees, he holds the Colleague Certificate of the American Guild of Organists.
He has published four volumes for organ and played organ concerts across the country at UCLA, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, the University of Colorado in Boulder, St. Thomas Church in New York, the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and a number of other churches and universities. For twenty-five years until 2007 he was organist for Capitol Heights United Methodist Church in Montgomery and continues as requested as a guest organist for various churches. He has composed music for numerous productions at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival as well as the Bonfils Theatre in Denver, the Cricket Theatre in Minneapolis, and Hip-to-Hip Theatre in Queens, New York, compositions for which he has received annual awards every year since 1986 from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.