Department of Music

James Bicigo

Associate Professor of Trombone and Low Brass
Fine Arts 204

Dr. James Bicigo is Associate Professor of Trombone Low Brass and Composition at UAF. He is a member of the Borealis Brass and plays principal trombone in the Opera Fairbanks Orchestra. He serves as the orchestra manager for Opera Fairbanks as well. He is heard on the Borealis Brass CD Roman Holidays. Dr. Bicigo's solo performances of the music of Katia Tiutiunnik have been broadcast on ABC's (Australian Broadcasting Company) national program New Music Australia. He has appeared as a soloist with mumerous bands and orchestras throughout the US, most notably under the baton of Henry Charles Smith performing Guilmant's Morceau Symphonique. Dr. Bicigo is a Yamaha Performing Artist and is an active performer and clinician internationally. He has appeared in recital and master classes at many of the US major music schools. Dr. Bicigo's former students hold positions with the United States Army Blues (Pershing's own), The United States Army Bands and as doctoral students at major universities in the US and Great Britain. 

Dr. Bicigo is a composer whose music has been performed internationally. His arrangement of Sugar Blues has been performed on radio and TV by brass ensembles in Germany and Japan. His composition The Bremen Town Musicians has been performed across the US and in Japan. It is reviewed in the October 2009 edition of the International Trumpet Guild Journal. Dr. Bicigo's compsition Polar Synthesis was recently chosen for inclusion in the International Polar Year Report (a book covering the significant events, projects and research of the International Polar Year). His work for wind ensemble Howl is an official selection of the Coups de Vents 2007. He is a member of ASCAP and his music is published by Wiltshire Music. Dr. Bicigo's music is available on Sheet Music Plus. Dr. Bicigo's composition students have had works published and performed internationally at music festivals and hold positions in major US music doctoral programs.