Jim Shrader - REALTOR®
In 2016, Dr. James Shrader retired as a Professor of Music and Head of the Department of Music at Valdosta State University. He has combined careers as a composer, administrator, conductor, stage director, and operatic tenor.
He holds the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Fine Arts from Texas Tech where his dissertation was entitled The Choruses in Mozart's Opere Serie: Practical Performance Possibilities. He received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, and the Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Further studies have included the Cambridge Choral Seminar at Clare College, Cambridge, England. For thirteen years, Dr. Shrader was Director of Music and Fine Arts at the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland (ABCUSA).
He is the former chorus master for Tulsa Opera where he prepared nine productions for live performances and rebroadcasts on National Public Radio stations. He has also conducted performances in Great Britain at Canterbury and Ely Cathedrals; Dunfirmline Abbey, Scotland; Holy Innocents Church, Manchester; and in London at St. Martin's in the Field, and Wesley Chapel; as well as concerts in France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice, Italy.
Upon his academic retirement, Dr. Shrader became a licensed Realtor and now works with his wife, Aija Shrader with Real Living Realty Advisors in Valdosta, Georgia.
He is also an FAA Part 107 Licensed Drone Pilot and specializes in aerial photography for the real estate business.