Orchestra Director Emeritus
James Vinci is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he studied violin and viola receiving a Degree in Music Education. He received a Masters Degree in Education from Cambridge College. He taught music in the Duxbury Public Schools from 1976 - 2010, establishing the string program. Over the years his performing groups had received many superior ratings and awards in festival competitions.
Mr. Vinci has conducted many festival orchestra’s including: SEMSBA, MSOA, Western and Central Districts. In 2000 and 2006 the Duxbury High School String Ensemble was selected to perform during an All State Conference concert hour. In 2002 they received a gold medal in the MICCA Festival Competition and performed at Symphony Hall. They have performed with the Plymouth Philharmonic and they were selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in April of 2006 and 2010. On March 10th, 2007 they were selected as the only High School Orchestra to perform at the 50th All-East Music Educators Conference in Hartford, Connecticut.
Mr. Vinci has been an adjudicator for Southeast district, managed the Senior and Junior District Orchestras as well as the All State Orchestra. He has served on the auditions committee and is the String Auditions Coordinator for Southeast District. Mr. Vinci has composed pieces for string orchestras including the “First Winter’s Sea Chantey” and the “Magic of Venice”. In 1998 he was awarded a state grant making Duxbury a “Lighthouse School” for Music Technology. In 2001 he was selected by ASTA with NSOA as the “Orchestra Director of the Year”. In 2003 he was presented with the “Lowell Mason Award” for his outstanding contributions to music education. Mr. Vinci was the Music Director for the South Shore Conservatory’s BaYS Youth Symphony Program, from 2007 - 2010.