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James Aldrich-Moodie

Fill-in classical host/announcer

Born in South Africa, James Aldrich-Moodie spent some of his childhood in Geneva, NY, and fondly remembers attending concerts at Eastman and with the RPO. He studied piano and flute, but remains strictly an amateur. A passionate lover of classical music, especially opera and vocal music, James hosted a radio show on WYBC as an undergraduate. Later, he wrote a dissertation about transformations in the worlds of opera and literature, and the connections between the two.

By day a mathematics teacher at the Harley School, he can reliably be distracted from the lesson at hand by his students’ asking him to recount the plot of the next opera he is attending. He has also introduced many students to their first opera performance during class trips to New York City.

He will go to almost any lengths to hear a rare piece of music by a favorite composer – to date, he has attended opera performances on four continents. In addition to classical music, James is addicted to puzzles of all sorts, from cryptic crosswords to jigsaws, and enjoys hiking and biking in the summer and reading year-round.