It was a somewhat circuitous route that brought James Hall to Greeley. Growing up in Sacramento, his education took him north to Seattle, east to New York, west to Kansas City, and ultimately, to the University of Northern Colorado, the result of the school’s national search for a flute professor.
In addition to teaching—which takes him around the world—Hall is a regular performer who has premiered works of notable American composers, served as principal flutist with a number of orchestras throughout the country, and, with pianist Patricia Higdon, debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2004.
“It’s a place where you can really make a difference, whether it’s your neighborhood, your school, or the community itself.”
It’s a dizzying résumé, made all the more remarkable by the fact that Hall isn’t simply biding his time while he waits for a better gig. He likes Greeley, and not just because the UNC School of Music lends the city no small amount of national prestige. “Where you live is what you make of it,” he says. “And Greeley has an awful lot of potential.” Not only are the people friendly and accommodating, he says, but the culture is open and accepting. “It just feels good here,” he says. “It’s a place where you can really make a difference, whether it’s your neighborhood, your school, or the community itself.”