James J. Richardson is an organist, composer, and choral conductor. Self-taught in childhood, James learned to play by ear and improvise on the piano at a very young age. James attended DePauw University where he studied organ and harpsichord under Dr. Carla Edwards and voice with Barbara Paré. He earned a Master of Music in Organ Performance at the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma (AOI at OU) under well-known performer and improviser Dr. John Schwandt. During his time at OU, he served as a graduate-student archivist for the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) and he helped procure a GRAMMY grant for the preservation of some of its artifacts, in addition to working in the organ shop and learning the basics of organ building and maintenance. James is now the Instructor of Organ for Goshen College as well as the Director of Sacred Music at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Goshen, where he lives with his wife Katie and son Anthony.