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Biography of James Elza Domine

James Elza Domine, is a multi-faceted artist who lives and works in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California.


Domine is the music director and conductor of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra an ensemble that plays a leading role in the musical life of Southern California. An active composer, conductor, guitarist, novelist, poet, and playwright, Domine’s many musical compositions include symphonies, concerti, a ballet, an opera, chamber music, and solo instrumental pieces.


He is the author of a novel and book of poems, in addition to having written and produced five plays. The complete published works of James Domine are posted online at www.jamesdomine.com

Domine graduated from UCLA where he studied composition with Paul Chihara, Roy Travis, and Roy Harris. While at UCLA he played violin in the orchestra under conductors Mehli Mehta and Samuel Krachmalnick, also performing with the A Cappella Choir under the direction of Roger Wagner with whom he studied conducting. At UCLA he continued his study of the classical guitar repertoire with Theodore Norman. Domine’s first public success as a composer came on May 10, 1977 when his Requiem conducted by Roger Wagner was received with a standing ovation by an enthusiastic capacity audience that filled Schoenberg Hall at UCLA. 

Domine attended the University of Southern California where he earned his Masters Degree on a full scholarship.

There he studied composition with Ellis Kohs, Dorrance Stalvey, and Leonard Stein. At USC he studied conducting with Hans Beer, among others. His compositions from this period include chamber music, a cello sonata, music for piano solo, and orchestral pieces. 

Domine is an instructor of music at several colleges and educational institutions and performs regularly with a variety of instrumental ensembles under the auspices of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra.  


For more information about the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, visit www.sfvsymphony.com.