Jim Trainor attended Indiana and Western Illinois Universities, earning a B.S. in Music. After
college he headed for New York City, where he studied with Dodie Protero. Within a year,
he procured a post as Music Director and Administrator at a residential boarding school for
highly talented “at-risk teenagers,” in the Berkshire Mountains of Southwestern
Massachusetts. The school operated the acclaimed Stockbridge Cabaret and Dinner
Theatre, and the position of music director gave Mr. Trainor the opportunity to hone his
skills as a conductor, pianist, teacher and performer. During his time in the Berkshires, Mr.
Trainor shared the stage with Metropolitan Opera Soprano, Maureen O’Flynn and cabaret
legends Kaye Ballard, Melba Moore and Anne Hampton Calloway. He also discovered his
gift for working with troubled teens, using the performing arts as a constructive way to
channel the rebellious energy of adolescence. While in Massachusetts, Mr. Trainor
continued his vocal studies with the late David Adams of New York City and Great
Barrington, MA, then later with Canadian Bass-baritone, Claude Corbeil.

Mr. Trainor opened the 2006-2007 season of the Key West Pops Orchestra with a solo
evening of cabaret. Opera roles include Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte (under the baton of
Fiora Contino), Belcore in L’eleisir d’amore, Marcello in La Boheme, Il Conte in Le Nozze di
Figaro, Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon, Allazim in Zaide,
Maurllo in Rigoletto, and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief. He has performed, in recital,
with Adria Firestone and played opposite Carol Yahr in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Mr.
Trainor’s solo repertoire in Oratorio includes Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Pucell’s Come
Ye Sons of Arts, Chartpentier’s Te Deum, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Handel’s
Messiah, Faure’s Requiem and Bach’s St. John Passion. He has been a guest performer
with the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance.

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