MACHAN, JAMES (b. 1939)

James "Jim" Machan, choral director, organist, music educator and composer, is known in Wisconsin as choral director in the Waukesha Schools for 35 years. He received his undergraduate music education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Masters degree in Organ and Sacred Music from Northwestern University, and has done advanced study at the Royal School of Church Music in England. He served the Wisconsin School Music Association as a Master Choral Clinician on the Workshop team for many years.
Machan continues to teach private music students in his home and serves as church music director and organist. Currently, Jim is Minister of Music at Dr. Martin Luther Church in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Professional memberships include WSMA, AGO and the Greater Milwaukee Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
Machan’'s choral arrangements are the fruit of his choral experience and have proven to meet the needs of many ability levels while providing fresh, vibrant settings appealing to singers and audiences alike. He is the father of composer Derek Machan.