James Olin


James Olin has been a member of the trombone section since 1977.

What will the Baltimore Symphony leave behind in its next 100 years?
a legacy of great musicians united as a team to make great music.

Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by the dedication of my colleagues to honing their craft.

If you had to do something other than be a Baltimore Symphony Musician, what would you do for a living?
I would probably teach music full time.

Where is your favorite get-away spot or favorite get-away companion?
I enjoy taking long walks with my wife, BSO English Horn Player Jane Marvine.

Where would people be surprised to find you?
You be surprised to see me behind the piano accompanying my students. 

What piece of music do you feel like was written for you? 
Mahler Symphony 9 is a favorite of mine.

What or who influenced you to be a professional musician?
Among the many inspirations I can count my mother, my band directors and my high school trombone teacher.

What do you like to do with your ”me time”?
I love to exercise, walk and bike in my spare time.