James Drayton2018-03-09T15:54:05-05:00


James Drayton

Adjunct | Oboe

Email: jdrayton@fiu.edu


Dr. Drayton joined the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim School of Music & Performing Arts in 2016.  He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Miami-Frost School of Music. While a student at the University of Miami, he was a member of the Henry Mancini Institute and served as a teaching assistant to Robert Weiner. While a Mancini fellow, Dr. Drayton performed with Gloria Estefan, Patti Austin Chick Corea, Pharrell Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terence Blanchard, Eric Owens, Mark O’Connor, Monica Mancini, Michael Feinstein, Take 6, Dave Grusin, Kenny Loggins, and others. Furthermore, Dr. Drayton has recorded and premiered several new works. While a student at the University of Miami, he recorded for Jeremey Fox’s Grammy-nominated arrangement of “All My Tomorrows.” He has also premiered works for English horn by Jason Mulligan, Spenser Robelen, Kiān Fān and Scott Stinson.

In addition to his studies at the University of Miami, Dr. Drayton has also performed with several artists and musical groups in the Miami area. Some of the artists and musical groups include Idina Menzel, Andre Bocelli, New World Symphony, Symphony of the Americas and several Broadway touring companies. Dr. Drayton continues to actively freelance in South Florida and maintains a private studio.