Jim Broussard Director of Music
Jim Broussard was born in Port Arthur, Texas, and grew up in Nederland, Texas. At an early age Jim found a talent for the piano and had his first organist position at age 11. In 1980 he began his studies at Lamar University and graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1985. He went on to win several competitions including the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of 1984 in Boston.
The Metropolitan Opera brought him to New York City where he sang for the next two years. In 1987, Jim ventured to Europe where he sang for the next nine years. He has more than 40 operas in his repertoire and is most noted for his portrayals of Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti characters. He has sung leading roles at the Vienna State Opera, Zürich Opera and a host of opera houses in Belgium, Holland and Italy. He sang more than 500 performances of Phantom of the Opera with Andrew Lloyd Webber in Hamburg, Germany.
High points in his career include singing under conductors Placido Domingo, James Levine, Nicholas Harnancourt and baroque specialist Heinz Holliger. While in Switzerland he studied with world-renowned Tenor Nicolai Gedda. He has served on the voice faculties of Clemson University, North Greenville University and Charleston Southern University. He has served as Minister of Music at Trinity Copley Square in Boston; The International Baptist Church of Zürich, Switzerland; The International Protestant Church of Zürich, Switzerland; St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Detmold, Germany; and Pendleton Street Baptist in Greenville, South Carolina. Most recently he was director of music at Christ Episcopal Church in Greenville, South Carolina, and founder and artistic director of the Greenville Opera.
Jim is thrilled to be the director of music and fine arts at Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler. He maintains a busy concert schedule, has a voice studio in Tyler and is a sought-after tenor soloist, choral clinician and conductor.