James A. O’Dell is the Director of Music/Organist at Central United Methodist Church, Monroe – a position he has held for over eight and a half years. Currently in his 33rd consecutive year as a Music Minister/Organist, he has held full-time positions in Indianapolis, IN, Victoria, TX, and Lancaster, PA.
Mr. O’Dell’s primary music instructors have included Emily Vanderpool (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Robert Hobstetter (Nazareth College of Rochester, NY), Craig Hella-Johnson (University of Texas at Austin) and Barbara Harbach (University at Buffalo) where he received the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance.
As a member of the American Guild of Organists, he has held the chapter positions of Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, and Sub-dean. His active participation in this organization has included numerous public organ recitals, choral and organ workshops.