James Harragin was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in New York State. He received a BA from Portland State University and an MM from Manhattan School of Music. Harragin was Music Director of the Portland Ballet Company and performed the role of "Grandfather" in PBC's production of "Peter and the Wolf." While in Portland he was one Page 4 of 9 of the founding members of the contemporary chamber group "Virtuosi della Rosa," and performed throughout the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years. After moving to Miami, Mr. Harragin became the Music Director of Christ Congregational Church and has worked at New World School of the Arts for the last 25 years.