James Wyman is Principal Timpanist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, a post he has held since September 2013. Prior to his appointment with the BSO, Wyman held principal timpani positions with the Erie Philharmonic, the Reading Symphony, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
He has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Brevard Festival Orchestra and spent two summers as guest principal timpanist with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. In January of 2018, Wyman made his solo debut with the Baltimore Symphony, performing Philip Glass’s “Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra” with NSO timpanist Jauvon Gilliam.
Wyman is an active educator, teaching clinics and masterclasses throughout the Midwest. He has served on the faculty of the University of Maryland in College Park and at the University of Maryland – Baltimore County (UMBC). He earned his Bachelor of Music from Baldwin Wallace University and his Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University. His teachers have included Josh Ryan, Paul Yancich, Timothy K. Adams, Paul Evans, Jeremy Branson and Christopher Allen.
Wyman proudly endorses Yamaha instruments, Evans drumheads, and JG percussion.