James Sawyers Jr.

Jim has been the organist at Grace Lutheran Church at Carrollwood since June of 1993. Jim began his musical studies at the piano in Lakeland, Florida and continued his music studies as electives throughout his years at the University of Florida while majoring in Management in the College of Business Administration.   He studied organ under Professor of Music Emeritus Willis Bodine, and was also UF’s first Student Carillonneur.  He also performed in the Gator Marching Band (tuba).  From 1981 to 1985, he was the organist at Ascension Lutheran Church in Columbia, S.C.   Jim has performed organ recitals in Tampa; Lakeland; Lake Wales; Gainesville; and Columbia, S.C.


As a member of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay since 2000, Jim has performed a variety of major choral works and has sung under the baton of Sir Colin Davis (London Symphony), Giancarlo Guerrero (Cleveland Orchestra), and Jahja Ling, Stefan Sanderling, and Michael Francis (Florida Orchestra).  Jim has especially enjoyed performing with the Master Chorale Ensemble Singers since its inception in 2014.


Jim is a Business Intelligence Data Warehouse Architect, Software Consultant, and Trainer with Tribridge, Inc. in Tampa. He lives in Carrollwood with Shelly, his wife of nearly 25 years. They have two children: Ruthie, a junior at Blake High School (Fine Arts major in the Magnet Program), and Joey, a graduate of the University of Florida with Bachelor’s degree in Resort Management and currently working at a Marriott hotel in the Financial District of New York City.


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