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Jim Selway

“Jim Selway is a musical force we should all be so lucky to encounter even once in our lifetimes. His endless energy and zest for all that is good in life is infectious. Jim is a first-rate pianist, singer, songwriter, and dancer all bundled into one. Be it teaching piano, sharing his songs, or conducting a musical theater workshop, he entices students both young and old to present and share themselves in a confident and expressive way.  In Jim’s classes, there is a place for everyone. What he gives to a community in a five day residency lasts a lifetime.  Jim is a shining star in our world and is an inspiration to us all.”

Susan Reed, singer, songwriter, recording artist, and teacher, Milton, Massachusetts


James Jillson Selway

James Jillson Selway is a graduate of The Juilliard School and The Catholic University of America.  He is President of Harnes Selway Arts, Inc., Falls Church, Virginia.  Mr. Selway maintains a Suzuki piano studio of 40 students and also directs operetta and music theater productions for the Harnes Selway Arts summer program, Singers Onstage.For over thirty years he has directed operetta for children and youth at festivals throughout the US, Canada, and Bermuda..  Mr. Selway is also Associate Director of the World Children’s Choir, founded and directed by his wife, soprano Sondra Harnes.

Mr. Selway has performed as pianist and worked as choreographer with the World Children’s Choir at Carnegie Hall and at the Kennedy Center; at the White House, the National Archives, the National Building Museum and other Washington, D.C. venues for Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and for UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.  Mr. Selway has also toured and led workshops with the World Children’s Choir in Canada, Ireland, Romania, and Scotland. 

Mr. Selway is the composer of many pieces for voice and piano.  “With One Dream,” written following the September 11th attacks has been recorded by the World Children’s Choir and has been published by Warner Brothers.  His composition “The Peace of Christmas” was written for the 2002 Pageant of Peace on the White House Ellipse and performed on that occasion by the World Children’s Choir and the United States Air Force Band.   He is pianist for five World Children’s Choir CDs, including the “Peace of Christmas.”  The World Children’s Choir release, “We Must Dream,” is a compilation of 15 of Mr. Selway’s vocal and piano pieces.  A new CD just released by WCC features two of newest songs, “A Gift of Love” and “La Revedere.”

Mr. Selway dances and performs with Dianne Braden in the song and dance duo Braden and Selway.  Braden and Selway perform for arts and community organizations, senior residences, and schools, and are associated with the BalletNova Center for Dancewhere they also perform and teach workshops for children and adults. 

Mr. Selway is also featured as Ambassador Drosselmeyer in the Center Dance Company’s production of The Nutcracker.

At the invitation of recording and concert artist Susan Reed Mr. Selway appeared as artist-in-residence in February of 2004 and 2005 at Thacher Montessori School in Milton, Massachusetts.  He has also done music theater workshops throughout the US, in Canada, and in Bermuda.  Each summer he directs music theater classes and performances for children, teens, and adults at the Ogontz Suzuki Institute in Lisbon, New Hampshire, an assignment he has held since 1994.

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