James Babor

Adjunct Assistant Professor

  • Program:
    Winds and Percussion
  • Division:
    Classical Performance and Composition
  • Instrument:


Jim Babor has been a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1993. In addition to his performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Babor regularly participates in concerts for the Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series. His solo engagements have included performing the Xylorimba Solo in Oliver Messiaen’s Des Canyons Aux Etoles with Esa Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Babor received his BM from Texas A&M University, Commerce in Commerce, Texas and his MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio. He has studied with Richard Weiner, Paul Yancich, Cloyd Duff, and Doug Howard. He has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, and the New World Symphony. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Telarc, Teldec, and London.

Babor is a Pro Mark Orchestral Artist and an endorser of Pearl/Adams Percussion, and Sabian Cymbals. He is also on the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music.

Academic degrees

  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Texas A&M, Commerce

Studied with:

Cloyd Duff, Doug Howard, Richard Weiner, Paul Yancich