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April Lynn James is a Consultant, Soprano and Designer of Whimsical Things. Through her PLAY-shops, music, and original creations, she transforms the world into a more joyful and playful place. She is passionate about the connection between creativi-Tea, wellness and spirituali-Tea. For over a decade, she has been inspiring others through April plus Madison, her latest venture.
Having had the distinguished honor of studying abroad in Dresden, Germany courtesy of a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst/German Academic Exchange Service) Fellowship, she researched her dissertation on the music and life of Maria Antonia, Electress of Saxony.
Dr. April founded The Maria Antonia Project, an opera company whose mission was to bring operas composed by women out of the archives and onto the stage. A groundbreaking researcher in the area of Women in Music, her exhibitions In Her Own Hand: Operas Composed by Women 1625-1913 (Harvard Music Library) and Women Composing for Marian Anderson (Penn Libraries) were enthusiastically received, and she is sought after as a speaker on this subject. Her research on Marian Anderson became part of the recent American Masters documentary Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands, directed by Emmy- and Peabody Award-winner Rita Coburn.
It was the Tim Burton film, Alice in Wonderland (2010), that took her down the rabbit hole and led to her guardian angel, Madison Hatta, Sonneteer, springing full-blown into her consciousness. Madison’s chapbooks, the Book of Unreasonable Rhymes (2015) and the Book of Unrelenting Rhymes (2016) are available from Philadelphia’s legendary Moonstone Press.
Dr. April holds a PhD in Music from Harvard University, as well as degrees from Queens College of the City University of New York and Drexel University.