April Lynn James is a pioneering entrepreneur, speaker, author, and soprano passionate about the arts, wellness and spirituality who, for over a decade, has been inspiring others through her innovative work. She 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. April plus Madison, her latest venture, is a Wonderland-inspired expressive arts and holistic wellness enterprise fueled, in part, by the whimsical rhymes composed and declaimed by her guardian angel, Madison Hatta, Sonneteer. Madison’s chapbooks, the Book of Unreasonable Rhymes (2015) and the Book of Unrelenting Rhymes (2016) are available from Philadelphia’s legendary Moonstone Press. Together, they lead PLAY-shops that help professionals lead happier and healthier lives.
A groundbreaking researcher in the area of Women in Music, Dr. April’s 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 continues to be in demand as a speaker on this subject. She had the distinguished honor of studying abroad in Dresden, Germany courtesy of a DAAD Fellowship, where she researched her dissertation on the music and life of Maria Antonia, Electress of Saxony.
Dr. April is a baroque dance instructor, researcher and choreographer, and enjoys reconstructing Beauchamps-Feuillet notated dances as well as creating new ones in the 18th-century style.
Dr. April holds an MA and PhD in Music from Harvard University, as well as three degrees from Queens College of the City University of New York (BA, Communications; MA, Media Studies; BA, magna cum laude, Music), and an MSLIS from Drexel University. You may book her for speaking engagements by filling out the contact form on the home page of this website.