James Nord holds degrees from Stetson University (BM) where his organ teacher was Paul Jenkins, and from Southern Methodist University (MSM), where he studied organ with Robert Anderson, harpsichord with Isolde Ahlgrimm, and conducting with Lloyd Pfautsch. He has done additional organ study with David Craighead and Arthur Poister. He has performed throughout the southeastern United States and was invited to perform a solo recital at Westminster Abbey in 1997. He has written for The Chorister, the journal of the Choristers Guild, and is presently on their editorial board. He has been Organist and Choirmaster at the Church of the Good Shepherd, which is the largest Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Georgia, since 1981.
Mr. Nord holds membership in the American Guild of Organists, the Association of Anglican Musicians, the Royal School of Church Music, the Organ Historical Society, and the American Choral Directors Association.