Barany's creative passions balance uniquely between two distinct art forms. By day he is Chair and Professor of Foundations at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, and by night he performs as a Bass-Baritone throughout the greater Milwaukee area. James is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists, the Florentine Opera Chorus and is a frequent soloist for the Waukesha Concert Chorale, the Bach Chamber Choir, the Hartford Community Choir and the Milwaukee Messiah Chorus. In addition to Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Barany’s oratorio repertoire includes Handel’s The Messiah, Haydn’s Thereseinmesse, Haydn’s Lord Nelson's Mass, and Faure’s Requiem. On stage Barany has performed in over twenty productions with the Florentine Opera Chorus and has been extended several comprimario roles including, Father Keely in Elmer Gantry, Flora’s Servant in La Traviata, the Herald in Rigoletto, and Yakuside in Madama Butterfly. James also had the recent honor of singing the National Anthem in a mixed quartet for the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on behalf of the Florentine Opera Chorus.