Jim Henry holds degrees in vocal music education, music theory and music composition, including a Ph.D. in music composition from Washington University. He is currently the Director of Choral Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he conducts the University Singers and Vocal Point and teaches choral methods, choral arranging, and choral conducting. In addition to his duties at UM-St. Louis, Jim is the musical and artistic director of the Ambassadors of Harmony, a 160-voice men's a cappella chorus that performs barbershop, jazz, and light classical music. The Ambassadors of Harmony have produced multiple recordings, and have twice been named the best male barbershop chorus in the world, winning the BHS chorus championship in 2004 and 2009.
Jim was also a founding member, arranger, and bass singer with the legendary Gas House Gang, the very popular 1993 International Quartet Champions. The Gas House Gang has entertained audiences in all fifty states and fifteen countries, and in venues from the Grand Ole Opry to Carnegie Hall. They have been featured on NBC's "Today Show," NPR's "At the Creation," and two PBS specials: "Voices in Harmony" and "The Egg." The Gas House Gang has produced five recordings. Jim and his wife Geda live in St. Charles Missouri, with their 2 young children; Gea Rose and Isaiah. Lydia, their oldest daughter is married and resides in Hanover Germany with her husband Martin and her two sons making Jim the group's only grandpa!