Holding a Master’s degree in voice from the California Institute of the Arts, Jim Raycroft has performed all over North America and in Europe. He is a current, 35 year member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and sang with the Los Angeles Opera for 12 years. He is also busy in the studios and has appeared in the soundtracks for numerous movies including Home Alone, Jurassic Park, A.I., Mars Attacks, Waterworld, XXX, Lady In The Water, Godzilla and Star Wars 9 – The Rise of Skywalker, and appeared as a singing pirate in the opening scene of Pirates of the Caribbean – At World’s End. He has appeared on the Grammys, in numerous TV shows and has sung for the President of the United States and the Queen of England. He founded and sings with the vocal jazz group Pacific Swingline and the barbershop quartet The Nickelodeon. He founded The Singers Elite Vocal Big Band, sang for 5 years with Disneyland’s barbershop quartet, The Dapper Dans, spent Christmas of 1983 with Disneyland’s Dickens Carolers, and has recorded with the Roger Wagner Chorale.
He is a published arranger and orchestrator, and is the choral director for the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, is Music Director at First United Methodist Church of Redondo Beach and has prepared choruses for the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra. His singer referral service, Singers Elite, has provided vocal entertainment of all kinds to Southern California audiences for more than 30 years, and in 2002, he founded and produces the annual “Choral Taste of Los Angeles”, a reading session of choral music by L.A. area composers.