Presently, James is a dizi player in the Raffles Institution Chinese Orchestra (RICO) as well as the Dicapella Dizi Ensemble.
James began learning the dizi in 2009 under the guidance of Mr Ang Ding Leong in the Red Swastika School Chinese Orchestra, and achieved Grade 3 with Merit in the NUS Centre For the Arts (NUSCFA) grading examination in the same year.
After which, James transferred from Red Swastika School to Tao Nan School and continued his learning in dizi. As a member of the Tao Nan School Chinese Orchestra, James represented his school in the biennial SYF Central Judging in 2010 and 2012, and the Orchestra attained a commendable Gold (with Honours) award on both occasions.
During his time in RICO, James came under the tutelage of Mr Ng Hsien Han, Ensemble Manager of the Dicapella organisation. His exacting standards allowed James to hone his skills as a dizi player, as well as further piquing his interest in this instrument. James achieved Grade 6 with Distinction in the NUSCFA grading examination in 2013, and achieved Grade 8 with Merit in 2014. 
James is also honoured to be conferred the role of Assistant Section Leader by the Orchestra in the same year. James completed his diploma grading with merit in year 2015.