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James Syler

Born: April 7 1961
Born in: Hyde Park, New York

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James Syler

James Scott Syler (born April 7, 1961, from Hyde Park, New York) is an American composer fluent in many genres of music including Wind Ensemble, Choral, Orchestral, and Chamber Music.

A student of Alfred Reed, Karl Korte, and Michael Colgrass, Syler's music is known for its lyricism and drama. His compositional style his highly eclectic, melding techniques ranging from the Baroque and Renaissance to Minimalism. He was the winner of the 1993 National Band Association Composition Award, the 1993 Arnald Gabriel Composition Award, the 2002 American Composers Forum Commission, and received two grants from the American Music Center. He established his own publishing company, Ballerbach Music in 1998, that published the works of more than 20 composers for 15 years.

To date Syler has had over 400 performances of his compositions all over the world and has been in guest residence at more than 25 colleges and universities. He has been the subject of a doctoral dissertation Wind Ensemble Compositions of James Syler and discussed extensively in two others. He was featured in the book A Composer's Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band; Volume 1 by Timothy Salzman. Syler is currently on faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he teaches composition, orchestration, and music history courses.
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