James Syler (b.
1961) was born in Hyde Park, New York, and raised in New York and
Florida. In 1983, he received a B.M. degree from Northern Illinois
University, and in 1988 an M.M. degree from the University of Miami.
In 1991, he continued his studies at the University of Texas at
Austin. Mr. Syler has studied composition privately with composers
Alfred Reed, Karl Korte, and Pulitzer prizewinner Michael Colgrass.
Equally at ease
with modern and traditional techniques, Mr. Sylers compositions
have been noted for their lyricism, energy, and drama. His personal
style is eclectic and innovative, yet communicates with a variety of
audiences. Band, wind ensemble, orchestral, chamber, and choral works
have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and South America.
Awards include the
1993 National Band Association Composition Award, two grants from the
American Music Center in New York, the 1993 Arnald Gabriel
Composition Award, and numerous commissions. Mr. Syler has been on
the music faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio since
2001, and teaches private composition and courses in American music.