JAMES SYLER (b 1961 )
James Syler was born in Hyde Park, NY and raised in New York and Florida. In 1983 he received a B.M. degree from Northern Illinois University and in 1988 a M.M. degree from the University of Miami. In 1991 he continued his studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He has studied privately with composers Alfred Reed, Karl Korte and Pulitzer prizewinner Michael Colgrass. His awards include a 2002 commission from the American Composers Forum in New York to compose the String Quartet No. 1 for the Artaria String Quartet of St Paul, MN and the 1993 National Band Association Composition Award; two grants from the American Music Center in New York, and the 1993 Arnald Gabriel Composition Award. He has been on the adjunct faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio since 2001. From 1998–2001 he was on the faculty at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida and from 1995–1998 at Flagler College in St Augustine, Florida.