James Syler (b.1961) was born in Hyde Park, NY and raised in New York and Florida. He was educated at Northern Illinois University(B.M.), the University of Miami (M.M.) and the University of Texas at Austin. He has studied composition privately with Alfred Reed, Karl Korte, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Colgrass.
Equally at ease with modern and traditional techniques, his instrumental and choral compositions have been performed around the world. Noted for their lyricism, energy and drama, he has developed a personal style that is eclectic and innovative, yet able to communicate to a variety of audiences. He is married to pianist/teacher Elizabeth Gutierrez. Visit www.jamessyler.com for more information and full recordings.