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James Sclater

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James Sclater grew up in Mobile, Alabama and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.M. and M.M. in Theory-Composition. At U.S.M. he studied clarinet with Gomer Pound. He earned the D.M.A. in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970. Sclater has been a faculty member at Mississippi College since 1970 and retired from the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in the year 2000 after serving in the clarinet section for 29 years.v

Sclater’s compositions have been performed both nationally and internationally. His chamber opera The Christmas Gift is a regular feature of the Children’s Musical Theatre in Cheropovets, Russia. He won the Ostwald Prize in 1974 and has been honored for thirteen straight years with a Serious Music award from ASCAP. Recent works include Images of Southern Religion for Organ and Brass Quintet, commissioned by the AGO, Region IV.

Sclater performs with colleague Angela Willoughby in the chamber duo LYRICAS. He is married to Judy Davis, a multi-talented musician who also dyes Ukrainian Easter eggs. They have a daughter, Patricia Ann, who lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri.


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