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JAMES SCLATER  was born in Mobile, AL, on October 24, 1943; he took piano lessons as a young child and started clarinet in the eighth grade. After some early attempts at composition, he enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi as a composition major. In 1970 he was awarded the DMA in Composition from the University of Texas - Austin.

Sclater taught music theory and composition at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS for 40 years, retiring in 2010. From 1971 until 2000 he was a member of the clarinet section of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Since 1998 he has played in the chamber duo LYRICAS with pianist Angela Willoughby. He continues to play in orchestras throughout mid-Mississippi.

His compositions have been performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe. He has written for band, orchestra, opera, television, voice, chorus, chamber ensemble and solo piano.

Sclater has been awarded the prize for music composition from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters on six different occasions and has numerous other awards, including the Ostwald Award for New Band Music. He has fulfilled commissions for groups such as the City of Mobile (AL), the Eighth Air Force, the Mississippi Symphony, the University of Southern Mississippi, the Mississippi University for Women, the Polanski Piano Duo, and the Mississippi Music Teachers Association. 

He is a member of ASCAP and the International Clarinet Association. He is married to Judy Davis of Columbia, Mississippi. They have one daughter, Patricia Ann Sclater.

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