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James S. Sclater   
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 Annual Updates

2012

NEWS

Sclater’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble was awarded a Classical Music Composition award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters for 2011. Commissioned to write a trio for flute, cello and piano for Mna’ Tri’, a trio based in PA.  Sclater has received an ASCAP Serious Music award yearly since 1991.

PREMIERES

I Woke Up This Mornin’, also Three Brazilian Dances, Elaine Barber and Delaine Fedson, American Harp Society Convention, Denton TX June 2011. Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres, 1st Presbyterian Church Choir and Orchestra, Jackson, MS, Dec. 2011.

PERFORMANCES

Reflections in the Mirror of Childhood, Raymond MS June 2011; also Clinton MS, July and Aug. 2011. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Angela Willoughby, piano, Valdosta State University Wind Ensemble, Dr. Joe Brashier, conductor, Valdosta GA, April 2011. The Hare and the Tortwazay, Cheryl Coker and Chrissy Hrivnak, Wesson MS, Nov. 2011.

RECORDINGS

PLUCK: Music of James Sclater, Elaine Barber, Delaine Fedson, harps, incl. Brazilian Dances, I Woke Up This Mornin,’ Four Etudes for Solo Harp (#2,3,4), Possum Palace Productions, Asheville, NC.
 


 

2011

Sclater has retired from Mississippi College where he served as Professor of Music for 40 years. His departure was highlighted by a concert of his music given in his honor on 4/11/10 in Clinton, MS.  The new chamber music series inaugurated at the college in the fall of 2010 was named in his honor.

PREMIERES

Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble by Elizabeth Moak, piano and the University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble conducted by Dr. Thomas Fraschillo in Hattiesburg, MS on 4/29/10.  Celebrations for Orchestra by USM Orchestra conducted by Dr. Jay Dean in Hattiesburg MS on 9/23/10.  Reflections in the Mirror of Childhood by Mississippi Symphony Orchestra  and Viola Dacus, mezzo-soprano conducted by Crafton Beck in Jackson, MS on 3/11/11.

PERFORMANCES

Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble by Angela Willoughby, piano and the Mississippi Wind Symphony conducted by Dr. Craig Young in Ridgeland, MS on 6/22/10.  Brass Quintet #1 by Capital Brass in Clinton MS on 8/27/10.  When the Saints go Marching In by James Sclater, clarinet and Judy Sclater, organ at Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson, MS on 9/17/10.

RECORDINGS

Vocalessence ensemble conducted by Philip Brunelle will include Sclater’s The Piping Carol on a retrospective collection of new choral works to be released in fall of 2010.
 


2010

NEWS

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) has commissioned Sclater to compose a work for the USM Orchestra in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the school. The composer is retiring from Mississippi College in May 2010 after 40 years of teaching in the Department of Music.

PREMIERES

Cheryl Coker and Christine Hrivnak introduced The Hare and the Tortwazay, for two sopranos and piano, September 20, 2009, Jackson MS.

PERFORMANCES

Visions for Band and Columbia-Eagle March were heard in performance June 23, 2009, by the Mississippi Wind Symphony, led by Craig Young, Ridgeland, MS. Coker and Hrivnak presented Within the Circle, September 20, in Jackson, MS.


 

2009

Sclater is in his 39th year of teaching at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS. His newest works are Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble and The Hare and the Totrwazay – an “Aesopera” for two voices and piano.

PERFORMANCES

Stev McKiel led the Chislehurst-Sidcup School Choir in a performance of Ubi Caritas at the Cork International Choral Festival, April 2008. Brass Quintet No. 1 was heard in an April performance by the Mississippi Symphony Brass Quintet, Jackson. Clarinetist Wu Hang presented Six Folksong Studies November 12, Clinton, MS. Concerto for Orchestra (“Images from Welty”) will be performed by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Crafton Beck, April 18, 2009 on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Eudora Welty.

RECORDINGS

Light Upon Silver, DVD, a song cycle based upon photographs of Arthur Sclater, Sr., now available from the composer at jsclater@comcast.net

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