"You really write exactly what you want to write and that is excellent. The pieces are full of energy and musicality ..."
~ Samuel Adler, The Juilliard School
"His orchestral work entitled 'Gearbox' is a brilliant showpiece that surges with energy from beginning to end. Throughout the piece, his gift of lyricism within a dramatic framework is apparent to all who listen."
~ San Antonio Symphony Program Notes
"He writes with heart and has the musical and technical abilities to realize his conceptions. He is one of the few young composers whose music has moved me."
~ Michael Colgrass, Composer
"One thing that is particularly effective about the work 'Minton's Playhouse' is that one feels it is a piece for jazz ensemble, 'framed' by the colors and textures of the full wind ensemble."
~ Fanfare Magazine
“James Syler’s ‘Symphony No. 1’ ... is a major addition to the wind ensemble repertoire. What immediately strikes the listener about this composition with a title ‘Blue’ is the depth of the text and music and the absence of all of the possible stereotypes ..."
~ Leon Bly, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles
FANTASIA ON SILENT NIGHT
A BLUE STREAK
IN FLANDERS FIELDS
Feb 19 Yale University, Hymn for Emanuel
Feb 27 University of Dubuque, IA, Hymn for Emanuel
Mar 03 University of Connecticut, Hymn for Emanuel
Mar 10 University of Texas at San Antonio, Wu Xing Concertino
Apr 09 Triangle Wind Ensemble, NC, Minton’s Playhouse
Apr 13 University of Texas at San Antonio, Wu Xing Concertino
Apr 14 Coastal Carolina University, Congo Square
Apr 28 University of Indianapolis, Wu Xing Concertino
May 01 Mount Vernon HS, MO, Wu Xing Concertino
May 01 Blinn College, TX, Wu Xing Concertino
May 17 Fremont HS, CA, Wu Xing Concertino
Feb 14 Interlochen Band, Storyville
Feb 27 University of Maryland, Three Places in Jazz
Feb 27 University of Louisiana, Congo Square
Mar 27 Lyceum Series Speaker, U. of Louisiana, Creativity Techniques
Mar 28 University of Louisiana, Congo Square
Apr 06 University of Nevada Reno, Storyville
Apr 20 University of Louisiana, Tattoo
Apr 22 University of Nebraska, Congo Square
Apr 23 Boston University, Congo Square
Apr 23 Northeastern State University (OK), Storyville
May 01 Texas A&M Commerce, Storyville
May 05 Miami University (OH), Congo Square
Jun 01 Northwestern University Singers, Dear Sarah
Aug 25 Bridge Chamber Music Festival, MN, String Quartet No. 1
October 17 University of Illinois - Chicago, Three Places in Jazz
November 17, Coastal Carolina University, Hymn for Emanuel premiere