Dr. James Crowley teaches a wide range of music theory, history, composition, and technology courses. He earned his BM in Composition from the University of Illinois, and upon graduation was named to the Bronze Tablet - the University's highest academic honor. He completed the MM and DM in Composition at Northwestern University and is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. His music has been presented in Europe, Asia, Africa, and throughout the USA. His 2008 work From The Earth
was a prize winner in the Ravinia Music Festival’s first composition competition, and was premiered on an east coast tour in 2009. His orchestral music has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and the Parkside Symphony. Other works have been presented by the Eastman Wind Symphony, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Interlochen Academy Symphonic Band, Millar Brass Ensemble, Arizona New Music Ensemble, Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, Duo Montagnard, and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra. His music has been performed at Indiana University, Queens College, Cleveland State University, University of Illinois, University of Texas, Ithaca College, University of Louisville, Bowling Green State University, University of Hawai'i, Sam Houston State University, California State University-Fullerton, Florida International University, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Korea Collaborative Pianists Association-Seoul, Akademie der Künste-Berlin, and in Cape Town, South Africa. He has received commissions and awards from the Ravinia Music Festival, Music Teachers National Association, National String Teachers Association, American Music Center, Duo Montagnard, and Meet-The-Composer. His guitar solo Scordatura
was spotlighted in the December 2007 issue of Soundboard
magazine, and his violin/piano duet Danse Lunaire
is featured by European-American Music in the SCI Journal of Music Scores
. From 1987-1990 he was a member of the administrative staff of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In 1991 he held a Teaching Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival, and he previously taught at Drury University (1994-98).