James H. Fry
Associate Professor, Composition Music Theory & Composition Division
B.M., M.M., Southern Methodist University; Ph.D., University of Rochester
James Fry is a composer and former associate director of the University of Maryland School of Music. His background includes degrees in composition from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester (Ph.D.) and Southern Methodist University (M.M., B.M). His works are published by Needham Publishing Co., Willis Music Co. and American Composer Editions, and recorded on the Capstone and Contemporary Recording Studios labels. Dr. Fry's most recent CD, Kaleidoscope, released by Capstone in 1998, was well received by critics and has been aired in the U.S., Japan and Australia.
The recipient of a number of national prizes and awards, Dr. Fry has received commissions from the University of Connecticut Wind Ensemble, the University of Illinois Chamber Players, the North Dakota Music Teachers Association, the Grand Forks Federation of Music Clubs, and the North Dakota Centennial Commission for a full-length orchestral work commemorating the State's centennial. He has toured, performed and lectured in a number of cities in Russia and, during the 1996/97 academic year, taught as a Fulbright scholar at the Glinka State Conservatory in Nizhny Novgorod. In 1994 he was named the MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association. His compositions for a variety of media are widely performed in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Fry is the co-author of “Music Composition Resource” an Internet resource for composers and is a member of the American Composers Alliance, an affiliate of Broadcast Music, Inc.