A winner of the prestigious Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellow, composer James Mobberley (b. 1954, Des Moines, IA) grew up in central Pennsylvania and spent his high school and college years in North Carolina. While earning a bachelor's degree in guitar he became interested in composition through his studies with composer Thomas Brosh, and went on to receive his masters in composition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied with Roger Hannay. He earned his doctorate at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Donald Erb and Eugene O'Brien. He began teaching composition and electronic music in 1981, with a year at the Cleveland Institute of Music, a year at Webster University in St. Louis, and since 1983 has been on the composition faculty of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he is a Curators' Professor of Music.

From 1991-99 he served as the Kansas City Symphony's first Composer-in-Residence. This residency was expanded to include the State Ballet of Missouri and the Paseo Academy for the Performing and Visual Arts, the local arts magnet high school, through a grant from Meet the Composer's New Residencies program for 1994-97. Other residencies include Composer-in-Residence for the newEar Ensemble (1999-2002), and guest residencies and workshops at the Taiwan National Symphony, the Ft. Smith Symphony, the Composers Forum of the East at Bennington College, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Southern California, Oberlin College, Washington State University, the University of Arkansas, and Heidelberg College.

He has received numerous fellowships, grants, and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rome Prize Fellowship, a Composer's Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lee Ettelson Composers Award, as well as additional awards from the NEA, the International Composers Competition of the Polish Section - ISCM, the Music Teachers National Association, ASCAP, the Missouri Arts Council, the Midwest Composers Competition, the MidAmerica Arts Alliance, the University of Missouri, the Mrs. Ewing M. Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award, and others. Commissions have come from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, Meet the Composer, the St. Louis Symphony Chamber Series, the Kansas City Symphony, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the SUNY-Stony Brook Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Missouri Music Teachers Association, Metro Theater St. Louis, and numerous individual performers.

He has been featured on numerous record labels, including five works on the Music from SEAMUS series, as well as the Capstone label and upcoming releases from Gothic Records and the CDCM Series.  An all-orchestral CD performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra is released on Albany Records.

Mobberley's music spans many media, including orchestral and chamber music, music for film, video, theater, dance, and music that combines electronic and computer elements with live performance. Overall his music has received more than 600 performances on five continents. Much of his music is published by Cautious Music, Box 32493, Kansas City, MO 64171. Other publishers include MMB Music (St. Louis), Roger Dean Publications (Dayton, OH), and Edipan (Rome).

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