James Scott Balentine

James Scott Balentine Photo

James Scott Balentine, Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Texas at San Antonio, is a composer, arranger, performer and conductor, and currently serves as Associate Chair of the Department of Music. He teaches courses in music theory and composition, history of jazz, and an occasional music business seminar. Dr. Balentine holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of South Carolina and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin. His composition teachers included Gordon (Dick) Goodwin, Samuel Douglas, Eugene Kurtz, Barton McLean and Karl Korte. He has also served as Director of Jazz Studies at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and was founder and owner of One Music Square, a full line retail music store.

His music has been performed at numerous international conferences and festivals, including Clarinetfest, the International Double Reed Convention, the International Flute Society Convention, and New Music Festivals at Indiana State University, Otterbein College, Electronic Music Plus, Shanghai International Clarinet Festival, and others. He has received commissions from the Barlow Endowment, the College Band Directors National Association, Cactus Pear Festival, the Krost Symposium, and many others. His music is published by Southern Music, Ballerbach Music, Cimarron Music Productions, and Jaymark Jazz Press.