James Wiznerowicz was Interim Chair of the Department of Music for the 2017-2018 academic year after previously serving as Assistant Chair. He was appointed Interim Senior Associate Dean of VCU’s School of the Arts in the summer of 2018. He has earned degrees from Eastern Michigan University (B.A., M.A.) and the University of Arizona (D.M.A.). His composition teachers have included Anthony Iannaccone, Ladislav Kiubik and Daniel Asia.
Recently, his music has been performed at festivals and conferences in Australia, Europe and the U.S., including the La Roque d’Antheron of France, the International Trumpet Guild Conference and the Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference. He has had a broadcast of his “Aria for Solo Bassoon” and “Micrologus for Solo Flute” on the National Public Radio program “Theme and Variations.” He was awarded a fellowship from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts for a two-week artist residency in 2003. His work “Prelude and Allegro for Wind Symphony” was among the finalists in the 2003 Penfield High School Composition Competition, and his “…as though colors poured …” received first prize in the 2003 Contemporary Music Society.
Prior to 2003 his work, “…trees rustling in silence,” performed in France, Turkey, Brazil and the U.S., won first prize in the 8th International Saguaro Film Festival. A recent work for solo organ, “Fandanguillo,” received performances in Connecticut, Atlanta, Georgia and Berlin for the 50th anniversary of the Fulbright program in Germany. In addition to various fellowships and awards from the University of Arizona, he won Standard Awards from ASCAP for six consecutive years (2002-07).