James Shrader is a composer, conductor, author, and retired academic administrator. He holds degrees from Bradley University (Music Education), The Cleveland Institute of Music (Opera Direction), and Texas Tech University (Fine Arts/Conducting). He was Director of Music and Fine Arts at The First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, Associate Director of Choral Activities at Texas Tech and Oklahoma State Universities, Chair of the Music Department and Director of Choral and Opera Studies at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and Head of the Department of Music at Valdosta State University. He was Chorus Master for Tulsa Opera where he prepared nine productions. He retired from academia in 2016 and continues to compose and record.
His compositions are published by Colla Voce, Inc. and Sheet Music Plus. His recordings appear on Navona Records and may be heard on Spotify and other streaming services. Details of his various compositions may be found at jamesshrader.com