Douglas Byler (b. 1988) is a composer and real estate entrepreneur from the Shenandoah Valley
in Virginia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from James Madison University
in Harrisonburg, VA, where he studied composition with Drs. Jason Haney and Eric Guinivan,
and piano with Dr. Lori Piitz. The degree progress was interrupted by a seven year hiatus during
which Douglas worked in a family business, got married, and developed and interest in real
Douglas’s music has been commissioned, performed and recorded by many choirs across the
Eastern United States. “Prelude and Gloria,” an 8-minute work for wind ensemble, was one of
the winners of the James Madison University New Music For Wind Ensemble Competition, and
was premiered by the JMU Symphonic Band in April of 2017. “Paris in Spring,” for SATB choir
and piano won second place in The Choral Project of San Jose’s Student Composer Competition
and was premiered by the group and artistic director Daniel Hughes in June of 2016.
Currently, Douglas is studying composition at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ,
where he studies with Dr. Joel Phillips. He also holds an active real estate license in Virginia
with Long & Foster Realtors. Scores are available for purchase on this site and from GIA
Publications, Inc. When he is not composing or flipping houses, he enjoys spending time
outdoors and hanging out with his family.
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Douglas Byler (b. 1988) is a composer and real estate entrepreneur from the
Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from
James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA and is currently studying composition at
Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. His music has won several awards and has been
performed across the United States.
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