James Borchers is a composer, sound artist, and musician, active in a variety of musical settings. His work emphasizes sound as a powerful communicative force and a unique physical phenomenon, and it spans a range of media including orchestral and chamber music, electroacoustic and computer music, sound installations, opera, film scores, and music for theater.
Borchers's numerous awards include fellowships and residencies at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Wellesley Composers Conference, Kimmel Center for the Arts, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. His music has been performed in the US and abroad by groups such as the ICE ensemble, Talujon Percussion Quartet, Dinosaur Annex, the Lydian String Quartet, the New York Youth Symphony, and American Opera Projects.
He holds a Bachelors degree in music from the University of Nebraska, Omaha; Two Masters degrees in performance and composition from Queens College, CUNY; and a Ph.D. in music composition and theory from Brandeis University. He has experience teaching in the public schools in New York City and Seattle, and has served as a part-time faculty member at Brandeis University, Mount Holyoke College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Skagit Valley College. In addition to teaching in college and public schools, he maintains a private teaching studio in Seattle, WA, where he lives with his wife and daughter.