As Director of Vintage Sweater Records and the JSU Mason Hall Recording Studio, Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Jacksonville State University, and award winning author, Dr. James Woodward has written and performed in concerts, films, commissions, and musicals. He was the recipient of the 2006 BMI Pete Carpenter Film Scoring Fellowship, a Meet the Composer Grant, an ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop participant, and a Fellowship at the Virginia Arts Festival John Duffy Composers Institute. His concert works are published by Daehn Publications, GIA Publications, and Cimarron Music Press. Recordings of his works are available on Vintage Sweater Records, Cedille Records, Mark Records, and Baer Tracks Music. His previous film music credits include Gentry Smith's "Unwelcome", Soo Hugh's "Static", and Brandon Wilson's "The Man Who Couldn't".
Established in 2017, Vintage Sweater Records is the creative and production branch of the Jacksonville State University Mason Hall Recording Studio directed by James Woodward. While producing independent, creative projects focusing especially on new, instrumental tracks, VSR provides recording and educational services for JSU faculty, students, and staff. Vintage Sweater Records is the home of "Eryn Oft: Out of the Box" featuring world music arranged for the bassoon in many styles and "The Geometrical Fascinations of an Impaired Gentleman", a spoken word album and short, animated film.
An Opal level YouTuber, James Woodward founded and manages the Aural Skills Guru YouTube Channel. With over 400 videos of helpful videos for aural skills students, the channel is approaching 500,000 minutes watched.
As a composer for musicals, James has collaborated with playwrights Melanie Martin Long and April-Dawn Gladu to create two children's musicals at the Georgia Shakespeare Company, The Frog Prince (text and lyrics by Melanie Martin Long) and The Emperor and the Nightingale (text and lyrics by April-Dawn Gladu).
Dr. James Woodward received his degrees from Arizona State University, University of Southern California, and the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. His principal music composition teachers were Stephen Hartke, Jody Rockmaker, John Downey, and Ronald Foster.