James E. Clemens (born 1966) spent most of his childhood in Goshen, Indiana. During his high school and college years, he studied piano, violin, and organ, accompanied choirs and soloists, and performed in many ensembles — orchestras, jazz bands, choirs, and early music groups. Jim has received commissions and awards from schools, churches, ensembles, and soloists across North America, including the American Composers Forum, the New England String Ensemble, and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. In addition to composing, Jim is a professional music engraver for publishing companies and individuals. He also enjoys reading, birding, and making music with his family and friends. Jim is an active member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and a busy accompanist. He lives near Dayton, Virginia.