James Pyne, emeritus professor of clarinet at the Ohio State University, began his performance career at the age of 18 when Josef Krips invited him to become a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has recorded as principal clarinet with Buffalo under conductors Lukas Foss, Michael Tilson Thomas, Julius Rudel and Semyon Bychkov and was featured frequently as soloist. His faculty appointments have included the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Michigan, the SUNY at Buffalo and the SUNY at Fredonia. Pyne has collaborated with many of the world's leading clarinetists in the design and preparation of hand-crafted mouthpieces. This has led to research using sophisticated computer programs for real-time timbre analysis involving the visualization and measurement of sound spectral characteristics. As a member of Ohio State University's Center for Cognitive Science, as well as the technical committee for musical acoustics of the Acoustical Society of America, this work has been expanded to examine the unique characteristics of musical sound in a more general way, integrating both physical and psychoacoustical factors important in our perception. He earned the BFA in performance and music education at the University of Buffalo, and the MM in performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Stanley Hasty. His lectures, master classes, mouthpiece clinics and recitals have been featured at numerous major universities and conservatories as well as many international symposia.