Jim Lahti received his musical training at Sonoma State University near San Francisco, where he studied composition with Will Johnson, at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he studied piano and composition with Robert Helps, and at the New School where he studied composition with Leonard Rosenmann. He has performed in solo and chamber music recitals on both coasts, and has occasionally found himself doing church and nightclub work as well. He has also worked extensively in the theatre, from vocal coaching for the New York production of  Sugar Babies and the musical direction for several productions at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, to conducting musicals and operas.  A 1982 recipient of a New York Council On The Arts/Meet The Composer grant for his Variations for Flute and Piano, Jim has written for a wide range of instrumental and vocal combinations, from musicals amd musical revues, a movie score, art songs, concerti, other orchestral works, a requiem mass, an opera, and a great deal of chamber music.  His music has been heard in concerts in both San Francisco and New York, as well as on the Columbia University radio station, WNYC-FM in New York and CKUA in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  He recently completed a new musical based on the life of Ivor Novello.  Jim lives in New York City with his wife Mary, an artist and actress.