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Biographical Sketches

James Curnow James Curnow

Guest Conductor, Composer

James Curnow received his training at Wayne State University in Detroit (B.S.) and Michigan State University in East Lansing (M. M.), where he was a conducting student of Dr. Harry Begian and a euphonium student of Leonard Falcone. He taught on the secondary school and college level for 20 years before retiring to devote full time to composition. He received the “Outstanding Educator of America” award in 1974, and the National Band Association “Citation of Excellence” in 1980.

As conductor, clinician, and composer, Curnow has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia, where his music has received wide acclaim. His awards for band compsitions include the American School Band Directors Association Volkwein Award in 1977 (Symphonic Triptych) and 1979 (Collage for Band), the American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award in 1980 (Mutanza) and 1984 (Symphonic Variants for Euphonium and Band), the 1985 Sixth International Competition for Original Compositions for Band (Australian Variant Suite) sponsored by the Cassa di Risparmo di Perugia of Corciano, Italy, and has recieved annual ASCAP awards for significant contributions to the band literature of America since 1979. He has also recieved a Stae Council for the Arts grant as composer in the school in Kentucky and has been commissioned to compose over 60 works for band and various ensembles. Mr. Curnow’s published works now number over 200.

James Curnow is currently a resident of Stone Mountain, Georgia, where he composes and arranges full time and is an educational consultant for Jenson Publications Corporation.

The band has commissioned several works from Mr. Curnow, including Five Concord Diversions (1987), Welsh Variants (1988), and Overture to a Winter Festival (1994).

The band has also performed American Triptych, Legend and Sundance, Lone Star Celebration, Rejouissance, Silver Celebration, and The Spirit of the Guard.


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