James Curnow

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James Curnow


James Curnow (b. 1943, Port Huron, Mich.) is an American composer.

Curnow received his first musical instruction in the public schools of Michigan and The Salvation Army Instrumental Programs. He received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Wayne State University and a Master of Music from Michigan State University, where he studied conducting with Harry Begian and euphonium with Leonard Falcone. Curnow studied composition with F. Maxwell Wood, James Gibb, Jere Hutchinson, and Irwin Fischer.

He has taught all areas and levels of instrumental music and has received numerous awards for teaching and composition: the Outstanding Educator of America (1974), the Citation of Excellence from the National Bandmaster’s Association (1980), the Volkwein Award (1977 & 1979), the Ostwald Award (1980 & 1984), and the International Competition for Original Compositions for Band (1985).

Currently he resides in Kentucky, where for years he was the owner of Curnow Music Press, Inc. He also serves as Composer-in-Residence Emeritus for Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky.

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