James Curnow (born April 17, 1943) is a music composer for concert bands, brass bands, and vocal and instrumental solos and ensembles, who has also written arrangements of music pieces such as Trumpet Voluntary while teaching at both public schools and on college and university levels. Curnow was born on April 17, 1943, in Port Huron, Michigan, and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he received his initial musical training in the public schools and The Salvation Army Instrumental Programs in these cities. Educated at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan (B.M.) and Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan (M.M.), where he was a euphonium student of Leonard Falcone, and a conducting student of Dr. Harry Begian, he had studies in composition and arranging with F. Maxwell Wood, James Gibb, Jere Hutchinson, and Irwin Fischer.
Curnow has taught in all areas of instrumental music, both in the public schools (five years), and on the college and university level (thirty years). He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He has received annual ASCAP standard awards since 1979. In 1980 he received the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence. In 1985, while a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Mr. Curnow was honored as an outstanding faculty member. Among his most recent honors are inclusion in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Composer of the Year (1997) by the Kentucky Music Teachers Association and the National Music Teachers Association.
As a conductor, composer and clinician, Curnow has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe where his music has received wide acclaim. He has won several awards for band compositions including Second Place in the 2001 International Trumpet Guild Composition Competition (Three Episodes for Trumpet and Piano). Curnow has been commissioned to write over two hundred works for concert band, brass band, orchestra, choir and various vocal and instrumental ensembles. His published works now number well over four hundred. His most recent commissions include the 2005 Falcone Festival Twentieth Anniversary honoring Mrs. (Beryl) Falcone (Fantasia di Falcone for Euphonium). His prolific output for young musicians reflects his many years teaching at the public school and college levels. Jim continues to be active as a conductor, clinician, and music educator. Curnow currently lives in Nicholasville, Kentucky, where he is president, composer, and educational consultant for Curnow Music Press, Inc., publishers of significant music for concert band and brass band. Also, he serves as Composer-in-residence (emeritus) on the faculty of Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, and is editor of all music publications for The Salvation Army in Atlanta, Georgia.
The following works by James Curnow are contained in my collection.
Overture to a Winter Festival.
Voluntary on Old Hundredth after Henry Purcell.