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Robert Curry


POSITION: Adjunct Faculty and Dir of EMU Jazz/Wind Ensemble

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | n/a

EMAIL: robert.curry@emu.edu

Robert Curry retired recently after teaching public school music for 41 years — 2 years in Colorado and 30 years in Utah including 24 at Highland High School in Salt Lake City, and nine years in Virginia. The GRAMMY Foundation recognized Highland HS on four different occasions as a GRAMMY Signature School. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana; a Master of Arts degree from Brigham Young University; and has done post-graduate study at the University of Utah. Bob has had articles published in The Instrumentalist, Teaching Theatre, and the Interface, the journal of the Utah National Association for Music Education. He has also graded Advanced Placement Music Theory tests. The College Board published his AP Music Theory curriculum in the 2007 edition of the Teachers’ Guide for AP Music Theory. Bob has composed and arranged orchestra music published by Tempo Press and Wingert-Jones; and was the editor of Mahew Lake’s band arrangement of The Barber of Seville Overture published by Carl Fischer. He has been listed in Who’s Who in American Education three times and Who’s Who in America on one occasion.

An active performer, he has performed with the Salt Lake Symphonic Winds and was assistant conductor of the ensemble for several years. In Harrisonburg he performs with Just Jazzin’, an adult community big band. He has been married to Dr. Vicki Curry, a professor at JMU, for 42 years. They have two children.


BA, Butler University
MA, Brigham Young University


Arrangements/compositions for orchestra published by Tempo Press,

Madison Heights, MI –

Pomp and Circumstance No. 1, An Old World Christmas, Sleeping Beauty

Waltz, The Young Prince and the Young Princess, March of the Toys,

Sinfonia from Christmas Oratorio by J. S. Bach

Arrangements/compositions for orchestra published by Wingert-Jones, Exton, PA –

Christmas in the Renaissance for String Orchestra

Highland High School Advanced Placement Music Theory curriculum published by the College Board in the 2007 edition of Teachers’ Guide for Music Theory.

Essential Skills and Techniques for Instrumental Music Students – published by Salt Lake Education Foundation, August 2005.

“Producing a Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta in a High School”—co-authored with John Newman (Theater/Highland H. S.) Winter, 2002 issue of Teaching Theatre.

“Barber of Seville Overture” for band arranged by Mahew Lake, edited by Robert A. Curry published by Carl Fischer, Inc.

“Do You Buy Instruments the Way You Buy Cars?” — published in Interface: The Journal of the Utah Music Educators Association in spring edition, 1998

“Band Festivals” — published in The Instrumentalist magazine in March, 1995 (contributor only)

“Utah’s Band Music List” — published in Interface: the Journal of the Utah Music Educators Association in winter edition, 1995

“Changing the Seating to Suit the Music” — published in The Instrumentalist magazine in December 1994