Craig Curry is a professionally active, award winning freelance composer and arranger. With more than 275 of his compositions published by such leading sheet music publishers as the Hal Leonard Corporation and Alfred Music, Craig’s compositions and arrangements are regularly performed throughout the US and abroad, from Kansas to the Kremlin. He has received multiple ASCAPlus Awards (American Society of Compsers, Arrangers, and Publishers) to recognize his contributions in music composition and the many live performances of his works. His most recent choral publication “Gospel Nativity Carol,” (2019, Jubilate Music) was named an “Editor’s Choice” by music retailer JW Pepper.
Craig previously served as Composer-in-Residence at Friends University (Wichita, KS) where he taught music theory and composition-related courses such as orchestration and jazz arranging as well as applied lessons in music composition and jazz piano. He formed the university’s Jazz Vocal Ensemble in 2009, and under Craig’s leadership, the Jazz Vocal Ensemble developed a national reputation for excellence. They were invited to perform at international jazz conferences (JEN) as well as multiple regional and state music conferences (SWACDA, KMEA), where Craig also presented clinics on vocal jazz.
An accomplished pianist, Craig has fourteen collections of arrangements published for solo piano as well as seven recordings of his piano music. His forthcoming piano book, “Glimpses of Glory,” will be released by Lorenz Music in 2020. Craig also regularly accompanies noted classical and gospel vocalist Earnest Alexander, founder of Youth Horizons, a faith-based ministry to at-risk youth. Playing keyboards occasionally at his local church, (Hope Community in Andover, KS) Craig’s prior experience as a worship pastor (First Baptist Church of Wichita) and worship band leader (Faith Community Church) enable him to support and encourage the church’s worship ministry.
Craig holds music degrees from the University of Miami, FL (M.M., Media Writing and Production) and the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (B.M., Piano Performance). He has been happily married to Amy for 25 years and they are the proud parents of two young adults, Ella and Coltrane.
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