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Craig Curry knows the joy of making music to the glory of God, and wants to help others experience the same.

A widely-published composer and arranger, Craig is also a university music professor. a pianist and accompanist, a recording artist, and a former worship pastor. In whatever role he finds himself, his goal is always to make music for God’s glory, and help others do the same.

As a widely-published free-lance composer and arranger, he primarily writes choral music frequently performed by church, school, and community choirs in the US and abroad. He also arranges for the piano, with many published collections of sacred and holiday piano music, many in a jazz style. His jazzy piano collections allow many classically-trained pianists to experience the joy of playing rich jazz harmonies in a swinging style. His seven recorded CDs of his published piano music help inspire pianists to experience the “final” result of their practicing, and bring enjoyment to non-musicians as well.

As accompanist to gospel-singer Earnest Alexander, founder of Youth Horizons, Craig enjoys performing in churches and concerts, doing his part to support the work of recruiting Christian mentors for at-risk children.

Craig also plays keys occasionally at his local church, Hope Community in Andover, KS. His years of experience as a former worship pastor (First Baptist Church of Wichita) and as a worship leader (Faith Community Church) enable him to support and encourage the church’s worship with a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leading. With degrees from Wheaton College (B. Music, Piano Performance) and the University of Miami (M. Music, Media Writing and Production) he’s comfortable in both classical and contemporary styles of music.

In 2009, he joined the faculty at Friends University in Wichita where he founded and directs the Jazz Vocal Ensemble. Under his leadership, the ensemble was honored to perform at the the 2014 Southwest ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) conference in Little Rock, where they opened for the popular vocal group, Pentatonix. They also performed at the 2013 JEN (Jazz Education Network) conference in Atlanta and the 2017, 2015, 2012 KMEA (Kansas Music Educators Association) conferences in Wichita. Over the years, he has also taught choral arranging, vocal jazz improvisation, and Senior Seminar, a class designed to prepare graduation music majors for the next phase of their careers.

Craig considers his most important roles to be that of husband and father, and knows he is very fortunate to be happily married to Amy, and the father of 2 teenagers, Ella and Cole.

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