James Nixon Curry

1 UNF Drive | University of North Florida | Department of Music | Jacksonville, FL 32224 | 904-620-3837 | nick.curry@unf.edu

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Northwestern University — Evanston, Illinois

DOCTOR OF MUSIC in Cello Performance 2006

Studied with Hans Jorgen Jensen, chamber music with Pacifica Quartet
Dissertation: "Body Music: An Examination of the Physical and Mental Similarities
of Sports Performance and String Music Performance"

MASTER OF MUSIC in Cello Performance 1999

Studied with Hans Jorgen Jensen, chamber music with Victor Yampolsky

Vanderbilt University — Nashville, Tennessee

BACHELOR OF MUSIC in Cello Performance cum laude 1997

Studied with Grace Mihi Bahng, chamber music with John Kochanowski

Teaching Experience

University of North Florida — Jacksonville, Florida 2007–present

Assistant Professor of Music, tenure-track

Founding Member of Trio Florida, the University’s professional piano trio

Applied Cello Lessons


Cello Class

String Quartet

Other Courses

Teaching Accolades

Private Teaching Studio 1995–present

Teaching non-major, pre-college, and college students applied cello lessons

University of South Dakota — Vermillion, South Dakota 2004–2007

Assistant Professor of Music, tenure-track

Member of Rawlins Piano Trio, the University’s professional trio

Northwestern University — Evanston, Illinois 1999–2004

Teaching Assistant for Hans Jorgen Jensen, Professor of Cello

Vanderbilt University — Nashville, Tennessee 1994–1997

Teaching Assistant for Grace Mihi Bahng

Summer Engagements as Faculty Artist

Meadowmount School of Music — Westport, New York 2012

Duties included teaching over 40 students, giving a master class, running technique class. Meadowmount is one of the most well respected string camps for string players in the country. Students at the camp were major competition winners and many of them had performed as soloists with major orchestras. Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman are Meadowmount alumni.

Tennessee Valley Summer Music Festival — Huntsville, Alabama 2009–present

Responsibilities include two daily master classes, daily chamber music coachings, playing in faculty orchestra with top students, and performing chamber music with the faculty string quartet

North Florida Summer Music Camp — Jacksonville, Florida 2009–present

Triada Music Festival — Ludlow, Vermont 2006–2007

Participated as guest faculty artist as well as faculty-in-residence teaching masterclasses, coaching chamber music, and teaching private lessons

Meadowmount Summer Music Festival — Westport, New York 1999–2004

Teaching Assistant for Hans Jorgen Jensen

University and Departmental Service

DOM Special Events Coordinator 2007–2012

Recruitment Coordinator 2010–present

Area Coordinator of the String Area 2011–present

Fundraising Activities 2007–present

Other UNF Service

Member, UNF Department of Music Scholarship Committee 2008–present

University Athletic Committee 2009–present

Member, UNF Flagship Committee 2007–2009

Arranged performances and master classes of Christopher Smith (musicologist from Texas Tech University) and Barbara Moser (world-renowned pianist).

Prior University Service

Choral Conductor Search Committee, University of South Dakota 2006–2007

Department of Music Scholarship Committee, University of South Dakota 2005–2007

Recruiting Committee, Music Department, University of South Dakota 2004–2007

Presidential Scholarship Committee, University of South Dakota 2004–2007

Professional Service

Professional Affiliations

Professional Service

Fall 2011 Judged University of Florida Concerto Competition

Adjudicator, Brass Ring competition in Ponte Vedra Beach 2008–2011

Adjudicator, final auditions for the Florida All-State Orchestra 2008–2009

Adjudicator, Jacksonville Youth Symphony Concerto Competition 2008

Promoted Trio Florida in both the University’s Spinnaker and in the Florida Times Union leading to published articles about the group 2007

Adjudicator, South Dakota All-State Orchestra Auditions 2005–2007

Adjudicator, Lucy Weed String Competition (preliminary contest for American String Teachers Association) 2006

Judge, Music Teachers National Association regional contest 2006

Judge, Vermillion Music Club 2005

Judge, South Dakota Music Teachers National Association 2004

Awards, Honors, and Selected Performances

Personal professional performances during my tenure at the University of North Florida include solo and chamber music performances in seven different countries in addition to performances specific to public school children as a performing artist with Jacksonville’s Project Listen associated with the Riverside Fine Arts Association. This involves traveling to local schools and introducing young children to music in approximately eight performances per academic year.

Listed below are the highlights of a busy performance schedule.


Service of Darkness, Bill Wren & Frank Ralls (upcoming release) September 2012

Gary Smart album, Albany Records (upcoming release) recorded 2012

Journey Around the Sun: A Mayan Odyssey, Bill Wren & Frank Ralls 2011

When I Sing, University of North Florida chamber singers 2011

A Day in the Life, Bill Wren & Frank Ralls 2008

Television and Radio

Oprah Winfrey’s Lovetown USA, OWN TV March 2012

Performance on the nationally televised reality show season finale scheduled to air in fall 2012.

Two performances on the Channel 4 News in Jacksonville 2011

Live solo performance on WJCT radio, Jacksonville, Florida April 2010

WJCT Public TV and Radio, Jacksonville, Florida September 2008

Performed with Philip Pan and Rhonda Cassano at The Players Club at Sawgrass

Taped radio broadcast for the Music on the Hill Concert Series in Atlanta, Georgia June 2008

Performed on the King Amati cello (c. 1538) as a soloist on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. This performance was broadcast nationwide on NPR and was rebroadcast repeatedly. The concert was heard by four thousand people live and by millions live on radio. Was the only faculty member selected by Garrison Keillor for this concert. April 29, 2006

Performed a concert broadcast on KVNO, Omaha Nebraska, with the Rawlins Piano Trio as part of the Organ Vespers Series September 2004


Premiered Daniel Bernard Roumain’s I Need You in South Africa with the UNF Chamber Singers April–May 2012

Premiered a number of original works by UNF faculty member Gary Smart including his Piano Trio, a trio with clarinet, and his piano quartet.

International Performances

Performed as a soloist on Daniel Bernard Roumain’s I Need You, premiering the work in Port Elizabeth, George, Paarl, and Capetown South Africa with the UNF Chamber Singers April–May 2012

Concert in Feldkirchen, Austria at the Musikacademie of Feldkirchen for some of the region’s most gifted teachers and students July 2011

Concert in Ljubljana, Slovenia on the prestigious Imago Slovenia festival July 2011

Solo performance in Paris, France in the Cathedral of Saint-Augustin July 2011

Performance in Pussigny, France at the Chateau de Pussigny July 2011

Concert in Istanbul, Turkey at the English Chaplaincy to raise funds to restore the church’s organ damaged in terrorist bombings June 2011

Concert in Barcelona, Spain presented by the Associacio Musical de Mestres Directors at the Centre San Pere Apostal June 2011

Performances with Rawlins Piano Trio in Taiwan December 2004, May 2006

Locations including Kaohsiung Cultural Center, Taipei, Kenting, I-Shou University, SooChow University, Taiwan University School of the Arts, Taipei Municipal University of Education, Normal University, as well as in the cities of Feng Shin and ShiShin.

Selected U.S. Performances, 2007–present

Founding Member, Trio Florida 2007–present

Featured soloist with the UNF chamber orchestra, chorale, and chamber singers 2007–present

Performed at MOCA with Jacksonville Symphony Concertmaster Philip Pan and JSO principal harpist Kayo Ishimaru Spring 2012

Multiple performances and solos with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2011–2012

Solo recital at Prelude Music Camp June 2011

Performer at Saint Augustine Music Festival Summer 2011

Multiple performances with Grammy Hall of Famer Johnny Mathis Spring 2011

Substitute member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra 2007–present

Cellist, Jacksonville Symphony at Roger Nierenberg’s Music Paradigm May 2010

Mostly Mozart Concert Series, Brunswick Georgia February 2010

Soloist with Tennessee Valley Music Festival Orchestra June 2009

The Cummer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Jacksonville June 2009

Guest string artist with 3-time Grammy Award nominees Tiempo Libre in UNF’s Lazarra Hall April 2009

Narrator, The Copland House in residence at UNF March 2009

Formed a string quartet with Jacksonville Symphony members, Performing two concerts, one of which was on the Mostly Mozart concert series in Georgia Spring 2009

Performed with soprano Cara Tasher (UNF) and French pianist Laurent Boukobza (USF) at Jacksonville’s Friday Musicale January 2009

The Delius Foundation with JSO concertmaster Philip Pan November 2008

Cellist with world-renowned pianist Eric Genius at the Florida Theatre April 2008

Featured soloist with the Jacksonville Mass Choir April 2008

University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) Bach Concert with Jacksonville Symphony members Spring 2008

Riverside Fine Arts Series, multiple engagements 2008–present

JCA Concert Series performance with JSO flutist Rhonda Cassano and clarinetist Guy Yehuda January 2008

Chamber Music Society of Good Shepherd, multiple engagements 2007–present

Conference Presentations

Chosen as featured clinician at “Cellobration” in Orlando. April 2012

Worked with over sixty pre-college cellists at this event, conducted them in concert, and gave a masterclass.

Presented “Recruiting Basics for College Educators.” at the American String Teachers National Conference. Was chosen to present based on submission of proposal. March 2012

Presented “Practicing Intonation on a String Instrument"” at the College Music Society’s regional conference in the spring of 2012 with students Hannah Hoffman and Andre Washington assisting. Chosen after submitting proposal. February 2012

Presented “Dr. Nick’s Steps to Practicing Intonation on a String Instrument” at the FMEA music conference in Tampa, FL in 2011. Cello students Hannah Hoffman and Andre Washington assisted the presentation. Chosen based on a submission to the FMEA board. January 2011

Chosen as the featured clinician at “Cellobration” in Boca Raton. Led 80+ cello students in performances and in a masterclass. Past clinicians were professors from the Berklee College of Music, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Michigan and the University of South Carolina, among others. Six of my UNF cello students also attended and participated as assistants and performers. November 2010

Presenter, “Principles of Sound for String Instruments” at the state music conference in Tampa, FL for nearly 100 string teachers. Assisted by UNF student Brittany Maroney. As a result of this class, an invitation was sent to do the same presentation at many schools around the state including Vero Beach and Timber Creek High Schools and Lavilla School of the Performing Arts, all strong recruiting contacts for our department’s future. Chosen based on submission made to the FMEA board. January 2009

Performed with Gary Smart and Guy Yehuda at both the FSMTA conference in Gainesville and also at the College Music Society National Conference in Atlanta. May, June 2008

Lectured at the FSMTA conference including a UNF cello student demonstration, “Principals of Sound on the Cello.” Simultaneously arranged and prepared a student to play for University of Florida cello professor Stephen Thomas. June 2008

Presented “Body Music: An Examination of the Physical and Mental Similarities of Sports Performance and String Music Performance,” at the South Dakota Music Educators Association conference. February 2006

Awards, Honors, and Selected Performances Prior to September 2007

Performed with the assistant principal cellist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and performed with world famous string teachers Almita and Roland Vamos while teaching at the Triada Music Festival.

Performances with Rawlins Trio on concert series in Owatonna and Mankato Minnesota February 2007

Performance with Rawlins Trio on Rapid City concert series September 2006

Soloist at the Triada Music Festival, Ludlow, Vermont June–July 2006

Concert with Rawlins Piano Trio, Vanderbilt University March 2006

Soloist with the USD Chamber Singers and Honor Choir, South Dakota Music Educators Association conference February 2006

Soloist with the Sioux Empire Youth Orchestra, Sioux Falls January 2006

Soloist with the USD Symphony Orchestra, Vermillion November 2005

Concert with Rawlins Piano Trio at Brookings Chamber Series March 2005

Soloist with USD Chamber Orchestra, Vermillion December 2004

Concert with Rawlins Piano Trio, Northwestern University November 2004

Concert with Rawlins Piano Trio, Organ Vespers Series, Omaha September 2004

Winner, Northwestern Chamber Music Competition 2001

Soloist, Northwestern Philharmonia Orchestra 2000



“Dr. Nick’s Steps to Practicing Intonation,” American String Teacher, November 2011.

“Interview with composer Richard Meyer,” American String Teacher, November 2010.

Body Music: An Examination of the Physical and Mental Similarities of Sports Performance and String Music Performance. Dissertation published by the Oregon Microform Publication in Sport and Human Performance, 2006. Abstract published in Kinesiology Abstracts Vol. 19 No. 2.


Reviewer, American String Teacher journal Spring 2012–present

Kristine Forney, Andrew Dell’Antonio, and Joseph Machlis, June 2010

Enjoyment of Music: Essential Learning Edition, second edition (forthcoming). New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2013. Selected chapters.

Joseph Kerman and Gary Tomlinson, Listen, seventh edition. June 2009

Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2011. Unit 1: Fundamentals.