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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University of North Florida — Jacksonville, Florida

University of South Dakota — Vermillion, South Dakota

Teaching Experience

Courses Taught

Other Teaching Engagements

Summer Engagements as Faculty Artist

Teaching Accolades

Each year since 2007, earned ratings of exemplary or exceeding expectations (the new term for exemplary) in the three categories of teaching, research, and service.

*Cancelled due to coronavirus

Applied Cello Lessons

Under my tutelage, eight different students have been awarded Outstanding Musician awards since 2007. Six UNF cello students have won the UNF Concerto Competition and performed as soloists with the UNF Orchestra. Four UNF cello students have served as Board of Trustee members for Beaches Fine Arts series, where they attend and participate in regular meetings.

Six students have attended the Meadowmount School of Music, one of the elite string summer music institutions in the country, with three students on full tuition scholarships. UNF cello students have been accepted to prestigious graduate schools such as the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Hartt Conservatory, DePaul University, the University of Tennessee, Oklahoma State University, Florida State University, the University of Miami, and others.

Guest Artist Masterclasses

Created and facilitated masterclasses for UNF and community string students with highly acclaimed artists Hans Jorgen Jensen, Richard Aaron, David Finckel, Joshua Roman, Alisa Weilerstein, Johannes Moser, Colin Carr, Antonio Meneses, Andres Diaz, Matt Haimovitz, Melissa Kraut, the Tokyo String Quartet, the Dover Quartet, the Montrose Trio, Project Trio, Mihai Tetel, Alan Rafferty, and Lynn Harrell. Eight of these artists are world renowned concert soloists performing concerti with the world’s leading orchestras. Hans Jensen and Lynn Harrell have both been named American String Teachers Association Artist Teachers of the Year, the highest teaching honor one can receive in the United States. The Tokyo String Quartet was one of the finest string quartets in existence over the last 50 years.

*Cancelled due to coronavirus

Cello Class

This weekly two-hour class is a supplement to the Applied Lesson Syllabus created to give the students further in-depth instruction.

Cello Choir

A class to provide a chamber music experience for all cellists. Taught by former Juilliard graduate and Vanderbilt cello professor Grace Bahng Gavin.

Sonata Class

A class created along with Dr. Erin Bennett in which string and piano students collaborate on sonatas together and receive coachings by UNF faculty.

Cello/Suzuki Pedagogy

Cello pedagogy has been reconceived as Suzuki pedagogy to provide students with in-demand certification and teaching skills.

Worked with Dr. Randy Tinnin, the COAS Dean’s office, and the music office to hire renowned Suzuki trainer Avi Friedlander, Director of the Music Institute of Chicago, to train UNF students to teach the Suzuki method, the gold standard of teaching.

The course cycles over a two-year period with possibility of adding additional advanced courses as the program grows. Students who sign up for the class and complete the work will become registered in Suzuki Books 1–4 which qualifies them to attain employment at Suzuki Institutes around the world.

This training provides our students with a structured method for teaching young students giving them the tools to identify problems and apply solutions. Being registered on the Suzuki website gives our students instant access to employment opportunities and a leg up in their teaching careers.

Finally, the program is a mark of honor for our university and the School of Music. UNF is the first higher education institution in Florida and only the sixth in the country to offer this training. Students can acquire it much more economically within the university compared to travelling to another training location as was formerly necessary. The results are already paying dividends; we have seven students who completed this year. Prior to our program there were only two cellists within 100 miles of Jacksonville with Suzuki credentials. Now there are nine.

Professional Service

UNF Fundraising

Coordinated numerous fundraising opportunities for the UNF School of Music. The Lawson Ensemble receives a donation of $15,000.00 annually to fund its concert series. Another donation to the cello and choral fund with a Deloitte match totals an additional $15,000.00 per year. Patricia Copeland donated $10,000.00 to the UNF cello fund. Ramin and Roya Mahmoodi donated $1,500.00 to the Lawson Ensemble fund. Arranged a cello choir concert for Ben Leaderman and Rickie Rubenstein who were then inspired to endow music scholarships, including one for cello.

International Performances

Select U.S. Performances, 2013–present

*Cancelled due to coronavirus

National Television & Radio Broadcasts

Conference Presentations

*Cancelled due to coronavirus