Jason L. Curley
Jason Leo Curley obtained his Masters of Music (M.M.) and Doctorate of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), both in instrumental conducting from the University of Arizona. Dr. Curley's Bachelor of Science (Music Education) and Bachelor of Arts (Music Performance) were granted from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. He was an Emerson (Governor's) Scholar to Interlochen Arts Camp in 1998.
Dr. Curley has had an array of conducting experiences. Orchestras, wind ensembles, concert bands, choirs, and chamber groups stud his resume. After he received his doctorate, he spent 2001 on the road with the national tour of the 50th anniversary revival of Lerner and Loewe's Camelot, serving as Associate Conductor and French hornist in the pit orchestra. This followed a string of musical theatre experience in graduate school (UA) as music director/conductor of works like Oklahoma, Guys & Dolls, Carousel, She Loves Me, and Kiss Me Kate, to name a few.
Recently, he has guest conducted the Catskill Symphony Orchestra and Utica Symphony Orchestra in their Spring 2009 concert season. This past year he guest conducted the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra as well. Other guest conducting engagements in New York state include numerous all-county music festivals (orchestra and band), and music directing Pal Joey for Oneonta's Orpheus Theatre Company.
As the Director of Instrumental Music at Hartwick College, Professor Curley states:
"Along with recruiting and other more general goals for the Department, my primary duty is to the student musicians. I aim to provide an eclectic set of experiences for the players….not just band concerts. We go on tours, celebrate chamber music, produce Radio Shows, host Madrigal Dinners and Festivals, and represent the College at many ceremonial functions. The PRIDE pep band is one of the many hearts that beat strongly within the program; it is especially successful because it, like many large ensembles at Hartwick, is compiled of nearly 50% non-music majors! We are here to celebrate the many facets of music and how we can share that dynamic with the community."