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Maestro Curry's career has led him to conduct in various countries and institutions, compose for a variety of ensembles, mentor young talent, educate, motivate, and most importantly - spread the importance of music to all. 

A Lifetime of Music

Read William Curry's Timeline 


1988 //

Stokowski Conducting Competition - American Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall First Prize

1971 //

Carnegie-Mellon University Composition Competition First Prize

2016 //

Raleigh Medal of Arts Award

World Premieres

Lawrence Rapchak

Concerto for Saxophone Quartet

Robert Rodriguez

A Colorful Symphony

Gregory Pascuzzi


Orrego Salas


Paul Fetler

Piano Concerto

David Baker

Lerma Samba

Franz Waxman

Pioneer Suite

Jan Bach

Harp Concerto

Michael Schelle

Double Piano Concerto

Stephen Jaffe

Southern Lights

Leroy Jenkins

The Mother of Three Sons (American Premiere)

Lukas Foss

Renaissance Concerto (New York City Premiere)

Peter Maxwell Davies

Sinfonia Concertante (American Premiere)

Joseph Schwantner


William Bolcom

Inventing Flight


Below are just some of the many people Maestro Curry has mentored, filling in as the next generation of musical talent.  

Jackson Cooper is a community centred arts leader and fundraiser. He is currently the Major Gifts Officer at Pacific Northwest Ballet and an MFA, Arts Leadership candidate at Seattle University. He has worked extensively in the arts since he was 14 years old and across opera, musical theatre, and ballet. 

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Shelley Livingston conducts the Duke University String School Orchestra and serves as
Principal 2nd Violin and Assistant Conductor of the Durham Symphony Orchestra. She teaches violin as part of a program for minority and disadvantaged students called “Young Strings of the Triangle.”


Shelley Livingston

Jackson Cooper

"American performing artist Danté Harrell earned his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Music from North Carolina Central University and his Masters of Music from Norfolk State University. Danté made his Carnegie Hall debut as Chorus Master for 250 Years of Beethoven, Celebrated featuring An Die Freude. Currently, Danté is serving as Music Director for The Berkshire Theater Group’s production of Nina Simone: Four Women.”

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Arvind Subramaniam

Arvind Subramaniam during the day is a medical student at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Arvind's musical involvement includes various jazz, classical, R&B, and Hip-Hop ensembles, with a focus on bringing South Asian influence to these various music scenes. 

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Dante Harrell

Viswa Subbaraman

Internationally acclaimed American conductor, Viswa Subbaraman, recently served as the Artistic Director/Music Director of the Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee. After completing his degrees at Duke University, he worked as assistant to William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony.

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Vincent Povaszay

Vincent currently serves as the Co-Director and Conductor of earspace, a contemporary performance ensemble based in Raleigh, NC. He is also the Music Director of the Lee County Community orchestra and Cover Conductor for the North Carolina Symphony.


Will Jung

Will Jung is the Director of Bands at Horry County Schools. He is a passionate advocate for students’ emotional well being and is active in the marching arts community as music arranger, drill writer, and show designer.

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