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George Curran

Instructor, Bass Trombone

George Curran has been the bass trombonist of the New York Philharmonic since 2013. Previously, he was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for six years and was a fellow with the New World Symphony. He has also performed with Gerard Schwarz's All-Star Orchestra and the major orchestras of Cincinnati, Detroit, Colorado, North Carolina, and Alabama.

In 2015 Curran premiered a new work written for him by David Gillingham called Vital Signs of Planet Earth as a soloist with the Central Michigan University Wind Ensemble, and has since performed it at Carnegie Hall. In 2014, he was a soloist and judge at the Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival in South Korea, and he also went to Shanghai with other members of the NY Philharmonic as part of a ten-day teaching residency. Curran has been a part of several recording projects as well. In 2010 he performed with the Atlanta Trombone Project on a recording titled Roadwork. This project resulted in the formation of the Southeast Trombone Symposium, a week-long summer workshop at Columbus State University (CSU) where college students are coached by members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra trombone section. Additionally, Curran is a soloist on a recording titled A Beautiful Noise, which features prominent trombone soloists performing with the CSU Trombone Choir. He has also performed concertos with the US Army Band at the Eastern Trombone Workshop, Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, and many college ensembles.

In addition to his instruction at the Southeast Trombone Symposium, Curran has worked with the music departments of the University of Georgia, Kennesaw State University, and Bard College, and he still teaches at Montclair State University. Curran received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers have included John Rojak and Peter Norton.