Friday, August 29, 2008

Marvin V. Curtis Named Conductor of Indiana University South Bend Symphonic Choir
South Bend choir appoints conductor
SOUTH BEND — Marvin V. Curtis has been named conductor for the South Bend Symphonic Choir, an ensemble in residence at Indiana University South Bend. Curtis recently was appointed dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of Music at IUSB and had been the assistant dean and choral director at Fayetteville (N.C.) State University before coming to IUSB.

Prior to his appointment at IUSB, Curtis also served as artistic and musical director for the FSU Summer Opera Series. In addition, he was the first black composer to be commissioned to write a choral work, “The City on the Hill,” for a presidential inauguration. It premiered at President Bill Clinton’s 1993 inauguration and was performed by the Philander Smith Collegiate Choir of Little Rock, Ark., and the United States Marine Band.

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