Evelyn Simpson-Curenton earned many titles including composer, arranger, pianist, organist, vocalist, artistic director, lecturer, producer, and clinician. Her versatile skills consequently make her one of the most sought after musicians in the country within many musical genres. In July 2008, she returned from successful performance tours in China and England. A native of Philadelphia, she began playing the piano at the age of two and began her studies at the age of five. By the time she was nine, she was accompanying her renowned musical family, The Singing Simpsons of Philadelphia, in public performances. She graduated from Temple University where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and Voice and was recently honored with an award and recognition for her distinguished career and contributions in the field of music. Ms. Curenton was commissioned to complete seven arrangements for the Carnegie Hall concert featuring Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman and the Chorus and Orchestra of New York's acclaimed Metropolitan Opera. She has also been commissioned to write works for George Shirley. Many additional orchestras and ensembles her performed her works in the U.S., including the Philadelphia Orchestra, The National Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, The Minnesota Orchestra, and The U.S. Marine band. Many other distinguished musicians, including the late Duke Ellington, her late sister and Naumberg winner Joy Simpson, Hubert Laws, Denyce Graves, John Blake, Angela Brown of the Metropolitan Opera, David Murray, have also performed works by Evelyn Simpson-Curenton. Recordings of Evelyn Simpson-Curenton's arrangements include: "Spirituals in Concert" featuring Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle on the Deutsche Grammophone Label, Denyce Graves, "Angels Watching Over Me/Spirituals" on the NPR Classics label, "Behold That Star" by the local chapter of the Washington revels singing aggregation of Washington, DC, "Sacred Sounds" a collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs by The Third Street Church of God musicians of Washington, DC, "Bi-Centennial Celebration recording of The Alfred Street Baptist Church" of Alexandria, Virginia, "My Soul hath found Refuge in Thee," with Vocal Essence on their Witness Recording Series on the Clarion label in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Angela Brown, "Mosaic" on the Albany label, and "Wade in the Water" (Congregational Singing), on the Folkway label, available at the Smithsonian, Washington, DC. Ms. Curenton contributed several of her hymn arrangements in the acclaimed "African American Heritage Hymnal," a landmark documentation of interdenominational sacred songs ranging from pre-Civil War music to contemporary musical offerings (G.I.A. Publishers). Other notable works include "Amazing Grace" (G.I.A. Publishers), "Were You There" and "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" in the African-American Organ Music Anthology Volumes 3 and 5 edited by Dr. Mickey Thomas Terry and published by Morningstar Music Publishers. Evelyn recently returned from a five-European nation tour with Bernice Johnson Reagon & The Sacred Sounds and Faiz Ali Faiz & the Qawwali Ensemble. You will see and hear Evelyn's extraordinary music gifts and ministry in Sunday worship at Shiloh Baptist Church or Third Street Church of God in Washington, DC and other arrangements.
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