A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, Tom Curry has served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music since 2014. He is currently the tubist in the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, a faculty ensemble-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has performed with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet, the Chicago Philharmonic and many other orchestras. As a soloist, his interests include non-traditional performance techniques and settings, the application of electronics and fixed media, and improvisation. He has commissioned, premiered and composed works for tuba in a wide variety of contexts and has been invited to perform at numerous conferences, festivals and international competitions, including the 2016 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments and the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competition. His first solo recording, Alight, features contemporary works for tuba and was released in 2018 through Summit Records.
In addition to teaching applied tuba and euphonium, Curry coaches brass chamber ensembles and co-conducts the University of Wisconsin Low Brass Ensemble. He presents master classes and clinics throughout the country and teaches tuba and euphonium at the University of Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic. Since 2016, Curry has served as director of brass choirs for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras.
Curry holds a doctor of musical arts degree as well as a master of music degree in tuba performance from Northwestern University. He also earned degrees in tuba performance and communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His primary teachers include Rex Martin, John Stevens, and Marty Erickson.