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 holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree as well as a Master of Music degree in tuba performance from Northwestern University. He also received degrees in tuba performance and communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Curry 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. He is a Miraphone performing artist.
As a soloist and composer, Curry’s 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 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments. His first solo recording, Alight, was released in 2018 through Summit Records and features modern works for tuba, including Sofia Gubaidulina’s Lamento, Galina Ustvolskaya’s Composition No. 1 “Dona Nobis Pacem,” and Giacinto Scelsi’s Maknongan.
His newest ensemble, Nominal Duo, is a collaboration with euphoniumist Brett Keating. Specializing in electroacoustic music and improvisation, the duo is dedicated to forging a unique path in 21st-century brass performance through their own original compositions and commissions. Nominal began in 2018 and has performed throughout the United States and in Canada.
In his position at the Mead Witter School of Music, Curry teaches applied tuba and euphonium, 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 also served as Director of Brass Choirs for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras.