Faculty & Staff

Dr. Stanley Curtis

Trumpet

Adjunct Applied Faculty
  • Trumpet
Education: 
  • D.M., Indiana University

Dr. Stanley Curtis has developed a multi-faceted career as both a modern and historic trumpeter.  He performs with a variety of ensembles, including the Washington Bach Consort, the Bach Sinfonia, Apollo’s Fire, and the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble. After studying at the University of Alabama, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam (on a Fulbright Scholarship), he received his Doctorate of Music from Indiana University.  Curtis served as Assistant Principal Trumpet in the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia (in Spain) from 1995 to 1998 and as Principal Trumpet with the Evansville Philharmonic from 1991 to 1993.  He has also played with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.  In 1995, he won Third Prize at the Altenburg Baroque Trumpet Competition, held in Bad Säckingen, Germany.  In addition, he has won concerto competitions at Indiana University and the University of Alabama.  He has been a member of the U. S. Navy Band since 1998.

In the field of education, Dr. Curtis has taught at the University of Evansville, the Music School of the Orquesta Sinfónica, and Catholic University of America, and he has led clinics at the National Trumpet Competition, Cleveland State University, the Maryland Early Brass Festival, Indiana University, the University of Alabama, and Murray State University.  He organized the Historic Trumpet Division of the National Trumpet Competition from 2004 to 2009.  He has written articles for the International Trumpet Guild Journal and the Historic Brass Society Newsletter.  His students have won numerous concerto competitions and positions in professional organizations.

Across the country, Critics have praised Curtis’ playing:

Elaine Schmidt wrote in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “ [In Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2], the soloists and orchestra created moments of energetic music, full of expressive momentum.  Many of those moments came from Curtis’ attention to long phrases. He gave clear direction to every note, from soaring solo lines to small ideas he connected into long, arched phrases. . . .” [October 22, 2001]

Cecilia Porter wrote in the Washington Post, “Stanley Curtis played a mean “Bach” trumpet Saturday, with even the fastest slew of notes obtained solely by resorting to lungs, chest muscles, lips and tongue.  He was among the crackerjack soloists of the Bach Sinfonia.  .  .  .” [November 22, 2004]

Contact Dr. Curtis:  scurtis@gmu.edu