Location: Virginia, USA
In his fifteenth season as director of the Shenandoah Valley Choral Society(Harrisonburg, VA), Curtis Nolley leads the distinguished ensemble in its 45th season. In addition to his responsibilities with the SVCS, he has served as church musician, conductor and music education instructor at Mary Baldwin College, and for thirty-seven years has been a music educator serving students as choral director and music specialist at every level. For twenty-seven years he taught at the elementary, middle and secondary levels in Augusta County, and was named the division Teacher of the year in 2000. After serving a five-year tenure as choral director at Turner Ashby High School in Rockingham County, he now serves as music specialist in Harrisonburg City Public Schools. Curtis also serves as choir director at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren. In 2012, Curtis was recognized by the Virginia Choral Directors Association with the Sydney Swiggett Award for outstanding service and contribution to choral music education in Virginia. In 2014 he presented the Outstanding Professional Service Award by James Madison University for outstanding contributions to music education and service to the university. A native of the Shenandoah Valley, Curtis holds a BA in Music Education from Bridgewater College, and a MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Curtis is active as a recitalist, adjudicator, and guest conductor for scholastic festival choirs across the state of Virginia, and has appeared as soloist with choral societies and music festivals throughout the region. An active leader in music education, Curtis is past president of the Virginia Elementary Music Educators Association, and past president of the Virginia Music Educators Association. He continues to serve on its executive board. He is a charter member of the James Madison University Music Education Advisory Council.