About Evelyn

 BIO and Recent Notable Performances.

BIO

Evelyn Simpson Curenton earned many titles including composer, arranger, pianist, organist, vocalist, artistic director, lecturer, producer, and clinician. Her versatile skills make her one of the most sought after musicians in the area. Her talents have led her around the globe with performances in China, France, England, Italy, Austria, and a European tour with Bernice Reagon Johnson, founding member of Sweet Honey in the Rock.

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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 Bachelor's 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 has worked with some of the music industry's best. She was commissioned to do arrangements for the Carnegie Hall concert featuring Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman and the Chorus and Orchestra of New York's acclaimed Metropolitan Opera. Several orchestras and ensembles have performed her works such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, The National Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, The Minnesota Orchestra, and The U.S. Marine Band. Distinguished musicians like the late Duke Ellington, George Shirley, her late sister and Naumberg winner Joy Simpson, Hubert Laws, Denyce Graves, John Blake, Angela Brown of the Metropolitan Opera, Janice Chandler-Eteme, and David Murray have also performed her works. Her music can be found on several recordings, including her own. "Reflections" is her most recent studio recording.

Ms. Curenton contributed several of her hymn arrangements to the acclaimed "African American Heritage Hymnal," with songs ranging from pre-Civil War music to contemporary music. She can be heard regularly at the Third Street Church of God or Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, DC.

"The rich, unusually moody arrangement by Evelyn Simpson-Curenton, played with considerable sensitivity by the orchestra, added to the effectiveness of the performance, which Hall shaped eloquently." The Baltimore Sun

Recent Notable Performances

Notable Reviews

"For example, the rendition that I find most compelling is Jessye Norman's solo in Evelyn Simpson-Curenton's arrangement of "Sinner, Please Don't Let This ..."
American Music, Volume 13, Number 2

"James Levine conducted a 70-voice black chorus originally formed for the Metropolitan Opera production of ''Porgy and Bess'' and a 42-piece orchestra consisting chiefly of members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, with additional contributions from Hubert Laws, flutist; Nancy Allen, harpist; Sylvia Olden Lee, pianist, and Evelyn Simpson-Curenton, organist. Many of the arrangements and orchestrations were done specifically for this concert, several by Ms. Simpson-Curenton."
The New York Times

Contact

For bookings, contact:
ESC Engagements
at 703.731.3962 or send email to ESCEngagements@aol.com
ESC Engagements
P.O. Box 6633
Alexandria, VA 22306
703.731.3962 Phone
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