About Evelyn

 BIO and Recent Notable Performances.


Evelyn Simpson Curenton earned many titles including composer, arranger, pianist, organist, vocalist, artistic director, lecturer, producer, and clinician. Her versatile skills consequently make her one of the most sought after musicians in the country within many musical genres.


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 Bachelors Degree in Music Education and Voice.

Mrs. Curenton was commissioned to complete seven arrangements for the Carnegie Hall concert featuring Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman and the Chorus and Orchestra of New York's acclaimed Metropolitan Opera. She has also been commissioned to write works for George Shirley. Many additional orchestras and ensembles have performed her works in the U.S., including the Philadelphia Orchestra, The National Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, The Minnesota Orchestra, The U.S. Marine band. Many other distinguished musicians, including the late Duke Ellington, her late sister and Naumberg winner Joy Simpson, Hubert Laws, Denyce Graves, John Blake, Angela Brown of the Metropolitan Opera, David Murray, have also performed works by Evelyn Simpson-Curenton.

Recordings of Evelyn Simpson-Curenton's arrangements include: "Spirituals in Concert" featuring Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle on the Deutsche Grammophone Label, Denyce Graves, "Angels Watching Over Me/Spirituals" on the NPR Classics label, Louise Toppin and Bill Brown "Songs of Illumination," Centaur Records"Behold That Star" by the local chapter of the Washington Revels singing aggregation of Washington, DC,Janice Chandler -Eteme, "Devotions," "Sacred Sounds" a collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs by The Third Street Church of God musicians of Washington DC, "Bi-Centennial Celebration recording of The Alfred Street Baptist Church " of Alexandria Virginia, "My Soul hath found Refuge in Thee", with Vocal Essence on their Witness Recording Series on the Clarion label in Minneapolis, Minnesota , Angela Brown ,"Mosaic" on the Albany label , and "Wade in the Water" (Congregational Singing) , on the Folkway label, available at the Smithsonian , Washington DC. Evelyn Curenton contributed several of her hymn arrangements in the recently published “African American Heritage Hymnal,” a landmark documentation of interdenominational sacred songs ranging from pre-Civil War music to contemporary musical offerings (G.I.A. Publishers). Other notable works include “Amazing Grace” (G.I.A. Publishers), “Were You There” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” in the African-American Organ Music Anthology Volumes 3 and 5 edited by Dr. Mickey Thomas Terry and published by Morningstar Music Publishers and past Astral artist Julietta Curenton Flautist and Mezzo Soprano Marietta Simpson in premiere of "Voices of Freedom" with 3 choirs and combo. Evelyn's music has alrecently performed by Philadelphia 's GirlChoir, The Philadelphia Mass Choir and the Howard University Jazz Band. She has performed her music with numerous groups in Beijing China,the U.K., Italy,South Africa ,France and Russia. You will see and hear Evelyn’s extraordinary music gifts and ministry in Sunday worship at Shiloh Baptist Church ,Third Street Church of God and Capitain Washington, DC, and Capital Hill Seven Day Adventist Church in Washington DC ,YouTube,and Facebook E. C. Curenton Publishers.

"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


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