artist presskit

About Evelyn Curenton in brief

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.

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.

Download full bio

Artist Works

  • Organ Works

    African American Organ Anthology, Vols. 1, 6 - MorningStar Music Publishers

  • Choral Works Recordings

    Behold the Star - Washington Revels
    Witness Series – Vocal Essence – My Soul Has Found Refuge in Thee
    Jesse Norman & Kathleen Battle singing Deep River and Oh, Glory arr. by Evelyn Simpson Curenton

    African American Hymnals
    Praise the Lord Hymnal
    Astral Artists - Voices of Freedom
    Wade in the Water - Fisk Jubilee Singers
    Conversation with the Composer & Astral
    Arr. Loves In Need of Love Today with Eastern High School Choir
    A Dream With Your Name/Impossible Dream Arr. by Evelyn Curenton
    Clinton Administration 2nd Inauguration - Arrangement for band and orchestration by Arr. By Evelyn Curenton, Sung by the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) – Children of the Gospel, for which Evelyn Curenton served as director for 15 years.

  • Family Concerts

    Julietta Curenton
    Evelyn Curenton Allen
    Christopher Curenton

    Works include:

    Praise the Lord; Witness Series (Dance Like the Wind)

    Family concert @ Alfred Street Bapt. Church

    Sligo Festival of Praise Concert

    Watch live streaming video from sligochurch at

  • Voice and Piano

    Washington Revels
    Denyce Graves - Sometimes I feel like a Motherless Child; Get on Board
    Janice Chandler Eteme – Devotions – All spirituals and hymns arranged by Evelyn Simpson Curenton
    Songs of Illumination
    Roderick Dickson
    Angela Brown, Mosaic
    Come Down Angels & Trouble the Waters – Oral Moses – Little David and Sinner Please Don't Let this Harvest pass
    African American Hymnals – African American heritage Hymnals – GIA publishers

  • Jazz Works

    Family Concert


    John Blake


Albums released


Press and reviews

Evelyn Simpson-Curenton's ambitious cantata for chorus, soloists, and instrumental ensemble, The Voices of Freedom, was the best model: The composer added nothing foreign to her source material - including texts by Sojourner Truth and the civil-rights anthem "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" - but found unexplored implications that germinated into something larger.

Original source

Evelyn Simpson-Curenton's arrangement and vocal work on "Balm in Gilead" still brings me to tears when I listen to her voice in the beginning of this song. John Blake, Jr.

Original source
© Evelyn Simpson Curenton 2013-2015 í