2024 Guest Artist: Julietta Curenton
Known for her "bold and dramatically characterized playing" (Dallas Morning News), "great artistic sense" and "tone that draws in one's ear with sounds and ideas that simply cannot be resisted," (Philadelphia Inquirer) Julietta Curenton has established herself as an educator, soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Ms. Curenton is the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Flute at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia.
Ms. Curenton's solo pursuits include commissioning women and African American composers to write new, innovative and accessible works for the flute, some of which have been featured on New York's WQXR Young Artist Showcase and Philadelphia's WRTI's Performance Studio. Curenton's highly anticipated debut album entitled "Harambee: The Power of Sisterhood" was released in 2021.
Curenton can also be heard on the groundbreaking Grammy nominated jazz album of Miguel Zenon entitled "Alma Adentro", Esperanza Spalding's Grammy Award winning album "Twelve Little Spells" and the Smithsonian Folkways "Praise the Lord" album among her musical family.
Curenton's keen interest in the intersection of the Classical, Jazz and Gospel genres won her the prestigious Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia Career Advancement Award. Additional awards include Premiere Prix at the Journées de les Harpes Competition in Arles, France and prizes in the National Flute Association young artist competition, New York Flute Club young artist competition and Astral Artists' national auditions.
An alumna of The Academy - a ground-breaking educational program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute - Curenton has performed across the globe. She holds a BM from The Juilliard School, studying with Jeanne Baxstresser and Carol Wincenc; an MM from The Royal Northern College of Music, studying with Peter Lloyd and will earn her DMA from Stony Brook University in 2024. Ms. Curenton plays on a silver elite model Burkart Flute and is a proud Burkart Flutes & Piccolos artist.