Perc Up featured percussion clinician Jason Currin is a performer, director, educator and composer.
Jason Currin began his teaching career in 1995. Since then he has built a reputation for his unique brand of music education through his many classes, workshops, residencies, camps and festivals. Mr. Currin is an active freelance educator and performer and has worked with dozens of music programs and thousands of percussion students over the past 18 years. In 2011 Mr. Currin relocated to Greenville, South Carolina where he serves as Director of Percussion at Legacy Charter School and is also a member of the dance faculty (music teacher and accompanist) at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.
A graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mr. Currin has also performed with ensembles at The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory and Boston Conservatory. He was awarded the first grant from the Bryan Oliver Memorial Fund for Outstanding Artistic Achievement and was a winner of the North American Talent Search. At the collegiate level, Mr. Currin created An Evening of Percussion at Mercer University. He also helped present Drums and Rhythms of the Dominican Republic with Miguel Castro at the 2000 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Dallas, Texas. In 2007, Mr. Currin created a brand new forum for percussion in the state of Georgia with Jason Currin’s Ultra Terrific Udu XylorimbaTom Tom Gong-a-Thon…A Percussion Extravaganza!!!
As a performer, Mr. Currin has appeared around the world: in France and the Netherlands with Live Ambiance, throughout Central Europe with Halfway to Hoboken, and for two European tours as Principal percussionist with MIT Symphony Orchestra. He has been featured on many recordings, including ARC Records’ Percussion of the World, Rhythm Journey and the Paris Conservatory recording of third-stream duo Halfway to Hoboken. Stateside, Mr. Currin performed as guest percussionist with Boston Musica Viva, a top interpreter of contemporary chamber music, and as Principal percussionist with Soria Chamber Players. His playing has been heard on several television shows from the networks of MTV, A&E and CW, and while a member of the Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center percussion trio, Ritmo Blu, “Mr. Jason” took the stage for more than 30,000 students every year.
Mr. Currin is the recipient of numerous awards for composition, including first place in the Rivers Music School Composition Contest and runner-up in the international contest held by 20th Century composer Stuart Saunders-Smith. His original works have been performed by ensembles throughout the country, including those at New York’s famed LaGuardia School for the Performing Arts, Vassar College (Mahogany Ensemble), and University of Connecticut. His work was performed as part of the 23rd Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young. Mr. Currin also has extensive experience creating music and performing with theater and dance companies, including the Boston Conservatory of Dance, and served as staff accompanist for modern dance classes at the Tisch School of Perfomance Arts of New York University.
Mr. Currin’s private students routinely earn college scholarship and have represented their schools at the top levels of All-State and District Honor Bands as well as local and international competitions. His ensembles have performed at some of the finest venues throughout the South and have twice been featured at the Georgia Music Educator’s Association (GMEA) Conference. As an extension to current curriculum, Jason Currin is the creator of the All-Star Summer Percussion Camp for middle and high school students. Mr. Currin is an active adjudicator for percussion events, band festivals and competitions. In 2008, he and wife, Leslie welcomed another percussion and dance enthusiast into the world with the birth of their daughter, Olive.
For more information on teaching schedules, performances and recordings, please visit www.PercussionEvents.com and www.JasonCurrin.com.