VICKI CURRY, Assistant Professor
Vicki Curry is an Assistant Professor of Music in General Studies and Music Theory at James Madison University. Dr. Curry holds a B.M. degree in music education from Butler University (Indianapolis), an M.A. degree in music theory and composition from the University of Denver, and Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Utah. Prior to coming to James Madison, she taught at Westminster College (Salt Lake City) and, most recently, the University of Utah.
During her years at the University of Utah, Vicki Curry taught the whole gamut of undergraduate music theory for majors in addition to miscellaneous music history and appreciation courses for nonmajors. Twice, she offered short study-abroad courses that traveled to European cities such as London, Paris, Rome and Vienna.
Dr. Curry’s awards in teaching include Delta Gamma, "Anchor" Award for Teaching, 1997 and the “Student Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching,” University of Utah, 1999.
Over the years, Dr. Curry has reviewed numerous textbook manuscripts for publishers, written extended syllabi for correspondence courses in music theory and music appreciation, and published two workbooks to accompany textbooks used in general education. In addition, she created all the listening charts and musical analyses for Music: The Art of Listening, 5th edition by Jean Ferris. In 2005 she published Introduction to Music Theory--an interactive, multimedia textbook/workbook on CD-ROM. Currently, Vicki Curry is creating online tutorials for Joseph Kerman’s text Listen.
EDWARD GANT, Part-Time Instructor
Edward Gant received a BA in Elementary Education from Eastern Mennonite University, a BM in Music from James Madison University and an MA and DMA in Cello Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. Dr. Gant studied cello with Virginia Wendt, Frantisek Smetana, Robert Ashby and Charles Wendt.
He previously served on the faculties of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia and currently is a member of the faculty of the American Public University System.
Dr. Gant is an active chamber and orchestra musician, recitalist, freelance musician and private cello teacher. His recent interests include producing and recording a body of music for unaccompanied cello based upon European and American folk melodies and hymnody of the 18th through the early 20th centuries.
JASON HANEY, Professor
B.A., Austin College (summa cum laude), M.M. and D.M. in Composition, Indiana University. He was chosen as a National Merit Scholar in 1988. His latest CD, Resonant Edges, was recently released by Capstone Records. (It is also available from Amazon.) His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Scotia Festival, Music2000 in Cincinnati, the Composers Inc. concert series in San Francisco, Richmond’s ChamberFest, the Staunton Music Festival, and elsewhere throughout the US, as well as in Canada, Europe and Hong Kong, and by groups such as the New Millennium Ensemble, the Chester Quartet, the Sunrise Quartet, Colloquy, and the Indiana University New Music Ensemble. He has won awards and honors from ASCAP, the National Association of Composers USA, the Music Teachers’ National Association, the Washington International Competition, top honors in the University of Oregon's international Waging Peace Through Singing competition and a Dean's Prize from the Indiana University School of Music. He has earned residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Ragdale Foundation and the Deer Valley Institute. His Symphony No. 1 was premiered in January, 2008, by the orchestra of Freiberg, Germany.
Go to http://jasonhaney.com for more information, and to hear samples of his music.
JOHN HILLIARD, Professor, Resident Composer
D.M.A. in composition, Cornell University. His works have had wide international performances in Austria, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, South America, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States including performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Merkin Hall NYC and at over 20 new music festivals. His works have also been performed by the St. Louis Symphony and the Richmond Symphony. His piano concerto Okeanos was premiered by the JMU School of Music in 2000 in honor of the 20th-year celebration of the Contemporary Music Festival. Recent awards include an annual ASCAP Award, a commission from the International Horn Society and the first-place award in the Virginia Music Teachers Association's commissioned composer contest for 1992. In 1995, Hilliard was given a six-month residency grant to be an Artistic Fellow for the Japan Foundation in Tokyo. He has previously taught at the National Music Camp, Cornell University and Washington State University. Dr. Hilliard's teachers include Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Karel Husa, Donald Erb, W. Francis McBeth, George B. Wilson, William Grant Still and Ned Rorem. In addition, he has attended masterclasses with Erza Laderman, Alan Hovhaness, Wlodzimierz Kotonski, George Crumb, Milton Babbitt, Ben Johnston, and Olivier Messiaen. From 1988 for 17 years, Hilliard was chair of the Contemporary Music Festival of the School of Music of JMU.
On January 31, 2007 JMU presented a complete concert of Hilliard's music at the Kennedy Center, including the Washington D.C. premiere of his second piano concerto. Also in 2007, Hilliard was chosen by JMU as the Madison Scholar for that year, to give a lecture on his completion of a posthumous manuscript of W.A. Mozart for a commission from the Augsburg Germany Mozartfest.
Additionally, Hilliard has contributed to the areas of Music Theory and Musicology. In 1984 he moderated panels and read papers at the College Music Society national conference at Harvard and the Texas Theory Society on the music of Charles Ives. His Cornell doctoral dissertation, "Charles Ives' Robert Browning Overture: Structure and Style", using linear reduction methods was researched at Yale University under the supervision of John Kirkpatrick. Recently, Hilliard has become a music theory reviewer for Oxford University Press.
KATHLEEN OVERFIELD-ZOOK, Part-Time Instructor
Kathleen Overfield-Zook, originally from Essex, Vermont, began playing viola at the age of 9. She holds both a Bachelor and Master of Music degree in Viola Performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. While living in Michigan Kathleen performed with many of Michgan’s regional orchestras, including positions the Greater Lansing, Midland, Jackson and Dearborn Symphonies. She spent several summers at the Meadowmount School of Music, working with such great chamber musicians and pedagogues as David Salness and Charles Avsharian. She has played principal viola at the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, Maryland and traveled to Graz, Austria as part of the AIMS Festival Orchestra. After moving back to the east coast, Kathleen has led an active freelance career, holding positions with Allentown and Vermont Symphonies as well as performing regularly with the New Jersey Symphony orchestra under the baton of Neeme Jarvi. Now living in Virginia, she can be seen playing with Richmond and Roanoke Symphonies as well as continuing her tenure as Assistant Principal viola in the Harrisburg (PA) Symphony Orchestra.
Having been an active teacher since the age of 19, Kathleen was on faculty at the Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton, NJ for several years before joining the faculty of James Madison University in the fall of 2010.
J. RANDALL WHEATON, Assistant Professor
J. RANDALL WHEATON, Assistant Professor