Evan Wesley Currie
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and an experienced organist, choral accompanist, and vocalist, Mr. Currie holds the position of Music Associate and Organist at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Currie holds Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts (2018), studying with acclaimed organist, Renée Anne Louprette. During his graduate studies at Mason Gross, Mr. Currie was awarded the Arthur G. Humphrey Memorial Prize for outstanding work in keyboard music. He is also the recipient of the David A. Drinkwater and Gladwell-Durham scholarship prizes for excellence in keyboard performance.
During his time at Rutgers, Mr. Currie was a member of the Rutgers University Glee Club, Kirkpatrick Choir, the Mason Gross Baroque Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, and held the position of the accompanist for the Rutgers University Choir, and organist of the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. Throughout his studies, Mr. Currie made solo and chamber appearances with these groups at Nicholas Music Center, Kirkpatrick Chapel, Trinity Wall Street, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, All Souls Unitarian Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Orchestra Hall, Grace Church of Brooklyn Heights, and St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church of Brooklyn.
A graduate of Furman University (2016) in Greenville, South Carolina, Evan earned a Bachelor of Music degree, cum laude, in organ performance as a student of Dr. Charles Tompkins. During his time at Furman, Evan served as the Chancel Choir Accompanist and was awarded the Dr. A Elbert Adams Scholarship, Saunders-Davis Music Scholarship, and the Lindsay Smith Organ Scholarship for excellence in organ performance. In addition to his degree in organ, Evan augmented his studies with secondary concentrations in piano and voice, studying piano with Dr. Ruby Morgan and voice with Mrs. Lisa Barksdale and Dr. Trudy Hines Fuller. An accomplished baritone, he made his vocal debut in Handel’s Messiah at Furman with the Furman Symphony Orchestra.He has completed additional performance studies in Arezzo, Italy at the Accademia d’ell Arte and served as an intern at The Juilliard School in New York City as a Furman Advantage Fellow.
A sought after accompanist, Mr. Currie collaborated with multiple choirs in the New York City and New Jersey areas such as Musica Dulceat St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the All Souls Professional Choir at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City. Currie has also concertized with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey’s Summer Keyboard Festival in Madison, New Jersey and the Old West Organ Society of Boston, Massachusetts. As a solo recitalist, and guest artist, Mr. Currie appeared and collaborated in various musical performances throughout New York City and the greater New Jersey metropolitan area, Boston, Washington D.C., Charlotte, Greenville, Rochester, Montreal, and Arezzo, Rome, and Milan, Italy.
Recently, Mr. Currie was named an E. Power Biggs Fellow for the Organ Historical Society’s 2018 Convention in Rochester, New York. In addition to this fellowship, Mr. Currie was awarded second prize in the American Guild of Organists Brooklyn Chapter’s 2018 George Mathison Memorial Competition and a full stipend to attend the Montreal Organ Festival and McGill Organ Summer Academy. During his studies at the institute, he was selected to participate in a master class with Olivier Latry, titular-organist of Notre-Dame of Paris.
In September of 2018, Mr. Currie was appointed Organist and Music Associate at the historic Myers Park United Methodist Church of Charlotte, North Carolina, under the direction of James R. Jones. Previous positions held include Director of Music and Organist at Bridgewater United Methodist Church in Bridgewater, New Jersey, Organist of Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church of Denver North Carolina, as well as The Second Presbyterian Church and Lee Road United Methodist Church of Greenville, South Carolina.
Currie is a member of the American Guild of Organists, New York City, Charlotte, Greenville, and European Chapters and The Organ Historical Society.