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The Music of David Culross
DAVID CULROSS has had a wide and varied background in music. His early studies included both piano and violin. He received his baccalaureate degree from Olivet Nazarene University. This was followed by his Master of Arts from Illinois State University, where he was elected to Kappa Delta Pi. He continued his studies in composition in the doctoral program at Michigan State University, under Venezuelan composer Ricardo Lorenz.Mr. Culross has been involved in music education for more than twenty years. He has taught in both public schools and higher education, most recently at Cornerstone University as professor of composition and orchestration. He has been a guest clinician and lecturer across the U.S. and as far away as Slovakia and India. Mr. Culross began his professional writing career in the field of sacred choral literature. His first published work was in 1972. As a staff writer and editor for Singspiration Music Publishers, he released numerous titles for both adult and children's choirs and orchestra. One of his children's music dramas, Vinegar Boy, was a finalist in the prestigious Dove Awards of the Gospel Music Association. His publications can be found in catalogs of numerous publishers of church music. In recent years Mr. Culross has turned his writing toward the symphonic arena, including both original compositions and arrangements. He is presently a composer/arranger with with the Grammy-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony (Grand Rapids, MI), where his commissions have included One of Us, and Presidential Portrait, both honoring the late President Gerald R. Ford; Astor Piazzola's Histoire du Tango, premiered by flutist Christopher Kantner (also accepted for performance by internationally acclaimed flutist Luis Julio Toro); and numerous arrangements for both the Classical and Pops Series of the orchestra. In the 2009-2010 season, his arrangements have also been performed by the Detroit Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Flint Symphony, and orchestras in Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Texas and Hawaii, as well as being broadcast on Michigan Public Television. His works have been conducted by Maestros John Varineau, David Lockington, Thomas Wilkins, Enrique Diemecke, and Timothy Muffit, among others. Mr. Culross had conducted orchestras in both live concerts and recording settings, including the City of Prague Philharmonic, The Peoria (IL) Symphony, and recording orchestras with musicians from the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Indianapolis Symphony, and Nashville Symphony, with concertmasters Carl Gorodetzky, Arnie Roth, and Petr Matajek. He will be appearing this season as guest conductor of the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Arad, Romania. He and his wife, Sharon, have two adult sons and five grandchildren.
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ONE OF US
A Tribute To Gerald R Ford
By: David Culross
arranged by David Culross
FANFARE & CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
arranged by David Culross
Arr.: David Culross
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