Biography


 

 

  • An Atlanta native, Curtis Bryant (b. 1949) earned his Master of Music Theory from Georgia State University, studying composition with Charles Knox.
  • Bryant’s music has been heard across multiple continents, as well as on radio and television broadcasts, including National Public Radio’s Performance Today.
  • Bryant has composed for virtually all concert media including chamber, choral, opera, art song and orchestra.
  • Emmy_800x1037Bryant has also composed music for numerous television series and specials, including the award winning Portrait of America series produced by Turner Broadcasting and numerous programs produced on Georgia Public Television.
  • He has garnered seven Southern Regional Emmy Award nominations for original music from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), and numerous ASCAP Awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
  • Classically trained, diverse styles.
  • He has received the honor of two All-Curtis Bryant concerts at the Piccolo Spoleto USA Festival and on the Mostly Chamber Music concert series.
  • Bryant’s opera The Secret Agent, received world premiere performances in 2013 by the Capitol City Opera Company of Atlanta.
  • Bryant’s opera Zabette, premiered in 1999 at Atlanta’s landmark Rialto Theater in a production by Georgia State University School of Music.
  • Other major concert works and commissions include FunFare (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra); Dinosaurs: A Primeval Symphony, (Savannah Symphony Orchestra); Prelude and Fugue for Orchestra, (Macon Symphony Orchestra); and Cantata for One Earth.
  • Bryant has composed chamber works including Sonata for Cello and Piano. His Letters from Jack received a premiere by the music ensemble, Thamyris (1994). Bryant’s chamber song cycle, The Laughing Monkeys of Gravity, is a septet set to a text by award winning poet Stephen Bluestone. It received its premiere September, 2003 at Mercer University with acclaimed soprano Arietha Lockhart on a program that featured choral works by Bryant and Bluestone–O City! and Holiness Everywhere.
  • Awarded the Atlanta Faith Partners Residency (2008) by the American Composers Forum.
  • Hymn of Wisdom received its premiere performance by First Presbyterian Church, along with two psalm settings for the Cathedral of Christ the King.
  • Other major choral works by Bryant include Magnificat for chorus and orchestra and The Builders.
  • Curtis Bryant has also composed works for young performers including Theme and Variations, which is featured on the Georgia Music Educators Association festival list for orchestra.
  • His Island Fantasy received a premiere by the Chattahoochee Chamber Orchestra at the 2000 GMEA Convention in Savannah.
  • Recent choral works include Requiem for September Eleven for chorus SSA, commissioned by Ridgeview Middle School (2001) and Jubilate Deo for chorus SSA, commissioned by Autrey Mill Middle School (2003).
  • Bryant has also worked extensively in film scoring, distinguishing himself for work on the Turner Broadcasting series, Portrait of America hosted by Hal Holbrook.
  • He has also composed original theme music for the TBS special, Larry King’s Night of Soviet Television and theme and background music for the mini-series, Portrait of Japan hosted by Richard Chamberlain. His arrangements for the award winning TBS documentary Trumpet of Conscience received numerous broadcasts.
  • Bryant has scored many corporate videos and commercials including spots for Austin Kelley Advertising, KKB, AT&T, WSB-TV, and a national public service announcement for the Arthritis Foundation, which won the Bronze Award at the Fifth Annual World Fest––Charleston International Film Festival, 1997.
  • Other film work by Bryant includes a promotional videotape for the Georgia Film Commission, Georgia: Everything You’re Shooting For. Bryant has also scored numerous specials for Georgia Public Broadcasting, including Lost Atlanta: The Way We Were, Georgia on My Mind, Sophisticated Ladies: Savannah and Charleston, hosted by Blythe Danner, and Wining and Dining with Yves Durand featuring chef Emeril Lagasse, among others.
  • Bryant has scored a number of independent productions including Exploring Two Frontiers: The Neurolab Space Shuttle, The Role, a film produced by DMT Pictures and Blue Spatula Productions, and Briars in the Cotton Patch, which has been broadcast nationally on over 200 Public Television stations in all 50 states and was produced by Faith Fuller and Michael Booth.
  • Curtis Bryant has compositions published by Neil A. Kjos Music Publications (San Diego), Lux Nova Press (Atlanta), and Transcontinental Music Publications (New York).
  • Bryant is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), the American Music Center, the American Composers Forum, the Georgia Production Partnership, the Georgia Game Developers Association (GGDA), Media Communications Association – International (MCA-I), Opera America, and the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA).
  • Bryant has served as adjudicator for arts panels and organizations including the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Georgia Music Teacher’s Association. His music has also been performed in the Piccolo Spoleto – USA Festival, the Atlanta Arts Festival, the Red Lodge Music Festival, the University of Wisconsin–Platteville Festival and the Harid Conservatory “Music of the South” Program.
  • He has also served as composer-in-residence for the Macon Symphony Orchestra and the Fulton County Schools. Bryant was a part-time instructor at Georgia State University School of Music and has served as adjunct faculty for Georgia Perimeter College, Clayton State University, Atlanta College of Art, and Tri-Cities High School.