Dr. Nick Curry is the Professor of Cello at the University of North Florida. He received his BM, cum laude, from Vanderbilt and then served as Hans Jorgen Jensen’s teaching assistant for five years at Northwestern University, earning both his Master's and Doctor of Music degrees. He also was the teaching assistant to Professor Jensen at the Meadowmount School of Music for four summers.
Nick has played concerts in Austria, England, France, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Taiwan and Turkey, and throughout the United States. In April of 2006, he performed as a soloist on National Public Radio (USA) Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion on the King Amati (ca. 1538) cello.
Dr. Curry was visiting faculty at the Meadowmount School of Music for two summers and is on the faculty at the Aria International Summer Music Academy. He has presented at national, regional and state conferences and is a sought-after clinician and adjudicator. His research has been published in the ASTA journal multiple times.
Clinton Dewing, violin, received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School as a student of Joel Smirnoff. His summer festivals credits include the Spoleto Festival USA and Italy, Festival Mozaic, Pacific Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Sarasota Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute and the Tanglewood Music Center. He has performed with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Clinton is currently a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s violin section since 2006.
A native of the Republic of Moldova, Aurica Duca began the violin at age of seven. She has taken First Prize in the Cornelia Bronzetti violin competition and the International Violin Competition of Brasov. Ms. Duca was the Grand Prize winner at the Paul Constantinescu International Competition in Romania. She was awarded the Mayor’s Scholarship of Chisinau, Moldova and the prestigious scholarship from the Foundation of Beneficence. Ms. Duca has performed in solo engagements with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the National Philharmonic of Chisinau and the National Youth Orchestra in Holland and studied at the A. Casella Conservatory in l’Aquilla, Italy. She has participated in The Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina and she is featured in Festival Mozaic’s chamber music series in San Luis Obispo, California every summer. In 2006 Ms. Duca joined the violin section of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and in the fall of 2015, she was named principal second violin of the orchestra.
Violist Ellen Caruso Olson, co-founder of the San Marco Chamber Music Society, is a native of Long Island, New York. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Hofstra University, studying viola with Olga Bloom. Her other teachers include Barry Lehr, Rebecca Young, and Patricia McCarty. She has participated in the Colorado, Eastern, and Peninsula Music Festivals. She is on the faculty of the Prelude Chamber Music Camp. Before coming to the Jacksonville Symphony in 1985, she was a member of the Puerto Rico Symphony. She performs regularly as a chamber musician in the Jacksonville area.
Eric Olson has been principal oboist of the Jacksonville Symphony since 1986. Originally from Pennington, New Jersey, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with Ray Still. Previously he studied with Louis Rosenblatt in Philadelphia. Eric served as guest principal oboist with the Baltimore Symphony in 2002, including a two week tour of Japan. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Colorado Music Festival, the Eastern Music Festival, the Peninsula Music Festival, and many times with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, including Bruce Adolphe’s Voices of Moonlight for Oboe and Orchestra, and the concertos of Richard Strauss, W.A. Mozart, John Corigliano, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and David Mulliken. He has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, and toured with the Musicians from Marlboro, performing the Mozart Oboe Quartet. Other festivals in which he has participated include the Tanglewood and Aspen music festivals. Eric served as principal oboist and faculty member at the Eastern Music Festival for six summers. Eric has been the principal oboist with the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County Wisconsin since 2007. In Jacksonville, in 2008, he co-founded the San Marco Chamber Music Society with his wife, violist Ellen Caruso Olson, and is a frequent performer on that series.
Clarinetist Patrick Graham joined the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in September 2017, after serving as a member of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been heard on Canada’s national CBC Radio as well as Chicago’s WFMT Radio and Jacksonville’s WJCT Radio. As a recitalist and chamber musician Patrick has appeared in both the United States and Canada. He has also been heard with the Naples Philharmonic, The Florida Orchestra, the Sarasota Orchestra, and Canada’s National Arts Center Orchestra. In 2012 Patrick was selected as the winner of the International Clarinet Association’s Orchestra Audition Competition.
A native of Ottawa, Canada, Patrick completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Ottawa with Kimball Sykes, Principal Clarinet of the National Arts Center Orchestra. He earned his Master of Music degree at Northwestern University in Chicago under the guidance of Steve Cohen and Lawrie Bloom. For two summers Patrick was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center where he was awarded the Gino B. Cioffi Prize for Outstanding Woodwind Performance.
Patrick is on faculty at the University of North Florida and Jacksonville University and has been on faculty at Rollins College and Eastern Florida State College. He is a Buffet Crampon USA Artist.
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SMCMS IS GOING TO ENGLAND IN 2022!
Music directors Ellen and Eric Olson,
Clinton Dewing and Patrick Graham,
Aurica Duca and Nick Curry
(see bios below)