Curtis is a native Texan, holding a Bachelor of Music in Performance: Voice, a Bachelor of Science and Arts in Biochemistry, and a Minor in Music Composition from the University of Texas.
From there, he attended Louisiana State University, earning a Master of Music in Choral Conducting.
Curtis has studied voice privately from primary teachers Prof. Donnie Ray Albert, Dr. Steven Brennfleck, and Dr. Brandon Hendrickson. He has served as Artistic Director and Conductor for Collegium Music for three years while at UT, Assistant Director for the UT Summer Choral Society in 2016, and Conducting Fellow for the Ars Longa Conducting Fellowship Program in 2017.
He has conducted choirs at both UT and LSU, as well as worked with many local ensembles including the BREC Independence Park Theatre, Amphion Youth Choruses, and Chorus Austin among others.
One of his many glowing references was from Dr. John Dickson, Professor Emeritus and Retired Director of Choral Studies, and the Edward G. and Catherine M. Galante Chair for Choral Music Education at LSU. He wrote that Curtis “understands how to train singers and he is particularly adept at developing the volunteer singer,” adding, “In addition to his musical gifts, Curtis is a highly intelligent person. Double majors in biochemistry and music at The University of Texas at Austin attest to his intellect and curiosity. Following his graduate degree at LSU, he found his calling as a musician and teacher.