Curtis Nolley (b. 1953) joined our staff as director of the Sanctus Choir in the fall of 2008. He is a graduate of Bridgewater College (1976 B.A. in Music Education) and received his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Colorado, Boulder (1982). He has been a music educator and church musician for forty-five years. For twenty-two years he served as Minister of Music at Harrisonburg Church of the Brethren.
Curtis has served as choral director and music specialist at all levels in Augusta County, Rockingham County, and Harrisonburg City schools. Most recently he served a two-year tenure as Visiting Director of Choral Music at Bridgewater College. Retiring from full-time teaching in 2020, Curtis continues as Artistic Director of the Shenandoah Valley Choral Society in Harrisonburg, Virginia, having led the distinguished ensemble for twenty-two of its fifty-one seasons.
He has been called to serve as the choral director for two international conferences for the Church of the Brethren, and regularly serves as clinician and guest conductor for denominational and ecumenical music events across the region. Curtis is an active leader in music education and is a past president of the Virginia Music Educators Association. He continues to serve on VMEA’s executive board
(photo by Lisa Houff Photography ©2015)