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Fabrice Curtis, Music Librarian

Fabrice Curtis joined the Kansas City Symphony as music librarian in July 2012. A native of Kentucky, he received his bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Kentucky and his master's degree in music theory from Florida State University. Prior to joining the Kansas City Symphony, he completed coursework and exams for his doctorate in music theory at Florida State University and is currently working on a dissertation examining the fugal compositions of Shostakovich. During his graduate studies, Curtis taught undergraduate courses in written theory and sight-singing. He has remained active as a clarinetist, and he performs whenever time allows. His interest in music librarianship began after working with the librarian of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and realizing how much he enjoys preparing music for performance.

Ten questions about me:

1. What is your earliest musical memory?

I remember watching "Fantasia" obsessively. I loved the fighting dinosaurs, the dancing ostriches, the walking brooms, and of course the great music.

How did you choose your instrument?

When I started band as a kid, I didn’t want to play a brass instrument because I thought they were too loud. Of all the woodwinds I tried, I sounded the best on clarinet and so chose that.

What songs/albums are in your iPod/MP3 Player/CD Player right now?

"Into the Woods", Shostakovich’s 24 "Preludes and Fugues", numerous movie soundtracks, and a lot of Beyoncé

Who is your most inspiring composer?

J.S. Bach

What is the best part about being a musician in the Kansas City Symphony?

Working with great people in an amazing building.

Which composer would you most like to have dinner with? And what would you serve or where would you eat?

If I could speak Russian I would have dinner with Shostakovich, although we would probably end up just drinking vodka.

Tell us about your family and your hobbies.

My mother is German, and my father is half-German, part Creole, and part Native American. I have a younger sister and brother. I really enjoy origami. I do mostly origami tessellations and modular origami, although I have tried combining my interests in origami and entomology and folded some insects, which are incredibly difficult. I am also an aquarist, and have numerous aquariums housing goldfish, African cichlids, tiger barbs, angelfish, and other tropical fish.

If you weren't a professional musician, what occupation would you choose?

I would be an entomologist, specializing in eusocial insects. Growing up I had numerous ant farms, and even kept termites for a while, until my parents realized what they were.

What is your favorite city that you've visited or lived in and why?

Savannah, Georgia. Very walkable, great weather and wonderful people. I am a sucker for the old houses, the massive live oaks, and the hanging Spanish moss.

What quality do you most admire in others?

Agreeableness.