Dr. L. Curtis Hammond, Associate Professor of Music, has taught at Morehead State University since 1993. He received the Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University, the Master of Music degree with the Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nebraska. His horn teachers have included James Wehrman (University of Nebraska, now St. Louis Symphony), Kendall Betts (Minnesota Orchestra), William Capps (Florida State University), Richard Solis and Eli Epstein (both of The Cleveland Orchestra). In addition to teaching horn at Morehead State, Dr. Hammond also teaches graduate courses, Music Theory, Music Sight Singing, Music Listening, and Class Brasswinds, and conducts the MSU Horn Ensemble. He is a member of the MSU Faculty Woodwind Quintet, The Baird Winds, and the MSU Faculty Brass Quintet, the Horizon Brass Quintet.
Dr. Hammond has performed in the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, The New Sousa Band, New Colombia Brass Band, Florida Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony, Albany (GA) Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra. He has had the opportunity to play under Leonard Slatkin, Robert Shaw, Gunther Schuller, Frederick Fennell, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Pierre Boulez, and Kurt Masur. Dr. Hammond has also performed with Barry Tuckwell, The American Horn Quartet, Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Andre Watts, Anna Moffo, Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg, Richard Stoltzman, George Shearing, Dave Brubeck, Billy Taylor, Charlton Heston, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Peabo Bryson, Aaron Neville, Melissa Manchester, Sheena Easton, Roberta Flack, and LeAnn Rimes.
An active member of the International Horn Society, Dr. Hammond has participated in master classes, clinics, solo performances, and ensemble performances at International Symposiums and Regional Workshops in England and throughout the United States. Dr. Hammond is a Clinician/Artist for Yamaha Musical Instruments and performs on a Yamaha 668ND Mark II Horn with a Stork Custom Mouthpiece.