Curvin Farnham is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine where he taught courses in instrumental music education and conducting at the undergraduate and graduate levels. For twenty four years he was Director of Bands at the University of Maine and conducted the University Symphonic Band. He is presently conductor of the Bangor Band, the oldest continuous community band in New England.
Professor Farnham received his B.M. in Music Education from the Northern Conservatory of Music and did his graduate work at the Vandercook College of Music in Chicago. He has studied conducting with Richard Castiglione formerly of the Boston Conservatory and Anthony Maiello, Director of Instrumental Studies at George Mason University.
He is past president of the Maine Music Educators Association. In 1985, he was elected to the American School Band Directors Association and in 1990, he become a member of Pi Kappa Lambda. Mr. Farnham holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the New England College Band Directors Association, and the National Band Association. He holds honorary membership in both Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. The Maine Music Educators Association recognized him as Music Educator of the Year in Spring 2001 and selected him for their Hall of Fame in Spring 2013 .
Mr. Farnham appears throughout the United States and Canada as a clinician, adjudicator and conductor and has guest conducted at several national and international festivals including the Atlantic Band Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Music Educators National Conference Eastern Division Conference, The International Band Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Music in May Festival at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, and the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.
In the spring of 2009, he was guest conductor of the DoDDS / Europe Honor Band in Wiesbaden, Germany and conducted the University of Maine Symphonic Band at Symphony Hall in Boston.