* Earned the Honour Music Specialist Diploma With Distinction from the University of Toronto
* Began his career as a Regular Force military Director of Music
Harry Currie is a Canadian conductor, vocalist, instrumentalist, composer, music educator, journalist, and novelist.
Currie was born on 11 April 1931 in Moncton, New Brunswick, an only child to Ronald MacDonald Currie and Mary Geraldine Juanita (MacMichael) Currie. His childhood was fragmented and relatively poor, because of his father's loss of work in the depression, military service in World War II, and parents divorce in 1946. He lived in Campbellton, Halifax and Moncton, attending Moncton High School, where he developed an early interest in music and the performing arts. High school part-time jobs included painting every fire hydrant in the City of Moncton and as a part-time announcer/operator at CKCW Moncton.
In 1948, Currie enrolled in premed at McGill University, but abandoned his studies after one year and returned to New Brunswick. He enrolled in Mount Allison University in 1949, originally as a theology major, but switched to music for personal reasons in the middle of his first year. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Theory and Composition) degree in music from Mount Allison University in 1953. His mentor at Mount Allison was Alfred Whitehead, MusDoc, FRCO.
At Mount "A" he was a member of two intercollegiate championship teams - track & field and badminton, became President of both the Choral Society and Conservatory Society, and created the Mountaires 16-piece dance band. Prior to graduation, Currie was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (Militia) as a 2nd Lieutenant through the Canadian Officers Training Corps.
After graduation he began a career as a Regular Force military Director of Music, promoted to Lieutenant, the first direct-entry Director of Music in the Canadian Forces, and at age 22 and one month the youngest ever military Director of Music in the history of the British Commonwealth, a record previously held by Lieutenant Colonel Sir Vivian Dunn, Royal Marines, since 1931.
In 1956 he was offered the three-year course at the renowned Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall (England), voluntarily reverting temporarily to Warrant Officer Class 1, for British Army protocol couldn't allow an officer to attend a course with other ranks. Graduating with honours in 1958, in the same year he also earned an LTCL (Licentiate) Degree in Voice from Trinity College of Music in London, and had already earned an ARCM (Associate) Degree in Conducting, Military Bandmastership, from the Royal College of Music, London , in November 1957.
In 1980 Currie earned the Honour Music Specialist Diploma With Distinction from the University of Toronto.