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Jack Curtis Dubowsky

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Jack Curtis Dubowsky is a prolific composer, author, filmmaker, and educator. Dubowsky composes choral, instrumental, and orchestral concert music. His research publications include articles on film music and popular music. He has worked in film and media as a composer, director, producer, and sound editor.

Dubowsky's choral music has been performed internationally by groups including San Francisco Choral Artists, Desert Voices, Resounding Harmony, Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, Oakland/East Bay Gay Men's Chorus, Mount Eden Chorus, University of San Francisco Chamber Singers, and Lick-Wilmerding High School Chorus. Dubowsky's major work Harvey Milk: A Cantata has been performed by university, high school, and community choruses. The text, entirely by Milk, is culled from well-known speeches as well as unpublished rare documents, researched and sourced with the cooperation of the Estate of Harvey Milk and the Harvey Milk Archives / Scott Smith Collection of the San Francisco Public Library. Other major vocal works by Dubowsky include the socio-political chamber opera Halloween in the Castro, and Quaker Peace Testimony.

Dubowsky's orchestral music has been performed by the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, Cadillac Symphony Orchestra, and the Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra. Major works include an oratory with orchestra, Eisenhower Farewell Address. Dubowsky's chamber music has been performed by Classical Revolution, Paradigm Brass, Keisuke Nakagoshi, and Stephanie Lynne Smith. Dubowsky has received grants from Meet the Composer, Zellerbach Family Fund, Friends of San Francisco Public Library, Queer Cultural Center, National Queer Arts Festival, Grants for the Arts/Hotel Tax Fund, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Foundation, and the American Composers Forum. Dubowsky's sheet music is available through JW Pepper, Sheet Music Plus and Theodore Front Musical Literature.

Dubowsky performs with his signature Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble, combining acoustic instruments, electronic hardware, composed material, and structured improvisation. The Ensemble has released three albums, toured extensively in the United States, and has presented programs of live music to silent and experimental films. The Ensemble can be heard on Pandora and Spotify.

Dubowsky has scored feature films including Redwoods, Rock Haven, That Man Peter Berlin, and I Always Said Yes. Dubowsky provided additional music for Bruce LaBruce's LA Zombie and Hustler White. Dubowsky worked in Pixar's in-house music department, and has screen credit on Monsters Inc. and Toy Story 2. Dubowsky produced recordings by Glen Meadmore, the Virgin Whore Complex, and others. His award-winning "Mr Jones" parody is a highlight of the acclaimed Momus album Stars Forever.

Dubowsky's feature documentary film, Submerged Queer Spaces, a study of architecture and urban archaeology, premiered at the 2012 Frameline36 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. Dubowsky's short films have screened at the British Film Institute and film festivals worldwide.

Dubowsky is author of the scholarly monograph Intersecting Film, Music, and Queerness published by Palgrave Macmillan. Dubowsky has published articles and presented conference papers on various intersections of cinema, animation, music, and sexuality. Dubowsky is author of one U.S. patent. Dubowsky serves on the editorial board of The Soundtrack, published by Intellect Press. Dubowsky is a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.