Craig Hurley is the conductor of the Spivey Hall Young Artists, the preparatory choir of the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir. The Spivey Hall Young Artists were proud to perform at the 2018 GMEA In-Service Conference in Athens, Georgia. Dr. Hurley has served as a guest clinician for several honor choirs including the 2011 and 2019 GMEA Statewide Elementary Honor Choir as well as the 2015 Georgia ACDA Children’s Honor Choir. He is the artistic director of the annual Spivey Hall Summer Music Camp and Spivey Hall Elementary Honor Choir. He currently serves as the President-Elect for the Georgia ACDA Chapter.
Dr. Hurley is the music specialist at Ford Elementary School in Cobb County, Georgia. He has presented sessions at the Music Educators Association in-service conferences for Georgia, Florida, and Alabama as well as the 2020 Southern Division ACDA Conference. Under his direction, the Ford Elementary Chorus has performed with the Atlanta Women’s Chorus, the Kennesaw State University Women’s Choir, and at the 2015 GMEA In-Service Conference. He has supervised student teachers from Shorter College, Berry College and Kennesaw State University. Dr. Hurley was honored as Teacher of the Year in 2002, and 2016, and was named the GMEA Music Educator of the Year in 2021.
Dr. Hurley is a published researcher whose research interests include music literacy and expressive choral performance pedagogy.
Dr. Hurley holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Shorter College, a Master of Early Childhood Education from Berry College, and a doctorate in music education from The University of Georgia (GO DAWGS!). Dr. Hurley lives in Marietta with his wife Katie (also a music teacher), their three children, and their dog.