Dr. Curtis Edward Shirley Esq.

Declared for: National President

Personal Information


Carmel, Indiana

Initiating Chapter:

Epsilon Upsilon (University of Evansville)

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Leadership Roles Held:
  • Chapter President
  • Chapter Treasurer
  • Collegiate Province Representative
  • Province Governor
  • Other
Other Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Positions Held:

Founder and Chairman of the CPR Council, 1982-1985; Board Member of Sinfonia Educational Foundation, 1982-1985, and Treasurer, 2016 to present; Legislative Committee to draft new Constitution and Bylaws, 1985; Co-Founder and contributor, Themes for Brotherhood; Chair of Centennial Songbook Committee; Member of Commission on Standards (three year term); Chair of two Midwest Regionals in Indianapolis.

Reason for Joining Sinfonia:

I joined Phi Mu Alpha because those who asked me were (and are) close friends, upperclassmen, and phenomenal musicians I looked up to and trusted. Through the probationary process I enjoyed growing closer to all chapter members and supporting the Fraternity purposes. My trumpet professor and many other faculty were (and are) members, which increased the importance of what I might commit to. A visit to Lyrecrest and meeting the national staff inspired me to not only join but get involved.

Professional & Qualifying Information

Educational Institution Degree Area of Study Year Received
University of Evansville Bachelor of Music Education Trumpet, Education 1983
Indiana University at Bloomington Master of Music in Trumpet Performance Major in Trumpet; Minor in Law 1985
Indiana University at Indianapolis Juris Doctor Law Degree 1991
Current Employer:

Law Office of Curtis E. Shirley, LLC

Current Job:

Trial Attorney

Weekly Employment Hours:

Over 50 Hours per Week

Award/Achievement Associated Organization/Company Year Received
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Leadership Award Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia 1982
Second Trumpet Chair Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony 1980-1985
Director of Bands and Orchestra Lewisburg High School, Pennsylvania 1985-1988
Second Trumpet Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra 1986
Principal Trumpet Indiana Wind Symphony 2018-2019
Hon. Cale Holder Scholarship; Harold Woodward Scholarship; IU Law Alumni Scholar; Internationaal Lloyd Balfour Scholar Indiana University 1990-1991
President, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity; Vice-President IU Bar Association Indiana University 1989-1991
Clerked for federal judges in Indianapolis and Chicago United States District Court and Seventh Circuit 1991-1993
Partner, Cremer Miller & Burroughs Law Firm in Indianapolis 1993-2000
Named in Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys Martindale Hubbell 1997 to present
Worshipful Master of Masonic Lodge Mystic Tie Lodge #398, Indianapolis 2000-2001
Chairman of the Board Scottish Rite Indianapolis Valley 2012-2013
Awarded honorary 33rd degree Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction 2015
Dr. John Morton Finney Excellence in Legal Education Indianapolis Bar Association 2002
Named Distinguished Fellow and Patron Fellow Indiana and Indianapolis Bar Associations 2004
Adjunct Professor of Law Indiana University School of Law 2007-2009
President and Board Member Extended Hand Prison Ministries 1995 to present
President (6 years) and Board Member Indianapolis Legal Aid Society and Foundation 1995 to present
Board of Directors Indianapolis Childrens Dyslexia Center 2013 to present

Candidacy Information

Office Sought:

National President

Vision for Sinfonia:

In the next few years our Fraternity will face many decisions for our very survival. I envision leaders who will help heal wounds and make difficult decisions. We should raise income and lower expenses. We need more chapters, more members, and more active alumni. We need less conflict. I envision leaders (not just the NEC but all those who wish to serve) who travel and meet and speak with as many Brothers as possible. To eliminate hazing and sexual harassment. For the Province Governors, CPRs, and Chapter Presidents all having a vote at the National Convention. A board of directors of fifteen instead of an NEC of seven. A National Convention every year, not every three. Constructive social media posts where we are united, not divided.

Why Are You Running:

I am humbled and honored you would consider me as your next President. The mission of our Fraternity is incredibly important and challenging. Serving on the NEC means working with incredible Brothers and Chapters from all over America, with talented and dedicated people on the NEC and National Staff. I hope at the conclusion of this process, you are confident I have the demeanor, skills, and experience required to be National President, and would bring a diverse set of qualifications and unique perspectives to the NEC. We need leaders who have the patience and wisdom to make good decisions in the midst of emergencies, who can administer complex programs, well-read in our history, and can renew confidence in our mission and values.

Qualifications for Office:

Music and the law have much in common. We know the dedication and determination and hard work required; we have to excel as an individual performer, and with others. We stay focused. Harmony is very important. It is not a job. It is a calling. Since 1979, I've served the Fraternity in many roles. For decades I've served on other boards of directors where we help kids learn how to read, stay out of prison, support widows and orphans, and provide attorneys to those who cannot afford one. I have managed significant budgets, raised funds to support our missions, and with Aimee raising our four children. I have been a good steward in the past and hope to earn your trust to preside over our future. Those who know me know I collaborate well with others. It is imperative that all leaders of our Fraternity get along with each other. Collegiality is very important.

Do You Have Strategic/Financial Planning Oversight Experience:


Strategic/Financial Planning Experience:

I have served on the leadership boards of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the Sinfonia Educational Foundation, the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society and Foundation, the Indiana Masonic Lodge, the Indianapolis Scottish Rite, Indianapolis Childrens Dyslexia Center, and Extended Hand Prison Ministries. I'm involved in regular strategic planning sessions, and help raise millions each year. We report to governing bodies and other grant and endowment boards, with regular audits. I have served on the planned giving councils for the United Way of Central Indiana and the University of Evansville. I have experience in managing staff, and serve as a fiduciary for dozens of trusts, investing millions, accounting to beneficiaries and courts.

Do You Have Experience with Large Budgets:


Budgeting Experience:

While on the NEC of Phi Mu Alpha, we managed a budget of $500,000. As Treasurer of the Sinfonia Educational Foundation, we manage $200,000. The Indianapolis Legal Aid Society and Foundation raises one million each year and has a significant endowment. While Chairman of the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite, our Cathedral is worth several hundred million dollars and costs $3,500 per day to operate. The Indianapolis Childrens Dyslexia Center raises $100,000 each year and has an endowment of two million. At Extended Hand Prison Ministries we employ a full time minister and raise over $100,000 each year. I also supervise my law firm, including staff and payroll, advertising, computer programs and technology, insurance, and billing.