Currier studied at Juilliard and Peabody and was the Leonard Bernstein Fellow in composition at Tanglewood. He also received a Diploma with First Prize from the Royal Conservatory of Belgium. The diversity of his teachers – Joseph Schwantner, Frederic Rzweski, David Diamond, Bernard Rands and Steven Albert – reflects the encompassing palette of his music. His graduating piece at Juilliard is a work for chamber orchestra called Chants and Dances. It was broadcast nationally on National Public Radio in a performance by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.