Upon receiving his doctorate from Indiana University, Cunningham embarked on an artistic journey that would lead him to write over 250 musical compositions spanning multiple genres, pedagogical music books, and more.
Cunningham began his music career in earnest as an accompanist, music director, and instructor at Wayne State University. As a pianist early in his career he accompanied singers on stage, performed in Detroit area night clubs and country clubs, and for a while worked on a cruise ship. However, composition was his true labor of love, and he focused on creating a large catalog of music during his life that could be applied to numerous orchestrations.
Sessions with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Recording Cunningham’s work.
After working as a professor of theory and composition at the University of Wisconsin — Eau Claire for over 30 years, Cunningham shifted his attention to composing full time, and would go on to have his works performed on a global scale by notable orchestras like the Moravian Philharmonic, Zagreb Festival Orchestra, Kiev Philharmonic, and the Prague Symphony.
Cunningham made his Navona Records debut in 2009 with COLONNADE, a gripping first impression with symphonic arias and other characteristics that immediately made the composer stand out from the crowd.