Recognized as one of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis Institute of Music (Curtis) educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its students, ensuring that admissions are based solely on talent and artistic promise. Curtis students hone their craft through more than 200 orchestra, opera, solo, and chamber music offerings each year and programs that bring arts access and education to the community. The Center awarded Curtis a 2015 Advancement grant to design and implement a comprehensive new curriculum that provides graduates with the entrepreneurial and business skills necessary to forge effective careers within the rapidly changing classical music field. Other Center grants have supported Curtis’ productions of Leoš Janácek's The Cunning Little Vixen and Samuel Barber's Antony and Cleopatra, as well as the world premiere presentation of a new organ concerto by composer Eric Sessler. A 2019 Project grant supports a new commission with composer and artist Ari Benjamin Meyers, a collaborative project with Drexel University Westphal College that brings together artists from various creative practices for a large-scale public event.
The Curtis Institute of Music produced Leoš Janácek's opera The Cunning Little Vixen, sung in the original Czech. Three performances, presented in collaboration with Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center, featured Curtis students in key roles: baritone Elliot Madore as the Forrester and soprano Elizabeth Reiter as the Vixen. Opera Philadelphia Music Director Corrado Rovaris conducted the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Emma Griffin directed. The Rebecca Davis Dance Company also performed in the production.