Curtis Institute of Music

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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Curtis Symphony Orchestra on stage in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 2014. Photo by David DeBalko.

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Lenfest Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 2011. Photo by Tom Crane.

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Curtis Institute of Music’s historic home at 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia, 2012. Photo by Lee Moskow.

Recognized as one of the world's leading conservatories, The Curtis Institute of Music (Curtis) was founded in 1924 by Mary Louise Curtis Bok. Curtis has educated and trained some of the most exceptionally gifted young musicians from around the world for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. The music conservatory provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its students, ensuring that admissions are based solely on artistic promise. Curtis provides complete and diversified musical training by successful performing musicians on the faculty, in addition to offering a liberal arts curriculum. Curtis alumni are in the front rank of soloists, composers, conductors, and chamber musicians, and many of them have received Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim Fellowships, and Avery Fisher Awards. Graduates are members of the world's leading orchestras, including principals in every major American orchestra, and numerous alumni have sung with leading international opera houses, including La Scala, Covent Garden, the Vienna Staatsoper, the San Francisco Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera.