2019-20 GUIDE TO MUSIC SCHOOLS

Curtis Institute of Music
Curtis Institute of Music
MISSION
The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. One of the most selective schools in the United States, Curtis accepts four percent of applicants each year on average. A tuition-free policy ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission. With a small student body of about 175, Curtis ensures that each young musician receives an education of unparalleled quality, distinguished by personalized attention from a celebrated faculty and a "learn by doing" philosophy. Curtis students hone their craft through than 200 orchestra, opera, and solo and chamber music offerings each year in Philadelphia and around the world.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
One of the most selective schools in the United States, Curtis accepts four percent of applicants each year on average. A tuition-free policy ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission. Curtis's celebrated faculty includes a high proportion of actively performing musicians whose experience provides students with a direct link to life as a professional musician today.
LOCATION
1726 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
ADMISSIONS
215-717-3117
Audition Requirements
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
Curtis offers several professional bridge programs designed for young artists beginning their careers. These include fellowship programs for conductors and string quartets that offer numerous performance opportunities and mentorship from Curtis faculty and guest artists. The post-graduate Community Artist Fellowship program brings art access and education to underserved communities through a year of paid service.
Alumni resources include access to the Careers in Music Speaker Series at Curtis, which showcases successful artists, industry experts, and ensembles who share their advice and perspective; entrepreneurship grants to provide start-up funding for musical projects; an online directory encouraging alumni to make connections as they travel and perform; an online job board that allows alumni to post and apply for industry-wide opportunities; and an alumni email address to maintain a visible presence with Curtis.
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
175 music students
175 scholarships awarded
Music Faculty: 3 full time, 111 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Brass • Composition • Conducting • Organ • Piano • Strings and Harp • Vocal Arts/Opera • Winds and Percussion
DEGREE PROGRAMS
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS (non-matriculating/prep)
BROCHURE / CATALOGUE
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