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Curtis Institute of Music
1726 Locust Street
Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Cross Street: 18th Street
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The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level.

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective, with an enrollment of about 165. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive learning by doing an approach, which has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school's founding in Philadelphia in 1924.

Grounded in this rich heritage, Curtis is looking to the future in a flexible and forward-thinking way, evolving strategically to serve its time-honored mission. The Curtis Institute of Music had numerous disparate communities looking for information about applying to the school, Curtis Instituteperformance details and information about former colleagues and graduates. Jennifer Kallend, director of Public Relations, decided to put all this activity into one online location and invite constituents to share the love on facebook. Now with over 3,000 fans, Curtis Institute's facebook page is dynamic and welcoming and has a spin off a specialized area for alumni only to share more intimate conversations about their relationship with school and their current career trajectories.

Curtis is one of the few tuition-free music academies in the US an it has a unique constituency. Based on the theory that gifted musicians “learn by doing,” it offers a rich annual performance schedule featuring students and alumni.

Communications staff sought ways to engage the Curtis & family's; with all that was happening at the conservatory and to invite interested music lovers into the discussion. One of the first outreach efforts was a holiday video featuring students and faculty talking about their favorite moments of the year, which was posted on Instant Encore, the institute's dedicated YouTube channel and on its website.

  • Adutitions:Every applicant to the Curtis Institute of Music must audition in person. Video and or audio recordings are not considered in place of a live audition at Curtis except as noted for vocal studies (Voice and Opera). Applicants to the Composition Department have original compositions examined by that department; finalists interview in Philadelphia. Applicants who wish to be double majors must audition separately for each major department and must be admitted by each faculty.
  • Facilities: The Curtis Institute of Music occupies a vibrant urban campus in downtown Philadelphia along Locust Street, stretching from its main building, a stately 19th-century mansion on Rittenhouse Square with a distinguished architectural history, to the new Lenfest Hall, located two blocks east.
  • Main Building 1726 Locust Street


  • Rock Resource Center 1720 Locust Street

    Rock Resource Center

  • Lenfest Hall 1616 Locust Street

    Lenfest Hall

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