PLEASE NOTE: Housing and dining prices are indicated on the program and registration pages.


Opened in August 2011 and designed by renowned Philadelphia architects Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Lenfest Hall honors the streetscape of a venerable historic block—preserving two ornate 19th-century townhouse façades—while providing a state-of-the-art educational facility.


Learn, Stay, and Dine

Lenfest HallLenfest Hall includes:

  • a large rehearsal space
  • classrooms and studios equipped with Steinway pianos, as well as recording and computer technology
  • a conference room
  • a dining hall
  • an outdoor terrace
  • secure housing for up to one hundred people in furnished suites during the summer months
  • central air conditioning
  • wireless signal
  • handicapped-accessibility
  • linens

Lenfest Hall bedroom Floors five through nine of Lenfest Hall each consist of several suites, with four bedrooms and two full baths per suite. Bedrooms can accommodate up to two people, depending on room size. Bedroom features:

  • extra-long twin-sized beds (Linens, pillows and towels are provided.)
  • an armoire
  • a desk
  • a chair
  • a chest of drawers
  • an individual lock

Lenfest Hall suiteSuite features:

  • a central sitting/ living room with a sofa, coffee table, and soft armchair
  • front entry double-wide closet
  • refrigerator
  • individual temperature control

LHTerraceThe fifth floor provides several amenities of residence life, including:

  • a spacious student lounge, with sofas, armchairs, and a large flat-screen television
  • access to a beautifully landscaped roof terrace, with outdoor patio tables, chairs, and teak garden benches, plus wireless signal

Gould Dining HallThree fresh meals are prepared onsite daily by Parkhurst Dining Services.Specific information regarding costs for housing and dining during the summer months will be posted soon. If you have specific questions regarding nutrition facts, dietary needs, or any special concerns, please contact Lindsey Winn at (215) 875-4203.

What should I bring?

Toiletries, wardrobe essentials, raincoat and umbrella, concert clothes (black shoes, black slacks or skirt for women, white or black dress shirt), phone and/or calling card, water bottle, writing supplies (pen, paper, envelopes, stamps), camera.

Linens and towels will be provided.

If I live in the Philadelphia area, can I commute and save charges for room and board?

Commuting musicians are welcome! You may purchase a meal plan for the duration of the program at $27 a day.

Do you offer a per-day rate for room and board?

Campus housing at Curtis’ new Lenfest Hall is $90 per night, per person. This fee includes three meals per day in our Dining Hall, as well as linens.

I am a parent. Can I stay at Lenfest Hall with my child?

Parents are welcome to stay on campus at a rate of $90 per night, per person. This fee includes three meals per day in our Dining Hall, as well as linens. To maximize your child’s experience, however, accommodations for parents and students are in separate suites.

Are refunds available to those who must withdraw after registering for the workshop?

We offer no refunds of any kind, including for dismissal due to violation of rules or state, federal, or local laws. There are no refunds for early departure. Exceptions may be made only in the event of a documented medical emergency, in which case room and board may be refunded on a prorated basis only. No participant will be admitted until all fees are paid in full.

What is the nearest airport? What are the transport options from airport to Curtis and back?

The only local airport with commercial flights is Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Taxis are generally the most efficient way to transfer back and forth and are the recommended option for any student aged 18 or under. The ride to the airport from Curtis takes about 25 minutes and costs $30. Summer Program Assistants are available to meet students at the airport and escort them in a taxi to campus. Adult students may wish to explore other ground transportation options.

Is Lenfest Hall a safe and secure environment?

The main entrance is at 1616 Locust Street, and is guarded 24/7. (At most times there also is a guard “roving” throughout the building.) Curtis students, staff and faculty may enter using turnstiles activated by swipe cards. Summerfest student residents will have access to private elevators to residential floors. Student residents are issued a personal security key card to swipe/enter their suite, and a standard door key to lock/enter their bedroom. Visitors will not be allowed during the duration of the program. A Curtis Institute of Music Security and Fire Safety Report is available on the main Curtis website.

Is there co-ed living?

Students are housed in same-sex suites. Students are not allowed in opposite-sex suites at any time.