Experience a rigorous conservatory schedule in an intimate, challenging, and supportive environment. This three-week course features personalized attention from a distinguished faculty. High school and college-age musicians from around the globe rehearse and perform through:

  • Weekly private instruction
  • Orchestra or piano four-hands
  • Chamber music or composition seminar
  • Master classes with celebrated faculty
  • Weekend recitals (chamber performers are nominated by faculty members, orchestra performs weekly)

Musicians aged 14 to 22 who have studied at the intermediate to advanced level are welcome to apply. Click below for more information on each division.

Monday—Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning Choir Rehearsal Composition Recital Performance class
Musical Studies class/Lessons/Practice Chamber recital sound check Master class
Afternoon Chamber Rehearsal/Coaching Community meeting Free Time: Excursion
Master classes/Sectionals/Piano four hands Chamber Recital Free Time: Excursion
Orchestra Rehearsal/Faculty Recital Orchestra Recital Score Study

All participants check-in: Sunday, July 16 between 3—6 p.m.
Mandatory Orientation: Sunday, July 16 from 7—9 p.m.
Check-out: Saturday, August 5 at 5 p.m.

Please visit the schedule page for more detail and updates.
*Schedule is subject to change.

Program Cost 2017

  • Application Fee: $65 / $125*
  • Tuition: $3,370
  • Housing and Dining: $2,487
  • **Regional Youth Orchestra Commuter Tuition: $2,900

*Application fee: $65 before 11:59 a.m. EST on January 31, 2017; $125 (January 31–March 31).
Applications close Friday, March 31, 2017 at 11:59 a.m. EST.

**Adjusted commuter schedule available to orchestral instrumentalists who participate in Philadelphia regional youth orchestras

Limited financial assistance is available for the Young Artist Summer Program in 2017. Applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance are required to submit their applications for the program by January 31, 2017. Those who are accepted to the program will receive notification of any awards by e-mail.

If you wish to be considered for financial assistance, please contact summerfest@curtis.edu for a simple financial assistance application. You will be required to upload this completed PDF document on the application.

Students and parents are urged to seek financial assistance from local sources such as school music organizations; county, state, or national music education organizations; youth orchestras and bands; music clubs; service clubs (Rotary, Kiwanas, etc.); businesses; local churches; and foundations.