Composers, instrumentalists, pianists and vocalists: experience conservatory-style living with a rigorous musical schedule and opportunities to perform with peers in an intimate, challenging and supportive learning environment. The three-week course features personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. Students rehearse and perform alongside their musical peers and select Curtis students through:
- Composition Seminar
- Chamber music rehearsals
- Private instruction
- Sectional coachings
- Performance classes
- Master classes with celebrated faculty
- Weekend recitals (orchestra, chamber and solo)
Participants live, share meals, and practice in Curtis’s beautiful Lenfest Hall. The program is designed for instrumentalists and composers ages 14 to 19, and vocalists and conductors ages 14 to 22. Orchestral instruments, pianists, composers, and conductors who have studied privately at the intermediate to advanced level are invited to register. In lieu of auditions, a sample of playing and/or composition samples is required. This will inform our decisions on ensemble assignments. Please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org or (215) 717-3167.
|Expense||Resident amount||Non-resident amount|
|Registration fee||Early: $65
|Residential cost||$1,995||$609 (optional meal plan)|
*Registration fee: $65 (through February 28) $125 (March 1—April 1)
|Residential Check-in (Sunday, July 6)|
|3-6 p.m.||Check-in, Dinner|
|6:30-9:30 p.m.||Orientation (non-residents required to attend)|
|Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday|
|Morning||Choir, Lesson and Practice time for solo works|
|Afternoon||Master Class, Sectionals, Lieder, Chamber Music Rehearsal and Coaching, Theory Class|
|Evening||Orchestra, Four-Hand Duos, Opera Scenes|
|Morning||Choir, Studio Class (solo works)|
|Afternoon||Master Class, Chamber Music Rehearsal, Sound Check for Saturday Afternoon Concert|
|Morning||Sound Check for Evening Concert, Practice, Master Class|
|Afternoon||Warm Up, Student Recital|
|Evening||Warm Up, Student Recital|
|Residential Check-out (Sunday, July 27)|
|8-11 a.m.||Check-out, Breakfast|
Curtis Summerfest does not offer scholarships. 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.
We encourage composition, conducting and vocal students to apply.
This is not recommended but may special circumstances may be considered. Please inquire at email@example.com or (215) 717-3167.
No audition is required for admission, but we will ask students to submit a sample of their playing. This will inform decisions on chamber music and orchestra seating assignments.
Curtis Summerfest does not offer scholarships . 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.
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.
Parents are welcome to stay on campus at a rate of $95 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.
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. In special cases, Summer Program Assistants may be 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.
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.
Students are housed in same-sex suites. Students are not allowed in opposite-sex suites at any time.