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Curtis Summerfest Backstage: Music Library edition

Where does the music grow?

Welcome to the world of tender love and care in library science, where our music rests between composers and rehearsal. Curtis Summerfest is lucky to have Sam Armstrong, a student in trombone studies, preparing all of our parts for 2014 programs. He works under the supervision of Holly Matthews, orchestra librarian. These two have the most power of anyone to save musicians and conductors crucial time in rehearsal. Their careful preparation saves musicians from writing in basic notations or trying to turn pages in the middle of a musical phrase. For professional orchestras saving time means saving money. At Curtis Summerfest, programs have an ambitious repertoire to tackle in just a few weeks, sometimes days.

library smiles

Holly Matthews, Sam Armstrong, and summer programs manager, Shino Verner, prepare Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.

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For Sam, every day spent in the library is a day to learn about repertoire and orchestration, the content of the music he handles. He shares, “if I really want to learn Beethoven 7, I listen to it while I prepare it.” Sam says learning library science has taught him an eye for details.

And that’s a good thing with this job! The Presser Orchestra Library at Curtis keeps all original scores and parts in house, so librarians must mend the pages, correct any errors, and make copies for every musician. The conductors and head of instrumental sections will give notes for the librarians to mark in pencil on EVERY part. That way the musicians are already in communication with each other as soon as they look at the page. Sam says the library’s work has helped him gain an appreciation for the work behind the scenes of an orchestra. That makes two of us!

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  • Where does the music grow?

    Welcome to the world of tender love and care in library science, where our music rests between composers and rehearsal. Curtis Summerfest is lucky to have Sam Armstrong, a student in trombone studies, preparing all of our parts for 2014 programs. He works under the supervision of Holly Matthews, orchestra librarian. These two have the most power of anyone to save musicians and conductors crucial time in rehearsal. Their careful preparation saves musicians from writing in basic notations or trying to turn pages in the middle of a musical phrase. For professional orchestras saving time means saving money. At Curtis Summerfest, programs have an ambitious repertoire to tackle in just a few weeks, sometimes days.

    library smiles

    Holly Matthews, Sam Armstrong, and summer programs manager, Shino Verner, prepare Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.

    library smiles

    For Sam, every day spent in the library is a day to learn about repertoire and orchestration, the content of the music he handles. He shares, “if I really want to learn Beethoven 7, I listen to it while I prepare it.” Sam says learning library science has taught him an eye for details.

    And that’s a good thing with this job! The Presser Orchestra Library at Curtis keeps all original scores and parts in house, so librarians must mend the pages, correct any errors, and make copies for every musician. The conductors and head of instrumental sections will give notes for the librarians to mark in pencil on EVERY part. That way the musicians are already in communication with each other as soon as they look at the page. Sam says the library’s work has helped him gain an appreciation for the work behind the scenes of an orchestra. That makes two of us!

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Curtis Artist Teachers Gear Up for Summer

As a recent addition to the Curtis Summerfest staff, I was glad to attend the Curtis Artist Teacher pre-summer meeting and put faces to names.

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Curtis Artist Teachers are select students or recent alumni of the Curtis Institute of Music. They are an extension of the esteemed Summerfest faculty who coach and play side-by-side with participants, heightening their musicality and awareness in ensembles and orchestra. Click here to see what participants last year thought of their Curtis Artist Teachers.

On Thursday, May 8 the Curtis Artist Teachers convened to discuss best practices and shared experiences. While many of them have taken teaching courses while at Curtis or have taught independently, their focus on Thursday was on the specific goals and needs of Summerfest participants. Led by Mary Loiselle, Director of Community Engagement, the Curtis Artist Teachers covered topics such as best ways to promote group continuity, what to prioritize in chamber ensemble settings, and the top objectives they would like participants to take away from their guidance. Curtis Summerfest is thrilled that the Curtis Artist Teachers will be the voices bringing music to future generations. We’re confident their time with us will prepare them well.

Final duo

Loiselle gave attendees tough situations to role play. They practiced both common rehearsal hiccups and extreme cases. I was impressed by their graceful handle on strong temperaments and difficult mishaps. The rest of the Summerfest staff and I are so excited to hear the musical outcome. Stay tuned!

Final trio



  • As a recent addition to the Curtis Summerfest staff, I was glad to attend the Curtis Artist Teacher pre-summer meeting and put faces to names.

    Final best

    Curtis Artist Teachers are select students or recent alumni of the Curtis Institute of Music. They are an extension of the esteemed Summerfest faculty who coach and play side-by-side with participants, heightening their musicality and awareness in ensembles and orchestra. Click here to see what participants last year thought of their Curtis Artist Teachers.

    On Thursday, May 8 the Curtis Artist Teachers convened to discuss best practices and shared experiences. While many of them have taken teaching courses while at Curtis or have taught independently, their focus on Thursday was on the specific goals and needs of Summerfest participants. Led by Mary Loiselle, Director of Community Engagement, the Curtis Artist Teachers covered topics such as best ways to promote group continuity, what to prioritize in chamber ensemble settings, and the top objectives they would like participants to take away from their guidance. Curtis Summerfest is thrilled that the Curtis Artist Teachers will be the voices bringing music to future generations. We’re confident their time with us will prepare them well.

    Final duo

    Loiselle gave attendees tough situations to role play. They practiced both common rehearsal hiccups and extreme cases. I was impressed by their graceful handle on strong temperaments and difficult mishaps. The rest of the Summerfest staff and I are so excited to hear the musical outcome. Stay tuned!

    Final trio

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Living at Lenfest Hall

Lenfest Hall
Photo by Tom Crane

Photo by Tom Crane

Lenfest Hall provides housing, dining, and rehearsal space for Summerfest programs. Participants live in large suites with four bedrooms, two baths, and a common area. Gould Rehearsal Hall is a grand, windowed space where most recitals and master classes are held. Pictured above: the fifth floor terrace.

Dining
Photo by Tom Crane

Photo by Tom Crane

From Lindsay Winn, Director of Dining Services:

“Dining is an important part of a well-balanced healthy lifestyle. At Curtis Institute of Music, Gould Dining Hall is always filled with great options ranging from fresh fruit to hand cut fresh vegetables at every meal. We also make everything from scratch using fresh ingredients. For breakfast we offer yogurt, fruit, cottage cheese and cereal, along with breakfast potatoes, bacon, sausage, pancakes and eggs or omelets made to order. For lunch on our hot line you can enjoy a meat entrée, vegetarian entrée, starch, rice and fresh vegetables. We also offer a made to order deli sandwich station and a fresh salad bar with 15 toppings and 4 different dressings. Available at all meals is sodas, juices, coffee, milks, tea, fresh fruit, cereal and of course dessert. We also indicate which options are vegetarian or gluten free, and are always available to accommodate allergies or diet restrictions for guests.”

Rittenhouse Square
Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Curtis is housed next to historic Rittenhouse Square. It is a vibrant park surrounded by book and coffee shops, often filled with smiles on summer days. On the occasional excursions with Summer Programs Assistants, participants will be walking through a beautiful area of Center City, Philadelphia.

Residential Director for Curtis Summerfest

Photo by Matt Wargo

Photo by Matt Wargo

Curtis Summerfest houses a full time Residential Director who lives in Lenfest Hall to foster a safe, positive and inclusive environment that encourages participants to reach their full potential. The Residential Director works with Summer Programs Assistants to promote group activities during short breaks from rehearsal.

To contact the Residential Director email summerfestRD@curtis.edu.



  • Lenfest Hall
    Photo by Tom Crane

    Photo by Tom Crane

    Lenfest Hall provides housing, dining, and rehearsal space for Summerfest programs. Participants live in large suites with four bedrooms, two baths, and a common area. Gould Rehearsal Hall is a grand, windowed space where most recitals and master classes are held. Pictured above: the fifth floor terrace.

    Dining
    Photo by Tom Crane

    Photo by Tom Crane

    From Lindsay Winn, Director of Dining Services:

    “Dining is an important part of a well-balanced healthy lifestyle. At Curtis Institute of Music, Gould Dining Hall is always filled with great options ranging from fresh fruit to hand cut fresh vegetables at every meal. We also make everything from scratch using fresh ingredients. For breakfast we offer yogurt, fruit, cottage cheese and cereal, along with breakfast potatoes, bacon, sausage, pancakes and eggs or omelets made to order. For lunch on our hot line you can enjoy a meat entrée, vegetarian entrée, starch, rice and fresh vegetables. We also offer a made to order deli sandwich station and a fresh salad bar with 15 toppings and 4 different dressings. Available at all meals is sodas, juices, coffee, milks, tea, fresh fruit, cereal and of course dessert. We also indicate which options are vegetarian or gluten free, and are always available to accommodate allergies or diet restrictions for guests.”

    Rittenhouse Square
    Photo from Wikimedia Commons

    Photo from Wikimedia Commons

    Curtis is housed next to historic Rittenhouse Square. It is a vibrant park surrounded by book and coffee shops, often filled with smiles on summer days. On the occasional excursions with Summer Programs Assistants, participants will be walking through a beautiful area of Center City, Philadelphia.

    Residential Director for Curtis Summerfest

    Photo by Matt Wargo

    Photo by Matt Wargo

    Curtis Summerfest houses a full time Residential Director who lives in Lenfest Hall to foster a safe, positive and inclusive environment that encourages participants to reach their full potential. The Residential Director works with Summer Programs Assistants to promote group activities during short breaks from rehearsal.

    To contact the Residential Director email summerfestRD@curtis.edu.

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Roberto Díaz to lead Master Class at 2014 Young Artist Summer Program

Another celebrated musician will instruct string players at this year’s Young Artist Summer Program. Roberto Díaz, Curtis president and viola faculty, will lead a Master Class this July. Violists, especially, will be excited to play for a musician of his international repute. Limited space is available. Inquire at summerfest@curtis.edu.

 



  • Another celebrated musician will instruct string players at this year’s Young Artist Summer Program. Roberto Díaz, Curtis president and viola faculty, will lead a Master Class this July. Violists, especially, will be excited to play for a musician of his international repute. Limited space is available. Inquire at summerfest@curtis.edu.

     

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Meet the Faculty – Jeffrey Turner

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra principal bassist Jeffrey Turner will be joining us as a clinician at the Wabass Workshop as part of Curtis Summerfest 2014! Get to know Jeff:

 

1. What is the most memorable summer festival experience you had as a participant? 

There are so many wonderful festivals these days; for high school students the National Youth Orchestra, a Carnegie Hall project, is exceptional. I think the National Orchestral Institute is a wonderful and enlightening experience, as well as the Pacific Music Festival, which takes place in Sapporo, Japan. The thing that all these festival have in common with the Wabass Workshop is intensive, personal mentoring with some of the world’s finest musicians, and leadership at the highest level.

2. What is your earliest musical memory?

My earliest musical memories are playing and singing songs with my family. My mom worked as a church organist and pianist, so singing and playing were a part of daily life for us.

3. What do you do in your spare time?

I don’t have any spare time! I have a 9 year-old and a 4 year-old, and my wife is an exceptional surgeon, so we have complex schedules. I serve as Orchestra Director at Duquesne University, and travel to guest conduct frequently. If I do get an occasional hour when I’m not studying, conducting, practicing, or spending time with my family, you are likely to find me on a bike in the park near my house.

4. Are there any composers/artists you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play? Who are they?

As a player I love Brahms and Mahler; as a conductor I love whatever I’m working on at the time.

5. What are you currently listening to on your iPod?

Several different recordings of The Marriage of Figaro, which I’m conducting in a few weeks.

6. What is your favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

Hang out with the awesome bass players there!

7. Where have you traveled to in your musical career? Why were you there?

I haven’t been to Antarctica, Siberia, Sub-saharan Aftrica, the Persian region (although we hope to be going to Iran soon), or Tibet. I think I’ve seen most of the population centers,which has been a real privilege.

8. What is the strangest food you have ever eaten on your musical travels?
Snake (you had to drink the blood too) in Taiwan.



  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra principal bassist Jeffrey Turner will be joining us as a clinician at the Wabass Workshop as part of Curtis Summerfest 2014! Get to know Jeff:

     

    1. What is the most memorable summer festival experience you had as a participant? 

    There are so many wonderful festivals these days; for high school students the National Youth Orchestra, a Carnegie Hall project, is exceptional. I think the National Orchestral Institute is a wonderful and enlightening experience, as well as the Pacific Music Festival, which takes place in Sapporo, Japan. The thing that all these festival have in common with the Wabass Workshop is intensive, personal mentoring with some of the world’s finest musicians, and leadership at the highest level.

    2. What is your earliest musical memory?

    My earliest musical memories are playing and singing songs with my family. My mom worked as a church organist and pianist, so singing and playing were a part of daily life for us.

    3. What do you do in your spare time?

    I don’t have any spare time! I have a 9 year-old and a 4 year-old, and my wife is an exceptional surgeon, so we have complex schedules. I serve as Orchestra Director at Duquesne University, and travel to guest conduct frequently. If I do get an occasional hour when I’m not studying, conducting, practicing, or spending time with my family, you are likely to find me on a bike in the park near my house.

    4. Are there any composers/artists you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play? Who are they?

    As a player I love Brahms and Mahler; as a conductor I love whatever I’m working on at the time.

    5. What are you currently listening to on your iPod?

    Several different recordings of The Marriage of Figaro, which I’m conducting in a few weeks.

    6. What is your favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

    Hang out with the awesome bass players there!

    7. Where have you traveled to in your musical career? Why were you there?

    I haven’t been to Antarctica, Siberia, Sub-saharan Aftrica, the Persian region (although we hope to be going to Iran soon), or Tibet. I think I’ve seen most of the population centers,which has been a real privilege.

    8. What is the strangest food you have ever eaten on your musical travels?
    Snake (you had to drink the blood too) in Taiwan.

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What Ranaan Meyer has to say about Wabass Workshop

Ranaan Meyer, a Curtis alumnus and member of Time for Three, will be joining the 2014 Wabass Workshop faculty! Read about how excited he is for the upcoming summer.

This year’s Wabass Workshop couldn’t hold more excitement for me on every level. The faculty this year are some of the most inspiring and exciting colleagues I could ask for. Joseph Conyers is such a monster player with a sound that has to be felt to be believed! Jeff Turner is one of the most incredible musicians playing the bass right now, and his experience at the head of the Pittsburgh Symphony bass section makes him one of the best teachers. John Patitucci has had such an incredible influence on the double bass and jazz worlds, and I know that I’ll be hanging on his every word! I’m proud to be in the company of these great players, and I’m excited to bring my own perspective, having recently been signed to Universal Music and touring the world with my group, Time for Three.

Something unique about Wabass Workshop is the incredible variety of information the participants are receiving every day. There is so much to learn about playing the bass, and each teacher exposes a little piece of the big picture. You leave with enough information to use in a whole year of practicing. Even as a faculty member, I come away with a fresh outlook on my bass and my music year after year.

 

Learn more about Ranaan here.



  • Ranaan Meyer, a Curtis alumnus and member of Time for Three, will be joining the 2014 Wabass Workshop faculty! Read about how excited he is for the upcoming summer.

    This year’s Wabass Workshop couldn’t hold more excitement for me on every level. The faculty this year are some of the most inspiring and exciting colleagues I could ask for. Joseph Conyers is such a monster player with a sound that has to be felt to be believed! Jeff Turner is one of the most incredible musicians playing the bass right now, and his experience at the head of the Pittsburgh Symphony bass section makes him one of the best teachers. John Patitucci has had such an incredible influence on the double bass and jazz worlds, and I know that I’ll be hanging on his every word! I’m proud to be in the company of these great players, and I’m excited to bring my own perspective, having recently been signed to Universal Music and touring the world with my group, Time for Three.

    Something unique about Wabass Workshop is the incredible variety of information the participants are receiving every day. There is so much to learn about playing the bass, and each teacher exposes a little piece of the big picture. You leave with enough information to use in a whole year of practicing. Even as a faculty member, I come away with a fresh outlook on my bass and my music year after year.

     

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Meet the Faculty – Sharon Wei

Sharon Wei will be joining us again as viola faculty for the 2014 Young Artist Summer Program (YASP). Read below for some of her favorite things about having Curtis Summerfest in the city!

I am so excited to be returning to Curtis Summerfest this summer! It was so wonderful to meet so many musicians who were so passionate about learning their art and to work alongside the rest of the amazing faculty!  When I was a student in Philadelphia, I loved living in Center City and being in such close proximity to so much creativity!  The Kimmel Center, Rosenbach Museum, Rodin Museum, Franklin Institute, and the Barnes Foundation are just a few of the places that are walking-distance from Curtis where one can easily find inspiration and history.  One of my favorite parts of participating in summer festivals is getting to have meals with all the participants.  I always love hearing stories from my own mentors of their travels and journeys through the field of music, and I’m so glad that we all get to eat together at every meal!  Food always brings people together and I can’t wait to share stories and get to know this year’s group of musicians who will be at the Young Artist Summer Program!



  • Sharon Wei will be joining us again as viola faculty for the 2014 Young Artist Summer Program (YASP). Read below for some of her favorite things about having Curtis Summerfest in the city!

    I am so excited to be returning to Curtis Summerfest this summer! It was so wonderful to meet so many musicians who were so passionate about learning their art and to work alongside the rest of the amazing faculty!  When I was a student in Philadelphia, I loved living in Center City and being in such close proximity to so much creativity!  The Kimmel Center, Rosenbach Museum, Rodin Museum, Franklin Institute, and the Barnes Foundation are just a few of the places that are walking-distance from Curtis where one can easily find inspiration and history.  One of my favorite parts of participating in summer festivals is getting to have meals with all the participants.  I always love hearing stories from my own mentors of their travels and journeys through the field of music, and I’m so glad that we all get to eat together at every meal!  Food always brings people together and I can’t wait to share stories and get to know this year’s group of musicians who will be at the Young Artist Summer Program!

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Meet the Faculty – Mary Bowden

Mary Bowden will be joining us as a Curtis Artist Teacher on trumpet for the 2014 Young Artist Summer Program. Mary has had a lot of summer festival experience and understands the importance of them; read about how excited she is for the upcoming summer!

I’ve attended many summer music festivals throughout the years including the Marlboro Music Festival, Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, and National Repertory Orchestra, among others. As a teenager, attending a festival at the Birch Creek Music Center for two summers was so important to my musical development as we had two weeks of side by side training with professional musicians in orchestra and chamber music and it was my first experience as a soloist with orchestra. I am very excited to be teaching at a similar program at YASP at Curtis. Curtis is such a special place, and this fairly new summer program will be an intensive three week stay in Philadelphia including daily orchestra rehearsals, chamber music, lessons, and masterclasses. I am glad to return to my favorite city where I had so many amazing memories making music! Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Get to know her more.



  • Mary Bowden will be joining us as a Curtis Artist Teacher on trumpet for the 2014 Young Artist Summer Program. Mary has had a lot of summer festival experience and understands the importance of them; read about how excited she is for the upcoming summer!

    I’ve attended many summer music festivals throughout the years including the Marlboro Music Festival, Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, and National Repertory Orchestra, among others. As a teenager, attending a festival at the Birch Creek Music Center for two summers was so important to my musical development as we had two weeks of side by side training with professional musicians in orchestra and chamber music and it was my first experience as a soloist with orchestra. I am very excited to be teaching at a similar program at YASP at Curtis. Curtis is such a special place, and this fairly new summer program will be an intensive three week stay in Philadelphia including daily orchestra rehearsals, chamber music, lessons, and masterclasses. I am glad to return to my favorite city where I had so many amazing memories making music! Looking forward to seeing you there! 

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Meet the Faculty – Patrick Kreeger

Patrick Kreeger will be joining the Young Artist Summer Program (YASP) 2014 as the choir conductor and a piano Curtis Artist Teacher. Get to know his musical influences and more about him.

1. What is the most memorable summer festival experience you had as a participant?

Collaborating with other musicians, sharing ideas, improving a piece. Being able to oversee this process as a Curtis Artist Teacher brings me great joy as I hope to instill this passion of great music making to high school students.

2. How has your passion foo music grown since being at Curtis?

It increases everyday! Curtis gave me a voice- and I intend to use it!

3. What is your earliest musical memory?

6 years old- 1st formal concert. I remember I was quite nervous, but I think I made it through well.

4. What do you do in your spare time?

Anything non-musical. I enjoy reading a good book (especially classics), going to a Phillies’ game, or watching a thriller movie.

5. Are there any composers/artists you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play? Who are they?

Felix Mendelssohn, L.V. Beethoven, J.S. Bach

6. Who do you consider as your greatest musical influence?

Susan Starr, Rudolf Serkin

7. What are you currently listening to on your iPod?

Rudolf Serkin/George Szell: Brahms Piano Concerto #2; Leif Ove Andsnes: Rachmaninoff Concertos; Janine Jansen: Britten Violin Concerto

8. What is your favorite restaurant in Philadelphia?

I have three: Mixto (Mexican), Marmont Steakhouse, and Ms. Tootsie’s Soul Food Restaurant.

9. What is your favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

Try out a new restaurant or explore Old City.

10. Where have you traveled to in your musical career? Why were you there?

I have been fortunate to perform in several areas around the world: Aalborg/Thisted Denmark; Cambridge/Peterborough, England; Toulouse, France; St. John’s Newfoundland; Vancouver, Canada; Ravenna/Venice, Italy.

11. What is the strangest food you have ever eaten on your musical travels?

Can’t say I have been too ambitious with food choices during my travels, but I have had a moose burger and escargot- they were quite good, and I would try them again.

Get to know him more.



  • Patrick Kreeger will be joining the Young Artist Summer Program (YASP) 2014 as the choir conductor and a piano Curtis Artist Teacher. Get to know his musical influences and more about him.

    1. What is the most memorable summer festival experience you had as a participant?

    Collaborating with other musicians, sharing ideas, improving a piece. Being able to oversee this process as a Curtis Artist Teacher brings me great joy as I hope to instill this passion of great music making to high school students.

    2. How has your passion foo music grown since being at Curtis?

    It increases everyday! Curtis gave me a voice- and I intend to use it!

    3. What is your earliest musical memory?

    6 years old- 1st formal concert. I remember I was quite nervous, but I think I made it through well.

    4. What do you do in your spare time?

    Anything non-musical. I enjoy reading a good book (especially classics), going to a Phillies’ game, or watching a thriller movie.

    5. Are there any composers/artists you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play? Who are they?

    Felix Mendelssohn, L.V. Beethoven, J.S. Bach

    6. Who do you consider as your greatest musical influence?

    Susan Starr, Rudolf Serkin

    7. What are you currently listening to on your iPod?

    Rudolf Serkin/George Szell: Brahms Piano Concerto #2; Leif Ove Andsnes: Rachmaninoff Concertos; Janine Jansen: Britten Violin Concerto

    8. What is your favorite restaurant in Philadelphia?

    I have three: Mixto (Mexican), Marmont Steakhouse, and Ms. Tootsie’s Soul Food Restaurant.

    9. What is your favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

    Try out a new restaurant or explore Old City.

    10. Where have you traveled to in your musical career? Why were you there?

    I have been fortunate to perform in several areas around the world: Aalborg/Thisted Denmark; Cambridge/Peterborough, England; Toulouse, France; St. John’s Newfoundland; Vancouver, Canada; Ravenna/Venice, Italy.

    11. What is the strangest food you have ever eaten on your musical travels?

    Can’t say I have been too ambitious with food choices during my travels, but I have had a moose burger and escargot- they were quite good, and I would try them again.

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Meet the Faculty – Sophie Shao

Sophie Shao, cello faculty of the Young Artist Summer Program shares her memories as a young cellist and her favorite things!
I’m thrilled to be a part of Curtis Summerfest this summer. I took part in its inaugural year two years ago and look forward to another full week of fun music-making!

1.    What is the most memorable summer festival experience you had as a participant?

I’ve had many wonderful summer festival experiences, especially at Ravinia and Marlboro, which emphasize chamber music, as does YASP. Discovering chamber music works and learning them thoroughly for the first time with talented and bright colleagues is always an exciting experience.

2.    How has your passion for music grown since being at Curtis?

Since being at Curtis, I went on to Yale College, where I was a religious studies major. During that time, I didn’t have much time to practice and my passion for music increased thirtyfold! Since then, I’ve learned so much more repertoire and continue to be delighted by music and musicians.

3.    What is your earliest musical memory?

My mother is a piano teacher, and as a child I hung out underneath the piano and tickled a foot or two.

4.    What do you do in your spare time?

Spare time?

5.    Are there any composers/artists you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play? Who are they?

Unequivocally, Bach, not because I consider myself an authority, but because his music gives me great inner peace.

6.    Who do you consider as your greatest musical influence?

I miss Rostropovich greatly.

7.    What are you currently listening to on your iPod?

Schumann songs, over and over again!

8.    What is your favorite restaurant in Philadelphia?

Xiao lung kung

9.    What is your favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

Shop for clothing, tax-free!

10.  Where have you traveled to in your musical career? Why were you there?

Special places I’ve been to include Moscow for the Tchaikovsky competition and Sully-sur-Loire as a student at Curtis many, many years ago, and more recently, Marrakesh in Morocco as a musician on a cruise-ship.

11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten on your musical travels?

Rocky Mountain Oysters!



  • Sophie Shao, cello faculty of the Young Artist Summer Program shares her memories as a young cellist and her favorite things!
    I’m thrilled to be a part of Curtis Summerfest this summer. I took part in its inaugural year two years ago and look forward to another full week of fun music-making!

    1.    What is the most memorable summer festival experience you had as a participant?

    I’ve had many wonderful summer festival experiences, especially at Ravinia and Marlboro, which emphasize chamber music, as does YASP. Discovering chamber music works and learning them thoroughly for the first time with talented and bright colleagues is always an exciting experience.

    2.    How has your passion for music grown since being at Curtis?

    Since being at Curtis, I went on to Yale College, where I was a religious studies major. During that time, I didn’t have much time to practice and my passion for music increased thirtyfold! Since then, I’ve learned so much more repertoire and continue to be delighted by music and musicians.

    3.    What is your earliest musical memory?

    My mother is a piano teacher, and as a child I hung out underneath the piano and tickled a foot or two.

    4.    What do you do in your spare time?

    Spare time?

    5.    Are there any composers/artists you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play? Who are they?

    Unequivocally, Bach, not because I consider myself an authority, but because his music gives me great inner peace.

    6.    Who do you consider as your greatest musical influence?

    I miss Rostropovich greatly.

    7.    What are you currently listening to on your iPod?

    Schumann songs, over and over again!

    8.    What is your favorite restaurant in Philadelphia?

    Xiao lung kung

    9.    What is your favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

    Shop for clothing, tax-free!

    10.  Where have you traveled to in your musical career? Why were you there?

    Special places I’ve been to include Moscow for the Tchaikovsky competition and Sully-sur-Loire as a student at Curtis many, many years ago, and more recently, Marrakesh in Morocco as a musician on a cruise-ship.

    11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten on your musical travels?

    Rocky Mountain Oysters!

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Meet the Faculty – Brian Santero

Trombonist Brian Santero, Curtis Artist Teacher at the Young Artist Summer Program 2013 will be joining us again for 2014.

From lessons to coachings, there are so many opportunities at the Young Artist Summer Program to see young artists grow and interpret the dots and lines on the page. I saw students practicing music and learning new techniques last year. It was exciting to hear the students’ great musicianship and to see students get up and perform in front of their new friends, wow them, and see their smile when they came off the stage. I look forward to meeting the next generation of musicians this summer! – Brian Santero

Learn more about Brian.



  • Trombonist Brian Santero, Curtis Artist Teacher at the Young Artist Summer Program 2013 will be joining us again for 2014.

    From lessons to coachings, there are so many opportunities at the Young Artist Summer Program to see young artists grow and interpret the dots and lines on the page. I saw students practicing music and learning new techniques last year. It was exciting to hear the students’ great musicianship and to see students get up and perform in front of their new friends, wow them, and see their smile when they came off the stage. I look forward to meeting the next generation of musicians this summer! – Brian Santero

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Meet the Faculty – Natalya Rose Vrbsky

A Curtis Artist Teacher on bassoon for the Young Artist Summer Program 2014, Natalya Rose Vrbsky shares her excitement for the upcoming program, and how similar summer festivals were formative for her when she was a student.

My most memorable summer festival experience was at the camp that I attended from middle school through high school. It was there that I first experienced getting to play with others my age who were as passionate about music as I was. From the chamber music readings to the challenging yet ultimately rewarding orchestra concerts, I knew that I wanted to play music. And it was here and other festivals that I made life long friends who I am always excited to get to see and play with again (including some of the phenomenal faculty at YASP!)! I am very much looking forward to meeting and working with the YASP participants who will be making those same friends alongside some glorious music making! – Rose Vrbsky



  • A Curtis Artist Teacher on bassoon for the Young Artist Summer Program 2014, Natalya Rose Vrbsky shares her excitement for the upcoming program, and how similar summer festivals were formative for her when she was a student.

    My most memorable summer festival experience was at the camp that I attended from middle school through high school. It was there that I first experienced getting to play with others my age who were as passionate about music as I was. From the chamber music readings to the challenging yet ultimately rewarding orchestra concerts, I knew that I wanted to play music. And it was here and other festivals that I made life long friends who I am always excited to get to see and play with again (including some of the phenomenal faculty at YASP!)! I am very much looking forward to meeting and working with the YASP participants who will be making those same friends alongside some glorious music making! – Rose Vrbsky

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Chamber Music For Adult Musicians: 2013 Reflection

Stella, a participant from Chamber Music for Adult Musicians 2013 shares her thoughts about her summer with us:

Curtis Summerfest was one of the highlights last summer. The high expectation and friendly support from both the faculty and participants made this festival memorable. It was also a pleasure having a talented Curtis Artist Teacher (CAT) in my chamber group. We had a blast working with each other and advanced our skills rapidly within a short time. My group received valuable comments from not only one but three coaches during the festival. This is an event I would suggest music lovers to attend. – Stella C.



  • Stella, a participant from Chamber Music for Adult Musicians 2013 shares her thoughts about her summer with us:

    Curtis Summerfest was one of the highlights last summer. The high expectation and friendly support from both the faculty and participants made this festival memorable. It was also a pleasure having a talented Curtis Artist Teacher (CAT) in my chamber group. We had a blast working with each other and advanced our skills rapidly within a short time. My group received valuable comments from not only one but three coaches during the festival. This is an event I would suggest music lovers to attend. – Stella C.

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Meet the Faculty – Brenton Caldwell

Brenton Caldwell will be joining the Curtis Artists Teacher on viola for the Young Artist Summer Program 2014!  Brenton revealed to us some of the things which excite him about teaching and music.

1. What is the most memorable summer festival experience you had as a participant?

My first summer away from home was during high school as a participant in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Coming from a small city, it was invaluable for me to be surrounded by others that had the same passion and dedication to music. Years later, I remain friends and colleagues with several participants from that summer. My summer at BUTI was essentially the genesis of my musical network. I am thrilled to be able to help guide aspiring young musicians in developing their talents this summer at Curtis’ YASP.

2. What do you do in your spare time?

I am a huge animal enthusiast as my father is a zoo director. I love to explore zoos in various cities that I travel to. I like to spend time outdoors, especially if I am seeking out wildlife sightings. I love jogging, going to the beach, and hiking.

3. Are there any composers/artists you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play? Who are they?

As a violist, I am a die-hard Hindemith fan. I have had an affinity for his music ever since I was a teenager. The older and (hopefully) wiser I become, I see more genius in his compositions – especially how well he writes for the viola. His works served as catalysts for other twentieth century composers to write for the viola.

4. Who do you consider as your greatest musical influence?

I have been fortunate to have studied with some the best teachers around, but the one who had the biggest impact on me was Karen Tuttle. As a freshman in high school, only a few years after I had started the viola, I saw Ms. Tuttle give a masterclass. Watching her teach and share her intense passion for music, viola, and life led me to the realization that I wanted to dedicate myself to becoming a professional musician. Now that she is gone, teaching students at places such as YASP is particularly important to me in that I feel it is my responsibility to pass on the knowledge, love, and inspiration that she did to me.

5. Where have you traveled to in your musical career? Why were you there?

Canada, Colombia, South Africa, Germany, Japan, and Abu Dhabi are a few of the places I have visited during my musical career. I visited each for various reasons which usually included some chamber music performances, teaching, and occasional solo performances.

 

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  • Brenton Caldwell will be joining the Curtis Artists Teacher on viola for the Young Artist Summer Program 2014!  Brenton revealed to us some of the things which excite him about teaching and music.

    1. What is the most memorable summer festival experience you had as a participant?

    My first summer away from home was during high school as a participant in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Coming from a small city, it was invaluable for me to be surrounded by others that had the same passion and dedication to music. Years later, I remain friends and colleagues with several participants from that summer. My summer at BUTI was essentially the genesis of my musical network. I am thrilled to be able to help guide aspiring young musicians in developing their talents this summer at Curtis’ YASP.

    2. What do you do in your spare time?

    I am a huge animal enthusiast as my father is a zoo director. I love to explore zoos in various cities that I travel to. I like to spend time outdoors, especially if I am seeking out wildlife sightings. I love jogging, going to the beach, and hiking.

    3. Are there any composers/artists you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play? Who are they?

    As a violist, I am a die-hard Hindemith fan. I have had an affinity for his music ever since I was a teenager. The older and (hopefully) wiser I become, I see more genius in his compositions – especially how well he writes for the viola. His works served as catalysts for other twentieth century composers to write for the viola.

    4. Who do you consider as your greatest musical influence?

    I have been fortunate to have studied with some the best teachers around, but the one who had the biggest impact on me was Karen Tuttle. As a freshman in high school, only a few years after I had started the viola, I saw Ms. Tuttle give a masterclass. Watching her teach and share her intense passion for music, viola, and life led me to the realization that I wanted to dedicate myself to becoming a professional musician. Now that she is gone, teaching students at places such as YASP is particularly important to me in that I feel it is my responsibility to pass on the knowledge, love, and inspiration that she did to me.

    5. Where have you traveled to in your musical career? Why were you there?

    Canada, Colombia, South Africa, Germany, Japan, and Abu Dhabi are a few of the places I have visited during my musical career. I visited each for various reasons which usually included some chamber music performances, teaching, and occasional solo performances.

     

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Meet the Faculty – Maureen Young

Maureen Young will be joining us as a Curtis Artist Teacher on horn for 2014 Young Artist Summer Program! Maureen has experienced all sides of musical education and shares how excited she is for the upcoming summer.

Studying at Curtis made me realize my passion for music, helped me develop an amazing work ethic and respect for other musicians, and made me truly grateful to be able to study something I love. Since being at Curtis, I have had a somewhat different focus in music. Now, studying music therapy, I feel that I am approaching music from another angle, although all of the things I learned at Curtis I can apply to my music therapy studies even though my focus is not performance. I can combine my studies in performance and music therapy to enhance the music and the art that I create. I am so very excited to be a Curtis Artist Teacher at YASP this summer so I can share all of the wonderful things I have learned in my time at Curtis and studying music therapy with other young musicians. – Maureen Young



  • Maureen Young will be joining us as a Curtis Artist Teacher on horn for 2014 Young Artist Summer Program! Maureen has experienced all sides of musical education and shares how excited she is for the upcoming summer.

    Studying at Curtis made me realize my passion for music, helped me develop an amazing work ethic and respect for other musicians, and made me truly grateful to be able to study something I love. Since being at Curtis, I have had a somewhat different focus in music. Now, studying music therapy, I feel that I am approaching music from another angle, although all of the things I learned at Curtis I can apply to my music therapy studies even though my focus is not performance. I can combine my studies in performance and music therapy to enhance the music and the art that I create. I am so very excited to be a Curtis Artist Teacher at YASP this summer so I can share all of the wonderful things I have learned in my time at Curtis and studying music therapy with other young musicians. – Maureen Young

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Meet the Faculty – Angela Park

 

 

Angela Park is coming to the 2014 Young Artist Summer Program as a Curtis Artist Teacher for cello! Angie, a Curtis alumna, tells us about the importance and inspirational potential for music in young people:

The experiences from my teenage years were the most shaping regarding my musical life. It was then, and in the stimulating environment of Curtis, that I become enamored by music and its limitless depth, and chose the path of a musician. I am delighted to return to my alma mater to join the young musicians of the Curtis Summer Fest in search of their path, whether it be their discovery of the world of classical music, or perfecting their mastery of their instrument. Judging from the time I was privileged to spend at Curtis, I am certain that the Curtis Summerfest will be invigorating and inspiring. – Angie Park

 

 

 

 



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    Angela Park is coming to the 2014 Young Artist Summer Program as a Curtis Artist Teacher for cello! Angie, a Curtis alumna, tells us about the importance and inspirational potential for music in young people:

    The experiences from my teenage years were the most shaping regarding my musical life. It was then, and in the stimulating environment of Curtis, that I become enamored by music and its limitless depth, and chose the path of a musician. I am delighted to return to my alma mater to join the young musicians of the Curtis Summer Fest in search of their path, whether it be their discovery of the world of classical music, or perfecting their mastery of their instrument. Judging from the time I was privileged to spend at Curtis, I am certain that the Curtis Summerfest will be invigorating and inspiring. – Angie Park

     

     

     

     

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Meet the Faculty – Moran Katz

Moran Katz is the clarinet Curtis Artist Teacher for the Young Artist Summer Program as part of Curtis Summerfest 2014. She shares with us her most memorable summer festival experience, and why she feels such an experience is important for a young musician:

 

I am so looking forward to meeting everyone and working together at YASP in July! It was in summer festivals that I ended up meeting my favorite people and musicians who are my best friends and colleagues to this very day. As a high school student, I went to the Idyllwild Summer Festival in California. It was my first time in the U.S. and away from my parents for so long. Mostly, however, it will always be remembered as the first time I played the Brahms Clarinet Quintet.

I couldn’t be happier about Curtis allowing me to inspire young musicians as I was inspired at Idylllwild. I can’t think of a more exciting opportunity for young musicians than spending three weeks at Curtis. See you there!  – Moran Katz

 

To learn more about Moran, check out her website at www.katzmoran.com



  • Moran Katz is the clarinet Curtis Artist Teacher for the Young Artist Summer Program as part of Curtis Summerfest 2014. She shares with us her most memorable summer festival experience, and why she feels such an experience is important for a young musician:

     

    I am so looking forward to meeting everyone and working together at YASP in July! It was in summer festivals that I ended up meeting my favorite people and musicians who are my best friends and colleagues to this very day. As a high school student, I went to the Idyllwild Summer Festival in California. It was my first time in the U.S. and away from my parents for so long. Mostly, however, it will always be remembered as the first time I played the Brahms Clarinet Quintet.

    I couldn’t be happier about Curtis allowing me to inspire young musicians as I was inspired at Idylllwild. I can’t think of a more exciting opportunity for young musicians than spending three weeks at Curtis. See you there!  – Moran Katz

     

    To learn more about Moran, check out her website at www.katzmoran.com

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Meet the Faculty – Misoon Ghim

Misoon Ghim, Curtis alumna, will be returning to Summerfest as a member of the voice faculty for 2014! Read about some of Misoon’s favorite musical memories, experiences, and influences.

1.    What is the most memorable summer festival experience you had as a participant? 

During my summer festival at Merola program, I performed in a production of Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. I have worked with world famous artists such as Regine Crespin, Patrick Summers, and Mansouri Lotfi. Their inspiration changed my life during the summer of Merola Program!

2.    Tell us about your experience at Curtis.

My passion for music grew during Curtis through making music with genius colleagues, inspirational teachers, and world famous conductors.

3.    What is your earliest musical memory?

Me, my three sisters, and my cousins used to form a dancing choir during our big family gatherings. We performed after dinners in front of our big family, and the performances were always successful and fun!

4.    What do you do in your spare time?

Meditation

5.    Are there any composers/artists you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play? Who are they?

Mahler who was interested in Orientalism and used Rückert poetry for most beautiful music- Rückert Lieder.

6.    Who do you consider as your greatest musical influence?

My first voice teacher, late Chung Hee Lee who taught me that singing is a sacred sound.

7.    What are you currently listening to on your iPod?

I wish I own an iPod! I listen a lot flute and violin music from my two children’s practice and their lessons.

8.    What is your favorite restaurant in Philadelphia?

The Pickled Heron.

9.    What is your favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

Walking the historic neighborhoods and enjoy the beautiful architect of the historic city when the days are nice.

10.  Where have you traveled to in your musical career? Why were you there?

I was traveling for two months with Western Opera Theater national tour. We traveled by bus and by airplanes for about 50 performances.

11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten on your musical travels?

There is no strange food for me, because I love all kinds of ethnic food!

 

Get to know her more through her website.



  • Misoon Ghim, Curtis alumna, will be returning to Summerfest as a member of the voice faculty for 2014! Read about some of Misoon’s favorite musical memories, experiences, and influences.

    1.    What is the most memorable summer festival experience you had as a participant? 

    During my summer festival at Merola program, I performed in a production of Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. I have worked with world famous artists such as Regine Crespin, Patrick Summers, and Mansouri Lotfi. Their inspiration changed my life during the summer of Merola Program!

    2.    Tell us about your experience at Curtis.

    My passion for music grew during Curtis through making music with genius colleagues, inspirational teachers, and world famous conductors.

    3.    What is your earliest musical memory?

    Me, my three sisters, and my cousins used to form a dancing choir during our big family gatherings. We performed after dinners in front of our big family, and the performances were always successful and fun!

    4.    What do you do in your spare time?

    Meditation

    5.    Are there any composers/artists you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play? Who are they?

    Mahler who was interested in Orientalism and used Rückert poetry for most beautiful music- Rückert Lieder.

    6.    Who do you consider as your greatest musical influence?

    My first voice teacher, late Chung Hee Lee who taught me that singing is a sacred sound.

    7.    What are you currently listening to on your iPod?

    I wish I own an iPod! I listen a lot flute and violin music from my two children’s practice and their lessons.

    8.    What is your favorite restaurant in Philadelphia?

    The Pickled Heron.

    9.    What is your favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

    Walking the historic neighborhoods and enjoy the beautiful architect of the historic city when the days are nice.

    10.  Where have you traveled to in your musical career? Why were you there?

    I was traveling for two months with Western Opera Theater national tour. We traveled by bus and by airplanes for about 50 performances.

    11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten on your musical travels?

    There is no strange food for me, because I love all kinds of ethnic food!

     

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Meet the Faculty – Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee, violin faculty for Young Artist Summer Program 2014, reflects on her summer program experiences:

“When I think about all of you busily preparing for your summers this year, it inevitably brings me back to the summers I spent years ago. The relationships I made, every new experience I had, all the pieces I learned and/or heard for the first time, the disappointments I learned from, the excitement at being away from home for the first time, the overwhelming amount of learning experiences I had to process, etc. In so many ways, these summers were the most intense and concentrated periods of growth at such an important period of my life. I draw from all of those experiences more and more every year, and often long to go back to a time in my life when I could fall into something with such openness and abandon! It makes me even more excited for all of you and all that you will experience this summer, and it inspires me to help make your time at the Curtis YASP just as fulfilling and fruitful as mine were. I can’t wait!” – Jessica Lee

Get to know her more by visiting her website.



  • Jessica Lee, violin faculty for Young Artist Summer Program 2014, reflects on her summer program experiences:

    “When I think about all of you busily preparing for your summers this year, it inevitably brings me back to the summers I spent years ago. The relationships I made, every new experience I had, all the pieces I learned and/or heard for the first time, the disappointments I learned from, the excitement at being away from home for the first time, the overwhelming amount of learning experiences I had to process, etc. In so many ways, these summers were the most intense and concentrated periods of growth at such an important period of my life. I draw from all of those experiences more and more every year, and often long to go back to a time in my life when I could fall into something with such openness and abandon! It makes me even more excited for all of you and all that you will experience this summer, and it inspires me to help make your time at the Curtis YASP just as fulfilling and fruitful as mine were. I can’t wait!” – Jessica Lee

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Meet the Faculty – Mimi Stillman on YASP 2014

 

 

Mimi Stillman, Head of Winds for Young Artist Summer Program 2014, shared what she is excited about for YASP, and what she is looking forward to the most in the three week program.

 

We look forward to an especially exciting summer at YASP 2014. The program offers a wide range of activities for participants to gain experience and strengthen their skills on every aspect of their musicianship – orchestra, chamber music, private lessons, masterclasses, studio classes, theory, choir, and performance opportunities. As Head of Winds, I am pleased to be working with a terrific lineup of woodwind faculty colleagues on several different formats with wind students, including orchestra sectionals and studio classes in addition to chamber coachings and private lessons. We have seen in previous years that when wind students play and work together as a section over the three-week program, special things happen to the music-making and team spirit. Come and be inspired!



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    Mimi Stillman, Head of Winds for Young Artist Summer Program 2014, shared what she is excited about for YASP, and what she is looking forward to the most in the three week program.

     

    We look forward to an especially exciting summer at YASP 2014. The program offers a wide range of activities for participants to gain experience and strengthen their skills on every aspect of their musicianship – orchestra, chamber music, private lessons, masterclasses, studio classes, theory, choir, and performance opportunities. As Head of Winds, I am pleased to be working with a terrific lineup of woodwind faculty colleagues on several different formats with wind students, including orchestra sectionals and studio classes in addition to chamber coachings and private lessons. We have seen in previous years that when wind students play and work together as a section over the three-week program, special things happen to the music-making and team spirit. Come and be inspired!

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Meet the Faculty – Charles Abramovic

Charles Abramovic, joining the Summerfest piano faculty for 2014, was kind enough to share some of his thoughts with us about music, education, and some of his favorite pastimes.

1. What is the most memorable summer festival experience you had as a participant?

When I was sixteen I spent six weeks at the Temple University summer festival in Ampler, PA. Having a chance to immerse myself in music and find other people who were doing what I did was a wonderful experience…For a young musician, a summer program such as YASP is invaluable. Concentrating solely on music with like-minded colleagues and teachers will create lasting memories, and will do wonders for musical growth.

2. What is your earliest musical memory?

My parents were not musicians, and we only had a few recordings at home when I was young. One was with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, and I fell in love with this record and that group. I especially loved the bass playing. Later I studied this instrument seriously as a teenager in addition to my piano studies.

3. What do you do in your spare time?

Cooking (especially baking), reading (especially plays), attending theater, wathcing Marx Brothers movies, following sports (Eagles and Phillies), and walking our two Golden Retrievers (every day!).

I wrote a fake bio once for a concert at Temple (where I am chair of the piano department) and this question was addressed with the following line: Mr. Abramovic pursues numerous other interests, including reading, Croatian music, and avoiding death.

4. What is your favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

The museum area is great – Barnes, Philadelphia Art Museum, Franklin Institute, etc.

5. What is your favorite restaurant in Philadelphia?

Osteria on North Broad Street.



  • Charles Abramovic, joining the Summerfest piano faculty for 2014, was kind enough to share some of his thoughts with us about music, education, and some of his favorite pastimes.

    1. What is the most memorable summer festival experience you had as a participant?

    When I was sixteen I spent six weeks at the Temple University summer festival in Ampler, PA. Having a chance to immerse myself in music and find other people who were doing what I did was a wonderful experience…For a young musician, a summer program such as YASP is invaluable. Concentrating solely on music with like-minded colleagues and teachers will create lasting memories, and will do wonders for musical growth.

    2. What is your earliest musical memory?

    My parents were not musicians, and we only had a few recordings at home when I was young. One was with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, and I fell in love with this record and that group. I especially loved the bass playing. Later I studied this instrument seriously as a teenager in addition to my piano studies.

    3. What do you do in your spare time?

    Cooking (especially baking), reading (especially plays), attending theater, wathcing Marx Brothers movies, following sports (Eagles and Phillies), and walking our two Golden Retrievers (every day!).

    I wrote a fake bio once for a concert at Temple (where I am chair of the piano department) and this question was addressed with the following line: Mr. Abramovic pursues numerous other interests, including reading, Croatian music, and avoiding death.

    4. What is your favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

    The museum area is great – Barnes, Philadelphia Art Museum, Franklin Institute, etc.

    5. What is your favorite restaurant in Philadelphia?

    Osteria on North Broad Street.

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Curtis Summerfest 2014: Young Artist Summer Program, Piano

Amy Yang, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juillard School, and the Yale School of Music will join us at the Young Artist Summer Program (YASP) as the program director and piano faculty. She shares the opportunities participants will have this upcoming summer:

“Young Artist Summer Program of 2014 will continue to provide a myriad of opportunities for cultivating musicianship, interactive learning, and energizing collegiality within the piano department. This year, we have the great honor of Curtis alumnus Charles Abramovic joining the piano faculty. Mr. Abramovic and I will work in tandem to nurture pianists through the many diverse yet complimentary facets of piano playing. As ever our goal will be to share our profound love of music within a dynamic learning environment. Our work with the pianists will consist of explorations in solo, chamber (both four-hand and cross-instrumental repertoire), concerto, and, as an exciting addition this year, collaborative work with singers.

Another thrilling addition will be the birth of our first ever YASP Choir, where the entire student body will start off each day in each other’s tuneful camaraderie. Students will receive tremendous guidance through weekly lessons, multiple chamber and song coachings per week, and are encouraged to partake in the annual concerto competition. Six student recitals provide ample opportunities for performance.

As with students of other departments, theory classes and our multiple master classes with our spectacular roster of guest musicians will deepen understanding of the craft and help to cultivate unique artistic fingerprints.

We hope to have you with us for an extraordinary summer ahead!” – Amy Yang

The elements of the piano curriculum include:
• Daily chamber ensemble rehearsal and four-hand duos coachings and rehearsals
• Private lessons weekly, with the opportunity to play for others in weekly studio class
• Daily collaborative piano opportunities through lieder repertoire
• Weekly performance of solo or chamber works
• All participant choir

Get to know Amy Yang and Charles Abramovic.

Young pianists, do not miss this unique and exclusive opportunity! Register Now.

 



  • Amy Yang, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juillard School, and the Yale School of Music will join us at the Young Artist Summer Program (YASP) as the program director and piano faculty. She shares the opportunities participants will have this upcoming summer:

    “Young Artist Summer Program of 2014 will continue to provide a myriad of opportunities for cultivating musicianship, interactive learning, and energizing collegiality within the piano department. This year, we have the great honor of Curtis alumnus Charles Abramovic joining the piano faculty. Mr. Abramovic and I will work in tandem to nurture pianists through the many diverse yet complimentary facets of piano playing. As ever our goal will be to share our profound love of music within a dynamic learning environment. Our work with the pianists will consist of explorations in solo, chamber (both four-hand and cross-instrumental repertoire), concerto, and, as an exciting addition this year, collaborative work with singers.

    Another thrilling addition will be the birth of our first ever YASP Choir, where the entire student body will start off each day in each other’s tuneful camaraderie. Students will receive tremendous guidance through weekly lessons, multiple chamber and song coachings per week, and are encouraged to partake in the annual concerto competition. Six student recitals provide ample opportunities for performance.

    As with students of other departments, theory classes and our multiple master classes with our spectacular roster of guest musicians will deepen understanding of the craft and help to cultivate unique artistic fingerprints.

    We hope to have you with us for an extraordinary summer ahead!” – Amy Yang

    The elements of the piano curriculum include:
    • Daily chamber ensemble rehearsal and four-hand duos coachings and rehearsals
    • Private lessons weekly, with the opportunity to play for others in weekly studio class
    • Daily collaborative piano opportunities through lieder repertoire
    • Weekly performance of solo or chamber works
    • All participant choir

    Get to know Amy Yang and Charles Abramovic.

    Young pianists, do not miss this unique and exclusive opportunity! Register Now.

     

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Curtis Summerfest 2014: Young Artist Summer Program, Composition

David Ludwig, dean of artistic programs and composition faculty at Curtis will join us at the Young Artist Summer Program (YASP) as the artistic director and composition faculty. He shares why the YASP composition workshop is so unique:

“YASP in its third year is going to be an even more unique music festival by now offering composition as a major. I say it’s unique because I’ve taught or directed comp programs at about a dozen festivals over the years, and this is a truly extraordinary opportunity for young composers not to be found anywhere else. Aside from daily seminar classes, lessons, and collaborations with instrumental teachers, the Young Composer Workshop offers participants a performance and recording of their work played by faculty, alumni, and current students from Curtis. I am very excited for this new program and can’t wait to hear the new pieces that will be created by our YASP composers students this summer!” – David Ludwig

 

The elements of the composition curriculum include:
• Daily seminar class featuring discussions about the past and future of composition; advice from performers about how to write for their instruments; and conversations about commissions, competitions, publishing, and other issues composers face today
• Private lessons weekly, with the opportunity to hear your works in progress
• A performance and recording of one of your works by Curtis musicians—unique to this program

 

John Mackey will also be joining us for a master class. Get to know David Ludwig through his website and blog and John through his website and blog.

 

Young composers, do not miss this unique and exclusive opportunity! Register Now.

 



  • David Ludwig, dean of artistic programs and composition faculty at Curtis will join us at the Young Artist Summer Program (YASP) as the artistic director and composition faculty. He shares why the YASP composition workshop is so unique:

    “YASP in its third year is going to be an even more unique music festival by now offering composition as a major. I say it’s unique because I’ve taught or directed comp programs at about a dozen festivals over the years, and this is a truly extraordinary opportunity for young composers not to be found anywhere else. Aside from daily seminar classes, lessons, and collaborations with instrumental teachers, the Young Composer Workshop offers participants a performance and recording of their work played by faculty, alumni, and current students from Curtis. I am very excited for this new program and can’t wait to hear the new pieces that will be created by our YASP composers students this summer!” – David Ludwig

     

    The elements of the composition curriculum include:
    • Daily seminar class featuring discussions about the past and future of composition; advice from performers about how to write for their instruments; and conversations about commissions, competitions, publishing, and other issues composers face today
    • Private lessons weekly, with the opportunity to hear your works in progress
    • A performance and recording of one of your works by Curtis musicians—unique to this program

     

    John Mackey will also be joining us for a master class. Get to know David Ludwig through his website and blog and John through his website and blog.

     

    Young composers, do not miss this unique and exclusive opportunity! Register Now.

     

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Curtis Summerfest 2014: Young Artist Summer Program, Brass Master Class

Philadelphia Orchestra principal, David Bilger, also a Curtis faculty member joined us for the Young Artist Summer Program as part of Curtis Summerfest 2013. We are excited to have him return this year for Summerfest 2014! He provided us his thoughts on this past summer’s Young Artist Summer Program:

I truly enjoyed working with the brass students at the Curtis Young Artist Summer Program. I found the students to be motivated and attentive, and I thought I was able to share concepts that not only improved their technical approach to the repertoire, but also helped them to understand musical ideas in phrasing that connected with the history of the works. My favorite part of the experience was seeing the attentiveness and participation in the masterclass by the young musicians who were not brass players. The way that they were able to apply my teaching of trumpet, horn and trombone to their own specialties was uncommon and most impressive! – Dave Bilger

Matthew Vaughn, acting principal and Curtis faculty member will also be joining us for the Young Artist Summer Program this summer. Brass players, we’ll see you there!



  • Philadelphia Orchestra principal, David Bilger, also a Curtis faculty member joined us for the Young Artist Summer Program as part of Curtis Summerfest 2013. We are excited to have him return this year for Summerfest 2014! He provided us his thoughts on this past summer’s Young Artist Summer Program:

    I truly enjoyed working with the brass students at the Curtis Young Artist Summer Program. I found the students to be motivated and attentive, and I thought I was able to share concepts that not only improved their technical approach to the repertoire, but also helped them to understand musical ideas in phrasing that connected with the history of the works. My favorite part of the experience was seeing the attentiveness and participation in the masterclass by the young musicians who were not brass players. The way that they were able to apply my teaching of trumpet, horn and trombone to their own specialties was uncommon and most impressive! – Dave Bilger

    Matthew Vaughn, acting principal and Curtis faculty member will also be joining us for the Young Artist Summer Program this summer. Brass players, we’ll see you there!

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Curtis Summerfest 2013: Interview with Petko

An interview with Petko Dimitrov, Young Artist Summer Program conductor.



Curtis Summerfest 2013: Interview with Joe

An interview with Joe Conyers, Wabass Workshop Clinician.



Curtis Summerfest 2013: Interview with Emily

An interview with Emily, a participant from the Young Artist Summer Program 2013.



Curtis Summerfest 2013: Interview with Brent

An interview with Brent, Wabass Workshop Administrator.



Curtis Summerfest 2013: Interview with Lionel

An interview with Lionel, a participant from the Chamber Music for Adult Musicians 2013.



Curtis Summerfest 2013: Interview with Michael

An interview with Michael, a participant from the Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class 2013.



Curtis Summerfest 2013: Interview with Mitchell

An interview with Mitchell, a participant from the Wabass Workshop 2013.



Curtis Summerfest 2013: Interview with Louis

An interview with Louis, a participant from the Young Artist Summer Program 2013.



Curtis Summerfest 2013: Interview with Martin and Lucy

An interview with Martin and Lucy, a participant from Chamber Music for Adult Musicians 2013.



Curtis Summerfest 2013: Interview with Adam, Maureen, and Melissa

An interview with Adam, Maureen, and Melissa participants from the Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class.



Curtis Summerfest 2013: Interview with Bailey

An interview with Bailey, a participant from Wabass Workshop.



Meet Mr. Bearlioz

Many of the participants from Curtis Summerfest may have noticed an unlikely face hanging around this summer. Meet Mr. Bearlioz, the token giant bear of Mr. Bearlioz listens in on Rufus Reid.

Christopher Millard dances with Mr. Bearlioz.Summerfest. He mysteriously turned up in Gould Rehearsal Hall one day. Despite frequent speculation of his origin, the Curtis staff and Summerfest participants have grown to love him and consider him one of our own. Although he does not play any instruments, he enjoys sitting in on master classes and concerts absorbing as much music as possible. He believes that everyone at Curtis Summerfest is incredibly talented. He would like to thank all of the participants for hanging out with him and letting him be a part of such a talented and musical community.



  • Many of the participants from Curtis Summerfest may have noticed an unlikely face hanging around this summer. Meet Mr. Bearlioz, the token giant bear of Mr. Bearlioz listens in on Rufus Reid.

    Christopher Millard dances with Mr. Bearlioz.Summerfest. He mysteriously turned up in Gould Rehearsal Hall one day. Despite frequent speculation of his origin, the Curtis staff and Summerfest participants have grown to love him and consider him one of our own. Although he does not play any instruments, he enjoys sitting in on master classes and concerts absorbing as much music as possible. He believes that everyone at Curtis Summerfest is incredibly talented. He would like to thank all of the participants for hanging out with him and letting him be a part of such a talented and musical community.

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Curtis Summerfest 2013: Interview with Janet

An interview with Janet, a participant from Chamber Music for Adult Musicians 2012 and 2013.



Old Curtis

Participants in Curtis Summerfest’s Chamber Music for Adult Musicians Program were taken on an exclusive tour of Curtis Institute of Music’s main building located at 1726 Locust. It is often referred to as “Old Curtis” by the students and faculty since the opening of Lenfest Hall in September 2011. The main building occupies two charming, connected nineteenth-century mansions with wood-paneled walls, ornate moldings, high ceilings, decorative ironwork, and Oriental rugs. Students in the Chamber Music for Adult Musicians program got a glimpse of Field Concert Hall, practice rooms, music studios and the Graffman Common Room. The tour was led by Mimi Stillman and Amy Yang.



  • Participants in Curtis Summerfest’s Chamber Music for Adult Musicians Program were taken on an exclusive tour of Curtis Institute of Music’s main building located at 1726 Locust. It is often referred to as “Old Curtis” by the students and faculty since the opening of Lenfest Hall in September 2011. The main building occupies two charming, connected nineteenth-century mansions with wood-paneled walls, ornate moldings, high ceilings, decorative ironwork, and Oriental rugs. Students in the Chamber Music for Adult Musicians program got a glimpse of Field Concert Hall, practice rooms, music studios and the Graffman Common Room. The tour was led by Mimi Stillman and Amy Yang.

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Theory and Composition Class

The students of the Young Artist Summer Program received a short seminar about theory YASP students gather for theory classand composition taught by David Ludwig and Katerina Kramarchuk. Students were able to visualize the way music looks as a mechanism for composing music. In a fun and casual setting, students tried their hand at composing short segments while Curtis Artist Teachers performed the students’ works. David kicked off the first class while Katerina took over for the rest of the program. Classes concluded in the final week of the Young Artist Summer Program with a short performance of the participants’ compositions.



  • The students of the Young Artist Summer Program received a short seminar about theory YASP students gather for theory classand composition taught by David Ludwig and Katerina Kramarchuk. Students were able to visualize the way music looks as a mechanism for composing music. In a fun and casual setting, students tried their hand at composing short segments while Curtis Artist Teachers performed the students’ works. David kicked off the first class while Katerina took over for the rest of the program. Classes concluded in the final week of the Young Artist Summer Program with a short performance of the participants’ compositions.

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Brent Edmondson talks Wabass

Brent Edmonson works with Ranaan Meyer as his assistant handling administrative duties. He helps to run Wabass on a daily basis and contributes to what students get out of their time working with the professional bassists. He provided us with his thoughts on this summer’s Wabass Workshop at Curtis:
“I am so invigorated as a part of the double bass community every time we hold Wabass Workshop. This was our 3rd year, and I think the program took a huge leap forward. I’m always lucky to be able to sit in on classes and talk to everyone in the program – in a lot of ways, I’m just another bass nerd when Hal Robinson is standing there talking about tone. One thing I take away from Wabass Workshop is that musicians need to surround themselves with other musicians. I learn a whole mountain of information just listening to Joe Conyers draw a bow over an open string! I can only imagine how great it must be to be a young bass player experiencing that for the first time.
My favorite part of the program is the interactivity of classes. When a teacher goes around the room and asks students to play something individually, I get to hear the up-and-coming bass players of our country. I also feel like I leave with a sense of what bass playing is starting to become. Year after year students come in being able to do things that I didn’t even think were possible when I was their age. Wabass Workshop is on the cutting edge of bass technique, and by bringing together great young players, we’re helping them reach that next level.
It is always a pleasure to work with the faculty and staff of Wabass Workshop. I’ve been lucky to know Ranaan Meyer for the last 10 years as my mentor and friend, and he honestly gets better every time he steps in front of an audience of any kind. Joe Conyers is the nicest and most sincere human I’ve ever met, and his bass playing literally has the power to crumble mountains. We were so lucky to have Hal Robinson join us this year, another great friend and mentor who pushed the students to find comfort and power in their playing. I met Rufus Reid this summer, and I have to say I hope I cross paths with him again – he is a generous, happy guy with a total mastery of the bass. I have so much respect for the faculty, and I was really impressed by the level of the students this year.
I’m already counting down the days until next year!” – Brent Edmondson



  • Brent Edmonson works with Ranaan Meyer as his assistant handling administrative duties. He helps to run Wabass on a daily basis and contributes to what students get out of their time working with the professional bassists. He provided us with his thoughts on this summer’s Wabass Workshop at Curtis:
    “I am so invigorated as a part of the double bass community every time we hold Wabass Workshop. This was our 3rd year, and I think the program took a huge leap forward. I’m always lucky to be able to sit in on classes and talk to everyone in the program – in a lot of ways, I’m just another bass nerd when Hal Robinson is standing there talking about tone. One thing I take away from Wabass Workshop is that musicians need to surround themselves with other musicians. I learn a whole mountain of information just listening to Joe Conyers draw a bow over an open string! I can only imagine how great it must be to be a young bass player experiencing that for the first time.
    My favorite part of the program is the interactivity of classes. When a teacher goes around the room and asks students to play something individually, I get to hear the up-and-coming bass players of our country. I also feel like I leave with a sense of what bass playing is starting to become. Year after year students come in being able to do things that I didn’t even think were possible when I was their age. Wabass Workshop is on the cutting edge of bass technique, and by bringing together great young players, we’re helping them reach that next level.
    It is always a pleasure to work with the faculty and staff of Wabass Workshop. I’ve been lucky to know Ranaan Meyer for the last 10 years as my mentor and friend, and he honestly gets better every time he steps in front of an audience of any kind. Joe Conyers is the nicest and most sincere human I’ve ever met, and his bass playing literally has the power to crumble mountains. We were so lucky to have Hal Robinson join us this year, another great friend and mentor who pushed the students to find comfort and power in their playing. I met Rufus Reid this summer, and I have to say I hope I cross paths with him again – he is a generous, happy guy with a total mastery of the bass. I have so much respect for the faculty, and I was really impressed by the level of the students this year.
    I’m already counting down the days until next year!” – Brent Edmondson

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Get to know Marc Johnson

Meet Marc Johnson, a member of the renowned Vermeer Quartet. Johnson Marc Johnsonwas a member of the faculty of the Chamber Music for Adult Musicians program. Get to know him.

1. What is the most memorable part of your career?

Hard to pick one most memorable event, but our (Vermeer Quartet) last Beethoven cycle at Kioi Hall in Tokyo is planted firmly in my mind. Wonderful acoustic, wonderful atmosphere, wonderful audience, and the greatest quartet repertoire! It was also proof to me that one can do something for 35 years, and still experience it with pride and passion.

2. Who are your non-classical music influences?

Mahatma Ghandi, Thomas Jefferson, Jackie Robinson, Jimmy Carter—how’s that for strange bedfellows?

3. In terms of composers/artists, who do you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play and record?

I grew up adoring the music of Bela Bartok. Our recording of the quartets was one of the most satisfying (and frustrating) experiences of my entire career.

4. If you could choose any other profession, what would you do?

I would be some kind of counselor or therapist. It would seem to be a logical extension of the teaching work that I enjoy so much.

5. What do you do in your spare time?

I read, hike, work crossword puzzles, and most importantly, garden.

6. What advice do you have for young, aspiring musicians?

First, make sure that your love for music is deep and passionate. If you are merely flirting with music, it won’t likely make a good career for you. Second, get good. The earlier you develop high level skills, the more time you will have to use those skills to arrive at the point of being a serious interpretive musician.



  • Meet Marc Johnson, a member of the renowned Vermeer Quartet. Johnson Marc Johnsonwas a member of the faculty of the Chamber Music for Adult Musicians program. Get to know him.

    1. What is the most memorable part of your career?

    Hard to pick one most memorable event, but our (Vermeer Quartet) last Beethoven cycle at Kioi Hall in Tokyo is planted firmly in my mind. Wonderful acoustic, wonderful atmosphere, wonderful audience, and the greatest quartet repertoire! It was also proof to me that one can do something for 35 years, and still experience it with pride and passion.

    2. Who are your non-classical music influences?

    Mahatma Ghandi, Thomas Jefferson, Jackie Robinson, Jimmy Carter—how’s that for strange bedfellows?

    3. In terms of composers/artists, who do you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play and record?

    I grew up adoring the music of Bela Bartok. Our recording of the quartets was one of the most satisfying (and frustrating) experiences of my entire career.

    4. If you could choose any other profession, what would you do?

    I would be some kind of counselor or therapist. It would seem to be a logical extension of the teaching work that I enjoy so much.

    5. What do you do in your spare time?

    I read, hike, work crossword puzzles, and most importantly, garden.

    6. What advice do you have for young, aspiring musicians?

    First, make sure that your love for music is deep and passionate. If you are merely flirting with music, it won’t likely make a good career for you. Second, get good. The earlier you develop high level skills, the more time you will have to use those skills to arrive at the point of being a serious interpretive musician.

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Evening Fun at Curtis Summerfest

During the day, participants of Curtis Summerfest work hard Summer Program students at the Academy of Musicpracticing and perfecting their repertoire for upcoming concerts and recitals. Students are coached by faculty and work with their chamber ensembles to improve and polish their musical skills. In the evening, participants have the opportunity to unwind, relax and see Philadelphia with their peers through our organized evening activities. Summerfest students can enjoy relaxing movie nights with some famously delicious Insomnia cookies or participate in an exciting game of kickball at Penn Campus. In the past, evening activities have also included trips to local ice cream and frozen yogurt shops, a comedy club, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute (IMAX screening included) and much more. Students not only spend time with professional musicians harnessing their musical skills but also see some of Philadelphia’s local gems and famous attractions. The experience allows participants to interact with each other and Curtis students while enjoying a refreshing change of pace.



  • During the day, participants of Curtis Summerfest work hard Summer Program students at the Academy of Musicpracticing and perfecting their repertoire for upcoming concerts and recitals. Students are coached by faculty and work with their chamber ensembles to improve and polish their musical skills. In the evening, participants have the opportunity to unwind, relax and see Philadelphia with their peers through our organized evening activities. Summerfest students can enjoy relaxing movie nights with some famously delicious Insomnia cookies or participate in an exciting game of kickball at Penn Campus. In the past, evening activities have also included trips to local ice cream and frozen yogurt shops, a comedy club, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute (IMAX screening included) and much more. Students not only spend time with professional musicians harnessing their musical skills but also see some of Philadelphia’s local gems and famous attractions. The experience allows participants to interact with each other and Curtis students while enjoying a refreshing change of pace.

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Final Recital concludes Young Artist Summer Program

The final Young Artist Summer Program recital marks not only the conclusion of the program but also the end of Curtis Summerfest 2013. The YASP students worked diligently for the past three weeks to put together an amazing recital. Their schedules were filled with master classes, coachings, and rehearsals galore. Conducting the orchestra was Paul Bryan, associate dean of academic affairs at the Curtis Institute of Music as well as the orchestra conductor at Drexel University. He is also the conductor and music director of Philos Brass, music director of Symphony in C’s Summer Symphony Camp, and a faculty member at Temple University. This grand finale also included chamber ensembles, consisting of a combination woodwinds, strings, brass, pianists, and vocalists. Everyone showed off their talent and progress to their families and peers. In their final week, the students participated in a master class with David Bilger, studio classes and sectionals, and many orchestra and chamber rehearsals. The composition classes ended with a presentation of the students’ compositions and were performed by Curtis Artist Teachers.



  • The final Young Artist Summer Program recital marks not only the conclusion of the program but also the end of Curtis Summerfest 2013. The YASP students worked diligently for the past three weeks to put together an amazing recital. Their schedules were filled with master classes, coachings, and rehearsals galore. Conducting the orchestra was Paul Bryan, associate dean of academic affairs at the Curtis Institute of Music as well as the orchestra conductor at Drexel University. He is also the conductor and music director of Philos Brass, music director of Symphony in C’s Summer Symphony Camp, and a faculty member at Temple University. This grand finale also included chamber ensembles, consisting of a combination woodwinds, strings, brass, pianists, and vocalists. Everyone showed off their talent and progress to their families and peers. In their final week, the students participated in a master class with David Bilger, studio classes and sectionals, and many orchestra and chamber rehearsals. The composition classes ended with a presentation of the students’ compositions and were performed by Curtis Artist Teachers.

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Studio Classes at YASP

Young Artist Summer Program participants were separated by instrument and received studio classes by members of our faculty. Mimi Stillman, flautist, and Paul Demers, clarinetist, worked with the woodwinds, providing tips on how to sight read while playing with another musician. The strings session was taught by Thomas Kraines, cellist. Brass students attended class with horn player, Adam Unsworth. Amy Yang led the class for pianists and Misoon Ghim taught the vocalists. After their classes, students continued their lessons in preparation for this week’s recitals.



  • Young Artist Summer Program participants were separated by instrument and received studio classes by members of our faculty. Mimi Stillman, flautist, and Paul Demers, clarinetist, worked with the woodwinds, providing tips on how to sight read while playing with another musician. The strings session was taught by Thomas Kraines, cellist. Brass students attended class with horn player, Adam Unsworth. Amy Yang led the class for pianists and Misoon Ghim taught the vocalists. After their classes, students continued their lessons in preparation for this week’s recitals.

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Second Recital with Petko Dimitrov

Students continue to make musical progress after two weeks at the Young Artist Summer Program! This week featured recitals on Friday night and Saturday morning, where students once again displayed their hard work in front of an audience. The recitals consisted of several small chamber ensembles and an orchestra conducted by Petko Dimitrov, the music director of the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra and conductor of the WCYO Symphony Orchestra. Also this week, students participated in improvisation and performance classes, led by horn player Adam Unsworth, and incorporated studio and theory/ composition classes to their normal routine of lessons and rehearsals.



  • Students continue to make musical progress after two weeks at the Young Artist Summer Program! This week featured recitals on Friday night and Saturday morning, where students once again displayed their hard work in front of an audience. The recitals consisted of several small chamber ensembles and an orchestra conducted by Petko Dimitrov, the music director of the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra and conductor of the WCYO Symphony Orchestra. Also this week, students participated in improvisation and performance classes, led by horn player Adam Unsworth, and incorporated studio and theory/ composition classes to their normal routine of lessons and rehearsals.

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First YASP Recital

The first week of Curtis Summerfest’s Young Artist David Ludwing teaches CompositionSummer Program has come to an end. The week concluded with recitals showcasing the students’ talent and hard work, and included performances by the orchestra, conducted by Troy Peters, and multiple chamber and vocal ensembles. This week was comprised of a master class with Roberto Diaz, coaching and rehearsal sessions with faculty, a theory and composition class taught by David Ludwig, and many practice hours. Luckily, two weeks remain for students to continue bonding and performing with their peers.



  • The first week of Curtis Summerfest’s Young Artist David Ludwing teaches CompositionSummer Program has come to an end. The week concluded with recitals showcasing the students’ talent and hard work, and included performances by the orchestra, conducted by Troy Peters, and multiple chamber and vocal ensembles. This week was comprised of a master class with Roberto Diaz, coaching and rehearsal sessions with faculty, a theory and composition class taught by David Ludwig, and many practice hours. Luckily, two weeks remain for students to continue bonding and performing with their peers.

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Young Artist Summer Program has commenced

This week marks the beginning of Curtis Summerfest’s Young Artist Summer Program. In this three week long program, students work in chamber and orchestral ensembles to rehearse and perform alongside their peers. Through private instruction, section coachings, and performance classes, the Young Artist Summer Program students will grow as artists throughout their time here. This week Troy Peters, director of orchestral studies at Texas State University, and music director of Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, is conducting the Young Artist Summer Program orchestra.



  • This week marks the beginning of Curtis Summerfest’s Young Artist Summer Program. In this three week long program, students work in chamber and orchestral ensembles to rehearse and perform alongside their peers. Through private instruction, section coachings, and performance classes, the Young Artist Summer Program students will grow as artists throughout their time here. This week Troy Peters, director of orchestral studies at Texas State University, and music director of Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, is conducting the Young Artist Summer Program orchestra.

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Get to know Jeffrey Khaner

Jeffery Khaner serves as principal flute for the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has been onJeffrey Khaner the Curtis faculty since 1985. Get to know Mr. Khaner himself, who has been teaching the Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class this past week.

1. What is the most memorable part of your career?

Playing in great orchestras with the finest musicians in the world has been and continues to be a never-ending source of inspiration, awe, and pride…

2. Are there other composers/artists you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play and record? Who are they?

I like to try and make whichever composer I am playing at any given moment my favorite composer! My job is to try to put myself in the head of the composer and let the audience understand what s/he is trying to convey.

3. What languages do you speak?

English and some French

5. What is your favorite non-music-related thing to do?

Travel and eat (which go well with my job) and ski.

6. What advice do you have for young, aspiring musicians?

Have a dream, practice hard, think even harder, and don’t give up!

 

Feature photo courtesy of Tomoji Hirakata, Yamaha Artist Services, Inc.



  • Jeffery Khaner serves as principal flute for the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has been onJeffrey Khaner the Curtis faculty since 1985. Get to know Mr. Khaner himself, who has been teaching the Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class this past week.

    1. What is the most memorable part of your career?

    Playing in great orchestras with the finest musicians in the world has been and continues to be a never-ending source of inspiration, awe, and pride…

    2. Are there other composers/artists you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play and record? Who are they?

    I like to try and make whichever composer I am playing at any given moment my favorite composer! My job is to try to put myself in the head of the composer and let the audience understand what s/he is trying to convey.

    3. What languages do you speak?

    English and some French

    5. What is your favorite non-music-related thing to do?

    Travel and eat (which go well with my job) and ski.

    6. What advice do you have for young, aspiring musicians?

    Have a dream, practice hard, think even harder, and don’t give up!

     

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Conclusion of Wabass and Bassoon Workshops

The Wabass Workshop and the Matsukawa group photo of bassoon studentsMillard Bassoon Workshop have concluded. The Wabass Workshop included a week of master classes, lessons, and orchestral and jazz instruction from professional bassists. Harold Robinson kicked off the program with a focus on orchestral bass repertoire and performance. Joseph Conyers continued the orchestral bass class on day two, followed by a jazz session with Rufus Reid on day three. Ranaan Meyer tied the workshop together on the final day with a focus on technique. The deep bass sounds have resonated beautifully throughout Gould Rehearsal Hall this week. Meanwhile, a short walk down the block, bassoonists have been working hard to perfect their sound in Field Concert Hall. Daniel Matsukawa and Christopher Millard provided the students with personalized instruction during the master classes, accompanied by question and answer sessions, and breaks in Rittenhouse Park.  Everyone learned a lot and had a great time.



  • The Wabass Workshop and the Matsukawa group photo of bassoon studentsMillard Bassoon Workshop have concluded. The Wabass Workshop included a week of master classes, lessons, and orchestral and jazz instruction from professional bassists. Harold Robinson kicked off the program with a focus on orchestral bass repertoire and performance. Joseph Conyers continued the orchestral bass class on day two, followed by a jazz session with Rufus Reid on day three. Ranaan Meyer tied the workshop together on the final day with a focus on technique. The deep bass sounds have resonated beautifully throughout Gould Rehearsal Hall this week. Meanwhile, a short walk down the block, bassoonists have been working hard to perfect their sound in Field Concert Hall. Daniel Matsukawa and Christopher Millard provided the students with personalized instruction during the master classes, accompanied by question and answer sessions, and breaks in Rittenhouse Park.  Everyone learned a lot and had a great time.

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Mimi Stillman on working with Jeffrey Khaner

“I am deeply honored to be working with Jeffrey Khaner, my former teacher and lifelong friend and mentor, at Curtis Summerfest. When I came to Curtis I was just twelve years old and was fortunate to have two magnificent musicians as my teachers, Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. For about two years, I had two lessons per week, focusing on repertoire with Julius Baker and etudes with Jeffrey Khaner. As Jeff put it, “Mr. Baker forgot you’re twelve and haven’t done a lot of etudes yet,” so he put me through my paces with four etudes a week. One of the many important things I learned from Jeff was about how to arrive at an interpretation of the music. Rather than instructing me how specifically to play a phrase, he taught me how to approach the music and understand the phrasing on my own. I internalized this key lesson and try to emulate this concept in my own teaching.”  -Mimi Stillman

 

Photo of Jeffrey Khaner, Mimi Stillman, and Julius Baker (c. 1997) courtesy of Mimi Stillman.



  • “I am deeply honored to be working with Jeffrey Khaner, my former teacher and lifelong friend and mentor, at Curtis Summerfest. When I came to Curtis I was just twelve years old and was fortunate to have two magnificent musicians as my teachers, Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. For about two years, I had two lessons per week, focusing on repertoire with Julius Baker and etudes with Jeffrey Khaner. As Jeff put it, “Mr. Baker forgot you’re twelve and haven’t done a lot of etudes yet,” so he put me through my paces with four etudes a week. One of the many important things I learned from Jeff was about how to arrive at an interpretation of the music. Rather than instructing me how specifically to play a phrase, he taught me how to approach the music and understand the phrasing on my own. I internalized this key lesson and try to emulate this concept in my own teaching.”  -Mimi Stillman

     

    Photo of Jeffrey Khaner, Mimi Stillman, and Julius Baker (c. 1997) courtesy of Mimi Stillman.

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