The first floor is one of the building’s main social centers. Focal points include the Bruce Jay Gould, M.D. Commons and Dining Hall; the Nina and Billy Albert Lounge, which looks out onto historic St. Mark’s Church and its gardens; and the elegant Sueyun and Gene Locks Board Room and Dining Room, which provides meeting space. Separate elevator banks provide access to the private student residences, as well as to the Orchestra Rehearsal Room, classrooms, studios, and practice rooms.
The crown jewel of the second floor, the Miriam and Robert Gould Rehearsal Hall, features a 2,850-square-foot dedicated rehearsal space for the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. This customized, acoustically designed room will accommodate a full orchestra for the largest-scale core repertoire, enhancing Curtis’s ability to attract world-renowned visiting conductors and guest artists. Surrounding the rehearsal hall are the Carole H. and Emilio A. Gravagno Double Bass Studio, Bernice B. Gordon Computer Lab, Allerton Foundation Percussion Studio, and Baroness Nina von Maltzahn Harp Studio, as well as instrument lockers and storage space for large instruments. The Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Concourse offers students two comfortable lounge areas in which to meet and relax.
The third floor offers a wide range of practice rooms and studios for individual instruction, practice, and chamber music rehearsals, including practice rooms named for James and Betty Matarese, Imelde Della Valle and William W. Langebartel, Steven and Lee Laden, Bobby Ellen Kimbel, Bong S. Lee, M.D., Plato S. and Dorothy Krebill Karayanis, and the Amaranth Foundation; teaching studios named for Robert and Lynne Pollack, the Lurie Family Foundation, Irving and Arlene Tashlick, and Robin Rubenstein; and the Susan and Frank Mechura Recording Studio. Student residents have 24/7 access to dedicated practice spaces.
The fourth floor, similar to the third, offers practice rooms and studios for individual instruction, practice, and chamber music rehearsals, including practice rooms named for Roger Scott, George and Marie Hecksher, and Albert and Joan Piscopo as well as teaching studios named for Lisa and Gie Liem, Richard A. Doran, and Ben and Martha Rinaldo. The Rose Paul Office is occupied by the Assistant Dean of Residence Life and the Presser Orchestra Library stores all performance materials, scores, and parts used for orchestra rehearsals and concerts. Relocation of the orchestra library from the Rock Resource Center at 1720 Locust Street will bring Curtis's orchestral activities under one roof, increasing efficiency.
The fifth floor provides students with a social center overlooking Locust Street, including the L. Medveckis Media and Entertainment Room and the Dannenbaum Terrace. Set back forty feet from Locust Street, the Dannenbaum Terrace is landscaped by renowned garden designer Jon Carloftis and includes native plantings as well as herbs and vegetables to be used in meals served in the dining hall. The terrace perimeter will also include a “green roof” environment. The student residences begin on this floor, including a residential suite for the Assistant Dean of Residence Life. Other fifth-floor amenities include laundry facilities and a small kitchen.
Residences will accommodate eighty students, nearly half the student body. Each suite will include four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and common/social space.
Naming opportunities for spaces in Lenfest Hall are still available. For more information, please contact Charles Sterne III, director of major gifts and planned giving, at (215) 717-3126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.