2011 Commencement Takes Place May 14
Thirty-Six Degrees Awarded to Graduating Students;
Charles Dutoit and the Hon. Edward G. Rendell Receive Honorary Degrees
(May 24, 2011) The Curtis Institute of Music said farewell to the seventy-eighth graduating class on Saturday, May 14 in the school’s Field Concert Hall. Thirty-six degrees were conferred: 25 Bachelor of Music degrees, 6 Diplomas, 3 Certificates, and 2 Masters of Music in Opera.
Honorary Doctor of Music degrees were presented to Charles Dutoit, chief conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Honorable Edward G. Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania. Governor Rendell presented the commencement speech, which is available online at www.instantencore.com/curtis.
Chief Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic and Music Director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Charles Dutoit regularly collaborates with the world’s leading orchestras. Since his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1980, Mr. Dutoit has been invited each season to conduct all the major orchestras of the United States, including those of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland.
The Honorable Edward G. Rendell was elected Pennsylvania governor in 2002 and 2006 and served as mayor of Philadelphia from 1992 to 1999. As mayor he spearheaded the creation of the Avenue of the Arts, which included the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Freedom Theatre, and Arts Bank. As governor he continued advocating for the arts, articulating a broad vision for arts and culture as a catalyst for downtown redevelopment, improving a community’s image, and revitalizing many of Pennsylvania’s communities.
The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world’s leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective and provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 164 students. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtis’s distinctive “learn by doing” approach. This philosophy has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school’s founding in 1924, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang.
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