Study with Curtis Faculty, Alumni, and Other Top Musicians at Curtis Summerfest; Registration Opens Today
New in 2015: Young Artist Voice and Collaborative Piano Program
Chamber Music and Orchestra for Adults, Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class, and the Young Artist Summer Program will return
PHILADELPHIA, PA--October 29, 2014--Come to Curtis this summer to study with some of the top musicians from around the world, among them Curtis faculty, alumni, Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, and soloists and chamber musicians with thriving careers.
Registration opens today for Curtis Summerfest (www.curtis.edu/Summerfest), summer programs at Curtis that reflect the school's commitment to expanding advocacy for music and interest in the art form to enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. This summer's offerings include Chamber Music and Orchestra for Adults, Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class, Young Artist Summer Program, and the new, expanded Young Artist Voice and Collaborative Piano Program.
New in 2015, Young Artist Voice and Collaborative Piano Program offers an opportunity to study with top artists in the field, including Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre, and internationally renowned baritone William Stone. The two-week intensive program is designed for singers 17 and older studying vocal performance at the college or graduate level and exceptional pianists committed to the collaborative arts who are studying at the college level or have already completed a bachelor's degree.
Lessons and coachings take place in Lenfest Hall, Curtis's new building tailored for music-making, and in the historic main building at 1726 Locust Street. Spaces are equipped with Steinway pianos throughout. Located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, Curtis Summerfest also offers residential and dining facilities for out-of-town participants. Connecting with an international community, Curtis Summerfest has already attracted students from seven different countries and across the United States, ranging in age from 12 to 88.
Chamber Music and Orchestra for Adults
Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class
Young Artist Voice and Collaborative Piano Program
Young Artist Summer Program
Chamber Orchestra: May 21-24
Chamber Music: May 22-25
Detailed schedule, cost, and registration: www.curtis.edu/CMAM
Designed for adult musicians of any level looking to play with fellow enthusiasts, Chamber Music and Orchestra for Adults offers several ways to participate. Join three evening orchestra sessions, three chamber music days, or both. Learn from distinguished faculty and play side-by-side with select Curtis students. Pianists receive personalized instruction through piano studio class. Participants may register as an individual or a pre-formed ensemble.
Violinist of the Daedalus Quartet and violin and chamber music faculty at the University of Pennsylvania
Jessica Thompson ('00)
Violist of the Daedalus Quartet and faculty of Columbia and Princeton universities
Thomas Kraines ('92)
Cellist of the Daedalus Quartet and faculty of Columbia and Temple universities
Mimi Stillman ('99)
Founder of the Dolce Suono Ensemble and a Yamaha Performing Artist
Amy Yang ('06) *
Curtis staff pianist and chamber music coach at the University of Pennsylvania
Joshua Gersen ('10)
Music director of the New York Youth Symphony
* Curtis faculty member
June 23- 27
Detailed schedule, cost, and registration: www.curtis.edu/JKhaner
A week of interactive courses and master classes with Yamaha Artists Jeffrey Khaner, principal flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Curtis faculty member, and Mimi Stillman ('99), founder of the Dolce Suono Ensemble. Performers take part in four master classes with Mr. Khaner; while auditors observe all master classes and take part in warm-up class, breathing techniques class, and flute choir.
A two-week intensive program for singers studying vocal performance at the college or graduate level and exceptional pianists who are committed to the collaborative arts or are considering a specialization in vocal arts. Participants receive personalized attention from faculty of the vocal studies department at the Curtis Institute of Music, including a unique opportunity to gain expertise from professionals working in the opera field, throughout the duration of the course. Singers and pianists rehearse and perform alongside their musical peers in opera scenes, opera workshop and production, interactive classes, daily master classes, collaboration through opera and lieder, and private lessons.
Mikael Eliasen, program director *
Artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre, dean of vocal studies, Hirsig Family Head-of-Department Chair in Vocal Studies, opera and voice coach
Lisa Keller *
Curtis opera and voice coach
Baritone, Curtis adjunct faculty member, voice faculty at the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, roles with the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and New York City Opera, among others
Lauren Curnow ('02)
Mezzo-soprano, roles for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Philadelphia, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and Saito-Kinen Festival, among others
* Curtis faculty member
July 19-August 8
Complete faculty bios, detailed schedule, cost, and registration: www.curtis.edu/YASP
Experience conservatory-style living with a rigorous musical schedule and opportunities to perform alongside musical peers and select Curtis students in an intimate, challenging, and supportive learning environment. The three-week residential program for instrumentalists, composers, conductors, and pianists includes rehearsals, master classes, private instruction, and performances.
Martin Garcia ('97)
Angela Park ('07)
Ricardo Morales *
David Ludwig ('01), artistic director *
Patrick Kreeger ('13), choir
Troy Peters ('91)
Paul Bryan ('93) *
Harold Hall Robinson *
Mary Javian ('99) *
Mimi Stillman ('99)
Katherine Needleman ('99)
Don Liuzzi *
Mari Yoshinaga ('12)
Gabe Globus-Hoenich ('08)
Amy Yang ('06), program director *
Benjamin Hochman ('01)
Charles Abramovic ('97)
Patrick Kreeger ('13)
Weston Sprott ('06)
David Bilger *
Craig Knox ('89)
Roberto Díaz ('84) *
Che-Hung Chen ('00)
Toby Appel ('70)
Brenton Caldwell ('07)
Steven Copes ('94)
* Curtis faculty member
About the Curtis Institute of Music
One of the world's finest and most selective conservatories, the Curtis Institute of Music offers a tuition-free, performance-inspired learning culture to 175 students from all corners of the world. Nurtured by a celebrated faculty, its extraordinary young musicians graduate to join 4,000 alumni who have long made music history. From Leonard Bernstein to Alan Gilbert, Samuel Barber to Jennifer Higdon, Anna Moffo to Eric Owens, Richard Goode to Jonathan Biss, Curtis alumni personify the school's commitment to excellence--onstage and in their communities--inventing careers with impact. Recent graduates forging 21st-century careers include Stanford Thompson, CEO of Play On, Philly!; the musicians of genre-crossing trio Time for Three (Zach De Pue, Nick Kendall, and Ranaan Meyer); and Yvonne Lam, violinist in groundbreaking contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird.
A busy schedule of performances, including more than 200 a year in Philadelphia and around the world, is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach. Dedicated to a tradition of excellence and innovation since its founding in 1924, Curtis is looking toward its centenary in a flexible and forward-thinking way, evolving strategically to serve its time-honored mission.
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