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Overtones, the semiannual magazine for Curtis family and friends

Check back regularly for rotating content. For full access to the magazine, become a Friend of Curtis.


Spring 2015 issue

Then and Now: Celebrating  Curtis’s 90th-anniversary year with a look back at the school’s storied history

Asian Adventure: Connections created and renewed during Curtis On Tour’s fall journey










Fall 2014 issue

COVER STORY: How Curtis became an incubator for great American string quartet players

TOUR TALES: Curtis On Tour shifts into overdrive, and students experience accelerated growth

MAKE A DIFFERENCE: One young artist’s approach to making music in the 21st  century

FIRST PERSON: The program director of Curtis Summerfest’s Young Artist Summer Program reflects on its advantages for high school-aged musicians

MEET THE ALUMNI: Through Play On Philly, Stanford Thompson offers a new path to budding musicians.



Spring 2014 issue


COVER STORY: Violinist Ida Kavafian tailors her teaching approach to every student

THE COMPLEAT MUSICIAN: Behind the scenes at Curtis, the Rock Resource Center is a crucial center of activity and study.

Percussionist Ted Babcock explores the interaction between electronic and acoustic music.

FIRST PERSON: Curtis’s first conducting fellow, Kensho Watanabe, learns from an eminent mentor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

CREATING COLD MOUNTAIN: Student singers help to shape a major modern opera by Jennifer Higdon.

CONSPICUOUSLY CURTIS: The Philadelphia Orchestra's Philadelphia Commissions micro-festival puts Curtis talent center stage.

Curtis travels to the land of revolutions and orthodoxy, icons, and samovars, to examine the vast musical culture of Russia and Eastern Europe.

See selections from previous issues.

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