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Fast Facts

  • Founded — 1924 by Mary Louise Curtis Bok, with artistic guidance from Leopold Stokowski and Josef Hofmann
  • President and CEO — Roberto Díaz (since 2006)
  • Admissions — Although hundreds of musicians apply each year, the school admits only enough students to fill the places of the previous graduating class. With an average acceptance rate around 4 percent, Curtis is among the most selective schools in the United States.
  • Tuition — Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all students, ensuring that admissions are based solely on artistic promise.
  • Enrollment (2016–17) — 174 students from 32 states and 22 foreign countries. There is no minimum or maximum age to enroll; students range in age from 12 to 28.
  • Major Departments
    • Composition
    • Conducting
    • Guitar
    • Keyboard Instruments (piano, organ)
    • Orchestral Instruments (strings, harp, woodwinds, brass, timpani and percussion)
    • Vocal Studies (voice, opera)
    • String Quartet in Residence
  •  Degrees Awarded
    • Diploma
    • Bachelor of Music
    • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma
    • Master of Music in Opera
    • Professional Studies Certificate in Opera
  • Number of Student Performances — More than 200 annually, reaching over 23,500 people
  • Curtis on Tour — Since the program was established in 2008, Curtis on Tour has allowed students, faculty, and alumni to perform more than 200 concerts in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
  • Online Courses — Over 127,000 learners from 182 countries have enrolled in free online courses currently offered through Coursera.
  • Summerfest — In 2016 Curtis Summerfest attracted 215 participants from 19 countries.
  • Faculty — The 113-member faculty includes many artists of international stature.
  • Alumni — 2,803 Curtis alumni can be found in 36 countries around the world, performing with leading orchestras, opera companies, and chamber ensembles.

Press Contacts

Diana Wensley
Communications Manager
(215) 717-3129

Jennifer Kallend
Managing Director of External Affairs and Patron Engagement
(215) 717-3190