Curtis Institute of Music Library
1720 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 215-893-5265

Fax: 215-893-9065

Email: library@curtis.edu

The Rock Resource Center of the Curtis Institute of Music contains more than 100,000 music scores, books, and recordings for study and performance.

In addition, the Rock Resource Center collects manuscripts, gifts of music, and memorabilia of Curtis and people associated with it.

Comprising the John de Lancie Library and the Curtis Archives, the Rock Resource Center’s mission is to:

  • provide Curtis students, faculty, and staff with the best possible collection of printed music, books, periodicals, recordings, and electronic resources needed to fulfill the school's mission;
  • promote the Rock Resource Center's holdings through forward thinking and open patron service; and
  • preserve and make Curtis’s past accessible to the greater Curtis community.

Meet the Staff

Michelle, a member of the Curtis community since 2012, is the library administrator, orders print materials for the library collection, and manages all electronic resources and the website. 

Previously a music librarian at Rutgers University and Haverford College, Michelle holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in library science from Drexel University, and a bachelor’s degree in music theory from the University of Delaware.

Michelle no longer plays a modern orchestral instrument, but will play pretty much any early wind instrument you put in front of her.  When not tormenting her dog with high-pitched instruments, she enjoys reading classic literature and taking her dog, Callie, on hiking trips in the area.

E: michelle.oswell@curtis.edu

P: (215) 717-3121

Emily joined the Curtis library staff in 2009 as catalog librarian and transitioned to assistant librarian in the summer of 2013. She catalogs print materials, orders audio/visual materials for the library, and handles faculty textbook orders. 

Emily holds a master’s degree in library science from Drexel University, a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from Florida State University, and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Syracuse University.

When not at the library, Emily enjoys being the music director of the Hegeman String Band, a ten-time champion of the Philadelphia Mummers Parade; running; and experimenting with desserts in her very tiny apartment kitchen.

E: emily.butler@curtis.edu

P: (215)717-3123

Since the summer of 2013, Molly has been media librarian, responsible for cataloging A/V material. In 2016, she added metadata to her title, working to implement a digital repository in the library. 

She holds a master’s degree in musicology and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Buffalo. Previously, she was metadata/catalog librarian and music bibliographer at Binghamton University and worked in the music library at the University of Louisville. 

Molly has presented and serves on committees, both locally and nationally, on music librarianship, music history, and digital preservation. After work, she enjoys playing Irish flute at local traditional-music sessions.

E: molly.obrien@curtis.edu

P: (215)717-3147

Originally from Canada, Darryl has been a member of the Curtis library staff since 2002.

An active freelance bassoonist, he studied bassoon performance at the University of Cincinnati and McGill University, and received his B.Mus. from the University of Alberta. He also holds an M.Mus. from Temple University where he studied with famed Philadelphia Orchestra bassoonist Bernard Garfield. 

He is a member of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, and the Kennett Symphony Orchestra, and frequently substitutes with other local ensembles, including the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra.

E: darryl.hartshorne@curtis.edu

P: (215) 717-3156

Barbara holds undergraduate degrees in art history, psychology, and music education and a M.M. in clarinet performance. Her private teachers have included David Weber of the New York Philharmonic and Anthony Gigliotti  of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

An advocate for arts education, Barbara has worked as a music teacher, administrator, and researcher. She has spoken in support of music education at conventions on the state and national level, including the 2008 National Convention of the Head Start Association. Additionally, Barbara co-authored a research study on the benefits of arts-based learning which was published in the January 2010 issue of Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

She freelances for area orchestras, theaters, and the occasional rock band.

E: barbara.benedett@curtis.edu

P: (215) 717-3139

Kristina joined the Curtis staff in 2016. As the archivist, she is responsible for collecting, preserving, and promoting the use of Curtis’s permanent historical records.

She holds a master’s degree in archives and records management (international) from University College, London and undergraduate degrees in history, French, and international studies from Penn State University. 

Prior to coming to Curtis, she was the assistant archivist at the Chubb Group and a project archivist at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Kristina holds professional memberships in local and national archival organizations.

In her spare time Kristina enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, and conquering The New York Times crosswords. Of course, being an archivist, she has two cats.

E: kristina.wilson@curtis.edu

P: (215) 717-3148

 

Donating to the Library

The library considers gifts of materials in the following areas:

  • Books
  • Sheet music
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Rare books and manuscripts
  • Non-commercial recordings related to Curtis history
  • Archival materials (please see Archives' policy for further details)

The following materials cannot be accepted due to space and format limitations:

  • LPs, VHS tapes, Laserdiscs, audio cassettes, and other obsolete media
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Discarded materials from other libraries

Materials are accepted subject to consultation with and approval of the Curtis library and archives staff. Donated materials may or may not be added to the library’s collections. Materials not added will be made available to Curtis students and faculty. The library cannot determine the value of gifts and recommends donors contact an appraiser if they intend to take a tax deduction.