Admissions are based on artistic promise alone. Enrollment is limited to the number of musicians needed for a symphony orchestra, opera department, and select programs in piano, composition, conducting, organ, and guitar, as well as community artist fellows and a string quartet in residence. Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its students.
Curtis offers the following degrees and diplomas:
Curtis sets no minimum age for the admission of exceptional students to most of its programs. Students younger than college age are considered candidates for the Curtis Diploma. These students pursue their musical studies at Curtis and their college-preparatory academic studies at an accredited public or private middle or high school of their own choosing.
We asked some of our esteemed students, faculty, and alumni to share the reasons they're grateful to have chosen Curtis as a place to study and teach.
“The music I’ve heard and the people I’ve met at Curtis have changed me, and those things really go hand in hand. Everyone here loves music so deeply that it changes them as people. I go to school with artists—people who love what they do and who are so good at it—and I’m impressed every day by the level of music-making here, both by students and faculty. They all have motivated me and inspired me on such a high level.”
“The school’s smallness allows you the mental space to grow and discover what you want to do. Find your love and home in on it. The percussion field is so full of possibilities, and here [students] can explore that.”
“Curtis is the most nurturing environment in which an artist can grow, and explore what works for them. Because of the size, because of the student-teacher ratio, and because of the huge range of performance opportunities and projects that students can pursue, [including] community engagement, support for entrepreneurial ideas. And the faculty … I think they’re amazing. The culture here is extremely nurturing in a way that’s really unique.”