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Alumni Resources

The Alumni Relations Office encourages interaction among alumni, students, and Curtis.

Curtis would not be Curtis without you, our alumni. You are the most vital expression of Curtis in the world outside Philadelphia. Thank you for the music you make, the connections you keep alive, and the integrity you bring to your work, whether it is in music or another profession. 

Curtis Creative Incubator

Like the Curtis Community Artists Program (CAP), the Creative Incubator provides an opportunity for students to develop career-necessary, entrepreneurial skills so they can take control of their creative vision, develop enterprises, shape and attract audiences, and engage with the community.

The deadline for applications is Monday, March 10, at 5 p.m., EDT.

Learn more.

A program of the Corzo Center at UArts and the Curtis Institute of Music supported by the Knight Foundation.

Corzo Center for the Creative Economy

Knight Foundation



Nearly 200 alumni (13 percent) responded to the August 2012 alumni survey on benefits, programs, and giving. Here's what you told us. The information offers an ongoing guide for meaningful ways Curtis and alumni can connect.

Events and Networking

You value, most of all, events and networking. This is true of every generation. You like to be together, read about alumni gatherings, and see pictures of get-togethers.



Memorabilia interests you, especially those of you who graduated before 1982.

So, explore the memories. Our archives, programs, and recordings—the memories of your time at Curtis—are preserved in various media.

  • contains digital scans of recital programs (1924–57), admissions catalogs (1924–71), and Overtones magazine (1929-74): Select “Browse by date” for a list of the complete collection, then sample the offerings.
  • Check out the Curtis Archives website  for online archival exhibits. Subscribe to the blog Notes from the Archives to stay informed about new exhibits and interesting historical finds in Curtis's archival collections.
  • See a timeline of Curtis history in pictures.
  • If you're in town, stop by the Graffman Common Room for the most recent archival display.


Benefits of Giving

In general, you like to waive benefits in return for your financial contribution to Curtis. Thank you!

Exception: Once in a while, you like to show your Curtis pride, even in your own kitchen with a Curtis-emblazoned item. And you want it to be of good quality.


Use of Practice and Recording Facilities

  • Practicing: Alumni are welcome to practice at Curtis, subject to availability, whether you live nearby or are just in town for a day. Contact Makiko Freeman, registrar, for more information. 
  • Recording: Subject to availability, alumni may take advantage of our state-of-the-art recording facilities for audio or video use. Curtis will waive the space rental fee for recording sessions for alumni, and recording services are available at a special alumni discount. Curtis doesn't charge alumni a space rental fee. Contact Nan Alderson, director of facility operations, for more information.  
  • Performances:  Alumni wishing to rent Curtis facilities for performances and events should contact Charles B. Finch, director of special events and facility sales, for date availability and information about alumni discount rental rates.


Complimentary Tickets

You didn't ask for this, but we want you to have them anyway—complimentary tickets, when available, to our Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Curtis Opera Theatre, and Curtis On Tour performances. Please contact Trish Corvo in Patron Services for availability.



Please contact us for help with these and other inquiries.


Laura Sancken, associate director of annual giving for alumni and friends, (215) 717-3128


Visit the Alumni Relations Office on the second floor of the Rubenstein Centre, 1620 Locust Street.


Mailing address

Curtis Institute of Music
Alumni and Parent Relations Office
1726 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103