Alumni Reunion 2015
Alumni Reunion, September 11-13, 2015
Thank you to all who attended the Alumni Reunion and made it an incredible weekend.
Whether or not you were able to attend, we hope this message will fill you in on the weekend's events and inspire conversation.
Each reunion offers an opportunity for alumni to gather, celebrate, reflect, and prepare our alma mater for future success. This reunion was filled with wonderful music-making and reconnections, as alumni caught up with one another and with Curtis. We are so grateful to those of you who were able to make the trip. If you weren’t able to join us, be sure to watch the videos and report back with questions, comments, or just a quick hello to show your support.
Scenes from the weekend's events.
At Saturday evening's dinner, Stanford Thompson, chair of the alumni council, and Marsha Hunter, alumni council liaison to the board of trustees, presented the Alumni Awards on behalf of the alumni council.
Alumni Excellence Award:
Anthony Checchia (Bassoon '51)
Barbara 'Bobbi' Moskow (Voice '50)
Young Alumni Award:
Joseph Conyers (Double Bass '04)
Watch the video created to honor Bobbi, Tony, and Joe.
State of Curtis
Last spring, Curtis approved a new strategic direction, designed to guide the school toward its 100th birthday in 1924. Listen to President Roberto Díaz (Viola '80) give an update on the state of Curtis and the alumni network, and learn about the direction Curtis is headed in.
Watch the video here.
State of the Arts
By your request, we engaged a keynote speaker to challenge us at the reunion lunch. Ben Cameron, program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, spoke to us about the state of the arts, trends and challenges he sees ahead, and what is means to be an artist-citizen. His speech was fascinating and provocative.
After a rehearsal on Saturday morning, Joshua Gersen (Conducting '10) led an orchestra of both students and alumni for an engaging performance. The performance included several well-known works, as well as a string-ensemble piece written by current student TJ Cole.
MOZART Overture to The Magic Flute
COLE Death of the Poet
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1
Watch the performance here.