New Board Representatives Named for the Alumni Network, Crescendo Club, and Mary Louise Curtis Bok Foundation; Bayard R. Fiechter named president of the Mary Louise Curtis Bok Foundation as former president Sam Shipley becomes trustee emeritus
PHILADELPHIA—December 7, 2017—The Curtis Institute of Music announces additions to its board of trustees and the board of directors of the Mary Louise Curtis Bok Foundation, adding new voices and perspectives in support of the school’s mission to educate and train exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. The additions to the board of trustees represent an ongoing commitment to expand the gender, age, intercultural, and geographic diversity of Curtis’s governing body.
Effective October 30, 2017, the following four new members were named to the Board of Trustees:
Other recent additions to the Curtis board of trustees include:
Other changes to the membership of Curtis’s governing bodies include the naming of Sam Shipley as trustee emeritus in recognition of his many years of dedicated service. Mr. Shipley served on the board of trustees from 1978 to 1984, and then again from 2012 to 2017, and has served on the the board of directors of the Mary Louise Curtis Bok Foundation since 1989, including terms as president from 2011 to 2017 and vice president from 2009 to 2011.
Named for Curtis’s founder, the Mary Louise Curtis Bok Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation formed exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes—particularly music and musical education— that today provides critically important support for the Curtis Institute of Music. In Fall 2017 Bayard R. Fiechter was named the president of the Mary Louise Curtis Bok Foundation, succeeding Mr. Shipley, and Victoria Bok was appointed representative of the Bok Foundation to the board of trustees.
The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. One of the most selective schools in the United States, Curtis accepts four percent of applicants each year on average. A tuition-free policy ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission. With a small student body of about 175, Curtis ensures that each young musician receives an education of unparalleled quality, distinguished by personalized attention from a celebrated faculty and a “learn by doing” philosophy. Curtis students hone their craft through than 200 orchestra, opera, and solo and chamber music offerings each year in Philadelphia and around the world.
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