Forms

Once enrolled, be on the lookout for emails from summerfest@curtis.edu and summerfestRD@curtis.edu. Make sure we aren’t sent to your spam! Add these email addresses to your contact list. Forms to complete before arrival will be provided in your welcome packet.

Some programs’ orchestral music will be available here via a secure log in.

Packing

Summer weather in Philadelphia is hot and humid, with daytime temperatures that may reach 29°C / 85°F. So plan ahead! Bring summer clothing and optional layers, just in case it’s a little chilly one day.

Packing lists by program:

Concert attire for adult participants is work casual. (It doesn’t have to be black or white.) Please no sneakers or jeans.

  • All relevant instrument tools: pencils and red pencils, mutes, extra strings, reed tools, metronome, rosin, end pin rest, folding stand, etc.
  • Your music! It will be the participants’ responsibility to purchase chamber music. Orchestra music will be provided.
  • Extra music for rehearsing in your free time
  • Phone and/or calling card
  • Toiletries and wardrobe essentials
  • Hangers (if desired; some are available at Lenfest Hall)
  • Extra blanket(s)
  • Your favorite leisure activity in book, puzzle, or game form—especially for those who are traveling
  • Spending money (Lenfest Hall has vending machines, and we are surrounded by good coffee options!)
  • Linens: sheets in extra-long twin size, blankets, pillows, pillow cases, towels.
  • Concert attire
  • Folding stand
  • All relevant instrument tools:
    • graphite pencils
    • metronome and extra batteries
    • cleaning rags/feathers
  • Your music! Two copies of each score, one for pianist and one for faculty.
  • Bass flute or piccolo
  • Phone and/or calling card
  • Toiletries and wardrobe essentials, including athletic clothing if desired
  • Clothing hangers (if desired; some are available at Lenfest Hall)
  • Your favorite leisure activity in book, puzzle, or game form—especially for those who are traveling
  • Spending money (Lenfest Hall has vending machines, and we are surrounded by good coffee options!)
  • Linens: sheets in extra-long twin size, blankets, pillows, pillow cases, towels.
  • Concert attire
  • Folding stand
  • All relevant instrument tools:
    • graphite pencils
    • metronome and extra batteries
    • cleaning rags/feathers
  • Bass flute, alto flute, or piccolo
  • Phone and/or calling card
  • Toiletries and wardrobe essentials, including athletic clothing if desired
  • Clothing hangers (if desired; some are available at Lenfest Hall)
  • Your favorite leisure activity in book, puzzle, or game form—especially for those who are traveling
  • Spending money (Lenfest Hall has vending machines, and we are surrounded by good coffee options!)
  • Linens: sheets in extra-long twin size, blankets, pillows, pillow cases, towels.
  • White or black and white concert attire
  • Folding stand
  • Your harp and all relevant tools:Your music!
    • Tuning key
    • Electronic tuner
    • Tuner pickup
    • Extra strings
    • Stool
    • Dolly
    • Graphite pencils
    • Metronome and extra batteries
  • Your Music!
  • Phone and/or calling card
  • Toiletries and wardrobe essentials, including athletic clothing if desired
  • Clothing hangers (if desired; some are available at Lenfest Hall)
  • Your favorite leisure activity in book, puzzle, or game form—especially for those who are traveling
  • Spending money (Lenfest Hall has vending machines, and we are surrounded by good coffee options!)

 

  • Linens: sheets in extra-long twin size, blankets, pillows, pillow cases, towels.
  • Master Class and Concert attire
  • Folding stand
  • Your music! Three copies of each score, taped and prepared well.
  • Phone and/or calling card
  • Toiletries and wardrobe essentials, including athletic clothing if desired
  • Clothing hangers (if desired; some are available at Lenfest Hall)
  • Your favorite leisure activity in book, puzzle, or game form—especially for those who are traveling
  • Spending money (Lenfest Hall has vending machines, and we are surrounded by good coffee options!)

 

  • Linens: sheets in extra-long twin size, blankets, pillows, pillow cases, towels.
  • Concert attire (all black)
  • Folding stand
  • All relevant instrument tools:
  • Graphite pencils and **red** pencils
  • Metronome and extra batteries
  • Extra strings
  • Reed tools
  • Mutes
  • Mouthpieces
  • Rosin
  • End pin rest
  • Bass stool
  • Cleaning rags/feathers
  • Composers:
    • Your own headphones to plug into the composition software and resources provided.
    • Printed scores from imslp.org of all orchestra repertoire during the program. Check this page regularly for updated orchestra repertoire.
  • Your music!Phone and/or calling card
    • It will be the participants’ responsibility to purchase chamber and solo works.
    • Orchestra parts will be provided.
    • Orchestra scores should be printed at home from imslp.org.
  • Phone and/or calling card
  • Toiletries and wardrobe essentials, including athletic clothing if desired
  • Clothing hangers (if desired; some are available at Lenfest Hall)
  • Your favorite leisure activity in book, puzzle, or game form—especially for those who are traveling
  • Spending money (Lenfest Hall has vending machines, and we are surrounded by good coffee options!)
  • Enough clothes for the full program
  • Laundry detergent (for Young Artist Summer Program) – Lenfest Hall has a limited number of laundry machines available periodically to participants. Participants are encouraged to pack enough for all three weeks, if possible.

 

Prepare

Wondering how to do your best once you arrive? Here are some tips on how to prepare.

All programs:

  • Our faculty members may contact you in advance with parts, recordings, and a message of welcome. Look out for their e-mails and contact us if you need assistance.
  • Practice your music effectively in advance.
  • Music should be printed; well prepared for rehearsal, lessons, or coaching; and packed safely in your case.
  • Look up who you’ll be working with to get a sense of your coaches’ expertise and focus. It may help you feel greater confidence and inspiration! Faculty is listed for each program.
  • It will be the participants’ responsibility to purchase chamber music. Orchestra music will be provided. We will provide orchestra practice parts through a secure page on our website. Participants print their practice parts at home. Orchestra rehearsal parts are provided.
  • If you are not receiving emails from us, please be in touch. Important information may be in your spam folder. We send Code of Conduct information, music assignments, and other words of welcome weeks in advance of your program.

  • There is no need to have music memorized.
  • Be in touch with your chamber group members. Double check that you have all obtained the edition recommended by faculty.
  • Harp performers should please prepare a memorized program from the major solo harp repertoire, totaling 15 minutes. The program should include two to four harp parts or cadenzas from the major orchestral repertoire (i.e. Swan Lake Suite, Symphonie Fantastique). In addition, bring any works in progress or a new work you wish to study.

Performers send Curtis Summerfest their repertoire in advance.

  • Be familiar with the repertoire listed on your application and brought to the program. For example, you’ve watched the Opera whether on online or in person, listened to recordings, and/or translated the libretto.
  • Master class repertoire should be memorized. After performing at the Sing-In, you may be assigned to perform in a master class the next day.
  • Finalists in the Concerto Competition should have their movement memorized before the start of the program.
  • For all master classes, check in with Curtis Summerfest regarding repertoire and whether works should be memorized. Be flexible with your repertoire, preparing two or three possible pieces.
  • It will be the participants’ responsibility to purchase chamber music. We will email you chamber ensemble assignments. Double check that everyone in your ensemble has obtained the same recommended music edition, and mark your measure numbers carefully in advance.
  • Orchestra music will be provided. We will provide orchestra practice parts through a secure page on our website. Participants print their practice parts at home. Orchestra rehearsal parts are provided.
  • It is the participants’ responsibility to bring all printed music parts to all rehearsals, including sectionals and chamber rehearsals.

What to Expect

Watch the interviews on our blog, Backstage Pass, to hear from past participants and faculty!

Visit the testimonials pages to see it in writing: here for those under the age of 21, and here for over.

Get to know us on social media:

It will be the participants’ responsibility to purchase chamber and solo works. Orchestra music will be provided.

View Dining Menus from 2016 programs:

Here is the 2016 menu for Chamber Music and Orchestra for Adults.

View the dining menu for Jeffrey Khaner Flute Festival.

View the dining menu for Young Artist Voice Program: week 1 and week 2. Cost of dining is included for residents; commuters are welcome to pay at cashier or bring food into dining hall.

View the dining menu for Young Artist Summer Program here.