2019 Gala: New Voices, New Ventures

Join the Curtis Institute of Music as we welcome Eric Owens ('95) and Danielle Orlando in their new leadership roles with the Vocal Studies Department and Curtis Opera Theatre at our largest fundraising event of the year.

Friday, April 12, 2019
Barnes Foundation 
6 p.m. Cocktails
7 p.m. Dinner with performances by Eric Owens, Danielle Orlando, and others
Festive Attire

As one of the world’s pre-eminent conservatories, Curtis has long nurtured great vocal artists who have gone on to frequent the most distinguished opera and concert stages. The school’s uniquely personalized attention to each student, along with an unmatched number of performance opportunities, has kept Curtis at the forefront of vocal training for more than three decades under the leadership of Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre and the Hirsig Family Chair of Vocal Studies.

Even as our young singers take on role after role with the Curtis Opera Theatre, they are featured in recital, on tours, and in community settings—ensuring that audiences of all ages, locally and globally, enjoy easy access to the wonders of an exhilarating art form. This commitment to access will continue and flourish as the distinguished bass-baritone Eric Owens (’95) and master vocal coach Danielle Orlando take the helm of vocal studies at Curtis next season.

Join us as we celebrate the past, present, and future of this exceptional program and its enduring impact worldwide.

2019 Gala Leadership


Eileen Rosenau
William Stensrud

If you would like to purchase a sponsorship level or a ticket, please contact (215) 717-3131.

Proceeds from the gala will ensure that we can continue Curtis’s tuition-free policy and attract the most talented young artists from around the world.

Read About Past Galas

On Sunday, April 29, 2018 we paid tribute to Joseph and Marie Field at our Annual Gala at the The Bellevue Hotel. The evening concluded with an exhilarating Curtis Symphony Orchestra concert at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts featuring conductor Karina Canellakis (Violin ’04), soprano Amanda Majeski (Opera ’09), and conducting fellow Carlos Ágreda. 

2018 Gala Leadership


John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick

Honorary Chairs

The Mary Louise Curtis Bok Foundation
Board of Directors

2017 Annual Gala

Curtis gratefully acknowledges the generous supporters of the 2017 gala, which was held on Sunday, May 7 at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. Chaired by Betty and Jim Matarese, the evening offered an opportunity to highlight Curtis on Tour, its purpose, and plans for its future. Over 250 people were in attendance and $500,000 was raised to support Curtis. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and three-course dinner followed by an orchestra performance that highlighted repertoire from the momentous 2017 European tour of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. The concert included Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben. Osmo Vänskä led the program, assisted by conducting fellow Conner Gray Covington (’17), and Peter Serkin (’64) was the piano soloist.

View photos from last year’s gala.