Curtis Crescendo Club

A note from our co-chairs

The Curtis Crescendo Club hosts a series of exclusive events each year to introduce Philadelphia's young professionals to the myriad musical talents of Curtis students. Many of these students will soon shine on the world's leading stages, following in the steps of Curtis alumni like Leonard Bernstein, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang. 

Since 1927, students have attended the Curtis Institute of Music on full-tuition scholarships, allowing the school to attract the finest young musicians from around the world. To demonstrate their support, Crescendo Club members donate funds to support an annual fellowship for a Curtis student. The current Crescendo Club Annual Fellow is Joshua Halpern, an award-winning cellist from Dayton, Ohio, whose education we are thrilled to support.

We look forward to sharing the Curtis experience with you at an upcoming performance.

Eileen Murphy and C.J. Walsh III, co-chairs of the Crescendo Club Steering Committee

Join today with a contribution of $100 or more.

Upcoming Curtis Crescendo Club Events  

Joshua Halpern's Graduation Recital

Monday, April 29, 2019 
Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia
6:30 p.m. Recital
Post-Performance Reception

This recital is FREE and open to the public; RSVP is recommended.

Join the Curtis Crescendo Club as we support Joshua Halpern—award-winning cellist and this year’s Crescendo Club Fellow—at his graduation recital, a culmination of his three years of study at Curtis. After the recital, we’ll gather at nearby Spice Finch to celebrate the accomplishment of this young artist. We hope you will join us!


Riders to the Sea and Empty the House Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 

Perelman Theatre at the Kimmel Center
300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia
7:30 p.m. Performance
This free signature event is only available to contributing Crescendo Club members. Members will receive a special link by email to reserve their free tickets.

Be among the first to see a brand new production from Curtis Opera Theatre, featuring a newly expanded orchestration by Curtis alumna Rene Orth (Composition ’16). The evening pairs Riders to the Sea by Ralph Vaughan Williams with Empty the House, a 2016 work by Orth and librettist Mark Campbell, in a unique double bill that explores the complicated relationships between mothers and children, brothers and sisters, the loved and the lost. Learn more about the production.




Curtis Crescendo Club Steering Committee, 2018–19

C. J. Walsh III, co-chair
Eileen Murphy, co-chair
Sara A. Aliabadi
R. C. Atlee 
Danielle Bourgeon
Christina Brus
Alice Anne Dolbin
Elizabeth Frey
Amanda P. Howell
Byron Kho
Filiz Leigh
Matthew Malinowski
Kelly McFarland
Philippe Poirier
Marianna Tretiak
Marija Ugrinich
Dean Vetsikas
Alexandra von der Embse (Oboe '12)
Clint Walker
Kai Xu



Filiz Leigh, associate director of individual giving, (215) 717-3131 or