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  

Join the Crescendo Club for concerts at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts this July. More information on tickets, details, and timing will be shared soon.

July 16 at 8 p.m.: A Night of Berlioz with the Philadelphia Orchestra, featuring Curtis graduates Kensho Watanabe (’15), conductor and Elena Perroni (’18), soprano.

July 23 at 8 p.m.: Rachmaninoff in the Park with the Philadelphia Orchestra, featuring Curtis student Tianxu An, piano.




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