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 


Curtis Crescendo Club Presents Joshua Halpern, Cello

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 
1 Tippling Place, 2006 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
6:30 p.m. 
Join the Curtis Crescendo Club as we slip out of the concert hall for a cozy evening of cello and cocktails at 1 Tippling Place. Joshua Halpern, award-winning cellist and this year's Crescendo Club Annual Fellow, will take us on a journey through his musical development, including selections from Bach's six suites for solo cello. 

Tickets are $10 for non-members (free for members*), and include light appetizers and your first beverage!


*Members will receive a special link by e-mail to reserve their free tickets. This event is generously sponsored by 1 Tippling Place. 


Curtis Opera Theatre Presents: Don Giovanni

Thursday, March 7, 2019 
Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia
6 p.m. Pre-show Happy Hour at Volvér 
7:30 p.m. Performance

The Curtis Crescendo Club is partnering with Opera Philadelphia's young professionals group, VIVACE, for a special opening-night event on March 7. Enjoy Curtis Opera Theatre at the Perelman's production of Don Giovanni at an exclusive price, including a pre-show happy hour beginning at 6 p.m. Single tickets (include pre-show happy hour): $50 in the first balcony or $25 in the second balcony (normally $75 and $50).






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