Curtis students hone their craft through more than 200 orchestra, opera, and solo and chamber music offerings and programs, bringing arts access and education to the community.

For nearly a century Curtis has provided each member of its small student body an unparalleled education alongside musical peers, distinguished by a “learn by doing” philosophy and personalized attention from a faculty that includes a high proportion of actively performing musicians. To ensure that admission is based solely on artistic promise, Curtis charges no tuition to its students.

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All Curtis students receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships. As a result, talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission.


Acceptance Rate

Curtis accepts only a small fraction of the applicants who apply each year, a testament to the talent of our student body.


Student to Faculty Ratio

All students receive highly personalized attention with Curtis’s celebrated faculty.

Our Mission

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry.


The Curtis Institute of Music opened on October 13, 1924.

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The Curtis Institute of Music professors care deeply about teaching and interacting with students. The faculty are world-renowned performing musicians who connect students to life as a successful professional musician today.

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Student Life

Come to Curtis and find campus life that celebrates music by both students and faculty. Build lifelong friendships with fellow students who share your interests, passions, and perspectives.

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Curtis alumni, having experienced extraordinary one-on-one training and valuable performance opportunities as students, go on to invent careers with impact around the world and in their communities.


Meet the leadership, board, trustees, and staff working behind the scenes to make Curtis an exceptional institution for the study of music.

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