Curtis seeks highly motivated individuals, dedicated to excellence and willing to contribute to Curtis’s mission to educate and train exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry.


Open Positions

       Community Advisor for Curtis Summerfest 2018


During the summer, Curtis opens its doors to provide musicians and music lovers opportunities to explore classical music and experience the Curtis Institute of Music’s “learn by doing” philosophy. The Summerfest Office, in conjunction with the Director of Residence Life, is hiring Community Advisors (CAs). CAs live in the same suites as participants in Curtis’ Lenfest Hall and are responsible for mentoring and guidance, leading activities, ensuring participant safety and complying with program rules and regulations. This is an excellent opportunity to strengthen leadership skills, mentor young students, plan and implement social programming, and build effective working relationships during a fun and rewarding summer music program.

Compensation is $11.50/hour. CAs receive on-campus housing (private room within a shared suite) in Lenfest Hall as part of his/her compensation. Meals are provided in Lenfest Hall’s Gould Dining Hall *when programs are in session.* 




Essential Functions

  • Share in the responsibility of making each student, faculty, and program participant feel welcome on Curtis’ campus. Plan and implement social programming activities for participants. Chaperone and participate in scheduled daytime, evening, and weekend activities.
  • Play a vital role in presenting Curtis as a hospitable, service-oriented institution. Serve as a resource for program participants’ questions and needs.
  • Coordinate program check-in and help students move out after program.
    • Educate participants on program rules and reinforce their compliance.
    • Communicate with supervisor regularly about participant well-being.
    • Maintain accurate reporting when needed and other critical paperwork.
    • Fulfill on-call responsibilities and perform nightly curfew checks. Conduct student floor meetings. Conduct health and safety inspections.
    • Attend scheduled daily staff meetings.
    • Assist rehearsal production and proctoring classes.
    • Perform administrative and office duties as needed. Other duties as assigned.

 Employment Dates

Applicants should include which option(s) they are available and would like to work:

  • Option 1: New Program for 2018 TBA
    • Training and preparation work: June 8 and 9, 2018
    • Program dates: June 10-24, 2018
  • Option 2: Mikael Eliasen Voice Program
    • Training and preparation work: June 14 – 16, 2018
    • Program dates: June 17-30, 2018
  • Option 3: Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony
    • Training and preparation work: June 19, 2018
    • Program dates: June 20-26, 2018
  • Option 4: Jeffrey Khaner Flute Festival
    • Training and preparation work: June 22, 2018
    • Program dates: June 25-30, 2018
  • Option 5: Young Artist Summer Program
    • Training and preparation work: July 11-14, 2018
    • Program dates: July 15 – August 4, 2018
    • Wrap up work (flexible): August 5 – 8, 2018

The ideal candidate must exhibit:

  • a positive, “can-do” attitude
  • devotion and dedication to Curtis, its students, alumni, and parents
  • passion for his/her work, and contribution to the field and greater good
  • commitment and accountability for his/her work, and his/her ability to affect change
  • desire and willingness to collaborate, think creatively, and make data-driven decisions
  • respect, courtesy, and patience for colleagues, other staff, faculty, patrons, core constituents, and volunteers
  • an eagerness to make Curtis a more diverse and inclusive institution
  • Attention to detail, initiative, and the ability to work well within a team and with a diverse constituency ranging in age, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, racial and/or religious background.
  • Strong customer-oriented skills.


This position works closely with Curtis Staff and Faculty and reports directly to the Summerfest Manager and Director of Residence Life. Positions are temporary and do not include benefits.

Interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter and resume to with “Summerfest CA” in the subject line, no later than Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Positions are open until filled and are considered on a rolling basis from the time of job description posting. Employment is contingent upon the successful passing of Pennsylvania Act 153 and criminal (ADP) background screenings. (EOE)



The Curtis Institute of Music provides a comprehensive benefits package to eligible (i.e. permanent, full-time) employees. The package includes health care, life and accidental death insurance, and short- and long-term disability insurance. Dental insurance, vision insurance, supplemental life, and supplemental long-term disability are available for eligible employees with little cost. Benefits coverages for health care, dental, vision, and life insurance are also available for eligible dependents/domestic partners; the cost of the coverage is the responsibility of the employee. In addition, Curtis offers participation in a 401(k) plan, and Section 125 plan. Employees also receive complimentary tickets to student orchestra and opera performances.

Hiring Practices

In its goal to create and maintain a diverse community, Curtis does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, gender identity, genetic tests and information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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