Overtones is the semi-annual magazine of the Curtis Institute of Music. The latest issue explores Gary Graffman's legacy as Curtis celebrates his 90th birthday; Tod Machover's influence on Curtis composers during his time as a guest faculty member; Curtis's self-reflection during the academic re-accreditation process; and more.


COVER STORY: Teacher, Mentor, Father, Friend

Curtis celebrates the 90th birthday of its past leader and beloved piano faculty member, Gary Graffman, who will be honored at a special Curtis Symphony Orchestra concert on October 28. Learn about Mr. Graffman's life and career in our expanded online tribute.

FEATURE: High Marks

The reaccreditation process requires an intense period of self-study. Dean Paul Bryan relates the resulting discoveries—and their implications.

FEATURE: Electronic Odyssey

Pioneering composer and visiting faculty Tod Machover guided six young composers through new territory last spring. Composition chair David Ludwig and the students reflect on the journey. Below, listen to each of the student composer's works from the May 4 premiere concert.

Meet the Faculty

Liberal arts chair and poet Jeanne Minahan McGinn is a discerning and generous listener. David Allen visits her classroom. Experience a musical setting of Dr. McGinn's poetry in this concert performance. 

Meet the Students

Cellist Oliver Herbert is setting his musical course with quiet conviction, writes Matthew Barker. Explore a selection of performances recorded during Oliver's time at Curtis, beginning with this historically informed performance of a Bach suite on a five-stringed cello.

Meet the Alumni

The versatile trumpeter Kevin Cobb grounds his career in chamber music. Ian VanderMeulen reports on the American Brass Quintet member, who is also a busy New York freelancer and teacher. Below, listen to a track from Kevin's upcoming album.

First Person

Opera student Ashley Marie Robillard reflects on the Curtis Opera Theatre roles that have prepared her for the professional world. Ashley is now in her second year as an Opera Philadelphia Emerging Artist. See her transform into Papagena for Opera Philadelphia's 2017 production of The Magic Flute!
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The Compleat Musician

Learning liberal arts by doing takes students beyond the walls of Curtis. Historian and liberal arts faculty member Eva Swidler explores how they put abstract learning to work.

Virtual Reality Comes to Curtis

On May 8 Gould Rehearsal Hall hosted a multimedia experience unlike anything in Curtis’s history. Explore Chelsea Komschlies' collaboration with Drexel University's Symphony XR team to create a virtual "mixed reality" performance experience.


Overtones Archive

Read selections from previous issues.

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