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Overtones is the semi-annual magazine of the Curtis Institute of Music. The latest issue explores Curtis fellow Nick DiBerardino's Anansi the Spider collaboration with Girard College, Mikael Eliasen's 30-year career at the head of the Curtis Opera Theatre, the Dover Quartet's rise as a premiere string quartet, and more.



COVER STORY: Creating Together

Community Artist Fellow Nick DiBerardino relates his experience composing a new children’s opera with the participation of hundreds of Philadelphia schoolchildren.



Learn more about Nick's work as a Community Artist Fellow.










FEATURE: Magnum Opus

Over three decades at Curtis, Mikael Eliasen has built an unparalleled training program for vocal artists.



Mikael EliasenLearn more about Mikael Eliasen's 30 years as artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre, read tributes from alumni and colleagues, and explore photos from his most memorable productions, complete with his own reminiscences..










Meet the Faculty

Meng-Chieh Liu challenges students to achieve a perfect balance among the many aspects of musicianship.



Meng-Chieh Liu Join us on Sunday, March 31 for the finale of Mr. Liu's Silver Touch recital series!










Meet the Students

At 23, baritone Dennis Chmelensky embarks on his second singing career with deep commitment.



Hear Dennis perform Hugo Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch alongside soprano Ashley Robillard and pianist Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre.










Meet the Alumni

Nurtured at Curtis, the Dover Quartet is increasingly recognized for its identifiable voice.



Listen to a track from the Dover Quartet's debut album Tribute: Dover Quartet Plays Mozart. The quartet's members are joined by one of their Curtis mentors: the late Michael Tree, who was violist of the Guarneri Quartet.






Explore a selection of notable performances from the Dover Quartet's years at Curtis.



















First Person

Curtis musicians help a class of medical students apply a new, needed set of skills.


The Compleat Musician

A demanding discipline, solfège develops the inner ear of Curtis musicians.


Overtones Archive

Read selections from previous issues.

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