Overtones: Fall 2023

As the Curtis community prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary, we look back at the school’s storied history with 25 impactful moments. We explore how AI generators and synthesizers are impacting the careers of studio musicians, and what musicians should look for in headshots. Faculty member Steven Mackey and guitar alumna Jiji are interviewed about their collaboration for the world premiere of Mackey’s Aluminum Flowers with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. Our Q&A spotlights Curtis’s William R. and Hyunah Yu Brody Distinguished Chair and alumnus Anthony McGill, Leonard Bernstein gets the biopic treatment with Maestro, and three Curtis alumni connect with new audiences through successful podcasts.

In the year ahead, Overtones will bring you additional articles and commentary about Curtis’s first 100 years—the people, events, and performances that have shaped our school. But we’ll also look to the future and explore ways Curtis is leading our students and our art form into a thriving, equitable, and multidimensional future.

—Roberto Díaz, President and CEO
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Sound Off: Headshots

Five members of the Curtis community discuss the attributes an artist might look for when choosing a manager (and vice versa) in the Spring 2023 issue of Overtones.

A Tempo: Maestro, Orchestra Boot Camp, Curtis Bookshelf

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Bernstein, orchestral team building, and books on Barber, Schoenberg, and Falcone in the Fall 2023 issue of Overtones.

Feature Story: Musicians and Artificial Intelligence

Technological advancements like AI generators and improved synthesizers are shaping the careers of studio musicians around the country.