Careers in Music Speaker Series

Curtis is wholly committed to preparing its students and alumni to invent 21st-century careers, and to this end, aims to equip them with a variety of on-stage and off-stage skills.

This speaker series, curated by Mary Javian, chair of career studies, gives the Curtis community the opportunity to hear from a variety of illustrious performers and others from the music world, each with a uniquely successful career.

All events are open to Curtis students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  


2018–19 Speaker Series

Stanford ThompsonFriday, September 7 at 4 p.m.
Stanford Thompson (Trumpet ’09) is the founder and executive director at Play On, Philly!
Field Concert Hall



Matias TarnopolskyMonday, October 8 at 4 p.m.
Matias Tarnopolsky is the newly-appointed president and CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra
Gould Rehearsal Hall



Anthony Roth CostanzoSaturday, October 20 at 4 p.m.
Internationally renowned countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is a veteran performer who has appeared in opera, concert, recital, film, and on Broadway.
Gould Rehearsal Hall


DecodaWednesday, January 30 at 4 p.m.
An NYC-based collective of versatile musicians, Decoda is dedicated to creating dynamic and creative programs designed for social impact. Members of Decoda will join us to demonstrate and explore alternative ways to present chamber music performances


Paul SmithTuesday, February 26 at 4 p.m.
Co-founder of the vocal group VOCES8, CEO of the VCM Foundation and author of the "VOCES8 Method," Paul Smith will be presenting his renowned teaching method, his work as a composer, and talking about running a professional ensemble.
Gould Rehearsal Hall


Additional dates and speakers TBD


Questions about the series? Contact Mary Javian, chair of career studies, at (215) 717-3149.