Community Artist Fellowships

Curtis alumni bring their artistry to underserved communities in Philadelphia through Community Artist Fellowships. Community Artist Fellows are placed in existing partnerships between Curtis and institutions such as schools, hospitals, prisons, and rehabilitation centers. They follow a flexible schedule that balances their work in the community alongside practice and performance time. Community Artist Fellowships tailor placements to the discipline, experience, and interests of young Curtis alumni and extends, where possible, work they may have begun as Curtis students through the Community Artist Program (CAP).



Meet our Fellows

More information

Contact Mary Javian, chair of career studies at (215) 717-3149.


Community Artist Fellows in Overtones

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

Composer Emily Cooley’s Community Artist Program project in 2017–18 set the stage for musical collaboration and celebration at a Pennsylvania prison. 

Harpist and 2015–16 fellow Anna Odell offered music to soothe suffering, and received a priceless present in return. 

Bassoonist Wade Coufal, one of the inaugural class of fellows in 2014–15, reflects on opening the world of music to young hospital patients. 



The Community Artist Fellowship program is generously supported by Professor Frank F. Furstenberg Jr., in memory of Nina Segre.