The Curtis composition department integrates new students into the full musical life of the school from the moment they arrive.

Curtis aims to educate and train musicians for 21st-century careers on the highest professional level, through a unique "learn by doing" approach. Composition students can expect to have their works performed often on the Student Recital Series and in other school-sponsored recitals from the beginning of their time at Curtis.

Applicants who are admitted enter either the Bachelor of Music program or the diploma program. Those who already hold bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees or other certificates or diplomas are welcome to apply.

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Composition Faculty

Richard Danielpour

Nick DiBerardino

Amy Beth Kirsten (visiting)