Life at Curtis

Student life at Curtis is primarily concentrated within the historic mansions at 1726 Locust Street and the facilities of Lenfest Hall at 1616 Locust Street.

Students at Curtis have nearly unlimited opportunities to perform. Curtis presents nearly 200 performances each season, ranging from orchestra concerts and opera productions to solo and chamber recitals. Students also have access to world-class arts organizations, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Opera Philadelphia, and more, with these organizations frequently offering free or discounted tickets to Curtis students.

Outside of the practice room, Curtis takes pride in fostering a welcoming and supportive environment in which students can learn and perform to the best of their abilities. Frequent social and recreational activities are organized by Student Council and the residence life staff. Wellness activities are offered throughout the academic year in support of students’ physical and mental health. In addition, many traditions remain in practice that date back to the school’s founder, Mary Louise Curtis Bok, including Wednesday-afternoon tea and the annual holiday party. These unique events offer the entire Curtis community a break for refreshment, relaxation, and informal conversation.