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COVID-19 Updates

This information will be updated as developments related to the COVID-19 health crisis arise.


Operational Updates from the Office of the President

FROM MARCH 24, 2020

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Curtis Summerfest transitions to online format


Curtis Summerfest will transition the Young Artist Summer Program (YASP) to an online format for Summer 2020 in order to maintain recommended physical distancing related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program for advanced high school- and college-aged musicians runs from July 11 to August 1 and will feature celebrated faculty and a reimagined curriculum. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 15 at Curtis.edu/YASP.

The Curtis Summerfest Harp Colony (June 8–12) and the Sphinx Performance Academy at Curtis Summerfest (June 14–27) will also transition to an online format. Two additional Summerfest programs, Chamber Music for Adults and the Mikael Eliasen Voice Program, have been cancelled for 2020.




Curtis students continue community residencies online

How do you hold a violin? What makes Bach so special? Students enrolled in the artist-citizen curriculum at Curtis, including three Community Artist Fellows, answer these questions throughout the school year as they work in a variety of Philadelphia community settings. In the process they develop practical skills to engage deeply with audiences of all kinds and lead community-based projects that meaningfully affect the lives of others.

Now that coronavirus restrictions have precluded these personal interactions, this engagement work has moved online.



Curtis faculty share updates on online learning


Jeanne Minahan McGinn, Ph.D, Curtis’s chair of liberal arts, reflects on teaching and learning during the pandemic in a recent article entitled “From Seminar to Semaphore.”