2016-17 Annual Report

At the close of a very successful 2016–17, the Curtis Institute of Music is pleased to share some of the highlights of a year in which we made great progress toward fulfilling the goals of a bold strategic direction, established by our board of trustees three years ago. Page through the report and explore the links below to learn how the key themes of Curtis’s strategic direction are shaping the present and future of the school.


2016-17 Donors to the Curtis Institute of Music

Curtis is grateful to these generous supporters

2016-17 Audited Financial Statements 

Detailed, audited financial statements are available here.

Important information about operating results 

Strategic Direction

Bold Intentions: From the heart of Curtis, a new strategic direction emerged in 2014 to propel the school toward its 2024 centenary. (From Overtones, Fall 2015)

Curtis Musician Life Cycle

Alumni Network: Launched in 2016, a global network is providing resources and connections for alumni.

Curtis relationship with Opera Philadelphia: Mezzo-soprano Anastasiia Sidorova is among several Curtis students and young alumni who participate in the Emerging Artist Program at Opera Philadelphia. (From Overtones, Spring 2017)

A singer performing

Global Musical Community

Curtis on YouTube: Curtis has established a high-definition presence on YouTube, offering live-streamed recitals and recorded performances to a global audience.

Curtis on Tour in Europe: In the most ambitious Curtis on Tour initiative to date, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra toured nine European cities in fifteen days, garnering enthusiastic reviews, strengthening international relationships, and providing 100 students an invaluable “learn by doing” experience. (From Overtones, Fall 2017)

Curtis on Tour in an airplane 

Programs, Teaching Model, and Experiential Learning

Mentor Conductor: Curtis conducting fellows are flourishing under the mentorship of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who is also dispensing his wisdom to the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in monthly reading sessions. (From Overtones, Spring 2017)

Making Music in Prison: Curtis composition student Emily Cooley embarked on a Community Artist Program (CAP) project that set the stage for musical collaboration and celebration at a Pennsylvania prison. (From Overtones, Fall 2017) 

A mentor works with another student

Why Choose Curtis?: Students, faculty, and alumni reflect on what makes the Curtis education unique.

Financial Future

Annual Fund: Support for the Curtis Annual Fund in 2016–17 totaled more than $4.25 million—a 9% increase over the previous year—spurred by a Chairman’s Challenge that provided a special incentive for donors to make new and additional gifts.

Mark and Nina at a curtis event

Board chair Mark Rubenstein with former chair Nina Baroness von Maltzahn

Organizational Structure

Enhanced new-employee orientation and staff communications: In 2016–17 Curtis moved to more immediately integrate new hires into the Curtis family.

View the 2015-16 Annual Report