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Friends of Curtis

Members of the Friends of Curtis provide vital support to the Annual Fund, furthering the mission of the school to enhance and train the world's finest young musicians.

The Friends of Curtis membership circles recognize donors who contribute $75-$1,249 annually.

All members of the Friends of Curtis are eligible to numerous benefits including:

  • Discounted tickets to Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Curtis Opera Theatre subscriptions
  • Invitation to the Curtis Open House

Donors under the age of 40 can elect to join the Curtis Crescendo Club, a young professionals group, and receive special benefits and networking events in appreciation of their annual gifts of $75 or more.

The Board of Directors of the Friends of Curtis

The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Curtis Institute of Music champions the accomplishments of Curtis's young musicians and provides important volunteer service and financial support to the school.

The Friends board comprises more than fifty members from throughout the Philadelphia region. The Friends board is committed to broadening support for Curtis, generating enthusiasm for Curtis's mission to nurture the next generation of classical musicians, and serving as a resource to Curtis students.


Mark Steinberger, Chair
Pauline A. Candaux, Vice Chair
Linda Mitchell, Secretary

2015/2016 Members 

Patricia Conway  
Edna F. Dick
Irene Eizen
Diane Freedman
Dinah Fulton
Judith R. Garfinkel
Kate Hall
Sue Hsu^
Judith Kaplow
Frances Levy 
Barbara Mishkin 
Eileen Murphy
James Peters  
Bonnie Sklar
Shirley Smith 
Bobby Towcimak 
Marija Ugrinich
Aileen E. Whitman

2015/2016 Advisory Board

Nina Albert
Carole Isseks Bailis
Eileen Baird
Edith W. Barnes
Dianne G. Bernstein  
Mrs. Robert A. Bildersee
Charles A. Carr
Joan Chait  
L. Daniel Dannenbaum
Niza L. Davidson
Lee de Rham  
Craig Merrick Ebner
David B. Fay*
Judith Francis
Barbara F. Freed 
Edith Evans Frumin*
Elizabeth P. Glendinning
Susan Horwitz Goldberg
Adele Gray
Helaine S. Greenberg
Nancy G. Heinzen
Miriam Kanev
Sandra B. Kelly
Caroline Koblenzer
Sandra Marcucci
Betty Harris Matarese 
Christopher Merritt
Evelyn K. Merritt
Madelyn Mignatti 
Barbara Moskow* 
Margaret Reese 
Gabrielle Kazze Rinaldi 
Marian Robinson 
Beatrice S. Rossman
Shirlee S. Schachtel 
Anita G. Schmukler 
Mary Ellen Schneider 
Ruth Septee
Joseph Shanis
Barbara Oaks Silver  
Ivana Vavra
Peggy B. Wachs  
Garth Weldon 
Eloise L. Wood
Linda Yaffe

Honorary Members

A. Margaret "Stormy" Bok
Rachel Bok Goldman
Naomi Graffman

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