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Support Faculty

At the Curtis Institute of Music, extraordinary musical traditions are handed down from one generation to the next through the cherished relationship between mentors and protégés. To honor the vital role of Curtis’s legendary faculty in furthering the school’s mission, generous donors have established endowed faculty chairs.

By endowing a faculty chair at Curtis, you can help the school achieve a major strategic goal: to enlist the highest quality faculty in all areas of instruction. "Curtis's greatest and most essential strength is its faculty," said former Curtis board chair H. F. "Gerry" Lenfest at the successful completion in 2013 of a $15 million faculty endowment challenge he had issued with his wife, Marguerite Lenfest. "As has been true since the doors to Curtis opened, students will choose Curtis because of the opportunity to study with a specific teacher. It is tremendous to see donors join Marguerite and me in ensuring the faculty at this unique institution will remain world-class."

Curtis must continue to build its endowment to remain tuition-free and attract the best young students. Endowing a faculty chair at Curtis is a wonderful way to support this vital resource. Your endowment of a faculty chair will recognize the exceptional quality of Curtis’s dedicated teachers, while making an important and lasting investment in the school. A gift of $3 million will endow a faculty chair at Curtis, and your commitment can be paid over a period of years or satisfied through a bequest or other planned gift.

Benefits to donors

  • Endowed faculty chairs receive prominent recognition in concert programs and other Curtis publications.
  • Donors have opportunities to meet the faculty member who holds their chair and receive an annual report on his or her activities.
  • Biographies for performing faculty indicate the name of the endowed chair they hold at the Curtis Institute of Music.


Charles Sterne III, director of principal gifts and planned giving, (215) 717-3126