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New Student Orientation 2019

New students join the Curtis family

With the 2019–20 year about to begin, 41 new Curtis students arrived in Philadelphia at the end of August for orientation! New Student Orientation is the first opportunity for incoming students to get to know the school from the inside. An energized crew of about 20 returning students serves as orientation leaders: offering guidance, fun activities, and support to the incoming class during that crucial first week of their Curtis journey.

New students learned some of the basics: where to find their lesson schedules, how to sign up to perform in recitals. But Nicholas Alton Lewis, associate dean of student and academic affairs, also scheduled time for them to think about deeper issues. Several sessions focused on challenges that musicians face in today's world, and the values that Curtis and its alumni stand for. Of course, there was also time for fun, and plenty of chances to meet returning students, as well as members of the staff and faculty.

As usual, alumni were on hand as well. Several events offered chances for incoming students to meet the alumni who preceded them, including the traditional President's Picnic in Rittenhouse Square. And as orientation wrapped up, the school year officially began at Convocation, where alumnus and faculty member Anthony McGill (Clarinet ’00) offered some of the week’s most encouraging words to the student body. “You are excellence. Go forward, be happy, be healthy, be safe. And fearlessly change the world with your grateful hearts and kind actions.”

Join us in welcoming the newest members of the Curtis family! We can't wait to see them on stage and out in the world!