A profile of three of Curtis’s founding winds, brass, and percussion faculty explores their tremendous impact in Philadelphia and beyond.
Upon its founding in 1924, the Curtis Institute of Music quickly wove itself into the fabric of American musical life. As noted in the fiftieth anniversary edition of Overtones, “Prior to the founding of the Institute, the Philadelphia Orchestra drew its musicians from Europe, seldom from America. Now, American orchestras are almost entirely American-trained. … The Institute played a major role in this change.” Naturally, much of this can be attributed to the students who are the heart and soul of Curtis, but equally important are the founding faculty whose brilliant pedagogy and dedication to their students built a formidable training ground for American artists. As Curtis enters its ninety-sixth anniversary season, we celebrate the Institute’s legacy of winds, brass, and percussion. Here we explore the far-reaching impact of three of Curtis’s founding faculty in these areas: flutist William Kincaid, hornist Anton Horner, and percussionist Oscar Schwar.