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MEDIA ALERT: Curtis Visits Two School District of Philadelphia Locations for MLK Day of Service

Curtis students perform at Carver Engineering and Science and Cayuga Elementary School as part of ongoing partnerships in 2019–20


Patricia K. Johnson, Curtis Institute of Music

Office: (215) 717-3190, Cell: (856) 419-7083, patricia.johnson@curtis.edu


Martin Luther King Day Events:
The Curtis Institute of Music Visits Carver Engineering and Science and Cayuga Elementary School for Day of Service and Musical Performances


WHEN:            Monday, January 20, 2020

Activities at Carver Engineering and Science

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Service projects and rehearsals
12 to 1 p.m.   Break for lunch

1 to 2 p.m.


Performance by students from the Curtis Institute of Music
Side-by-side performance with string students from Curtis and Carver Engineering and Science in the auditorium

To include:
HOLLAND                  Colors for string orchestra

Activities at Cayuga Elementary School

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.   Service projects and rehearsals
12 to 1 p.m.  Break for lunch

1 to 2 p.m.


Performance by students from the Curtis Institute of Music in the auditorium

To include:
MORALES-MATOS     Little Rhumba
MOZART                    Serenade in B-flat major (“Gran Partita”)
DiLORENZO              An American Anthem


WHERE:          Carver Engineering and Science
1600 W. Norris Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121

 Cayuga Elementary School
4344 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140


WHAT: See the partnership between the Curtis Institute of Music and two School District of Philadelphia locations in action. Community Artist Fellows and students from Curtis celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service at Carver Engineering and Science and Cayuga Elementary School, part of an ongoing commitment to strengthening existing instrumental education programs in the district.

In the morning, Curtis students will participate in service projects at each location. Curtis string and vocal students will clean, beautify, and soundproof the auditorium at Carver. Woodwind, brass, and percussion students from Curtis will complete several tasks at Cayuga, including cleaning and painting the facilities.

In the afternoon, Curtis students will perform for SDP students and their families. At Carver, they will perform a work for string orchestra by Curtis alumnus Jonathan Bailey Holland and a vocal work, and will present a side-by-side performance with string students enrolled at Carver, who are receiving additional instruction and mentorship from Curtis Community Artist Fellow Abigail Fayette during the 2019–20 school year. At Cayuga, Curtis students will perform three works for percussion, woodwind, and brass ensembles, respectively. Community Artist Fellow Hanul Park has helped to build the woodwind and brass programs at Cayuga since Fall 2019.

The work at Carver and Cayuga by the Community Artist Fellows continues to build on the success of past fellows’ involvement at the William Cramp School (which has since reintroduced a string program to elementary-level students) and South Philadelphia High School (which has invested in a full-time music teacher and is now committed to using the arts to accomplish its goals). In 2019–20 the fellows are also working with students at William H. Hunter Elementary School.

In a related effort that is new in the 2019–20 school year, Curtis is collaborating with the School District of Philadelphia to provide additional mentorship and professional development and strengthen existing instrumental education programs. As part of this effort, Louis Russo (Carver), Jake Hernandez (Cayuga), and Aaron Stewart (Hunter) have received one-on-one mentoring from Mary Javian, chair of career studies at Curtis, and regular sessions in musical and entrepreneurial skills from other Curtis faculty.


See more online:  

Former Community Artist Fellow Nozomi Imamura discusses rebuilding the band program at South Philadelphia High School in article from the Philadelphia Inquirer:


Community Artist Fellow Abigail Fayette vlogs about teaching string students at Carver Engineering and Science:


The Community Artist Fellowship is generously supported by Wells Fargo.


About Curtis

In the 2019–20 school year, the Curtis Institute of Music celebrates 95 years of educating and training exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. With a small student body of about 175, Curtis provides each young musician with an unparalleled education alongside musical peers, distinguished by personalized attention from celebrated faculty and a “learn by doing” philosophy. To ensure that admissions are based solely on artistic promise, Curtis makes an investment in each admitted student so that no tuition is charged for their studies. Curtis students learn to engage audiences and share their music with the world through community-based projects like the ones at Philadelphia-area schools. To learn more about Curtis’s work in the community, visit www.curtis.edu/Community.



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