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Christopher Mossey Joins Curtis Institute of Music as Vice President for Institutional Advancement

The Curtis Institute of Music has appointed Christopher Mossey as vice president for institutional advancement, effective July 8

Christopher Mossey, photo: Lena LiPHILADELPHIA—June 26, 2019—The Curtis Institute of Music has appointed Christopher Mossey as vice president for institutional advancement, serving as a senior member of the leadership team and overseeing the school’s integrated development, marketing, and communications functions. Effective July 8, Mr. Mossey will guide advancement priorities and ensure funding of the strategic initiatives leading up to Curtis’s centenary in 2024.

Mr. Mossey brings over 20 years of experience developing resources and innovative programs for higher education and cultural organizations, including a previous position as senior managing director of the global ventures initiative at the Juilliard School. As vice president for institutional advancement, he will bolster the perception and positioning of Curtis as a top-tier educational institution with a wide breadth of student, alumni, and faculty activity, and will engage stakeholders—including influential leaders on a local and global scale—in the life, mission, and financial well-being of the school. He will manage departmental staff and work closely with Curtis’s senior leadership, including the president, senior vice president of administration, and board of trustees.

“Christopher was the unanimous choice of the staff and trustees on the search committee,” says Curtis president and CEO Roberto Díaz. “Curtis will benefit from his record of achievement developing, directing, and raising money for transformative programs, and his extensive experience with global branding initiatives will be an excellent asset to the school.”

“I am truly honored to be joining the Curtis Institute of Music,” says Mr. Mossey. “I am looking forward to experiencing first-hand the creativity of Curtis’s students, faculty, and alumni and developing innovative ways to welcome more friends to participate in the critical role that Curtis plays in artistic affairs every day around the world.”

A member of the Juilliard School’s administration from 1999 to 2018, Mr. Mossey co-founded Juilliard Global Ventures, through which he oversaw the development of the Tianjin Juilliard School. Also at Juilliard, he launched an international K–12 performing arts education initiative with Nord Anglia Education, developed significant philanthropic gifts as part of the $300 million Second Century Fund, and created an annual series of exchanges and workshops with young musicians in São Paulo, Brazil, in partnership with the U.S. Consulate and the State Secretariat of Culture in São Paulo, among other accomplishments.

Since 2018, Mr. Mossey has been a consultant with The Greatest Works Agency, which helps educational and cultural organizations leverage hidden assets to expand their global reach and develop revenue. He holds a Ph.D. in the history and theory of music from Brandeis University and a bachelor of music degree from Florida State University.


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