Student Recital Series

Students perform solo and chamber works from locations around the globe in new performances available each week. Special programs, such as vocal recitals, graduation recitals, and additional dates are added throughout the year. Most recital broadcasts last about 45 minutes.

Visit Curtis’s Performance Calendar for the dates and times of recital premieres. Premieres air on Facebook (no login or account required), and many include real-time commentary or Q and A’s from our student performers.

Can’t make it to a premiere? All recitals are available for free, on-demand access, allowing you to watch on your own schedule. Sign up through individual calendar pages.


Frequently Asked Questions

To watch a recital, visit the Curtis performance calendar and select the date you wish to view. For premieres, click the “Watch Premiere” button at showtime. To watch on demand, sign up through the “Access On Demand” button. Here, you will need to enter the number of attendees (you must select a number greater than 0) and provide your first name, last name, and e-mail address. Once you have clicked “Register,” you will receive an e-mail confirmation of your registration. When the performance becomes available for viewing, you will receive a second e-mail which contains a link the view the recital. Click the red-orange “Watch Now” button in the e-mail to proceed to the video.

On-demand videos will be released on the same day as premieres. On the release day, all registered attendees will receive an e-mail with a link to the performance video. We typically send these e-mails after 4 p.m. ET. Once you have received the link, you can view the performance at any time you wish.

Every recital at Curtis is unique! As such, we ask that you sign up for each recital that you wish to view on demand. Your registration helps us to gain valuable insight into what kinds of programming connect best with audiences.

Expand “How do I watch a recital?” above for detailed registration instructions.

Premieres take place on a specific date and time, but all of our virtual student recitals are also available on demand. This means that once you register and receive the performance link, you can watch whenever you’d like, just like a YouTube video. Whether you prefer to watch a performance after dinner or with your morning coffee, our on-demand options give you the flexibility to watch on your own schedule.  

If you missed a performance, don’t worry! Student recitals typically remain available for on-demand viewing until the end of the semester in which they were released. Due to copyright issues, some performances may only be available for limited viewing periods. If this is the case, we will post this information on the calendar page for that performance.

All our virtual student recitals are free! As part of our nearly 100-year-old tradition of free student performances, the virtual recital series provides a platform for our students to gain invaluable performing experience for audience members like you.

Once you register to view a recital, you will receive an e-mail confirming your registration. If you registered for a recital prior to its release date, you will receive a second e-mail on the afternoon of the performance release date which will contain a link the view the recital. If you registered for a recital after its release date, you will immediately receive an e-mail with the watch link. To ensure deliverability of all recital content, please add to your contacts or safe sender list. 

Yes! Our recitals are available to watch on smart TVs as well as desktop and laptop computers, smartphones, and tablets.


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The Curtis Institute of Music received funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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