Student Recital Series

In 2020–21, the Student Recital Series provides a virtual platform for Curtis student performers—and free opportunities for audiences to indulge in their showcase of artistry. As Curtis operates remotely during the pandemic, recitals will be presented online.

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

Free registration is required via Curtis’s Performance Calendar and grants on-demand access to each recital.


Frequently Asked Questions

To watch a recital, go to the Curtis performance calendar. From there, click the orange “Student Recital” button of the performance you would like to view. Under “Tickets,” click the orange “Register” button to access the registration form. 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. On the afternoon of the performance release date, you will receive a second e-mail which contains a link the view the recital. Click the green “Watch” button in the e-mail to proceed to the video.

Virtual student recital videos will be released on the corresponding day listed in the performance calendar. On the release dayall registered attendees will receive an e-mail with a link to the performance video. We typically send these e-mails after 4:00 PM Eastern Time. Once you have received the link, you can view the performance at any time you wish.

Curtis students are committed to performing a wide range of repertoire, including contemporary works protected by copyright law. Some of these copyright agreements require that we put performances behind a time-limited registration wall.  

By requiring individual registration, we gain valuable insight into what programs you (our audiences) are interested in attending.

No, our virtual student recitals are available on demand. Like a YouTube video, this means that once you have the performance link, you can watch whenever you’d like. Whether you prefer to watch a performance after dinner or with your morning coffee, our virtual recitals give you the flexibility to watch whenever and as many times as you’d like.  

Occasionally, we may offer live virtual events such as performances or interactive Q&As. If an event will be held at a specific time, we will include this information in all event communications, including the registration page and confirmation e-mail.

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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