Composition

The Curtis composition department integrates new students into the full musical life of the school from the moment they arrive.

Curtis aims to educate and train musicians for 21st-century careers on the highest professional level, through a unique “learn by doing” approach. Composition students can expect to have their works performed often on the Student Recital Series and in other school-sponsored recitals from the beginning of their time at Curtis.

Applicants who are admitted enter either the Bachelor of Music or Master of Music programs, or the diploma programs. Those who already hold bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees or other certificates or diplomas are welcome to apply.

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Faculty

 

Amy Beth Kirsten is a visiting composition faculty.

Curriculum

Applicants who are admitted enter either the Bachelor of Music or Master of Music programs, or the diploma programs. Those who already hold bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees or other certificates or diplomas are welcome to apply.

Audition Requirements

(updated 9/9/21)

Composition applicants will submit no more than three original scores with their applications. Submission of accompanying recordings is strongly recommended. Applicants to the composition department have original compositions examined by that department.

A personal interview in Philadelphia will be required for candidates considered as finalists.

(If interviewing in Philadelphia is not safe or accessible, interviews in a virtual environment will be considered and scheduled as necessary.)

Student Performances