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

Working with distinguished artist-faculty members David Starobin and Jason Vieaux, guitarists study solo repertoire and concertos, as well as chamber music, with a particular emphasis on contemporary works. All guitarists work with both faculty members.

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

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. Admitted students will be at a level of musical and technical proficiency commensurate with other instrumental departments at Curtis.

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Degree programs available within the guitar department include the following.

  • Diploma
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Master of Music

Learn more about the curriculum within the guitar department below.

Audition Requirements

Audition requirements are unique to each department.

Student Performances