Residence Life

The residence life staff works collaboratively to create a welcoming and inclusive environment, with a focus on academic success, individual growth, and holistic development. Summerfest affirms all students, regardless of sex, race, age, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or gender identity.

Community Advisors (CAs) live with residents in the Lenfest Hall suites. CAs lead recreational excursions, assist participants in writing suite-mate agreements, and (for underage participants) conduct nightly suite-checks at curfew. Depending on the schedule of each program, CA-led activities may include:

  • Field trips to Philadelphia’s cultural establishments
  • Informal concerts or open-mic nights
  • Game nights
  • Movie nights
  • Ping-pong tournaments


The Curtis Institute of Music is largely housed in stately mansions that pair 19th-century charm with 21st-century amenities. They have a distinguished architectural history.

Main Building, 1726 Locust Street

Gould rehearsal Hall









The Curtis Institute of Music’s main building occupies two charming, connected 19th-century mansions with wood-paneled walls, ornate moldings, high ceilings, decorative ironwork, and Oriental rugs. The building includes Field Concert Hall, the Curtis Opera Studio, the Graffman Common Room, music studios, classrooms, and a computer studio used for composition lab during the Young Artist Summer Program.

Field Concert Hall

Field Concert Hall is a 240-seat auditorium with splendid acoustics. In the summer, it is used for faculty recitals, some master classes, and some rehearsals. It also houses a 5-manual, 116-rank Aeolian-Skinner organ. The hall is easily accessible, with an elevator lift at street level.







Graffman Commonroom

Inside the front doors is a handsomely appointed reception area, named the Gary and Naomi Graffman Common Room after the recent Curtis president/director and his wife.









Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street

To maintain its priceless musical traditions in the modern environment, Curtis built Lenfest Hall, a dynamic space for learning and living, tailored to the needs of its extraordinary students and faculty. It includes the magnificent Gould Rehearsal Hall, housing on upper residence floors, a fifth-floor garden terrace, and convenient dining facilities. Check-in to Summerfest programs is always at Lenfest Hall. The building is named in honor of Curtis Chairman Emeritus H. F. "Gerry" Lenfest and Marguerite Lenfest.

Lenfest Hall, located at 1616 Locust Street, offers suite-style living with well thought-out design and amenities in line with what students expect in contemporary campus housing. Lenfest Hall includes:

  • Gould Rehearsal Hall:

Gould rehearsal Hall

A 2,850-square-foot, acoustically designed rehearsal hall accommodates a full orchestra for the largest-scale core repertoire.







  • classrooms and studios with Steinway pianos
  • a conference room, which hosts the summerfest administrative team during summer months
  • a convenient dining hall on the first floor
  • a beautifully landscaped roof terrace, with outdoor patio tables, chairs, and teak garden benches off of a spacious student lounge, with sofas, armchairs, ping-pong table, and a large flat-screen television
  • secure housing in furnished suites
  • central air conditioning
  • free wireless signal
  • handicapped-accessibility
  • 24-hour security attendants and security cameras
  • The Commons:


One of the building's main social centers, the Commons includes the Albert Lounge, a comfortable area looking out onto historic St. Mark's Church.

Floors five through nine of Lenfest Hall each consist of several suites, with four bedrooms and two full baths per suite. Bedrooms can accommodate two or three people, depending on room size. Suite-mates are made up of participants closest in age to each other. Chamber Music for Adult participants have single rooms.

Suite features:

  • a central sitting/ living room with a sofa, coffee table, mini-fridge, and soft armchair
  • front entry double-wide closet
  • individual temperature control

What should I bring?

Toiletries, wardrobe essentials for the full program duration, raincoat and umbrella, concert clothes (black shoes, black slacks or skirt for women, black dress shirt), phone and/or calling card, water bottle, writing supplies, camera.

Check out the Preparing Once Enrolled page for a packing list.

If I live in the Philadelphia area, can I commute?

Commuting musicians are welcome. You may pack lunch or purchase any meals in our Dining Hall with cash or credit.

I am a parent. Can I stay at Lenfest Hall with my child?

If there is room in the Lenfest Hall suites, parents are welcome to stay on campus at per night, per person rate. To maximize your child’s experience, however, accommodations for parents and students are in separate suites. Contact in the spring to inquire on availability during your program. If housing is not available for parents during your program, we will be happy to suggest nearby hotels.

Are refunds available to those who must withdraw after registering for the workshop?

We offer no refunds of any kind, including for dismissal due to violation of rules or state, federal, or local laws. There are no refunds for early departure. Exceptions may be made only in the event of a documented medical emergency, in which case room and board may be refunded on a prorated basis only. No participant will be admitted until all fees are paid in full.

What is the nearest airport? What are the transport options from airport to Curtis and back?

The local airport with commercial flights is Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Taxis are generally the most efficient way to transfer back and forth and are the recommended option for any student aged 18 or under. The ride to the airport from Curtis takes about 25 minutes and costs about $30.

Read more about transport.

Is Lenfest Hall a safe and secure environment?

The main entrance is at 1616 Locust Street, and is guarded 24/7. (At most times there also is a guard “roving” throughout the building.) Curtis students, staff and faculty may enter using turnstiles activated by swipe cards. Summerfest student residents will have access to private elevators to residential floors. Student residents are issued a personal security key card to swipe/enter their suite. Visitors will not be allowed during the duration of the program. A Curtis Institute of Music Security and Fire Safety Report is available.

Read more on the Health and Safety page.

Is there co-ed living?

Students are housed in same-sex suites. Students are not allowed in opposite-sex suites at any time.

Learn about our Code of Conduct.















Mere minutes from Curtis’s campus at 18th and Locust Streets, you’ll find the Avenue of the Arts on South Broad Street, with:

It’s a 20-minute walk to Independence National Historical Park, the heart of Philadelphia’s colonial heritage, where you’ll find:

Also nearby are

Favorite summer excursions beyond Center City include Fairmount Park’s Mann Music Center—a summer home of the Philadelphia Orchestra—and Longwood Gardens.

Is eating your pleasure? As a foodie, you’ll feel right at home in Philadelphia with its delectable cuisines and celebrity chefs. Philadelphia boasts more than 900 restaurants in Center City alone. For fresh flavors and regional color, don’t miss Reading Terminal Market.

Baseball fans, you’re a brief subway ride away from Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. And Philadelphia offers plenty of green space to pursue your own recreational activities.

Whatever your taste for culture, you’ll find it in Philadelphia. Explore and plan online with Philly Fun Guide and Visit Philly (Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation).


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