Curtis Summerfest's extremely nurturing musical environment helped me grow not only as a musician, but also as a person. The opportunity to work with such accomplished and inspiring faculty who encouraged a supportive, learning-focused atmosphere was truly irreplaceable. I can confidently say that the connections I built with the program's talented and dedicated musicians through our shared passion for classical music will last me a lifetime.
She has loved every minute of her time with you all, from her flute lessons, ... chamber music, choir and orchestral music to the friends she made, the people she met, staff at Curtis Summerfest and Philadelphia itself. She has come home, knowing without question, that she wants a career in music and is very focused on what she needs to do moving forward into her two final years at school.
Curtis Summerfest was one of the best experiences of my life. I met so many interesting and talented people. It was amazing to be in an environment where everyone is extremely dedicated and has a shared interest. The Curtis Summerfest faculty are such a supportive and smart group of people. As a composer there, I learned so much from Nick DiBerardino and David Ludwig and the guest composers who taught us.
Thank you for making YASP such a memorable experience. Everyone at Curtis created such a warm and supportive environment, so thank you — I had the time of my life.
I learned so much about music and life in general, I can’t wait to apply their advice in my own life. It is an amazing opportunity to work with such wonderful people as a high school student.
...[H]ow grateful I feel to have attended such an amazing music course where I learnt so many things in such a short amount of time. ... Attending this prestigious summer course has inspired me so strongly and has given me the pure confidence that this is exactly why I wish to continue learning music.
“The Young Artist Summer Program was the best experience of my life. Sincerely, all the expectations that I had before going to YASP were NOTHING compared to what I lived those 3 weeks in Philadelphia. The masterclasses, the chamber groups, the choir, my lessons with the faculty, the orchestra… All the activities that we had were amazing!! I enjoyed meeting people from all over the whole world and making music with them. I’m sure I not only met the greatest musicians of my age, I made friends that I know I will have for the rest of my life. If I could go back in time to any part of my life, I absolutely would go back to the summer I lived at Curtis.”
“It is hard to describe how profound an experience it was to work with someone of David Ludwig’s caliber and talent and what he imparted to me musically is hard to put into words, but I enjoyed the lessons with him very much. With the instruction and encouragement of David Ludwig and the other professors, along with the atmosphere that was created at Curtis Summerfest, I was able to create music and work at a level that was superior to anything I have so far achieved. … I learned so much & it inspired me toward deeper and sustained music study.”
“We appreciate the nurturing and supportive environment all of you created – it gave her a real boost in confidence and brought the joy she feels when playing music to the forefront. Your program gave her a more mature and whole way of looking at music as a career and way of life.”
YASP has made me love music more and love life more, and I am forever grateful. It has changed my life.
“The final concerts were nothing short of incredible. The sound of the orchestra was jaw-dropping and the sight of our son so poised at the piano left us overwhelmed with gratitude. He feels every aspect of the program this year helped develop him. … It is a gift that continues to give, long after the program ends.”
At Curtis Summerfest, each day was so full of music that it seemed impossible to fit in any more, yet if there had been a way to include more music in every day (and still eat and sleep) I would have gladly done so. … Now, I often find myself encountering pieces, styles of music, and composers that I first learned about at YASP composition seminars.
My time at Curtis was truly life-changing. The conservatory is a magical place where talented, young artists can come together to create music in a collaborative and encouraging environment. During the program, I had access to incredible coaches who were able to help me grow as a musician and performer. I will also never forget the numerous performance opportunities to sing in Lenfest Hall, and even Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall. My summer at Curtis was definitely one I will remember forever!
Curtis Summerfest not only helps you grow as a musician but exposes you to a sea of other talented artists. From the first day, you are immersed in masterclasses, coachings, and performance opportunities that push you to new levels of artistry. I would tell anyone who is interested in pursuing music that this program is a “must-do” on your musical journey. I will forever be grateful for the experience of a lifetime that is Curtis Summerfest!
“My daughter wrote me an email telling me how her life has changed after only attending the first week. The grueling schedule, the intensity and the quality of the training are second to none. Vocally, she made a quantum leap after the three weeks of training. She loves it so much she created a Facebook Page paying tribute to Curtis Summerfest and she still visits on a regular basis keeping in touch with her vocal teachers.”
“I have made leaps and bounds due to this program and I hope that Curtis Summerfest continues for a great number of years to ensure that young musicians of all generations are able to experience the true essence of Curtis.”
“I am so thankful for all of the staff, participants, and the wonderful lessons with the amazing professors. It was one of the best experiences of my life! Thank you all!”
“Thank you for an amazing two weeks! I thoroughly enjoyed the program.”
“Jeffrey Khaner is a phenomenal teacher. I think he’s really amazing. He’s all about the little nuances in the music and the little details. He really pushes musicality and style, and I think that’s really important. I’ve gotten that from other teachers but he just has a way of teaching that makes it so interesting, to the music and also to the work ethic that it takes.”
“The Jeffrey Khaner Flute Festival that is part of Curtis Summerfest was a wonderful experience. As an adult amateur student serious about studying flute, the opportunity to audit a class with Mr. Khaner was amazing. Mr. Khaner’s teaching style was great, I learned a ton, and also had a lot of fun. The Curtis Summerfest staff were also very supportive and helpful, which made this experience truly memorable. I would highly recommend this class to serious students interested in experiencing a focused world-class education.”