Curtis is working toward offering an in-person Sphinx Performance Academy experience in Summer 2021. Plans and safety efforts are constantly evolving along with the state and city’s guidelines, and a final decision about an in-person program will be made by late spring.
Curtis is proud to partner with the Sphinx Organization in a collaborative model. The Sphinx Performance Academy is a full-scholarship intensive chamber music and solo performance program, with a focus on cultural diversity, for string musicians ages 11–17. The curriculum includes private lessons, string quartet coachings, masterclasses, recitals, career enrichment sessions, and mentorship tailored to each student. SPA seeks to actively recruit and engage students from cultural backgrounds that are underrepresented in the field of classical music.
2021 Faculty (partial list)
Sample Daily Schedule for the Sphinx Performance Academy (subject to change)
Represents hybrid model with in-person instruction and some faculty remote
All times listed in ET
|10 a.m.–12 p.m.||Chamber music|
|1:15–2:15 p.m.||Free time/optional practice hour|
|4:30–5:30 p.m.||Musical studies|
|7–8:30 p.m.||Faculty and student performances, curated social time, virtual master classes, or guest sessions|
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Applications are processed online and admissions decisions are made by the Sphinx Organization. Applications to the Summer 2021 program closed on February 28, 2021.
All accepted applicants for the Sphinx Performance Academy receive a full scholarship to the program. No registration fee is required.
Three separate videos. Videos should not be edited, and the audio/video quality should be clear. iPhone videos are accepted as long as the audio and video are clear.
Please choose repertoire that is well-prepared and that shows your highest level of technique and musicality. We recommend that at least 1 of the 2 pieces of choice include a concerto movement; however, any piece, concert etude, or movement of a concerto or sonata will be accepted.
Each video file should contain only one piece. Please allow sufficient time to prepare and upload videos. Videos uploaded must be smaller than 4.5 gigabyte (4.5GB) in size. The following file types are supported: MPEG, MPG, MP4, OGG, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, VOB, FLV.
Upon acceptance into the program, participants will be sent via email 1-2 excerpts from the standard quartet repertoire. Students will prepare these excerpts and a solo work for an audition on arrival day. Following the placement auditions, students will be assigned chamber music groups and repertoire.