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Belmary Lorcas
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(215) 717-3167

Annie Sarachan
Summerfest Manager
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Discover the Music Within You

Saturday, July 13–Saturday, August 3, 2019

 

Experience conservatory-style living with a rigorous musical schedule and opportunities to perform in an intimate, challenging, and supportive environment. The three-week course features personalized attention from celebrated faculty, many of whom are Curtis alumni with thriving pedagogical or performance careers. 

Musicians aged 14 to 22 who have studied privately at the advanced level are welcome to apply. 

 

Every participant selects one area of focus:

  • Weekly private lessons with composition faculty
  • Daily seminar class featuring discussions about the past and future of composition; advice from performers about how to write for their instruments; and conversations about commissions, competitions, publishing, and other issues composers face today.
  • Orchestral score study
  • A performance and recording of one of your works by Curtis musicians–unique to this program. The chamber work performed by the Curtis Summerfest faculty is written by composition participants before the start of the program. Accepted composition participants are sent specific options for instrumentation. Composers submit scores one to two weeks in advance of arrival. This chamber work will be performed by Summerfest faculty during the composition recitals in the second and third week of the program. Additional works written during the program may be seen by composition faculty during lessons and the daily seminar, and may be workshopped by peers.
  • Master class presentations of distinguished composers in a small-lecture format, with opportunities for questions and discussion. Past master class faculty have included Steven Mackey, Missy Mazzoli, Efstratios Minakaki, Christopher Rouse, and Joan Tower.

 

A young composer

  • Weekly private lessons
  • Orchestral score study
  • An opportunity to rehearse a small and large ensemble of program participants, conduct in performance, and receive a video recording—unique to this program

 

A person conducts a small ensemble

  • Weekly private lessons with piano faculty
  • Chamber music rehearsals and coachings
  • Piano four-hands rehearsals and coachings
  • Weekend recitals (performers are selected weekly by faculty members; each pianist performs at least once with their piano-duo partner and at least once in a mixed chamber ensemble)
  • A few pianists accepted to the Young Artist Summer Program will be selected to play at a master class. The pre-selected participants will be contacted prior to the program with details. All participants are required to observe master classes specific to their instrument, and are also welcome to observe master classes for other instruments. Past master class faculty have included Yoheved Kaplinsky, Cecile Licad (Piano '78), and Anna Polonsky (Piano '99).
  • All instrumentalists who are accepted to the Young Artist Summer Program are welcome, but not required, to compete in the Concerto Competition.

Those interested in competing will be asked to submit a video recording of one movement of a standard concerto about six weeks before the start of the program. You may use a score for the video recording, but should you be selected to participate in the final round, your performance must be from memory. For the video, an accompanist is encouraged but not required. A panel of faculty judges will select ten finalists to go forward to the final round. Finalists will be notified by e-mail a week before the program begins. Each finalist will have ten minutes in front of a live jury during the first week of the program. Three prize-winners will be chosen. The first-prize winner will perform on one of the final concerts.

 

A young pianist

  • Weekly private lessons
  • Chamber music rehearsals and coachings
  • Orchestra: daily rehearsals and weekly recitals, with the opportunity to work with three different conductors
  • Sectional coachings of orchestral repertoire
  • Studio classes, varying by instrument
  • Performances: Each week, participants are nominated by faculty to perform at the weekly chamber recital. All participants will perform at least one movement of a chamber piece at least once during the course of the program.
  • A few instrumentalists who apply and are accepted to the Young Artist Summer Program will be selected to play at a master class.

The pre-selected participants will be contacted prior to the program with details. All participants are required to observe any master classes specific to their instrument, and are also welcome to observe master classes for other instruments. In 2017 we were honored to welcome the following outstanding guest artists to lead the master classes for orchestral instruments:

    • Violin: Ani Kavafian, prolific soloist, faculty at Yale University
    • Viola: Roberto Díaz (Viola ’84), president and faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music
    • Double bass: Harold Robinson, faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music and principal double bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra
    • Flute: Tara O’Connor, faculty at Bard College, Purchase College conservatories, Manhattan School of Music, and Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), and recipient of Avery Fisher Career Grant
    • Bassoon: William Short (Bassoon ’10), faculty at the Juilliard School and principal bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
    • Horn: David Cooper (Horn ’04), principal horn of the Berlin Philharmonic
    • Trumpet: David Bilger, faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University and principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra
    • Percussion: Matthew Duvall, percussionist of leading contemporary ensemble Eighth Blackbird
    • Percussion: Don Liuzzi, faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music and principal timpani of the Philadelphia Orchestra
  • All instrumentalists who are accepted to the Young Artist Summer Program are welcome, but not required, to compete in the Concerto Competition.

Those interested in competing will be asked to submit a video recording of one movement of a standard concerto about six weeks before the start of the program. You may use a score for the video recording, but should you be selected to participate in the final round, your performance must be from memory. For the video, an accompanist is encouraged but not required. A panel of faculty judges will select ten finalists to go forward to the final round. Finalists will be notified by e-mail a week before the program begins. Each finalist will have ten minutes in front of a live jury during the first week of the program. The first-prize winner will perform on one of the final concerts.

 

 

A young percussionsit

 The whole program, about 100 students, comes together through:

    • Daily all-program choir
    • Eight sessions of musical studies class
    • Two sessions of rhythm class led by percussion faculty members
    • Presentations and Q&As with guest artists

 

 

 Click here to view a PDF of the general schedule.

 


Instrumentalists and Conductors

  • October 2018: Applications available
  • January 25, noon EST: Applications for all instrumental and conducting participants due. An additional $35 late fee will be assessed on applications submitted after this date.
  • February: Notification of admission and financial aid status provided to all instrumental and conducting applicants who submitted by January 25.
  • March 1: Payment due*
  • July 13: Arrival and Check-In for residential students
  • July 14: Orientation day for all students
  • August 3: Final performances and Check-Out

*Accepted applicants may inquire about installment plans. Those who apply after January 25 receive notification of admission and financial aid status on a rolling basis, as space remains available. Due date of payment for those who apply after the January 25 deadline will be sent with the admissions notification email.

 

Composers

  • October 2018: Applications available
  • January 25, noon EST: Composers who apply by this date save $35 on application fee
  • March 15, noon EST: All composition applications due
  • Early April: Notification of admission and financial aid status provided to all composition applicants
  • April 19, noon EST: Payment due
  • July 13: Arrival and Check-In for residential students
  • July 14: Orientation day for all students
  • August 3: Final performances and Check-Out
  • Application Fee: $65 / $100*
  • Tuition: $3,500
  • Housing and Dining: $2,650**

*Application fee: $65 before noon EST on January 25, 2019; $100 (after January 25). Applicants also submit a $25 transaction fee.

**Includes three unlimited meals per day, housing in Lenfest Hall, and residential activities. Does not include travel or medical care. Local musicians are welcome to commute.

Acceptance to the Young Artist Summer Program is need-blind. Limited financial assistance from Curtis Summerfest may be available, but is not guaranteed. Notice of financial assistance awards will be included in the acceptance status e-mail.

Students and parents are also urged to seek financial assistance from local sources: self-organized fundraisers; school music organizations; county, state, or national music education organizations; youth orchestras and bands; music clubs; service clubs (Rotary, Kiwanas, etc.); businesses; local churches; and foundations.

 

Merit-based financial assistance

To apply for merit-based financial assistance, see section (Scholarship) of the online application. Answer “Yes” to the first question in this section (“Are you applying for merit-based financial assistance?”).

No further action is required to be considered for merit-based financial assistance.

 

Need-based financial assistance

To apply for need-based financial assistance, upload the following to section 4 (Scholarship) of the online application.

U.S. citizens:

      • The Young Artist Summer Program 2019 Financial Assistance Application, on Section 4 (Scholarship) of the online application.
      • All parent/guardian 2017 tax returns
      • All parent/guardian 2018 W2 forms (include 2017 if W2 form not yet available)

International applicants:

      • The Young Artist Summer Program 2019 Financial Assistance Application, on Section 4 (Scholarship) of the online application.
      • Copies of all parent/guardians’ most recent bank statements, in English or with translation provided
      • Letters, in English or with translation provided, from all parent/guardian employers stating total wages earned from January 2017–December 2017.

The majority of YASP applicants are dependent upon parent or guardians. If you are an older applicant and are financially independent, income documentation should be your own.

 

Canadian citizens

Musicians who reside in Canada are invited to apply for the Council for Canadian American Relations Cross-Border Summer Scholarship, which covers tuition, housing, and dining for those who might not otherwise have the financial resources to participate. One Canadian applicant from those accepted into the program will receive notification of this award by e-mail. Applicants who wish to be considered for this scholarship should complete the need-based financial assistance application on the Scholarship page of the online application.

George Walker Fellowship in Composition

The George Walker Composition Fellowship is named in memory of the late composer and pianist, a Curtis alumnus. The fellowship is offered through a unique partnership between the Curtis Institute of Music and the Ritz Chamber Players, and may be awarded to a promising young composer of color participating in the Young Artists Summer Program at Curtis Summerfest who demonstrates some of the trailblazing characteristics that were hallmarks of Dr. Walker’s career trajectory and compositions.

The fellowship recipient will receive free tuition as well as complimentary room and board in Lenfest Hall during Summerfest. As a participant at the Young Artist Summer Program, the fellow will write a chamber work to be workshopped, performed, and professionally recorded. The work will receive an additional performance during the 2019–20 Ritz Chamber Players season.

To apply for the fellowship, submit the Summerfest online application, and click the box indicating the George Walker Composition Fellowship. The Fellow will be notified of their award with their acceptance status notification. Curtis Summerfest may defer awarding the Fellowship until future years in the unlikely event no eligible applicants are accepted.

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Long a pioneering figure, Dr. Walker left a profound impact on the landscape of American music and remained active well into his nineties. During his lifetime he published over 90 works for orchestra, chamber orchestra, piano, strings, voice, organ, clarinet, guitar, brass, woodwinds, and chorus. His music has been performed by virtually every major orchestra in the United States.

George Walker graduated from Curtis in 1945, having double-majored in piano and composition. He was one of the first African Americans to graduate from Curtis, the first African American to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, and the first African American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize in music. Dr. Walker served as composer in residence for the Ritz Chamber Players from 2008 to 2009, and the ensemble has performed many of his chamber works throughout its long history.