Young Artist Summer Program: A Teaching Festival Online

Saturday, July 11–Saturday, August 1, 2020


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All financial assistance awards for the Summer 2020 online program will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please contact summerfest@curtis.edu with questions.

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. The form has a space for noting recent financial hardships due to COVID-19.

U.S. citizens:

  • The Young Artist Summer Program 2020 Financial Assistance Application, on Section 4 (Scholarship) of the online application.
  • All parent/guardian 2019 tax returns (include 2018 if 2019 not available)
  • All parent/guardian 2019 W2 forms (include 2018 if W2 form not yet available)

International applicants:

  • The Young Artist Summer Program 2020 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 2019–December 2019.

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 Artist 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.

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.