What are the visa and language requirements for international applicants?
International applicants attend Curtis Summerfest on a tourist visa. There is no language requirement for international applicants. For the best experience, however, we suggest a basic understanding of conversational English.
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What residential leisure activities are available?
The musical schedule at the Young Artist Summer Program is rigorous, offering a true glimpse into conservatory life and making full use of the resources available at Curtis. Lenfest Hall offers a student lounge equipped with board games, a ping-pong table, couches, and a flat-screen TV for movie nights. Residential staff are available for outings to area shops and restaurants during select breaks and meal times; and offer excursions to some of Philadelphia’s many cultural attractions on Sunday afternoons. Staff often select activities and locations based on the interests of participants.
When will I work on solo repertoire?
Orchestral instrumentalists and pianists at the Young Artist Summer Program are assigned new chamber and orchestral works by Curtis Summerfest faculty. Musicians bring solo repertoire of their choice to private lessons, master classes, and the concerto competition.
Do all participants perform in a master class?
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 master classes specific to their instrument, and are also welcome to observe master classes for other instruments.
Can participants sign up for extra private lessons?
All participants receive weekly private lessons. While the faculty’s schedules do not permit giving additional lessons during YASP, participants are welcome to ask faculty directly to stay in touch about additional lessons after the program ends.
Can a parent or family member stay in Lenfest Hall with a participant?
Unfortunately, during the Young Artist Summer Program there is no available space in Lenfest Hall for family members of participants. Here is a list of some nearby hotels:
Do composers participate in instrumental opportunities?
Composition students participate in the all-program choir. Composition students will not be assigned to chamber ensembles, four-hand duos, or orchestra.
Can accepted participants request a lesson with a specific faculty member?
Lessons are assigned based on faculty schedules. Most instruments have lessons with more than one faculty member.
Is Lenfest Hall a safe and secure environment?
The main entrance at 1616 Locust Street is guarded 24/7. At most times there is also 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. Visitors, including commuting participants, will not be allowed on residential floors during the program.
*Accepted applicants may inquire about installment plans.
*Application fee: $65 before noon EST on February 5, 2018; $100 (after February 5). 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 4 (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 majority of YASP applicants are dependent upon parent or guardians. If you are an older applicant aged 21 or 22 and are financially independent, income documentation should be your own.
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 upload the CCAR Application onto section 4 (scholarship) of the online application (download the PDF here).