The Curtis Institute of Music opened on October 13, 1924. It fulfilled the fondest dream of Mary Louise Curtis Bok, the only child of Philadelphia-based Louisa Knapp and Cyrus H. K. Curtis, whose Curtis Publishing Company produced two of the most popular magazines in America: the Saturday Evening Post and the Ladies' Home Journal.
The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry.
One of the most selective schools in the United States, Curtis accepts four percent of applicants each year on average, and a tuition-free policy ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission.With opportunities year-round on the Philadelphia campus and online, musicians and music lovers of all ages can enjoy an exceptional education from Curtis. Explore our offerings below, including the conservatory, Summerfest programs for high school- and college-age students or adults, evening seminars, free online courses.
In order to ensure the continuation of collaborative projects, learning, and performances uniquely championed by Dr. Rosalyn Tureck, the Tureck Bach Research Institute merged with the Curtis Institute of Music in 2015, gifting its assets and intellectual property rights to the school and combining two respected institutions dedicated to education and performance at the highest level.
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New students are provided an overview of public safety each year at orientation. Everyone in the Curtis community is encouraged to educate themselves about the local crime statistics and to report crime incidents. Safety is a shared responsibility and everyone on campus is expected to exercise good safety habits. A Curtis photo ID is issued to all Curtis students, faculty, and staff. Everyone is expected to carry their Curtis ID at all times.
Upon acceptance to Curtis, you will receive a housing application in the mail. Included in the application are questions about your personal preferences, habits, lifestyle, and the attributes that you feel are important in your living environment. This information is carefully reviewed to ensure that you are matched with compatible suitemates. Students also have the flexibility to request living with a specific student or students.
The Rock Resource Center of the Curtis Institute of Music contains more than 100,000 music scores, books, and recordings for study and performance.
At Curtis we are committed to supporting our students in all areas of wellness. Wellness resources include:
The Curtis Institute of Music is largely housed in stately mansions that pair 19th-century charm with 21st-century amenities. They have a distinguished architectural history.
Many student activities are organized by Student Council and the residence life staff.