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1924 by Mary Louise Curtis Bok, with artistic guidance from Leopold Stokowski and Josef Hofmann

President and CEO
Roberto Díaz (appointed 2006)

Although hundreds of musicians apply each year, the school admits only enough students to fill the places of the previous graduating class. With an average acceptance rate around 4 percent, Curtis is among the most selective schools in the United States. 

Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all students, ensuring that admissions are based solely on artistic promise.

Enrollment (
174 students from 32 states and 22 foreign countries. There is no minimum or maximum age to enroll; students range in age from 12 to 28. 

Major Departments
Keyboard instruments (piano, organ)
Orchestral instruments (strings, harp, woodwinds, brass, timpani and percussion)
Vocal Studies (voice, opera)
String Quartet in Residence

Degrees Awarded
Bachelor of Music
Post-Baccalaureate Diploma
Master of Music in Opera
Professional Studies Certificate in Opera

Number of Student Performances
More than 200 annually, reaching over 23,500 people

Curtis on Tour
Since the program was established in 2008, Curtis on Tour has allowed students, faculty, and alumni to perform more than 200 concerts in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. 

Online Courses
Over 127,000 learners from 182 countries have enrolled in free online courses currently offered through Coursera.

Curtis Performs

In the past year, 16,413 unique visitors from 127 countries visited Curtis Performs, the online stage for the Curtis Institute of Music.

In 2016 Curtis Summerfest attracted 215 participants from 19 countries.

The 113-member faculty includes many artists of international stature. 

2,803 Curtis alumni can be found in 36 countries around the world, performing with leading orchestras, opera companies, and chamber ensembles. 

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Jennifer Kallend
Managing Director of External Affairs and Patron Engagement
(215) 717-3190

Diana Wensley
Communications Manager
(215) 717-3129

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