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Explore Classical Music at One of the World's Finest Conservatories with Curtis Summerfest

Top-tier faculty for summer programs at Lenfest Hall include Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, Curtis faculty and alumni with active solo and chamber music careers

Workshops for bassoon, double bass, and flute; chamber music for adult musicians; music appreciation; and an intensive young artist program with expanded track for voice and composition students

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(March 11, 2013) This summer, immerse yourself in classical music at one of the world's top conservatories. Renowned for training the finest young musicians, the Curtis Institute of Music announces Summerfest, the second season of summer programs in Lenfest Hall.

Students can refine their playing or expand their horizons in the arts in a nurturing environment for learning, receiving personalized instruction from celebrated faculty in unmatched facilities. Programs range from classes on music appreciation to instrument-specific workshops to intensive programs for young artists, where students will sample the rigorous musical schedule typical of conservatory learning--with performance opportunities that reflect Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" philosophy.

Located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, Curtis Summerfest provides an ideal urban setting for making, sharing, and performing great music. Classrooms, studios, and practice rooms equipped with Steinway pianos provide a comfortable setting to focus on music, while residential and dining space foster community with fellow musicians.

Early applications for all Summerfest programs are due April 1; registration ends May 1. Visit for more information on costs, accommodations, daily schedules, and application requirements.


Curtis Summerfest Programs

  • Chamber Music for Adult Musicians takes place Thursday, June 6-Sunday, June 9. Adult musicians will experience the joy of music-making with fellow chamber music enthusiasts. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and perform favorite chamber repertoire and also to discover new works. Professional chamber musicians provide intensive coachings and lessons on all repertoire.
  • The Matsukawa Millard Bassoon Workshop runs from Sunday, June 16-Thursday, June 20. Bassoonists will refine their skills in this focused, intensive workshop with bassoon masters Daniel Matsukawa, principal of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Christopher Millard, principal of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada. Participants will learn from these top professionals as well as from peers as they take part in master classes that will propel and challenge their musicianship. Session topics will include sound concepts and production, reed-making, and audition preparation and execution. Bassoonists must have had at least two years of individual instruction to participate in this workshop and all ages are welcome.
  • Wabass Workshop, which takes place Monday, June 17-Thursday, June 20, takes double-bass playing to the next level by featuring four days of intensive instruction led by composer and soloist Ranaan Meyer, best known for his string trio Time for Three. This program includes personalized, hands-on instruction from some of the best double bassists in the world: Joseph Conyers, Philadelphia Orchestra assistant principal bass; Hal Robinson, Philadelphia Orchestra principal bass; and Rufus Reid, international jazz bassist and pedagogue. This concentrated workshop will teach double bassists how to improve their personal practice and become their own teachers. Participants will gain valuable insights into classical repertoire, jazz, orchestral techniques, and general performance skills.
  • The Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class, from Tuesday, June 25-Saturday, June 29, features interactive courses and master classes with Jeffrey Khaner, principal flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and courses with Mimi Stillman, founder of the Dolce Suono Ensemble. Sessions include warm-up classes, breathing techniques, and a Claude Debussy study. Student participants will play several times during the week in the master classes and receive individualized attention from Jeffrey Khaner. Due to the limited number of student spots available, participants can also audit. Auditors can enjoy the benefit of taking part in all courses and attending all master classes. All flutists are encouraged to apply.
  • The Young Artist Summer Program takes place Monday, July 8-Friday, July 26. Young artists will experience conservatory-style living with a rigorous musical schedule and opportunities to perform with peers in an intimate, challenging, and supportive learning environment. This three-week course features personalized attention from a top-tier faculty which includes Curtis faculty members, musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis alumni with active solo and chamber music careers, and Curtis Artist Teachers drawn from the student body.

    This year the Young Artist Summer Program grows to include courses for voice and composition students taught by Misoon Ghim (voice) and David Ludwig (composition). Other faculty members include Adrian Anantawan, Solomiya Ivakhiv, Juliette Kang, Thomas Kraines, and Sharon Wei (strings); Paul Demers and Mimi Stillman (woodwinds); Adam Unsworth (brass); Amy Yang (piano); and Paul Bryan and Petko Dimitrov (conductors).

    Participants will grow as artists through chamber music rehearsals, private instruction, sectional coachings, performance classes, and weekend recitals. High school students who have received individual instruction on their instruments for at least two years are welcome. This program is best enjoyed by students aged 15 to 19.
  • Classical music comes alive in Curtis Connections: Music Appreciation (specific dates to be announced). Jonathan Coopersmith, chair of Musical Studies at Curtis, shares his musical knowledge and passion for history with an engaging wit. Change your concert-going experience with evening classroom courses in Lenfest Hall, fully equipped with multimedia and wi-fi and close to numerous options for post-class dining.

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis provides its 165 students with full-tuition scholarships and personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. The school's distinctive "learn by doing" approach has produced an impressive number of notable artists since its founding in 1924. Curtis alumni hold principal chairs in every major American orchestra, and each season they are featured as guest soloists with the world's leading orchestras, opera houses, and chamber music series.

Curtis's innovative programs encourage students to perform often and hone 21st-century musical skills, and the school's facilities offer superb spaces for music-making, as well as state-of-the-art technologies to enhance learning. Students perform internationally with Curtis On Tour in addition to more than 150 performances in and around Philadelphia each year. When they graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music around the globe.


Curtis Summerfest

Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Chamber Music for Adult Musicians
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Thursday, June 6-Sunday, June 9

Matsukawa Millard Bassoon Workshop
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Sunday, June 16-Thursday, June 20

Wabass Workshop
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Monday, June 17-Thursday, June 20

Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class
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Tuesday, June 25-Saturday, June 29

Young Artist Summer Program
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Monday, July 8-Friday, July 26

Curtis Connections: Music Appreciation
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Dates to be announced

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