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Curtis Appoints Kristen B. Loden as Senior Vice President of Development

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(November 26, 2013) The Curtis Institute of Music has appointed Kristen Loden as Senior Vice President of Development. As part of the Advancement department, Ms. Loden will lead the school's fundraising efforts, providing direction to all frontline fundraisers and collaborating with volunteers. She joins Curtis's senior staff as the school sets strategic direction and plans for its centennial in 2024.

"Kristen's skills and experience will be great assets for Curtis as we prepare for our next campaign -- one that will significantly increase Curtis's endowment and ensure its historic tuition-free policy," said Executive Vice President Elizabeth Warshawer. "As we plan a strategic direction for the future, we are strengthening our Advancement team to ensure our continued success and are delighted to have a seasoned development professional like Kristen join us."

Ms. Loden comes to Curtis from the Aspen Institute, where she served as vice president of development and campaign director. Her expansive career has taken her to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Juilliard School, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and Alley Theatre in Houston, where she held the position of executive director of development.

"It is a great privilege for me to help advance the mission of Curtis, whose extraordinary students, alumni, and faculty are setting the highest standards for music performance and engagement--here in Philadelphia and around the world. I'm thrilled to join the leadership team at such an important moment for the school as it approaches its 100-year anniversary."

Ms. Loden spent four years with the Aspen Institute, a nonprofit policy and education organization dedicated to fostering values-based leadership and providing a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues internationally and in the United States. Initially based in Aspen, she led a ten-person development department, raising $15 to $17 million annually in unrestricted and program support. Upon her relocation to Philadelphia in 2012, Ms. Loden focused on the strategy and execution of a $75 million campaign, Scholars and Scholarships, to build scholarship support for leadership, seminar, public, and policy programs. The largest and most comprehensive fundraising effort in the institute's sixty-year history, the campaign had raised more than $53 million as of September 2013.

A passionate advocate for excellence in nonprofit advancement, Ms. Loden has advised a range of professional groups and students and consulted with the Buddy Program in Aspen and the Third Street Center in Carbondale, Colo., among other organizations. Her writing projects include a feature article on strategic philanthropy published in the Aspen Philanthropist magazine (Winter 2007-08).

Ms. Loden holds degrees in vocal performance from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music (B.M.) and the University of Houston (M.M.) and currently serves on the steering committee for the One Book, One Philadelphia program of the Philadelphia Free Library.

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 168 students with full-tuition scholarships and personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. Its distinctive "learn by doing" approach has produced an impressive number of notable artists, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Jonathan Biss, Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang. 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. The school's facilities offer superb spaces for music-making, as well as state-of-the-art technologies to enhance learning. In addition to more than 200 performances in and around Philadelphia each year, students perform internationally with Curtis On Tour. When they graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music around the globe. To learn more, visit

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