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Curtis Summerfest Opens Its Doors to Emerging and Amateur Musicians

Summer programs at Lenfest Hall have served over 266 students, ages 12 to 88, from seven countries and across the United States since 2012

Registration now open for Summerfest 2014; workshops for flute and double bass, day and evening programs for adult amateurs, and a residential conservatory-style program for high school musicians

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(January 23, 2014) Musicians young and old can explore classical music and "learn by doing" in the Curtis tradition at Summerfest, the Curtis Institute of Music's series of summer programs open to the public. The third year of summer offerings at Lenfest Hall, Summerfest has already brought students from seven different countries and across the United States to Curtis, ranging in age from 12 to 88.

Designed for students at a variety of skill levels, programs include workshops for flute and double bass, day and evening programs for adult amateurs, and a residential conservatory-style program for high school-aged musicians. Registration is now open at

The Summerfest schedule for 2014 offers four programs: Reading Orchestra and Chamber Music for Adult Musicians (June 5-7, June 6-8), Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class (June 23-27), Wabass Workshop (June 22-25), and Young Artist Summer Program (July 7-26).

"We invite music lovers of all ages to come and learn at Curtis," said David Ludwig, dean of artistic programs at Curtis and artistic director of the Young Artist Summer Program. "We're so pleased to give both new friends and longtime members of the Curtis community the opportunity to dive even deeper into music with these summer programs, offering the individual attention from a celebrated faculty that is the hallmark of a Curtis education."

Summerfest faculty includes Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, active soloists and chamber musicians, eminent Curtis faculty members, distinguished alumni, and students who serve as Curtis Artist Teachers. All lessons and coachings take place in the newly opened Lenfest Hall, tailored for music-making and equipped with Steinway pianos in every practice room.

Located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, Curtis Summerfest also offers residential and dining facilities for out-of-town visitors. Early registrations for all Summerfest programs are due March 1, 2014; registration ends April 1, 2014.


Reading Orchestra: Thursday, June 5 through Saturday, June 7 (three evening sessions)
Chamber Music: Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8 (three day sessions)

Designed for adult musicians of any level looking to play with fellow enthusiasts, Reading Orchestra and Chamber Music for Adult Musicians offers several ways to participate. Newly added to this successful weekend is a reading orchestra which meets in the evenings. Join three evening orchestra sessions, three chamber music days, or both. Learn from distinguished faculty and play side-by-side with select Curtis Artist Teachers. Pianists receive personalized instruction through piano studio class.


Marc Johnson, former cellist of the Vermeer Quartet
Mimi Stillman, soloist and chamber musician, founder of the Dolce Suono Ensemble
Amy Yang, chamber musician and Curtis staff pianist
Kensho Watanabe, Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow

Detailed schedule, cost, and registration




Monday, June 23 through Friday, June 27

A week of interactive courses with Yamaha Artists Jeffrey Khaner and Mimi Stillman includes master classes (audition required to perform), warm-up class, breathing techniques, and flute choir.


Jeffrey Khaner, principal flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra
Mimi Stillman, soloist and chamber musician, founder of the Dolce Suono Ensemble

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Sunday, June 22 through Wednesday, June 25

Participants can take their double-bass playing to the next level through the Wabass Workshop, featuring four days of intensive double-bass instruction led by Ranaan Meyer. Receive personalized, hands-on instruction from some of the best double bassists in the world, and gain valuable insights into classical repertoire, jazz, orchestral techniques, and general performance skills. This concentrated workshop teaches participants how to improve their personal practice and become their own teachers, as they participate in master classes in which constructive critical feedback is encouraged from everyone.


Ranaan Meyer, Time For Three
Joseph Conyers, assistant principal, Philadelphia Orchestra
Jeffrey Turner, principal, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
John Patitucci, jazz musician and recording artist

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Monday, July 7 through Saturday, July 26

Experience conservatory-style living with a rigorous musical schedule and opportunities to perform with peers in an intimate, challenging and supportive learning environment. This expanded program now features master classes with members of the celebrated Curtis faculty. The three-week residential program for high school-aged students features personalized attention from a distinguished faculty. Students rehearse and perform alongside their musical peers and select Curtis Artist Teachers through orchestra and chamber music rehearsals, master classes, private instruction, sectional coachings, performance classes, and weekend recitals (orchestra, chamber, and solo).


David Ludwig, artistic director and composition
Amy Yang, program director and piano
Charles Abramovic, piano
Paul Bryan, conducting
Kimberly Rowe, harp
Mimi Stillman, flute
Kevin Cobb, brass
Petko Dimitrov, conducting
Adam Flatt, conducting
Misoon Ghim, voice
Don Liuzzi, percussion

Master classes

Roberto Díaz, viola
Mikael Eliasen, voice
Ida Kavafian, violin
Anthony McGill, clarinet
Harold Hall Robinson, double bass
Matthew Vaughn, trombone
Peter Wiley, cello

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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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