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Curtis Profiled Alongside Doctors Without Borders, New Zealand All Blacks Rugby Team, and the U.S. Marine Corps in "Powerhouse"

In-depth case studies examine 12 world-class industry leaders, including the Mayo Clinic, New Zealand All Blacks Rugby Team, Doctors Without Borders, and U.S. Marine Corps

PHILADELPHIA, PA – December 8, 2016 – The Curtis Institute of Music is featured alongside the world’s top performing organizations, including the Mayo Clinic, New Zealand All Blacks Rugby Team, Doctors Without Borders, U.S. Marine Corps, Finnish State School System, St. Louis Cardinals, Toyota, and Mariinsky Theatre (Kirov Ballet) in the recently published Powerhouse: Insider Accounts Into The World’s Top High-Performance Organizations by strategy and high-performance consultants Brian MacNeice and James Bowen (available on

Mr. MacNeice and Mr. Bowen, founders of the international Kotinos Partners consultancy, conducted immersive and personal research at 12 organizations, investigating culture, interviewing leaders, and observing everyday practice. Despite the diverse range of industries—business, sports, technology, finance, education, and the arts—each of these successful institutions shared a common bond. “At the heart of every institution whose advantage has endured lies an organizational model that works more effectively than its competitors,” according to Mr. MacNeice and Mr. Bowen. 

At the Curtis Institute of Music, the authors recognized the rigorous selection policy, ambitious mission, feedback-rich culture with one-on-one attention from faculty, commitment to a tuition-free policy, and dedication to continual improvement as key elements in the school’s success. Pulling from these lessons and those of other organizations profiled in Powerhouse, the authors created a framework by which any organization can achieve excellence.

Through in-depth analysis, Powerhouse presents the insights and theory for building and maintaining superior results. Their conclusions offer provocative ideas for driving high performance to students of organizational theory, executives, and anyone interested in what makes organizations tick. 

About the Curtis Institute of Music 

“One of the world’s finest music academies” (BBC Culture), the Curtis Institute of Music pairs tradition and innovation, educating exceptionally gifted young musicians as artist-citizens who engage a local and global community through music-making of the highest caliber. Each year 175 students come to Curtis, drawn by a tuition-free, performance-inspired learning culture. In this intimate environment, they are nurtured by a celebrated faculty and inspired by the school’s distinctive “learn by doing” approach, offering more than 200 concerts each year in Philadelphia as well as performances around the world through Curtis on Tour.

Curtis reaches global audiences through Curtis Performs (, the school’s dedicated HD performance video website. Online music courses and Summerfest programs offer lifelong learners further ways to listen, explore, and learn. And students hone 21st-century skills through social entrepreneurship programs that bring arts access and education to the community.

The extraordinary young musicians of Curtis graduate to join 4,000 alumni who have long made music history, performing around the world. As musical leaders, they make a profound impact on music onstage and in their communities. 

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About the Authors

Brian MacNeice, co-founder of Kotinos Partners, is an expert in high performance and advises international clients on driving improvements in performance focus and culture. Mr. MacNeice has led assignments with clients in a diverse range of industry sectors, including pharmaceuticals, enterprise development, financial services, software, and technology. He holds a BSc in Computer Applications from DCU, a Diploma in International Marketing, and an International MBA.

James Bowen, co-founder of Kotinos Partners, is an expert in strategy and organizational design with over 15 years advisory experience working with multinational clients. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University College Dublin and an MBA from the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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