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Overtones is the semi-annual magazine of the Curtis Institute of Music.

The latest issue highlights Curtis’s unique conducting fellows program, residencies by today’s leading composers, a compelling new way of presenting string quartets in performance, and more.

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Meet the Faculty: Mary Javian's diverse musical outlook sets the tone as Curtis seeks to nurture social engagement in its young musicians. (p. 6)

Meet the Students: Anastasiia Sidorova set her sights on the stage as a child in Russia; her debut came at Curtis.  (p. 9)

A Commitment to Young Conductors: Curtis conducting fellows are flourishing under the mentorship of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Yannick Nezet-Seguin. (p. 12)

"It's All About Listening": In November, performers and audience experience six Mozart quartets in two recitals on one memorable day. (p. 17)

Inspiration, In Person: Composers in residence motivate Curtis's student performers and creators in new and exciting directions. (p. 22)

First Person: Writing from personal experience, Thomas Oltarzewski reflects on Lenfest Hall's first five years. (p. 26)

The Compleat Musician: Studying existentialism offers insights into the present era, writes James Moyer. (p. 29)

Meet the Alumni: Alumni entrepreneurship grants from Curtis honor projects embodying innovation, community engagement, and creative artistry. (p. 31)


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