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Alumni Are Here

“Curtis takes great pride in the large number of its students who have achieved world renown. Equally, Curtis is proud of its many students who may not have achieved a similar degree of fame but who, in various roles, have brought music, intelligently understood and discriminatingly presented, to innumerable communities and thereby have helped cheer the heart and raise the spirits of countless people.”

This introduction to Curtis's 50th-anniversary book, Overtones, in 1974-75, by M. Todd Cooke, Curtis's board president at the time, is as true now as it was then.

Curtis alumni dot the musical and geographic landscape. The lists below give a snapshot of the many places where they perform, teach, artistically direct and otherwise support music-making at its finest.


Opera Companies

Chamber Music

Music Education

Community Engagement

Music Festivals

Major Symphony Orchestras in North America, 2016-17 Season

This list of 25 orchestras represents the 25 largest by budget according to the League of American Orchestras.



% Members Who Are Curtis Alumni

% of Principals Who Are Curtis Alumni

Other Alumni

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 10 31 Music Director
Baltimore Symphony 10 13  
Boston Symphony Orchestra 17 25  
Chicago Symphony Orchestra 7 19  
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 4 6  
Cleveland Orchestra 12 13  
Dallas Symphony Orchestra 11 31  
Detroit Symphony Orchestra 3 0  
Houston Symphony 8 25  
Indianapolis Symphony 5 13  
Los Angeles Philharmonic 7 13  
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra 11 13  
Minnesota Orchestra 19 25  
Montreal Symphony Orchestra 4 13  
Nashville Symphony 2 6  
National Symphony Orchestra 14  19  
New York Philharmonic 18 25 Music Director
Philadelphia Orchestra 45 25  
Pittsburgh Symphony 19 31  
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra 6 13  
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra 30 19  
San Diego Symphony 5 13  
San Francisco Symphony 9 6  
Seattle Symphony 13 25  
Utah Symphony & Opera 6 6  
AVERAGE 11 6  


Opera Companies in North America and Europe, 2014-15 Season

Curtis Alumni perform in opera houses across the world each year. Including:

  • Bavarian State Opera
  • Canadian Opera Company
  • English National Opera
  • Glimmerglass Opera
  • Glydenbourne Festival Opera
  • Houston Grand Opera
  • Teatro alla Scala
  • Los Angeles Opera
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Metropolitan Opera
  • Minnesota Opera
  • Opera Philadelphia
  • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
  • Opera National de Paris
  • Royal Opera Londong
  • Salzburg Opera
  • San Francisco Opera
  • Santa Fe Opera
  • Semperoper Dresden
  • Vienna State Opera
  • Washington National Opera


Chamber Ensembles in North America, Europe, and Asia that include alumni

The ensembles below include at least one alumnus or alumna, and in some cases the whole ensemble comprises Curtis alumni.

Higher Education in North America, Europe, and Asia (full-time faculty)

Community Engagement Programs in the United States


Festivals in the United States directed by Alumni


Alumni and Parent Programs (215) 893-5272