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Facts and Stats

Definition: A Curtis alumnus or alumna has completed at least one academic year and left in good standing.

The Alumni Community

As of August 2016

Total number of alumni: 4,141

  • Over the past five years, an average of forty-two students have graduated from Curtis annually.


Number of living alumni: 2,819

  • Alumni reside in 48 states and 38 countries.


Number of majors throughout Curtis’s history: 32

  • Curtis currently offers only one master’s degree program—in Opera.


Number of commencement ceremonies: 83

  • Curtis’s first graduation ceremony was May 22, 1934, ten years after the establishment of the school. All alumni were invited back to attend. In all, more than seventy participants were recognized, including thirty-four current graduating students and many who had previously earned their diplomas.

Placement in employment

Alumni from the classes of 2011-2016 have been appointed to positions in the following ensembles:

  •  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  •  Boston Symphony Orchestra
  •  Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
  •  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  •  Cleveland Orchestra
  •  Colorado Symphony
  •  Dresden Opera House
  •  Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra
  •  Komische Oper Berlin
  •  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  •  Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  •  National Symphony Orchestra
  •  New World Symphony
  •  New York Philharmonic
  •  New York Youth Orchestra
  •  Opera Frankfurt
  •  Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec
  •  Philadelphia Orchestra
  •  Pittsburgh Opera
  •  Royal Danish Opera Orchestra
  •  San Antonio Symphony
  •  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
  •  Utah Symphony
  •  Wichita Symphony Orchestra

Alumni from the classes of 2011-2016 have attended the following programs:

  •  Adler Fellowship Program at the San Francisco Opera
  •  Ensemble ACJW Fellowship with the Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in  partnership with the New York City Department of Education.
  •  EQT Orchestra Training Program for African American Musicians at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  •  Houston Grand Opera young artists program
  •  International Opera Studio  at Opernhaus Zürich
  •  Lindemann Young Artists Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera
  •  The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago


graduate and continuing enrollment of curtis graduates

Graduates from 2011-2016 have entered graduate programs at:

  •  Bard College
  •  Boston University College of Fine Arts
  •  Cleveland Institute of Music
  •  Colburn School
  •  Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse
  •  Escuela de Reina Sophia
  •  Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  •  Harvard University
  •  Jacob's School of Music at Indiana University
  •  Juilliard School
  •  Manhattan School of Music
  •  New England Conservatory
  •  Princeton University
  •  Rice University’s Sheperd School of Music
  •  University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  •  University of Miami
  •  University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music
  •  Wichita State University
  •  Yale Institute of Sacred Music
  •  Yale University


Graduates from 2011-2016 have pursued bachelor’s degrees at:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Saint Joseph's University
  • University of Rochester


Alumni Relations Office, (215) 893-5272