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Student Activities

Many student activities are organized and sponsored by Student Council with support from Curtis, the Board of Trustees, alumni, and the Friends of Curtis. Wellness activities are offered throughout the course of the academic year, and an annual field trip to New York takes place on a Sunday each spring. There are also occasional field trips and other activities.

Curtis traditions that date back to the school’s founder, Mary Louise Curtis Bok, include midweek Tea and the annual Holiday Party.

Every Wednesday at 3 p.m. throughout the school year, students, faculty, staff, and their guests gather in the Gary and Naomi Graffman Common Room for Tea. This unique event offers the entire Curtis community a break for refreshment and informal conversation.

The Holiday Party, held every December just before exam week, features seasonal entertainment, refreshments, and dancing to live music in Field Concert Hall.

Curtis musical events include:

  • the Student Recital Series in Field Concert Hall on most Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings
  • concerts by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and the Curtis Chamber Orchestra
  • Vocal Studies department performances, including fully staged productions by the Curtis Opera Theatre
  • master classes given by visiting artists

Student Council

The Curtis Student Council plays an active role in monitoring and improving the quality of student life at Curtis. It provides a forum for students to discuss their thoughts on artistic and academic concerns. Council members serve as student leaders for academic, musical, and social matters and plan service projects.

Recent council suggestions have helped enhance building security, maintenance, and equipment. Council members also attend certain meetings of the Board of Trustees, the Friends Board, the Alumni Council, and the academic faculty.

The council comprises students representing the various disciplines within Curtis. Elections are held each April. Council meets weekly. Meetings with the administration take place on a regular basis.

2017-18 Student Council

  • President: Bryan Dunnewald

  • Vice President: Amit Melzer

  • Secretary: Haeji Kim

  • Treasurer: Héloïse Carlean-Jones


  • Josh Halpern
  • Zubin Hathi
  • Andrea Obiso
  • Cassie Pilgrim
  • Patrick Wilhelm