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Curtis Institute of Music


The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. “Both a conservatory and a buzzword…known for taking the best music students in the world” (Washington Post), Curtis accepts four percent of applicants each year on average, making it one of the most selective schools in the United States. A tuition-free policy ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission.


With a small student body of about 175, Curtis ensures that each young musician receives an education of unparalleled quality, distinguished by a “learn by doing” philosophy and personalized attention from a faculty that includes a high proportion of actively performing musicians.


Curtis students offer more than 200 orchestra, opera, and solo and chamber music performances to the public each year. They hone music advocacy skills through programs that bring arts access and education to the community. And they reach global audiences through Curtis on Tour and weekly livestreamed recitals (Curtis.edu/YouTube).


This real-world training allows these extraordinary young musicians to join the front rank of performers, composers, conductors, and musical leaders. Each season leading opera houses and chamber music series around the world feature Curtis alumni, and they hold principal chairs in every major American orchestra. Curtis graduates are musical leaders, making a profound impact on music onstage and in their communities. To learn more, visit Curtis.edu.

Distance from Independence Visitor Center: 1.08 miles
Distance from Sister Cities Visitor Center: 0.58 miles
Distance from Pennsylvania Convention Center: 0.72 miles


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