The Curtis Institute of Music, located in Philadelphia, PA, is the 158th school in the United States and dedicated to training the most gifted of performing artists. A private not for profit, the institute offers students the chance to receive their diploma, a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music for opera, or a Professional Studies Certificate for vocal.

Curtis was founded in 1924 by Mary Louise Curtis Bok, naming the school in honor of her father, and was originally used to fill empty spots for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Bok purchased three mansions in Rittenhouse Square, had them renovated, and invited a faculty to train promising performing artists. Over 4,000 students have graduated since 1924 including Gian Carlo Menotti, Ala Gilbert, Samuel Barber, Lang Lang, Hilary Hahn, and Juan Diego Florez.

Today, Curtis is still extremely selective of the students resulting in only 200 students attending.

Campus Overview

  • Locale City: Large

  • Highest degree offered Master's degree

  • Academic calendar Semester

  • Religious affiliation Not applicable

Student Enrollment

Total Students
131 (75.7%)
42 (24.3%)
Undergraduate Students
Male 70
Female 61
Graduate Students
Male 20
Female 22

  • Campus Location

    1726 Locust St Philadelphia, PA 19103

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