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The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists at the highest professional level. To date, over 100 students from 17 states and nine countries have benefitted from the Curtis Mentor Network. Aspiring young musicians can expect a significant boost in their auditions for schools, competitions, and music festivals. Said one participant: “Having a program like this was the special gem I did not know I needed!”

The Curtis Mentor Network pairs dedicated young musicians (age 14 to 28) with Curtis alumni and summer program faculty to explore Curtis’s “learn by doing” philosophy. 

March/April 2021 Session (Enrollment opens March 1)

  • Open to Cello, Clarinet, Composition, Conducting, Flute, Oboe, Piano, Viola, Violin, Voice students
  • Provides additional professional mentorship for applications to schools, competitions, music festivals, and other auditions
  • Six-week session features personalized attention from celebrated alumni and summer program faculty, all of whom have thriving pedagogical or performance careers. View the mentor roster here.
  • Schedule includes:
    • six 45-minute private lessons
    • three one-hour studio classes
    • three one-hour professional development seminars
  • Mentors teach using Zoom optimized for audio to create an accessible remote learning environment
  • A device supporting Zoom's audio and video features and reliable internet connection are required to participate
  • Participants who complete the program receive a Certificate of Completion signed the program artistic director and their mentor.

Please complete the online registration and pay the $1,000 USD program fee via Acceptd. Limited financial aid is available. Please contact support@curtis.edu with any questions.

Applications are due by March 15, 2021 and the program begins remotely that week. After the deadline, registration may be accepted and reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Due to a high level of interest, we cannot guarantee availability for all instruments. All applicants are encouraged to apply by the deadline or as soon as possible afterward. Please contact support@curtis.edu with any questions.


Sphinx Performance Academy (online):
  • For violin, viola and cello students of Black or Latinx descent, ages 11–17
  • Full-scholarship intensive chamber music and solo performance program. The curriculum includes a full schedule of private lessons and chamber music in addition to master classes, recitals, career enrichment sessions, and mentorship about navigating the classical music world as a person of color.
  • Please contact Summerfest@Curtis.edu for more information.

Curtis Summerfest Harp Colony (online):
  • For advanced harpists ages 13 and up
  • An intensive week of orchestral training through mock auditions and master classes with Curtis faculty member Elizabeth Hainen and renowned Curtis alumna Judy Loman (Harp ’56)
  • Please contact Summerfest@Curtis.edu for more information.


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