Curtis Institute receives $20M for facility upgrades, organ program, financial assistance for students

Posted on: October 8, 2021

“The Curtis Institute of Music has landed a $20 million gift from an anonymous donor family,” writes Peter Dobrin in Thursday’s (10/7) Philadelphia Inquirer. “Curtis is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to raise $200 million for endowment, $30 million to upgrade facilities and infrastructure and $20 million for the annual fund…. The new gift, one of the largest in its history … will help Curtis expand aspects of its organ program. A new organ will be commissioned for Field Concert Hall. The summertime Philadelphia Young Artists Organ Camp, previously run independently by Curtis organ department head Alan Morrison, will be brought under the Curtis wing and expanded, and it will become tuition free…. In 2022-23, the school will expand a program that places students as organ scholars in Philadelphia area churches to explore organ liturgy and church repertoire.… Curtis will create a summer workshop for young string quartets to work with the school’s resident Cover Quartet. The new endowment money will also allow Curtis to expand the need-based financial assistance it offers students starting in 2022-23. Curtis is entirely tuition-free, but students still incur expenses and debt for living, travel and instrument purchases.”