Curtis Institute of Music
1726 Locust St.  
Philadelphia,  PA,  19103
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The Curtis Institute of Music is located in Center City Philadelphia on Rittenhouse Square, a historic residential area with a full range of amenities nearby. Most students live alone or with roommates in nearby high-rise or brownstone apartment buildings, as there are no dormitories at Curtis.

Life for students, while rigorous and demanding, is informal, relaxed, and remarkably noncompetitive in a field known for intense rivalry. The traditional Wednesday-afternoon Teas attract students, faculty, and staff, and lessons at that hour are often interrupted for refreshments and a few moments of conversation. The Gary and Naomi Graffman Common Room, with its richly paneled walls and elaborately carved mantelpiece, is a gathering place for students at all times. Downstairs, the Student Lounge provides computers
that have Internet access.

Curtis occupies four stately mansions that retain their wood-paneled walls, high ceilings, decorative ironwork, Oriental rugs, and ornate moldings, but have been adapted over time to serve the conservatory’s needs without sacrificing their nineteenth-century charm.

Two of the buildings—the Drexel and Sibley mansions—have been
connected and are primarily used for teaching and practice purposes. Among the rooms is a computer studio for classes. The third building, the Milton L. Rock Resource Center, houses the John de Lancie Library and the Orchestra Library. The fourth, adjacent to the Resource Center, houses liberal arts classrooms and offices, studios, and administrative offices. In addition Curtis’s development office, which runs a $2.3 million annual giving campaign and raises funds for endowment and special projects, is located one block away at 1701 Walnut Street.

In 1928 a 250-seat auditorium was added to the Drexel mansion. Field Concert Hall, with splendid acoustics and facilities for video- and audio-recording, is used for student recitals, alumni and
faculty concerts, organ lessons and practice, master classes, school assemblies, orchestra rehearsals, and recording
sessions. The hall is easily accessible, with an elevator lift at street level.

Directly above Field Concert Hall is the Curtis Opera Studio, a black-box theater that seats approximately 125. This intimate and flexible performance space, which also has recording capabilities,
is used primarily by the vocal studies department for opera performances, dance and movement classes, rehearsals,
and master classes.

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