Applying to Curtis

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Curtis Institute of Music. This application, all required supporting documents, and $150  application fee must be postmarked or submitted online by the December 17, 2013 deadline to avoid a late fee. An additional nonrefundable fee of $150 (payable in U.S. dollars) is to be paid at the time the applicant is notified of an audition date. This fee must be received by Curtis before the applicant is permitted to audition.

It is understood and agreed that the filling of an application does not obligate the Curtis Institute of Music to provide an audition.

The Curtis Institute of Music does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, sex, national origin, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law against any applicant seeking admission.

All admitted students are awarded a merit-based full-tuition scholarship. The applicant, if accepted, assumes full responsibility for all other expenses.

If admitted, the student grants to Curtis the right to photograph and record, use, copy, and/or broadcast by audio and/or video transmission all of the student's (1) performances at Curtis and (2) classes at Curtis. Broadcasts may be used for up to one year after the student's graduation or withdrawal.

About the process

About applying to Curtis

About auditions

You will be asked to create a user name and password, which will allow you to save your application before submission. After completing and submitting your application, you will be able to download and view it.

To complete the application, you will need:

  • addresses for your parents or guardians and their employers
  • addresses and dates of study with private teachers
  • addresses and dates of study at high school and/or previous college
  • a list of scholarships, awards, etc., received and their amounts
  • a response to "What is your ultimate goal in studying music?"
  • audition program (composer and title), in compliance with the department's audition requirements: composition  |  conducting  |  guitar  |  keyboard instruments  |  orchestral instruments  |  vocal studies.
  • for voice and opera applicants: a description of professional experience, if any, including roles and dates performed, names of performing organizations, nonoperatic musical activities, and dramatic training and experience.
  • a list of composers and works, including technical studies, that you have studied intensively and consider a part of your repertoire
  • a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or Diner's Club) to pay the $200 ($150 + $50 late fee) application fee

Applicants under the age of eighteen must have the application cosigned by a parent or guardian.

Required Supporting Documents

It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure the required documents are submitted in English. The official seal and signature of the translator must appear on any translated document.

The following supporting documents are required:

  1. The online or PDF written consent of the present private teacher.
  2. The online or PDF written consent of the head of the college-level music school OR department in which the applicant is currently enrolled. This requirement does not apply to preparatory or high-school applicants.
  3. Online or PDF (1, 2) confidential statements from two musicians, excluding relatives and the present private teacher, who are qualified to judge the applicant's personal and musical talents.
  4. The most current official transcript of high school and/or college.
  5. One or two programs from concerts in which the applicant has participated (photocopied programs are acceptable).
  6. Bachelor of Music applicants: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) scores, due June 1, 2014.
  7. Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, Professional Studies Certificate, and Diploma in Opera applicants who are not native speakers of English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the SAT I. Scores due June 1, 2014.
  8. A nonrefundable application fee of $200 ($150 + $50 late fee) U.S.--payment required to complete online form.
  9. Composition applicants: additional $75 screening fee.
  10. Vocal Studies applicants: additional $75 screening fee and online submission of screening materials.

Apply to Curtis online (available summer 2013).


Download PDF application (available summer 2013).

Screening Materials (for voice and opera applicants only)

All applicants in voice and opera are required to submit screening materials online in order to be considered for an invitation to audition in person. There is a $75 screening fee, payable to Curtis through the Vocal Screening Application for Admission form.

Applicants should prepare three repertoire selections that show contrast in musical styles and tempos: songs or opera arias for undergraduate program applicants and only opera arias for the graduate program. The recording for screening should include accompaniment. Please make certain the recording is of good quality, as the granting of a live audition will depend upon this. Applicants will be notified of decisions regarding live auditions by mid-February.


Christopher Hodges, admissions officer
Curtis Institute of Music
(215) 717-3117

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