Leonard Bernstein got straight As. Why can’t you?

Curtis Library has published Bernstein’s grade card for his second year at Curtis, 1940-41.

Besides conducting, his classes included piano with Isabella Vengerova, orchestration with Curtis director Randall Thompson, solfège with Renée Longy Miquelle, and form and counterpoint with Richard Stohr. Bernstein is reported to be the only one of Reiner’s students to receive an A in conducting.


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  • “Talent” is subdivided into “”Special” and “Native”… Am I reading that right?

    I wonder how that was distinguished.

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