We hear from an insider that the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia has just laid off 14 staff, one of them a member of the senior leadership team. Their names have been erased from the website.
The Department of Artistic Programs and Performances has been abolished, our source says. The Department oversees all orchestral, solo, and chamber music, including the Student Recital Series and master classes. Five of the firings were from that department, including its head.
There is considerable anger that the cuts have fallen in a week when Curtis granted a residency to the Dover Quartet, an unprecedented and, in the view of many staff, unnecessary position.
We have been unable to obtain a swift response from Curtis. The last Covid update on its website is almost a month old.
This is just the start. Conservatories are preparing for a term when all tuition will be online and Asian admissions will dry up.