Philly’s Curtis Institute is overwhelmed by ‘transformational’ giftmain
The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia has woken up to ‘an extraordinary gift’ of $20 million from an anonymous donor family.
Out of the blue, judging by the stunned response. ‘This incredibly generous gift marks a truly transformational moment for Curtis, and will have an immediate, significant impact on our school and students for decades to come,’ says Curtis Prez Roberto Diaz.
Tuition at Curtis is free, but the new money will pay for eliminating student debt over living expenses.
Another aim is to buy a new organ and train more organists.
As a result of this gift, Curtis’s organ department will reach new heights through the addition of new instruments and a number of new and expanded initiatives, while also strengthening Curtis’s relationships with institutions around the city and across the globe. Curtis will commission a new organ for the school, ensuring that students have a world-class instrument always at their fingertips.