Congratulations to current student Karen Duong, viola, who has been accepted into the prestigious Curtis Young Artist Program and selected to receive the 2017 Council for Canadian American Relationship Cross-Border Summer Scholarship. This scholarship, valued at approx. $8,000 CDN, covers the cost of tuition, housing and dining and is only awarded once per year.
Karen's studio teacher, Prof. Sharon Wei, was thrilled with the announcement and noted, "Their violists last summer were all at a very high level so I am excited for all the students she will meet from around the world!" Karen is not the first Western string player to be accepted into the program. Current cello student Daniel Dennis (in Prof. Thomas Wiebe's cello studio) is an alumnus of the program.
Drawing upon 90 years of artistry, the Curtis Institute of Music pairs tradition and innovation, educating exceptionally gifted young musicians as artist-citizens who engage a local and global community through music-making of the highest calibre. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, instrumentalists in the Curtis Young Artist Program experience conservatory-style living with a rigorous musical schedule and opportunities to perform with peers in an intimate, challenging, and supportive environment. The three-week course features personalized attention from celebrated faculty. Curtis is recognized as ”one of the world’s finest music academies” (BBC Culture).
Young Artist Summer Program at Curtisfest - Curtis Institute of Music
Strings faculty listing - Don Wright Faculty of Music