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Curtis Institute of Music
It was originally established in 1924 by Mary Louise Curtis Bok as a training ground for orchestral players to fill the ranks of the Philadelphia Orchestra, much like the Vienna Hochschule fur Musik and the Vienna Philharmonic.
All pupils attend on full scholarship but entrance is very difficult in that only enough students are admitted to fill a single orchestra.
Many of its alumni have gone on to distinguished careers, Among the many graduates are Harold Bennett (d. 1985), principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; pianist Richard Goode , violinist Hilary Hahn, conductor Leonard Bernstein, soprano Benita Valente, soprano, soprano Anna Moffo, as well as pianist extraordinaire Lang Lang. American composer Samuel Barber also graduated here.
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