Steinway Artist David Curtin
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Dr. David Curtin, associate professor of music at Lock Haven University, is among an elite group of international music educators participating in a choral festival in Beijing China. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
The International Schools Choral Music Society (ISCMS) festival runs from February 24- 28, with over 400 participants from 21 schools and 10 countries. The festival, entitled “The Forbidden Requiem,” features the ISCMS production of Mozart’s Requiem in the Forbidden City Concert Hall. As part of the festival, Curtin, as well as faculty members from Trinity College, Dublin and Northwestern University, Chicago, will conduct master classes. Master classes give advanced music students the opportunity to supplement their studies through interaction with guest performers whose insight and experience exemplify the highest levels of musical achievement.
In addition to holding a master class, Curtin will perform a solo recital on Thursday, February 25.
Further information about the ISCMS festival is available on their website: http://www.iscms.net/index.html. The site includes biographies of David Curtin and the other guest faculty (“practitioners”).
Following the festival, Curtin will travel to Shanghai to visit two international schools. He will offer piano master classes and a recital at each school. He will visit Shanghai Rego International School on March 1 and Dulwich College – Shanghai on March 2.
David White, dean of LHU’s College of Arts and Sciences, said, “As a musician, David Curtin is in a unique position to use the international language of music as an ambassador for Lock Haven University and the United States. His talents are sure to impress the people of China as they have impressed the Lock Haven University community.” Curtin, who has performed nationally and internationally, holds the distinction of being a Steinway Artist, an internationally recognized mark of excellence. Margery Krevsky, member of the LHU Council of Trustees and a strong advocate for the arts, added, “Having an LHU music professor of international merit at our All Steinway University is a credit to our Arts program and a stellar attraction for really talented new students.”
This is Curtin’s second trip to China to offer master classes. He held master classes in Shanghai and Beijing in June, 2009.