Curtis Grads Giving a Year of Service to the Philadelphia Community

Dec 8, 2014

The Franklin Project is a new, national initiative aiming to set up a year of service as a rite of passage for America’s young adults in a variety of fields. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the Curtis Institute of Music joined the initiative with the launching of the first ArtistYear Fellowship Program, a pilot program with three recent graduates who dedicate a year of service to the Greater Philadelphia community - with the goal of becoming professional artist citizens.

Curtis Director of Professional Development and Community Engagement Mary Javian says the musicians who now form the Bok Trio were hand picked for ArtistYear.

The Bok Trio, founded by ArtistYear Fellows pianist Michelle Cann, bassoonist Wade Coufal, and oboist Alexandra von der Embse, is committed to using music to serve the Philadelphia community.

Each of the three participants play in the Bok Trio and also have individual projects. They spoke with WRTI's Susan Lewis about why they were drawn to this program, the role of music in their lives, and how they are sharing it with others in this year of community service.