Joseph and Marie Field Chamber Music Program

All Ages

Tuition: $690

Nationally recognized chamber music program for students of all ages and abilities. More than 40 chamber ensembles for piano, strings, woodwinds, and brass that perform regularly throughout the city. Settlement encourages chamber music participation as an essential part of every musician’s training. Also serves as excellent preparation for the Advanced Study Program. Contact any Branch Director for information.

Shirley Curtiss Center for Woodwind Studies

Ages 12-18

Tuition: $690

Part of the Joseph and Marie Field Chamber Music Program focusing on woodwind chamber ensembles and developing skills in ensemble playing. Settlement Music School's nationally-renowned woodwind ensemble program is named in honor of the founder of Settlement's woodwind program, Shirley Curtiss.

The center honors Mrs. Curtiss’ nearly 50 years of service as the founder and lead faculty member of Settlement’s woodwind ensemble program and ingratitude to her and her husband Sidney Curtiss, also a Settlement faculty member and former violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, for their ongoing dedication and generosity to Settlement.


Ages 10-18

Tuition: $520 for 30 weeks

Intermediate to Advanced Intermediate flutists (one or two years of individual flute lessons) meet once weekly to work on flute ensemble music in many different styles. Students will learn to perform in a  chamber ensemble and will appear in public performances. 

No audition required. Ensemble members should:
• Be familiar with key signatures up to 3 flats and 3 sharps
• Be able to read simple meters (4/4, 3/4 and 6/8)
• Be able to play eighth, sixteenth and dotted rhythms

Offered at Germantown, Willow Grove and Wynnefield. Contact individual branches for dates and times.

Advanced Study Program

A special scholarship program for 13 – 18 year old students (or through completion of high school) who have an interest in pursuing pre-professional training.  Learn more.