James Moore: You’re currently a student at the Curtis Institute. What is it like attending such a small conservatory?
Tessa Ellis: I transferred twice before entering Curtis, so I feel I have a unique perspective on the environment at Curtis. It’s by far the smallest school I’ve attended, and for the most part that’s a good thing. Your teachers all get to know you, you have more interaction with administration, and you know almost everyone’s name within a few weeks! Entering as an older student made it easier for me to “outsource” my social life a bit, which has balanced out the size of Curtis and made it a very positive environment for me.