Juilliard Historical Performance is a full-tuition scholarship graduate program specializing in early music on period instruments. At the heart of the program is a distinguished faculty that includes some of today’s most respected performers and scholars in the field. The department also enjoys annual visits from such esteemed guest artists as William Christie, Jordi Savall, and Richard Egarr. There are ample opportunities to perform as a member of Juilliard415, the school’s primary period-instrument ensemble, not only in New York, but also on tour, nationally and internationally.
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Juilliard415 Goes to India
In March, Juilliard415 and Yale's Schola Cantorum ﬂew to India for a 13-day tour, the fourth international tour the group has taken with the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Benjamin Sosland, the administrative director of Historical Performance, reported on the trip.
Historical Performance Overview
Historical Performance students have a wealth of performance opportunities both as a large ensemble and in smaller chamber groups. Juilliard415, the department's larger ensemble, is regularly led by William Christie, Jordi Savall, Rachel Podger, and other world-renowned musician in concert in New York City and on national and international tours. Students also regularly perform in master classes, chamber concerts,and recitals at Juilliard and around the city.
Our robust program of secondary lessons opens opportunities for non-HP majors to study period instruments with members of the HP faculty. As a classical violist, for example, you can opt for lessons in Baroque viola; a modern horn player can try out the natural horn. Or a Baroque cello major may request a semester of lessons in viola da gamba. As is the case with HP's tuition, these lessons are offered free of charge.
In the changing cultural landscape, performers must think more creatively about their careers than ever. While some pursue positions in traditional settings, others are exploring new ways to create opportunities that are both creatively satisfying and financially sustainable. The Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship encourages leadership, initiative, and entrepreneurial thinking, enabling young performing artists to develop a more expansive view of success in the 21st century. It teaches students the skills essential for success in today’s entrepreneurial environment, with workshops in public speaking and business planning, panel discussions with industry leaders, and entrepreneurship residencies. It also facilitates more than 450 freelance performance opportunities for Juilliard students.
During your time at Juilliard, you will meet the leaders of our field. As you prepare to graduate, you may be selected for a postgraduate fellowship with the English Concert or the Mercury Baroque Orchestra. Or you may join Les Arts Florissants and William Christie for our annual summer residency in France. The experiences you have at Juilliard will prepare you for professional life. The friendships you make at Juilliard will sustain you long after graduation.