Juilliard Historical Performance


A Graduate Program in Period Instrument Performance

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Juilliard415 (Photo by Michael DiVito)
Juilliard415 (Photo by Michael DiVito)


Juilliard Historical Performance, the School’s newest degree program, enters its fifth year. Established in 2009, the program is open to master of music degree, graduate diploma, and doctor of musical arts candidates and offers comprehensive study focusing on a historically-informed approach to music from the 17th and 18th centuries. The performance-oriented curriculum fosters an informed, vital understanding of the many issues unique to period instrument performance with the level of technical excellence and musical integrity for which Juilliard is renowned. All Juilliard Historical Performance students receive full-tuition scholarships.

Juilliard415, the School’s primary period instrument ensemble, maintains a rigorous and intensive performance schedule. All Historical Performance majors play in several major concert cycles each semester, giving students the opportunity to work closely with some of the most important figures in early music. Depending on the repertoire, Juilliard415 performs with as few four or five players for intimate chamber music programs, to as many as 30 for major cornerstones of the repertoire, all under the direction of an esteemed roster of resident and visiting artists. Since its founding in 2009, Juilliard415 has performed on tour domestically and internationally, with concerts in upstate New York, along the Eastern seaboard and in Italy, Japan, and Southeast Asia. In 2011, Juilliard415 made its Carnegie Hall debut.

Joint projects and collaborations with Juilliard’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts, including fully-staged operas, with the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and a close connection with Juilliard’s modern instrument students who are eligible to receive period instrument lessons free of charge are an integral part of the program.

The master of music degree program requires a two-year residency; the graduate diploma program with a major in Historical Performance is a two-year, non-degree course of study. Juilliard’s Doctor of Musical Arts is the most advanced course of study offered at Juilliard and requires a full-time residency of two years at Juilliard. All degree requirements must be completed within five years of admission. The C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellows program, made possible by a generous endowment grant from the Starr Foundation, allows candidates accepted into the D.M.A. degree to pursue their resident studies on a full-tuition scholarship basis.  Along with private lessons, chamber music coachings, master classes, frequent seminars and an intensive performance schedule, the curriculum also includes core classes covering a broad range of issues related to performance, including style and interpretation, historical and cultural contexts, analytical methods and treatises, Baroque dance, and continuo improvisation/figured bass reading. Secondary lessons are offered in all available majors, and in recorder, Baroque trumpet, and natural horn.

The program features residencies and master classes with many of the leading figures in early music. Recent guests have included Richard Egarr, Fabio Biondi, William Christie and members of Les Arts Florissants,Christopher Hogwood, Dame Emma Kirkby, and Jordi Savall, among many others. Mr. Christie, Mr. Savall, and Mr. Egarr are returning Visiting Artists who maintain a regular and ongoing relationship with the School and who work intensively with students in repertoire-focused residencies that culminate in public performances. In addition to performances with Mr. Christie, Mr. Savall, and Mr. Egarr and to concerts with resident artists Monica Huggett and Robert Mealy, the 2013-14 season, includes programs led by early music specialists, Richard Egarr,
Nicholas McGegan, and Masaaki Suzuki.

The faculty comprises a group of exceptional early music performers and educators, under the direction of Baroque violinist Robert Mealy: Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts (violins), Phoebe Carrai (cello), Robert Nairn (double bass), Sandra Miller (flute), Gonzalo Ruiz (oboe), Dominic Teresi (bassoon), Kenneth Weiss (harpsichord),Patrick O’Brien (plucked instruments), Sarah Cunningham (viola da gamba), Nina Stern (secondary recorder),John Thiessen (secondary Baroque trumpet), and (secondary natural horn) R.J. Kelley. The classroom faculty includes Arthur Haas, Avi Stein, and David Schulenberg.

Applications must be received by December 1 each year. Auditions take place in New York and Paris.

For more information about Juilliard Historical Performance, please visit: www.juilliard.edu/historicalperformance.

(May 2013)