The Juilliard School today announced its first international collaboration with two major cultural agencies in México, the Consejo Nacional Para La Cultura y Las Artes (CONACULTA) and the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL). The agreement provides extensive evaluations and teaching models for three of México’s foremost professional schools of music instruction. The schools are the Conservatorio Nacional de Música, Escuela Superior de Música, and Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey.
The formal signing ceremony and press conference took place today in México City at the offices of CONACULTA, attended by Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi; CONACULTA President Consuelo Sálzar Guerrero; INBAL Director General Teresa Vicencio Álvarez; and President of the Patronato de la Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey (PESMUDM), Liliana Melo de Sada; who were the signing parties. Also in attendance were the directors of each of the conservatories: Jaime Sierra from Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey; Karl Bellinghausen from Conservatorio Nacional de Música; and Cuauhtémoc Rivera Guzman from the Escuela Superior de Música; art advocates María Josefa Cuevas de Serrano, Beatriz Sanchez-Navarro de Pintado, and José Pintado; Juilliard’s Vice President of Development and Public Affairs, Riccardo Salmona; Vice President of Global Initiatives, Christopher Mossey; and Juilliard’s Manager of Global Initiatives, Rosemary Reyes.
Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi commented in New York, prior to leaving for México City,"Juilliard is privileged to work with the teachers and administrators of three major conservatories in Mexico to explore together programs and practices that will aim to educate and train the next generation of young performing artists in Mexico. I know that my colleagues and I at Juilliard will expand our own educational understanding and knowledge by working with the exceptional teachers and performing artists of Mexico in the time ahead."
One of a handful of elite conservatories globally, The Juilliard School has long fostered outreach to its compatriot institutions for dance, drama, and music. Its faculty members and administrators are sought after by schools, performing arts groups, competitions, and arts advisory panels worldwide. Performance tours outside U.S. borders always include master classes and demonstrations at local conservatories, and in recent years alone Juilliard has hosted and/or participated in projects in Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, France, the UK, and Italy. Last season in México, a pilot vocal collaboration among Juilliard, INBAL, and the Sociedad Internacional de Valores de Arte Méxicano (SIVAM) took place that paved the way for today’s announcement of the broader pan-México arrangement. In auditions for that project adjudicated by Brian Zeger, Artistic Director for Juilliard’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts, eighteen singers were selected for master classes in México City during 2010, prior to four of them being invited to participate further in New York. Intensive coaching and preparation led to a May performance at The Juilliard School in New York.
The panels of Juilliard faculty, alumni and administrators will begin visits to the schools in México this season beginning in late January, completing them in March and May 2012. Each evaluation period will be an intensive week-long assessment to include teaching and public master classes by Juilliard’s mentors, with students from the schools. The third investigative visit will include a roundtable discussion moderated by Juilliard’s President Polisi. Initial evaluations will be followed by extensive written reports and recommendations to each school. Areas of focus are all-encompassing, including the educational philosophy, teaching strategies, academic curriculum, and management issues of the specific conservatory. The process is not unlike the certification of standards that Juilliard and other U.S. institutions of higher education undergo on a regular basis.
The Juilliard School established the U.S. standard for education in the performing arts, beginning with music in 1905. In 1951, its Dance Division was founded, combining training in contemporary and ballet technique. Juilliard became part of Lincoln Center in 1968, and added a four-year drama program. Its Playwrights Program, founded in 1993, boasts of two Pulitzer Prize and an Olivier award winner among its alumni. In 2001, Juilliard broke new ground with the addition of its jazz program; a graduate program in Historical Performance began in fall 2009, the same year that Juilliard inaugurated its partnership in voice with the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Beginning in fall 2011, New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert also became a full-time Juilliard faculty member as Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies, adding another link to the houses of Lincoln Center, and professional development.Juilliard began its second century of excellence by expanding its headquarters with 39,000 square feet of state-of-the-art performance and rehearsal facilities, classrooms, and studios, completed in 2009. Currently more than 800 young artists from forty-four states (plus Washington, D.C.) and 46 foreign countries attend Juilliard. For more information, visit Juilliard’s Web site atwww.juilliard.edu.