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Artist Diploma Programs for Fall 2017

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General Policies

  • Applications must be submitted by the stated deadlines.
  • Majors that are not pre-screened are guaranteed an audition. Pre-screened majors are reviewed for audition invitations.
  • All applicants invited to audition must do so live in New York. The Juilliard School does not accept video auditions.
  • Those applicants scheduled for auditions will receive notification approximately one month prior to the audition. Pre-screening results will also be sent at that time.
  • No admissions decisions can be made until all credentials and required documents are on file.
  • All applicants are notified of their acceptance status via the online application or e-mail. Notification will be sent by the Office of Admissions approximately one month after the audition and no later than April 1, 2017.
  • You may not apply more than two times per degree level in the Music Division if you receive unfavorable results.

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Statistics and other disclosure information for non-degree diploma programs can be found here.

Graduate Resident String Quartet

Essential to the artistic growth of a pre-professional quartet is the study of style and repertoire with members of a more seasoned ensemble. The Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet program provides that opportunity. This graduate-level program brings a qualified string quartet to be in residence at Juilliard and work with the Juilliard String Quartet. Members of the Juilliard String Quartet, which was established in 1946, have been the premier coaches for student string quartets at Juilliard for more than 50 years. The Juilliard String Quartet now consists of violinists Joseph Lin and Ronald Copes, violist Roger Tapping, and cellist Astrid Schween.

The members of the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet, named Lisa Arnhold Fellows, are admitted to the School's Artist Diploma program, receive stipends and free tuition, coach regularly with the Juilliard String Quartet, participate in the annual Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and perform an annual New York recital in Alice Tully Hall. As teaching assistants to the Juilliard String Quartet, the resident quartet coaches other student ensembles and assists in the freshman-year String Quartet Survey class. The quartet has exclusive use of a rehearsal studio and full access to all other Juilliard facilities. While this is a two-year residency, quartets must be invited to return for the second year.

While at Juilliard, the resident quartet is encouraged and expected to pursue its own performing schedule. The quartets that have participated in this program, established in 1986, are the Aeolus, Afiara, Attacca, Avalon, Biava, Calder, Cassatt, Chiara, Colorado, Corigliano, Essex, Lark, Magellan, Maia, Mirò, Shanghai, St. Lawrence, and Verona (the current quartet-in-residence) Quartets.

Application Procedures for Fall 2017 Admission:

  • Applicants will complete and submit an application, upload the required pre-screening recordings (audio only), and pay the application fee via our online applicationThe application deadline is January 3, 2017.
  • Pre-screening recordings should include three complete works, one each from the Classical, Romantic, and contemporary periods.
  • Applications and pre-screening recordings will be reviewed by the Juilliard String Quartet; selected quartets will be invited to audition in person. Notification of pre-screening results is done by e-mail, approximately one month in advance of the audition date.
  • All members of quartets invited to audition must submit official transcripts of school records and proof of English language proficiency (if applicable) after they have received their official audition invitations and no later than February 15, 2017.
  • Auditions will take place at The Juilliard School on Monday, March 6, 2017. Quartets should not make any travel or lodging arrangements until they receive their official audition invitations. Juilliard is not able to provide funds for lodging and/or travel for auditioning quartets.
  • The audition repertoire will consist again of three complete works, one each from the Classical, Romantic, and contemporary periods. It is not necessary that the repertoire prepared for the live audition be identical to the pre-screening materials. However, both the pre-screening and the live audition repertoire must meet the requirements.
  • Quartets are typically notified of their admission results within one month of auditions.

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Jazz Studies

The Artist Diploma in Jazz Studies is a pre-professional performance-based jazz education program for a few highly gifted and experienced performers at the post-graduate level.

In general, successful applicants to the Artist Diploma have already obtained their undergraduate degrees; a Master’s or its equivalent in professional experience is strongly preferred.

Students participate in a two-year customized and tuition-free curriculum that focuses on public performance for a small ensemble of Artist Diploma students.

In addition to school year performances at Juilliard, the Artist Diploma Ensemble is required to participate in outside performances and educational outreach. A performance based program, the curriculum for the Artist Diploma is by advisement.

A.D. in Jazz Studies Application Checklist:

IMPORTANT NOTE: All deadlines are "RECEIVED BY" deadlines - including application fees, checks, and pre-screening materials.

Application Component Deadline
Online application, including the essay December 1, 2016
A $110 application fee, payable in U.S. funds December 1, 2016
Recordings of the required repertoire for pre-screening December 1, 2016
Transcripts from all previous college / conservatory / university studies* February 15, 2017
Proof of English Language Proficiency, if required February 15, 2017
Live Audition February 26 - March 3, 2017

* Juilliard Admissions is adopting and promoting a paperless and environmentally friendly application process. Please do not send in any transcripts until after you have received your official audition invitation, and no later than February 15, 2017.

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Music Performance

The Artist Diploma in Music Performance is a two-year program for the few highly gifted and experienced performers at the post-master’s level who wish to pursue focused studies in their major field leading to specific professional goals. With an emphasis on repertoire, the program is designed to develop both the artistry and professionalism in performers who possess the ability and determination to realize their talent in the contemporary world.

Admissions decisions for the Artist Diploma in Music Performance are made by the Artist Diploma Performance Committee. In addition to consideration of the audition results, the Committee carefully reviews the applicant’s Artist Diploma essay, dossier, and phone interview (see below). The statement of artistic and educational objectives for this period of study is a critically important aspect of the review process. Generally, two applicants are admitted to the program every year.

The level of musical competence required for the Artist Diploma in Music Performance is the same as that required for admission to the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program. That competence is determined by the faculty in the same way as it is for admission to the doctoral program. Applicants who wish to be considered for both the Artist Diploma in Music Performance and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree programs may select this option on the online application. The application fee to apply to BOTH programs is $110. One set of pre-screening recordings (if applicable) and audition will be considered for both programs. Applicants must be sure to fulfill ALL other application requirements for BOTH programs.

Applicants who are invited to audition live (excepting Orchestral Conducting applicants) may also be asked for callback interviews by phone on March 13 or 14, 2017. Applicants must be available for phone interviews to be considered for admission. Applicants who are not interviewed by phone may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.

A.D. in Music Performance Application Checklist:

IMPORTANT NOTE: All deadlines are "RECEIVED BY" deadlines - including application fees, checks, and pre-screening materials.

Application Component Deadline
Online application, including the essay December 1, 2016
A $110 application fee, payable in U.S. funds December 1, 2016
Pre-screening materials, if required December 1, 2016
Transcripts from all previous college / conservatory /
university studies*
February 15, 2017
Proof of English Language Proficiency, if required February 15, 2017
(December 1, 2016 for Collaborative Piano)
Two letters of recommendation* February 15, 2017
A professional résumé February 15, 2017
Dossier February 15, 2017
Live Audition** February 24, 26 - 28, & March 1 - 3, 2017

*Juilliard Admissions is adopting and promoting a paperless and environmentally friendly application process. Please do not send in any transcripts or letters of recommendation until after you have received your official audition invitation, and no later than February 15, 2017.

**Please note Orchestral Conducting dates earlier in January.

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Opera Studies

The Artist Diploma* in Opera Studies is a two-year advanced-training program for 8 to 10 singers, based in daily class with the program’s mentor and lead teacher, Stephen Wadsworth, and focused on the seamless melding of vocal and acting techniques. Another focus of the program is career placement at a high level, with regular private auditions for top artist managers, directors of opera companies, and regular hearings by Metropolitan Opera staff. ADOS enjoys a close collaboration with the Met’s Lindemann program, and our artists also have access to Juilliard’s remarkable coaching staff, concert opportunities, and sophisticated staged productions.

The central class centers on mental concentration and freedom, physical release, and emotional availability. The short-term goal: more focused, connected work in performance, rehearsal and particularly auditions. The long-term goal: collaborative, open, inventive singing actors who can work on any stage, in any style, and with any director. Our mission is to encourage individuality and humanity in artists, to empower them with multi-faceted technique as actors and singers, and to offer powerful, fearless leaders to our field.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old and be able to speak, read, and understand English fluently. In general, successful applicants to Opera Studies have already obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees or their equivalent in education or experience.

The Opera Studies application deadline is November 1, 2016.

*Applicants to the A.D. in Opera Studies who also wish to apply for the D.M.A. in Classical Voice must complete and submit two separate applications, application fees, and all required pre-screening and supplemental materials appropriate for each program.

Opera Studies is a pre-screened program. All applicants must submit required materials by the application deadline in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition.

Live Audition Procedures

  1. First-round singing auditions will be held on December 17, 2016 (all day Saturday).
    • Applicants selected for the second-round will be scheduled for singing callbacks on the following day.
  2. Second-round singing callbacks will take place Sunday, December 18 (afternoon).
    • Applicants selected for the final-round will be scheduled later on Sunday and on the following day.
  3. The Final Round comprises:
    • A preliminary Interview and Coaching on Sunday (evening); and
    • On Monday, December 19, a morning Class (in which applicants may wear clothes that are comfortable but also appropriate for an educational environment) and, after a break, a Final Interview in the afternoon.

Please note: As part of an expanded process designed to provide the faculty, and applicants, with critical information for the creation of our Opera Studies ensemble, called back applicants MUST be available for all portions of the callbacks on December 18 & 19 in order to be considered for admission, without exception! Callbacks cannot be rescheduled for other dates/times.

A.D. in Opera Studies Application Checklist:

IMPORTANT NOTE: All deadlines are "RECEIVED BY" deadlines - including application fees, checks, and pre-screening materials.

Application Component Deadline
Online application, including the essay November 1, 2016
A $110 application fee, payable in U.S. funds November 1, 2016
Recordings of the required repertoire for pre-screening November 1, 2016
Transcripts from all previous college / conservatory /
university studies*
December 9, 2016
Proof of English Language Proficiency, if required December 9, 2016
Two letters of recommendation* December 9, 2016
A professional résumé December 9, 2016
Repertoire list indicating roles studied and roles performed
(with locations, dates, and reviews). A head shot is optional.*
December 9, 2016
Live Audition December 17 - 19, 2016

*Juilliard Admissions is adopting and promoting a paperless and environmentally friendly application process. Please do not send in any transcripts, letters of recommendation, repertoire list or head shot until after you have received your official audition invitation, and no later than December 9, 2016.

 

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