Preparatory Division Commissioning

The Preparatory Division’s commissioning of new classical music compositions both enriches the classical music repertoire and forges a path toward a more inclusive and pedagogically valuable repertoire for young musicians. We have commissioned and premiered more than 50 new works in recent years, and with the launch of the Kayden Music Commissioning Program at Juilliard Pre-College, the work will continue with approximately 10 new commissions annually moving forward.

The development of each commission—orchestral, wind ensemble, choral, chamber, and solo works—is a collaborative effort in which Preparatory Division faculty and selected composers consider the artistic and technical skills of our students to ensure the compositions are appropriately challenging and engaging for young musicians. Composers are selected through a thoughtful process guided by Preparatory Division faculty members and administrators, many of whom perform the world premieres. The initiative also includes co-commissions, allowing for the involvement of more young musicians and educators as well as increased performance opportunities, thus enriching the musical experience of all involved. The resulting works expose our broader community to the creation and performance of new music and increase their understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures and perspectives.

We strongly encourage everyone to engage with this initiative, whether it be through listening, performing, or teaching this rich body of work. You can find out how to access these works either by clicking on the name of the work below or by contacting us at [email protected].

Weston Sprott

Dean and Director, Preparatory Division



Composer  Title Instrumentation Premiere
Keiko Abe * Toki no Nagare Marimba December 10, 2022
Kenneth Amis * The Blown Through Etudes Tuba  
Jasmine Barnes ** The Boroughs  Double Brass Quintet May 12, 2024
Nicolas Benevides ** Querencia Orchestra April 20, 2024
Kenji Bunch * Blue Hour Duo Viola, Piano January 6, 2024
Kenji Bunch * Sketches for Mr. South Violin, Piano January 6, 2024
Luis Casal * Solo Etudes for Violin Violin  
Chen Yi * Impressions From Chinese Zodiac Saxophone  
Valerie Coleman The Calling of the Wind! Wind Ensemble November 18, 2021
Jack Damon After a Hundred Years Orchestra December 16, 2023
Jordyn Davis  IMPRESSIONS Brass Quintet April 20, 2024
Jordyn Davis ** As I AM Orchestra May 6, 2023
Kevin Day * Pine Lake Trumpet, Piano November 12, 2022
Kevin Day Apricity Trombone, Piano April 20, 2024
James Diaz ** and does the Moon also fall? Orchestra May 6, 2023
Wayne J. du Maine (BM ’89, MM ’91, trumpet) * Etudes for Trumpet Trumpet  
Sharon Farber * Morrisiano Oriental Fantasy Guitar October 15, 2022
Nirmali Fenn * When Shadows Hold Their Breath Clarinet, Piano October 15, 2022
Thomas Flippin ** The Lost Village of Seneca String Ensemble April 2, 2023
Xavier Dubois Foley * Latin Paradise Bass, Piano November 12, 2022
 Adolphus Hailstork * Blue Bag 2 Bassoon, Piano October 15, 2022
 Adolphus Hailstork * Eleven Studies Oboe  
Timothy Higgins Leap Trumpet April 20, 2024
Huang Ruo (MM ’02, DMA ’08) * The Lunar New York, Day Dream, The Winding Road, ACTIVATE Bassoon  
James Lee III Towards Irresistible Praise Wind Ensemble April 29, 2023
Allison Loggins-Hull * Gifts Solo Flute October 15, 2024
Lauren McCall **   Percussion Ensemble May 12, 2024
Jessica Meyer (BM ’96, MM ’98, viola) * 8 Etudes for Viola Viola  
Tamar Muskal * 12 Etudes for Clarinet Clarinet  
Brian Raphael Nabors * Ad Terram Oboe, Piano November 12, 2022
Brian Raphael Nabors * Ten Images Etudes for Solo Flute Flute  
Kevin Newton Hill House Horn, Piano April 20, 2024
Marcus Norris For All That Comes Next Orchestra May 4, 2024
Nkeiru Okoye * Love and Longing: Sung Monologues Inspired by Classic Literature
1. “Whatever our souls are made of” (inspired by Wuthering Heights)
2. “Mr. Rochester” (inspired by Jane Eyre)
3. “Darcy Proposes” (inspired by Pride and Prejudice)
Voice February 11, 2023
Joshua Pantoja (BM ’04, horn) * Basics and Colors Horn  
Rufus Reid * Melodic Etudes Double Bass  
Homay Schmitz * First Bloom Tuba, Piano October 15, 2022
Jeff Scott * Xangô, God of Thunder Trombone, Piano November 12, 2022
Nina Shekhar * Hush Solo Harp November 12, 2022
Roberto Sierra * Sonatina Horn, Piano November 12, 2022
Derrick Skye * In thy presence, I melt them all away Cello, Piano November 12, 2022
Manuel Sosa (BM ’91, MM ’94, DMA ’02) * Stillarum Organ November 12, 2022
Andres Soto ** Fantasía en la Plaza Vignettes of Lincoln Center Orchestra April 20, 2024
Kara Talve Inner Voices Tuba, Piano April 20, 2024
Karen Tanaka Dark Horizons Brass trio with piano April 20, 2024
Karen Tanaka * Sensation Piano November 12, 2022
Elijah Thomas ** Dectet: an antiphon for all times (for double wind quintet and voices) Double Wind Quintet May 12, 2024
Ivan Trevino * Music for the Young Percussionist Percussion  
Ehren Valmé (BM ’21, trombone) * Studies for Trombone Trombone  
Horacio Fernández Vázquez (BM ’22) * Natalia Bass Trombone, Piano April 20, 2024
Mary D. Watkins The People's Awakening Orchestra April 12, 2024
Trevor Weston ** Subwaves Orchestra May 6, 2023
Kendall Williams Village Percussion Ensemble May 6, 2023

* Commissioning Initiative
** Composing Inclusion


For more information and to access these works, write to [email protected].

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