Evening Division
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Letter from the Director

Greetings!

This summer, we are offering new ways to learn about and participate in the performing arts while experiencing live courses with our world class faculty. The Juilliard Summer Series, curated by the Evening Division, will bridge the summer months with many exciting short courses and lectures. In June, we will offer our courses entirely online.

While we hope to be able to invite everyone back to campus for in-person learning opportunities later in the summer, we are also fully prepared to convert our late-summer courses to online as well. We will decide in the coming months about converting these classes to online, based on recommendations from professionals and considering current events.

We are committed to making sure your experience with continuing education at Juilliard is rewarding and exciting—whether it is online or in person.

For now, take a look at our courses and imagine yourself taking a deep dive into a subject you love. It feels good to be able to make plans and commit to an investment in something that brings you joy. I hope you’ll join our learning community this summer.

Sincerely,

John-Morgan Bush
Director of Lifelong Learning

Questions?

Contact us at [email protected]

 

Explore all our summer courses on this page below or in our Summer Series brochure (pdf) here.  

Courses Offered
 

History & Appreciation

Is It a Musical or Is It an Opera? (And Why Should We Care?)

Monday, June 1
Tuesday, June 2

Sound and Event

Tuesdays and Thursdays
June 2-11

Before They Were the Beatles

Tuesday, June 9
Wednesday, June 10

Common Tones: Classical and Pop Music Connections

Wednesday, June 10
Thursday, June 11

The Ballet Music of Tchaikovsky

Wednesday, June 17
Thursday, June 18

West Side Story Festival

Monday, June 22
Tuesday, June 23
Wednesday, June 24
Thursday, June 25

The Harlem Renaissance

Tuesday, June 23
Wednesday, June 24
Thursday, June 25

Monteverdi Madrigals of Love and War (Book VIII)

Monday, June 29
Tuesday, June 30

The Keyboard Suites of J.S. Bach Tuesday, June 30
Wednesday, July 1
Beethoven’s Op. 130 String Quartet and the Grosse Fugue

Wednesday, July 1
Thursday, July 2

Shakespeare’s As You Like It Thursday, August 6
Summer at the Met: Live in HD Week of August 24
Piano

Piano Symposium

Tuesday, August 11
Thursday, August 13
Tuesday, August 18
Professional Development

Solid Singing Technique for Actors, Cabaret, Jazz, and Commercial Pop Artists

Mondays, June 1-29

Website Basics for the Performing Artist Wednesday, June 17
Monday, June 22
Thursday, June 25
The Basics of Dramaturgy Wednesday, June 24
Thursday, June 25
SMART Goal-Setting Basics for the Performing Artist Monday, August 3
Tuesday, August 4
Thursday, August 6
Musician as Activist Monday, August 10
Tuesday, August 11
Thursday, August 13
Conducting Opera Recitatives Wednesday, August 12
Voice

Voice Class

Wednesdays, July 8-29

Music Theory & Composition

Ableton Live Introductory Intensive

Wednesdays, July 22-August 5

Composition Symposium Tuesday, August 4
Thursday, August 6
Tuesday, August 11
Music Reading Boot Camp Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays,
August 4-13

 

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Evening Division Summer Series


Is It a Musical or Is It an Opera? (And Why Should We Care?)

Scott Eyerly

From La bohème to West Side Story, great operas and musicals are escaping their homes. In just the past few years, Lyric Opera of Chicago produced Sweeney Todd (supposedly a musical) while Broadway saw an acclaimed run of Porgy and Bess (supposedly an opera). What then are the basic elements of each genre? What happens when an opera singer tackles Irving Berlin or Baz Luhrmann stages Puccini? This lively course will examine such questions, surveying a wide range of category-defying works including those mentioned above, plus Carousel, Carmen, and more. Students will enjoy audio and video recordings and participate in class discussion. This course is a repeat of a sold-out offering from summer 2017.

EVDOL 078
$300

Monday, June 1
Tuesday, June 2
10am–12:30pm
Online

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Sound and Event

Mark Shapiro

Sound is a medium in which, metaphorically, things happen. Composers draw on the technical resources of harmony, counterpoint, orchestration, and more to create events that tell a story. Expert composers’ music enters our minds and plays ingeniously on our expectations. As music-loving listeners, we can heighten our capacity to be surprised and to hear depth and richness of meaning as the music unfolds. This experience can be especially tangible for music with words. When we pay close, moment-to-moment attention to a well-crafted aria, recitative, ensemble, or chorus, we can gain thrilling insights into a character's inner life, the dynamics of an interpersonal relationship, or the motivations of a populace. Such discoveries can enrich our listening experience of instrumental music as well.

In this four-part course, participants join the instructor in a deep dive into excerpts from operas and oratorios by Handel, Mozart, Puccini, and others. The sessions may include live demonstrations to the extent that circumstances permit.

The course is for professional and avocational practitioners (conductors, composers, singers, instrumentalists) as well as dedicated listeners. The ability to read music is helpful but not required.

EVDOL 085
$350

Tuesdays and Thursdays
June 2–11
2–4pm
Online

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Before They Were the Beatles

Brad Balliett, Doug Balliett

Where did the Beatles come from? What are their musical roots, and how did they transform themselves from four unknown teenagers to the most popular band of all time? This intensive offers a close look at the music and history that led to this iconic band’s evolution from the skiffle-based Quarrymen to Johnny and the Moondogs and then the Silver Beatles. Perfect for Beatles fans of any age, this course will examine rarely heard home demos by the young band as well as its stints at the Cavern Club in Liverpool and Star Club in Hamburg, the album with crooner Tony Sheridan, and the ill-fated audition for Decca Records.

EVDOL 079
$300

Tuesday, June 9
Wednesday, June 10
2–4:30pm
Online

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Common Tones: Classical and Pop Music Connections

Mitchell Lyon, Mika Sasaki

What does 20th-century pop music have in common with Western classical music? What musical techniques does the Beatles’ “Something” share with a Schubert fantasy? Behind the differences in style and scope, we find common building blocks between these two seemingly disparate genres as well as artists whose work broke down existing conventions, subverted audience expectations, and led us down new paths of musical expression. In this class, we will trace groundbreaking techniques shared between popular hits and the classical repertoire: keyboard works, symphonies, string quartets, art songs, and other masterpieces from the past 300 years. Common characteristics will be explored through a selection of works by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, and Strauss as well as the songs of the Beatles, Beach Boys, ABBA, David Bowie, Adele, Coldplay, and other pop giants.

Demonstrations, audio selections, basic score analyses, and discussions illuminate the common threads that give music power and meaning. The ability to read and follow scores is strongly recommended, but not required.

EVDOL 071
$300

Wednesday, June 10
Thursday, June 11
10am–12:30pm
Online

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The Ballet Music of Tchaikovsky

Faye-Ellen Silverman

Three glorious, sweeping, and dramatic ballets written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky—Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker—are among the most popular of all time. This course will examine Tchaikovsky’s music for these ballets, with a special emphasis on The Sleeping Beauty. We will discuss this work within the context of Russian music at the end of the 19th century and look at the reasons for its enduring appeal.

EVDOL 082
$300

Wednesday, June 17
Thursday, June 18
10am–12:30pm
Online

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West Side Story Festival

EVDOL 076
Special enrollment rate for both sections: $500

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West Side Story: Dance

Henning Rübsam

Choreographer Jerome Robbins and composer Leonard Bernstein gained recognition through their first collaborative effort, the ballet Fancy Free, in 1944. The resulting Broadway show and movie, On the Town, made the two famous. Yet it was another collaboration, premiered in 1957, that cemented their status as theatrical legends: West Side Story.

The class will focus on the choreographic development of the Broadway show and the 1961 film, Robbins’ genius and his difficulties, as well as the largely uncredited creative contributions of choreographer Peter Gennaro.

In addition, the course will provide background on the choreographic approach of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, who is responsible for the dances in the recent Broadway production, directed by Ivo van Hove. Video excerpts will help in the understanding of choreographic concepts.

EVDOL 074
$300

Monday, June 22
Tuesday, June 23
10am–12:30pm
Online

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West Side Story: Music

Faye-Ellen Silverman

This one-day course will provide an in-depth examination of the musical elements of Leonard Bernstein’s legendary West Side Story. We will examine the musical’s origins, parallels to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and contributions of each of the creators, including Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, and Stephen Sondheim. We will also look at the structure of the work as a whole as well as individual songs to see how Bernstein used his background in classical music to unify the work and how his love for jazz and Latin dance rhythms enhanced the work and added to its appeal. We will discuss the innovations of this show and how they influenced the future of musical theater. We will also discuss the recent revival of West Side Story and how much a show can/should be changed in light of changing times.

EVDOL 075
$300

Wednesday, June 24
Thursday, June 25
10am–12:30pm
Online

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The Harlem Renaissance

Reggie Quinerly

Harlem in the 1920s represented the epitome of panache and a unique collectivism that saw the rise of a new social movement. This dynamic surge of activity came to be known as the Harlem Renaissance, and this course explores the music traditions of this fertile time period. From early pre-jazz offerings of James Reese Europe and the 369th Infantry Regiment to jumping rent parties featuring the likes of pianist and entertainer Fats Waller, we will listen to the distinctive soundtrack of this movement. During the course, we will be introduced to Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, and other colorful characters of the Savoy Ballroom. Through class discussions, group readings, and selected recordings, we will explore the rich artistic traditions of this incredible New York neighborhood.

EVDOL 081
$300

Tuesday, June 23
Wednesday, June 24
Thursday, June 25
2–4pm
Online

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Monteverdi Madrigals of Love and War (Book VIII)

Kendall Briggs

Few works in the history of music are revolutionary rather than evolutionary. Monteverdi’s Book VIII madrigals are, indeed, revolutionary. Without them, the music of Corelli, Vivaldi, Handel, and even Bach would not be possible. In fact, the way we understand and hear music today would not exist without this collection of madrigals. Perfect for anyone interested in vocal music, early music, or music history, this fascinating course will explore the history of madrigalism and its importance on the development of opera. Changes in how instruments were played and accompanied will be an important aspect of our discovery. In this uniquely informative exploration of one of the most important collections in music history. The ability to read scores is highly recommended.

EVDOL 073
$300

Monday, June 29
Tuesday, June 30
10am–12:30pm
Online

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The Keyboard Suites of J.S. Bach

Michael White, Mirian Conti

The keyboard suites of Johann Sebastian Bach—brimming with song, dance, and energy—are essential to the canon of Western music. This course will concentrate on the French Suites, English Suites, and Partitas. Instead of being performed on a harpsichord, selections from these works will be performed on the piano. This course will concentrate on the similarities and the differences in the French, English, and Partita works, and why their great popularity has endured.

EVDOL 077
$300

Tuesday, June 30
Wednesday, July 1
2–4:00pm
Online

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Beethoven’s Op. 130 String Quartet and the Grosse Fugue

Kendall Briggs

The last four string quartets of Beethoven mark a pivotal moment in the progress and development of the string quartet genre. It is the Grosse Fugue that dominates the Op. 130 quartet and it often overshadows some of the most beautiful music Beethoven composed in the earlier movements. This course will explore the Grosse Fugue but also see it in context with the movements that originally preceded it. The reasons it was excised from the quartet and published separately and given its own opus number will also be discussed. And the course will explore questions of structure, tonal planning, and fugal composition in order to see how Beethoven changed the concepts of proportion and balance. Journey into the mind of the great composer and seek a deeper understanding of this boundary-breaking work. The ability to read scores is highly recommended.

EVDOL 083
$300

Wednesday, July 1
Thursday, July 2
10am–12:30pm
Online

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Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Shana Komitee

Shakespeare wrote As You Like It in 1599, an astonishingly productive year in which he also completed Hamlet, Henry V, and Julius Caesar. It’s a play in which magic appears on every page: The main characters flee the strict rules of court life for the Forest of Arden, a site of freedom and possibility. Shakespeare included much music in the text; it contains five songs, more than in any of his other plays. Together, we’ll study it on the page, watch examples from prior stage and screen productions, and enjoy live readings of its scenes from Juilliard drama students and alumni. We’ll also consider the Public Theater’s 2017 Central Park production, which included community groups (such as the Sing Harlem Choir and Freedom Dabka Group) alongside professional actors. Together, they demonstrated how live theater, like democracy, is a transformative sphere in which many voices—including our own, as engaged audience members—can come together to create something magical.

EVDOL 080
$300

Thursday, August 6
10am–4pm (lunch provided)

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Summer at the Met: Live in HD

Scott Eyerly

The glory of opera meets the delight of open-air viewing. Specially designed to coincide with the Met’s Summer HD encore series, this course starts inside at Juilliard and ends outdoors at Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza. We will begin by surveying the selected opera, taking into consideration its plot, musical highlights, and historical background. Audio and visual excerpts complement the survey as does class discussion. Then, after a dinner break, we stroll across the street and enjoy the opera broadcast in HD in an encore presentation from last season’s Live in HD series.

EVDOL 084
$300

Week of August 24
2–6pm
Showing TBA

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Piano Symposium

Matthew Odell, Mika Sasaki, Assaff Weisman

This course requires an online application to be considered for admission, which can be completed at juilliard.edu/eveningsummerapplications

Continue to build your piano skills over the summer in this symposium. This first-ever summer piano course offers students a chance to explore classical piano technique, style, interpretation, memorization, and performance practice in a master class setting. Active listening, discussion, and attention are critical elements of the course. Taught by three of our Evening Division piano faculty, students will benefit from each teacher’s perspective. Join us this summer to continue building your skills and prepare for the fall semester’s piano courses. Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of rhythmic values and the ability to sight-read at the piano in both treble and bass clefs with both hands playing together.

EVDIV 057
$450

Tuesday, August 11
Thursday, August 13
Tuesday, August 18
5–9pm

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Solid Singing Technique for Actors, Cabaret, Jazz, and Commercial Pop Artists

Kurt Alakulppi

This course requires an online application to be considered for admission, which can be completed at juilliard.edu/eveningsummerapplications

Are you an actor who’s had the experience of singing freely at home or in the shower, only to panic in fear and stress when auditioning or singing in front of others? Are you an established singer who suddenly finds you cannot sing with ease and freedom while performing? This dynamic course is specifically designed to help actors and nonclassical singers learn fundamental and reliable singing technique in the context of performance and audition settings. Vocal exercises will be introduced that condition the muscles of the body and the vocal mechanism to respond healthfully over time, strengthen and stabilize the quality of sound, extend range, maintain flexibility, and provide a reliable and solid basis for breath management and endurance without strain or struggle. Each singer’s mental blocks regarding fear of auditioning and performance anxiety will also be explored. Participants can expect to sing in each class, which will provide them with opportunities to explore new technical freedom, audition solutions, and peer-to-peer learning in front of a built-in audience. This class is for professional actors who need to sing and professional singers who need to act.

EVDIV 059
$400 plus $50 accompanist fee

Mondays
June 1–29
Online

Section 1: 6–8pm
Section 2: 8–10pm

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Website Basics for the Performing Artist

Dana Trunk

Creating a website for yourself or your projects can seem overwhelming. How do you shape your online presence to reflect your identity as a performing artist? Whether you already have a website or need to build one from scratch, this course will guide you through the process and help you understand the many considerations for maintaining an arts-focused website. Taught by Dana Trunk, Juilliard’s web manager and an independent specialist in digital and content production, this course will help you identify your website’s action points and learn how web pages can help tell your story. You will create a hosting account and domain name and advance into building a website using a web editor. You’ll also receive feedback and explore how to create links and optimize text and photos for web use and what free and/or affordable resources are available. A computer is required for this course.

EVDIV 060
$300

Wednesday, June 17
Monday, June 22
Thursday, June 25
5:30–7:30pm
Online

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The Basics of Dramaturgy

Shana Komitee

Anyone who has ever served as a dramaturg for a stage production has likely heard the question “You’re the what?” from confused friends or family. Similarly, audience members may be unsure, when reading the credits in the program book, what the dramaturg does. In this class, we’ll explore this critical but oft-misunderstood role in the theater, tracking dramaturgy’s roots in 18th-century European theater to the varied ways dramaturgs are currently employed throughout the U.S. (they are, variously, seen as editors, researchers, public educators, audience liaisons, sounding boards for directors and playwrights, in-house critics, and more!). We’ll consult seminal texts in dramaturgical literature and examine the legendary impact dramaturgs have had on the careers of literary giants like Tennessee Williams, Tony Kushner, Sarah Ruhl, and Gao Xingjian. All are welcome to attend, from those who want to better understand the mechanics of theater-making—where the dramaturg is often a behind-the-scenes but key player—to those who may be preparing to take on dramaturgical responsibilities themselves.

EVDIV 058
$300

Wednesday, June 24
Thursday, June 25
2–4:30pm
Online

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SMART Goal-Setting Basics for the Performing Artist

John-Morgan Bush, Tanya Kalmanovitch

For the performing artist, goal setting is essential for career advancement. It is through goal-setting both large and small that you learn to track your progress. This professional development course is designed specifically for emerging professionals in the performing arts. You will learn how to create a set of tangible steps that you can take to advance your artistic ambitions. In order to be effective, goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. We call these SMART goals. This three-session summer intensive is a great way to brainstorm with others, jump-start your goal-setting, and take steps toward your desired outcomes.

EVDIV 061
$300

Monday, August 3
Tuesday, August 4
Thursday, August 6
5:30–7:30pm

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Musician as Activist

Tanya Kalmanovitch

Musician as Activist is a new course for musicians who want to see a better world and are willing to work to make that vision a reality. This course is styled as a creative laboratory. Students will collaborate and brainstorm with like-minded musicians; analyze case studies of artists and organizations who successfully blend artistry and activism; and explore strategies by which musicians can use skills, tools, and resources to spread a message, inspire courage and connection, and drive social change. Participants will leave this class with a framework and the skills to define and realize their identity as musician-activists.

EVDIV 053
$300

Monday, August 10
Tuesday, August 11
Thursday, August 13
5:30–7:30pm

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Conducting Opera Recitatives

Mark Shapiro

This course requires an online application to be considered for admission, which can be completed at juilliard.edu/eveningsummerapplications

Conducting recitative is a sophisticated skill that can be an invaluable asset to any conductor in any context. The successful recitative conductor needs a thorough understanding of orchestral communication, keen dramatic instincts, detailed preparation, deft hands, and quick musical reflexes. This one-day intensive comprises two three-hour sessions. In the morning, students will work collectively with a pianist, receiving guidance and tips from the instructor. In the afternoon, each participant will have approximately 10 minutes of podium time with a professional singer, pianist, and string quintet. Repertoire will be communicated in advance and will include selections from standard literature in English, French, German, and Italian. The course is intended for students who are fluent readers and have some prior conducting experience. Participants should expect to sing as well as conduct.

EVDIV 063
$450

Wednesday, August 12
10am–5pm (lunch provided)

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Voice Class

Jane Olian

This course requires an online application to be considered for admission, which can be completed at juilliard.edu/eveningsummerapplications

In this abbreviated summer version of our regularly offered Voice Class, students learn vocal technique and performance skills and are introduced to the vast vocal literature of art song, opera, oratorio, and musical theater. Each class begins with a vocal warmup and lecture-demonstration, and the remaining time is spent on the repertoire assigned to each individual singer. Students are assigned a repertoire that will best facilitate their development as singers/performers. These classes are designed to address the needs of singers at all stages of development.

EVDIV 052
$350 plus $50 accompanist fee

Wednesdays
July 8–29

Section 1: 6–8pm
Section 2: 8–10pm

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Ableton Live Introductory Intensive

Elliot Cole

Ableton Live is one of the most popular and versatile pieces of software for creating recorded and electronic music. It is used by music producers, DJs, composers, and songwriters around the world and is also designed to be used as a live instrument that can dramatically expand the creative possibilities of performing musicians.

This intensive course will introduce beginners to every aspect of music production in Ableton. In three four-hour sessions, you will learn how to create loops, make beats, use effects, record and edit MIDI and audio, and organize your ideas into songs and live performances.

All students need to bring a laptop, headphones, and a copy of Ableton Live (Versions Trial, Intro and above). Portable MIDI keyboards or other controllers are suggested but not required.

EVDIV 055
$450

Wednesdays
July 22–August 5
3–7pm

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Composition Symposium

Conrad Cummings

This course requires an online application to be considered for admission, which can be completed at juilliard.edu/eveningsummerapplications

This three-day intensive is an opportunity to focus composing work over the summer, to hear readings of your work, to benefit from critique, and to explore in depth the music of the up-and-coming generation of young composers in the U.S. and abroad. Specifications for a compositional exercise will be provided in mid-July; readings of excerpts and a final reading of the finished exercise will be part of the class meetings. Guest presentations by Juilliard and outside composers will expand students’ musical horizons. Extensive preparation before and during the symposium is expected. Admission by online application; preference given to students who have already participated in composition courses at all levels in the Evening Division.

EVDIV 056
$450

Tuesday, August 4
Thursday, August 6
Tuesday, August 11
5–9pm

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Music Reading Boot Camp

Greg Knowles, Melanie Williams

This intensive course teaches the basics of how to read music and is designed for those who have never tried to read a piece of music as well as those who just need a brush-up. We discuss everything from the staff, clefs, notes, rests, and measures to rhythm, meter, time signatures, key signatures, and score reading. Students are given ample time to not only learn the music symbols but also practice the skills and techniques necessary to understand and recognize the music they are looking at and listening to. For avid arts appreciators who want to dig deeper into the works they know and love (and better understand those they don’t) as well as practicing performers who want to be able to learn new pieces quickly and accurately, this class is your entry point for accessing the language of music.

EVDIV 051
$450

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
August 4–13
5:30–7:30pm

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