Historical Performance at the Juilliard School


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[triumphant orchestral music] MELANIE WILLIAMS: There is a very special quality from, like, the day that you get here when you meet the other students. EDSON SCHEID: The whole atmosphere, the program here…I think also stands out. We really feel like, uh, it’s like a family. CAROLINE ROSS: Just the caring that happens here from every member of the community. BENJAMIN SOSLAND: Every student who comes to Juilliard Historical Performance receives a full-tuition scholarship. WILLIAM CHRISTIE: If I were to start all over again, this would be certainly a plus. ♫ ♫ ♫
[energetic orchestral music] ROBERT MEALY: The Juilliard Historical Performance program is an incredible opportunity for students to spend two years in a really immersive atmosphere to allow them to explore deeply the major repertories of the 17th and 18th centuries, and to work with some of the outstanding musicians and directors of the field. CHRISTIE: We’re getting intellectually keen, intellectually curious, highly motivated people. MEALY: Our faculty are some of the most impressive performers on their instruments in the world. ♫ ♫ ♫
[jaunty orchestral music] HELGESON: I think the Juilliard program was a really outstanding springboard for me as a freelancer. MEALY: The Historical Performance program here provides a tremendous opportunity for students to discover themselves as musicians. HELGESON: Getting to work with the likes of Jordi Savall and Bill Christie is a really rare opportunity, and getting to do that, um, gets you immersed in a really high-level world that I think prepared me really well. PHOEBE CARRAI: And it’s amazing for me to just look around when I get the concert announcement of our graduates and what they’re doing out there and how interesting it is. MEALY: The students we’re looking for are motivated, are focused, know that they want to excel in their field, and are looking for an opportunity to allow themselves to be the best that they can possibly be. CHRISTIE: We’re dealing, of course, with specialized students. CARRAI: That person comes with a great personality and that student comes with a really a certain amount of technique. ♫ ♫ ♫
[dramatic cello music] HELGESON: To work in this kind of environment, you have to be very quick on your feet. [subway pulling up to Lincoln Center station] WILLIAMS: Juilliard is in the heart of New York City. HELGESON: To be on the stage in New York is always a really kind of rarefied thing. CARRAI: We have everything that we need right here. SCHEID: For somebody that likes music, like me, this is, like, an ideal place. WILLIAMS: Amazing musicians from all over the world, and you learn from them on a professional level and then, on a personal level, the next day they’re your teachers. ♫ ♫ ♫
[upbeat orchestral music] WILLIAMS: That is amazing to me. ♫ ♫ ♫
[upbeat orchestral music]

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