What Dr. Frank Damrosch began as The Institute of Musical Art in 1905 has since become The Juilliard School, arguably the most prestigious performing arts academy in the United States. Created to develop professional American musicians with the same quality of education as the music conservatories of Europe, Juilliard has since expanded to the artistic disciplines of drama and dance.
The school’s myriad concert offerings include frequent student and faculty recitals, as well as performances of new music, jazz, and operatic repertoire. Highly specialized student endeavors such as the historical performance focus of period-instrument ensemble Juilliard415 and a collaborative practicum between composers and choreographers provide audiences excellent counterbalance to performances from the school’s three professional ensembles in residence—the American Brass Quintet, the Juilliard String Quartet, and the New York Woodwind Quintet.
- Venues: Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Paul Recital Hall, Morse Recital Hall, the Stephanie P. McClelland Drama Theater and the Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater, as well as outside events performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and other venues around New York City
- Public Transportation: Excellent (readily accessible by 1, A, C, B, and D subways)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: More than 700 concerts are offered each season. Juilliard has three main orchestral ensembles: Juilliard Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, and the Conductors’ Orchestra. This music school has a wealth of other musical offerings, particularly in chamber music, contemporary music, and recitals
- Ticket Prices: Many events at Juilliard are free and don’t require tickets. However, free tickets are required for most events in Alice Tully Hall, the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, and the Stephanie P. McClelland Drama Theater. These tickets are limited and are distributed at the box office very quickly on the day they become available
- Membership: Association members ($200–$600) enjoy advance notification for a number of classical and jazz music concerts, plays, operas, and dance productions, as well as priority ticket service by mail for many Juilliard performances.