Juilliard School

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Juilliard School
founding 1905
Sponsorship Private
place New York City , New York , United States
president Damian Woetzel
Students 800
Employee 340
including professors 115
Website www.juilliard.edu
"Alice Tully Hall" wing of the Juilliard School

The Juilliard School is a conservatory and an acting school (performing arts conservatory) in New York City , named after the American businessman Augustus D. Juilliard (1836-1919). It is also called "Juilliard" for short and is famous for the outstanding musicians and performing artists that emerged from the institute .

The private university is located in Lincoln Center , Manhattan and currently has around 700 students enrolled in music , dance and drama . It is the premier conservatory and drama school in the United States , along with the Curtis Institute .


The school was founded in 1905 as the "Institute of Musical Art" by Frank Damrosch , with the intention of also having a training facility in America for musicians that was on a par with the European conservatories. She was then on Fifth Avenue and 12th Street. In the first year the institute had 500 students. In 1910 the headquarters were on Claremont Avenue.

Augustus D. Juilliard, who died childless in 1919, left the school with the high sum of five million US dollars in his will in 1920 with the express purpose of “advancing music”. Then the "Juilliard Musical Foundation" (JMF) was established. The foundation's own "Juilliard Graduate School" merged in 1926 with the Institute of Musical Art. Its first director was John Erskine from Columbia University. Erskines successor was Ernest Hutcheson in 1937 , who held the office until 1945. In 1946 the name was changed to "The Juilliard School of Music". The school's president at the time was William Schuman , one of the early Pulitzer Prize winners for music.

Under Schuman, the school was expanded in 1951 to include a dance department under the direction of Martha Hill . During the term of office of Peter Mennin in 1968, the drama faculty was added, the first director of which was John Houseman . The school has had its current name since the move to Lincoln Center in 1969 . In 2001 Juilliard also set up a jazz training program.


Former students

Drama and dance




  • Andrea Olmstead: Juilliard: A history. (Music in American Life). University of Illinois Press, Urbana 1999, ISBN 978-0-252-02487-0 .

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Coordinates: 40 ° 46 ′ 25.9 "  N , 73 ° 58 ′ 59.4"  W.