Juilliard Campus Tour


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[upbeat jazz music] Hey, everyone. Welcome to Juilliard! My name
is Toney Goins. I’m a BFA actor here, and I’m gonna take you on a little
tour today. So here at school we have around 850 students that breaks down to about
600 musicians, 96 dancers, and 80 actors. This is our Glorya Kaufman Dance Studio.
This studio actually protrudes out from the side of the building and sticks out
over Broadway. There’s an amphitheater under it with the intent for anyone
outside to be able to come, sit down, drink, eat, and be able to watch Juilliard
students rehearse and perform. Juilliard Dance aims to create contemporary
dancers, versatile performers trained with equal emphasis in classical ballet
as well as modern dance. Modern techniques currently studied include Limon, Graham, Taylor, Cunningham, Horton, and Gaga. Guided by highly regarded artists,
students perform in monthly workshops and present about 15 public concerts
each year, including New Dances, a new commissioned work from prominent
contemporary choreographers, Juilliard Dance Repertory series, and ChoreoComp,
which is student choreographers and composers collaborating. Now we’re in the drama spaces.
Juilliard Drama consists of a four year conservatory-style acting
program, as well as a playwriting program. The McClelland drama theater seats 184
and is where all of our fully produced fourth-year productions happen. Now the
space is reserved for our drama students, but every year we put on eight fully
produced plays that are open to the public, including a two-play Shakespeare
rep by our third year actors. As a drama student, you’ll take classes in acting,
voice, speech, movement, Alexander Technique, singing, masks, stage combat,
poetry, theater history, and physical comedy. The Steinberg drama studio is a
highly adjustable black box theater on the third floor where all of our
third-year productions take place. The drama division is a rigorous program
with actors here six days a week, working 12 to 13 hours a day on average. The fourth and fifth floor is home to most of our music spaces. We have over a
hundred practice rooms and over 250 Steinway pianos. Walking down the hall,
you’ll come across students practicing, private lessons, and rehearsals. Room 543 is our
orchestra rehearsal room. This room is acoustically engineered with moveable
panels along the top half of the room. The fixed acoustic panels along the
bottom half allow for varying levels of sound absorption and diffusion. Lots of
different ensembles rehearse in here, including the Juilliard Orchestra,
Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, AXIOM, the Juilliard Lab
Orchestra, and Juilliard415. The Juilliard Orchestra is the school’s
major orchestra which consists of students in all years of study. They
perform in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and
Carnegie Hall. The orchestra has also toured Europe and Asia. The Juilliard
Chamber Orchestra operates without a conductor and is modeled after the
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. The Lab Orchestra provides practical experience for
student conductors. In addition to performing standard orchestral
repertoire, the orchestra also reads work by student composers. Juilliard415 is the
primary performance ensemble of Juilliard’s Historical Performance program.
Juilliard Historical Performance is designed for graduate-level musicians
who have a special interest in period instrument performance and brings
together some of the most prominent period instrument performers, scholars,
and teachers in the world. All historical performance students have frequent
opportunities to perform in a variety of venues around New York City, and the
program regularly tours around the world. This is Paul Hall. This is actually one
of our busier rooms we have here in the school. We have up to around four events
a day that go on in here and that could be anything from master classes to
recitals. The space seats 275, one of our five organs lives in here, and all of our
performances in here are professionally recorded by our recording services
department. The Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute
for Vocal Arts offers comprehensive training for singers at all stages of
development. Perhaps the hallmark of the Institute is
the individual musical and diction coaching. They are scheduled on a weekly
basis for all students within the program. By tailoring your schedule to
your individual needs and educational priorities, you’re able to progress at
your own pace. Room 340 is our jazz rehearsal room. It
also hosts intimate concerts as well as live-streamed performances. The Juilliard
Jazz faculty is comprised of today’s most active, innovative, and respected
jazz musicians in the world. The ensembles also are featured
regularly at Dizzy’s, which is a part of Jazz at Lincoln Center and the world-renowned Blue Note, right here in New York City. The Rosemary and Meredith
Willson Theater is the most technologically advanced black box
theater on campus. This includes a lighting grid, a permanently installed
sound system, a removable dance floor, and video projection capabilities. All this
tech is used to incorporate the work of all three divisions. Morse Hall is
another performance space we have here. It’s a smaller one compared to Paul Hall,
but it has complete flexibility in seating configuration and is also used
for recitals, master classes, meetings, and other special events too. Peter Jay Sharp Theater. This is our largest performance space on campus. It
seats 907 people! Our dance main stage performance happens in here,
our operas happen in here, and the jazz orchestra plays in here. A unique feature
of this auditorium is its movable ceiling. Over 60% of the entire ceiling
can be raised or lowered 7 feet to permit acoustic adjustments of the hall. Our library is designed to be a comprehensive resource for the Juilliard
community’s performance and research needs. Its collection, which comprises
more than 77,000 music performance and study scores; 24,000 books on music, drama, and dance and academic subjects; 26,000 recordings in all formats; and more than
2600 videos has been carefully curated and developed to serve the needs of the
Juilliard community. We also have a manuscript collection that contains 140
autographed manuscripts, composer sketches, engraver proofs, and first
editions by various composers such as Bach, Copland, Schumann, and many others.
Despite being a conservatory Juilliard also has a liberal arts curriculum. All
of our undergrad students have to take 30 credits outside of their division and
typically 24 of those credits are in liberal arts. That breaks down to about
one class per semester, but if you do want to take additional ones you can if
you want to. Juilliard also has on-campus housing: the
Meredith Willson Residence Hall. All first-year students are required to live
there, but it’s a housing option for any student. It features a lounge, fitness
center, and practice rooms–all with prime views of New York City. Our Writing and
Communication Center helps students enhance their skills in writing and
public speaking so that they may become effective teachers, administrators, and
advocates for the arts as they progress in their professional careers. The Marks
Center helps students and alumni develop both short term and long term career
plans through various resources and programs such as grants, career advice,
and Hire Juilliard Performers. Thanks for coming on the tour, and I hope to see
you on campus soon! ♫ ♫ ♫
[upbeat jazz music]

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