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Juilliard Vocal Arts Overview

Juilliard Vocal Arts Overview


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[fast orchestral music and foreign singing] BRIAN ZEGER: The unique thing about the training at Juilliard’s Marcus Institute is we’re able to have a completely individualized
course of study to find out who each singer is as an artist and help
shape and develop that artistry. MARY BIRNBAUM: We believe in crafting a performer who knows what kind of art they want to make and knows how to go out into the world and make that art and is unrelenting about their pursuit of artistic greatness. KATERINA BURTON: The faculty
is incredible they’re always there for you, even somebody that you are not studying with—if you ever have a question you can always turn to anyone in this building and they’re gonna do everything they can to help you. ÄNEAS HUMM: Our voice teachers, they take care of our vocal health, our technique, our breathing,
and our coaches are there for language issues, rhythm issues, musical questions… Working with them is so rewarding because, when you work over a longer period of time on a piece of
music, you really feel the change. ZEGER: We actually have just over 60 singers total, so the approach to learning
here is extremely individualized. We know what our students are up to to a really minute degree because none of them are anonymous to us. We can really track their development and customize it to how
that student’s changing. EDITH WIENS: The education we offer
here at Juilliard is truly second to none. It is arduous, it requires real
discipline, but don’t tell me our profession doesn’t, you’ve got to know on every note what we’re doing, so it’s the training to be specific that
is what I find at Juilliard. ZEGER: I’m very proud of the fact that there’s really no barrier between undergraduate opportunities and graduate opportunities. A capable singer who’s ready to do
something can perform at any level. We really mix all of our programs
in all of our productions as needed. WIENS: The performance opportunities
are insanely marvelous, and it doesn’t matter what you’re good at there are performance opportunities
going from cabaret through American songbook to our four operas to the
Liederabends to the live streamings— everything is represented. OLIVIA MCMILLAN: One of the most
special things about being a part of Vocal Arts is that I’ve been able
to sing in many different styles. The technical training here has given me a platform to explore other genres like so many of our alumni do that’s been really important to my creative development, my development as a vocalist technically, and even my development as a human being. BIRNBAUM: Each student is given roles that we hope will stretch them and encourage them to blossom further as an artist. We really relish the opportunities to work with our students in creating productions
that we believe are full of life. BURTON: I was very fortunate to be Mrs. Grose in our production of Turn of the Screw and that was an incredible experience because
that was the first time that I really had a chance to be able to work with a
costume department and a makeup department and to work with a director
and staging it was the real thing, and it gave me a taste of what it’s like
to be in a professional company. ZEGER: One of the things we’ve been able to develop is a whole network
of professional companies that has included the Metropolitan Opera,
the Chicago Lyric, the Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera Munich,
Frankfurt, Geneva, Zurich… Each year we have extraordinary luck with placing our students into professional
contracts with those companies. HUMM: Going into the professional
world now, I really feel knowing how to learn a score of music a
whole opera and knowing how to prepare this on my own is a big plus because
nothing can ever shock you again. MATTHEW PEARCE: Once you step foot into Juilliard, you are in the public eye, which is really, really fantastic because
I have sung concerts and had people come up to me and say, “Hey, I saw you in this, I saw
you in this, I saw you in this.” WIENS: The professional preparation
is so keenly geared to what is needed. The language study, the dramatic study, the coaches all are preparing people not for the school we’re preparing them for life. ZEGER: For me as an educator, one of the most exciting things about being here is
watching someone enter the building from where ever they come from, either for four years of an undergrad program or two years of a
grad program and seeing that enormous change that can happen. MCMILLAN: Coming in I had this
voice and I knew that it was good enough to get me into this school,
but I didn’t know what to do with it. Working with incredible faculty and the coaches and my teacher, I feel like I have finally found my voice and I was put here for a reason, I deserve to be here, and I do have a story that I want
to tell that deserves to be told. PEARCE: I remember when I first knew that I was coming to Juilliard, I ended up standing outside of the glass panels out by Alice Tully Hall, and just thinking, “This is unbelievable.” To be right in the heart of it, to
be able to look across the street and see the Met, to look across and
see David Geffen Hall, to have all the opportunities…it’s a dream! You can’t even imagine what
that’s like until you come here. ♫ ♫ ♫
[fast orchestral music] [applause]

Comments (4)

  1. As much as I'd love to apply, as an international student it's just way to expensive to pay for not only the degree but accommodation in one of the most expensive cities in the world:(

  2. so proud of our school <3

  3. How much money for 4 years of the dance program without a scholarship? I would love to go but I don’t know if we could afford it 😅

  4. I would like to hear some of the students singing.

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