Juilliard Historical Performance, a graduate program specializing in early music played on period instruments, offers a two-year Master of Music degree or Graduate Diploma. All admitted students receive a full-tuition scholarship and are part of a small and highly selective training program for postgraduate musicians who aspire to leadership in the field of early music. The program combines high-level performance training with rigorous academic study and incorporates courses in professional development and community engagement. Auditions take place in New York City.
Historical Performance, a tuition-free program
The Historical Performance movement began as a revolution: a reimagining of musical conventions, a rediscovery of instruments, techniques, and artworks that inspire and teach us, and a celebration of diversity in repertoire. It is also a conversation with the past, a past whose legacy of racism and colonialism has silenced and excluded too many voices from being heard. We do not seek simply to recreate what might have been, but to imagine what should be. We embrace Juilliard’s values of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging through voices heard anew and historical works presented from empathetic perspectives, and we reject discrimination, exclusion, and marginalization. We recognize that we study and work on the traditional homeland of those who preceded us, as stated in Juilliard's Land Acknowledgement. We are committed to collaborations with scholars and performers from a diverse range of viewpoints and backgrounds, and we seek to share the music we love so much in active engagement with the community around us.
Viola da Gamba
Baroque Music Theory
Baroque Vocal Literature
Core StudiesRobert Mealy
Artists in Residence
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Historical Performance students have a wealth of performance opportunities both as a large ensemble and in smaller chamber groups. Juilliard415, the department's larger ensemble, is regularly led by William Christie, Jordi Savall, Rachel Podger, and other world-renowned musician in concert in New York City and on national and international tours. Students also regularly perform in master classes, chamber concerts, and recitals at Juilliard and around the city.
Our robust program of secondary lessons opens opportunities for non-HP majors to study period instruments with members of the HP faculty, and there are often opportunities to play alongside HP musicians in Juilliard415. As a classical violist, for example, you can opt for lessons in Baroque viola; a modern horn player can try out the natural horn. Or a Baroque cello major may request a semester of lessons in viola da gamba. These lessons are offered free of charge.
A life in early music presents the chance to create your own career path and follow your own vision of success. Students in the HP program gain a unique view of the landscape of early music through regular contact with some of the most esteemed musicians in our field, a dedicated administrative staff, and with the the guidance of an international faculty of expert educators and high-profile performers, a dedicated administrative staff, and esteemed guest musicians. Through the Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship, students cultivate a sense of leadership and develop the skills essential for success in today’s entrepreneurial environment with workshops in public speaking and business planning, panel discussions with industry leaders, and entrepreneurship residencies. The Marks Center also facilitates more than 450 freelance performance opportunities for Juilliard students.
During your time at Juilliard, you will meet the leaders of our field. As you prepare to graduate, you may be selected for a postgraduate fellowship with the English Concert or the Mercury Baroque Orchestra. Or you may join Les Arts Florissants and William Christie for our annual summer residency in France. The experiences you have at Juilliard will prepare you for professional life. The friendships you make at Juilliard will sustain you long after graduation.