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Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard | Strings, Shanghai 2020

A once in a lifetime experience

Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard, Shanghai 2020

Important Notice

Due to travel restrictions currently in place around the world, we have unfortunately cancelled the 2020 Summer Arts with Juilliard Strings programme, which was scheduled to take place in Shanghai in July.

We look forward to welcoming you in 2021 when the programme returns, and in the meantime our Flagship programme in Geneva, which also offers a Strings component, is still taking place. To register your interest in any of our programmes this year or next, please submit your details below.




Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard offers students three distinct programs across three continents providing a range of opportunities for students to be immersed in the performing arts. The Strings programme is an intensive programme for talented string players looking to take their craft to the next level. The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education and this programme represents an exclusive opportunity for students ages 12-18 to study closely with Juilliard artist faculty.


Key Information


  • Age: 12 - 18
  • Dates: Summer 2021 TBC
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Fees: Boarding 5900 USD, Day 4500 USD *
  • A 15% discount is available to all Nord Anglia Students

*Fees exclude flights and visa costs.  Flights and visas are the responsibility of the student.  



To guarantee your space, please click here to find out more about our application process and submit your application. Our early application deadline is 1 February, 2020 and general application deadline is 1 April, 2020.


Overview and Details


Study with the finest to sharpen your skills

This immersive programme provides an intense two-week experience for talented students ages 12-18. With focus on both skills-based and creative learnng, students will take their playing to the next level. Students will work closely with Juilliard artist faculty in both solo and ensemble contexts, learning from industry professionals and master teachers. The programme delves into detailed study of prepared repertoire and the exploration of new repertoire. 

Musicianship, collaboration, and technical achievement will be paramount, working towards culminating final performances. 

Use new skills to play with passion and depth

Over the course of two weeks, students will develop their technical abilities and use their new skills to play with an advanced level of artistry.  Each student will receive multiple private one-to-one lessons with Juilliard artist faculty.  There will be daily string orchestra rehearsals and chamber music coachings, as well as opportunities to participate in seminars and workshops that may include:

  • Solo/Chamber Music masterclasses
  • Performance technique classes
  • Music theory/composition
  • Improvisation
  • Conducting seminar

A Day in the Life

Students enrolled in the Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard | Strings Programme work closely with Juilliard artist faculty in unique and engaging experiences. Sessions take place throughout the day in large and small group settings as well as in private lessons.

  • 7:30 Rise and Shine
  • 8:00-9:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:00 Morning Warmup
  • 10:00-11:30 Orchestra
  • 11:30-12:30 Sectionals
  • 12:30-13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30-14:15 Chamber Music rehearsal
  • 14:15-15:00 Chamber Music coaching
  • 15:00-16:00 Daily Town Hall Session 
  • 16:00-16:45 Private Lesson
  • 16:45-17:30 Individual Practice Time
  • 17:30-18:30 Dinner
  • 18:30-20:30 Evening Activity
  • 10:00 Lights Out

*Schedule subject to change. Students will receive individual schedules upon arrival to the programme. 

Course Descriptions 

The programme is designed to foster a deep understanding of one’s instrument as well as their role within a small chamber group and larger orchestral context, culminating in memorable and life shaping experiences for every young musician.

Private Lessons: Students will receive multiple private lessons with Juilliard artist faculty. These opportunities to have one-on-one sessions with world-class musicians will focus on raising students’ technical, artistic, and performance skills. Solo repertoire will be covered as well as the assigned chamber and orchestral repertoire.

Orchestra: A core offering of the programme, students will participate daily in orchestra rehearsals, where they will perform alongside their teachers. Under the guidance of a master conductor, they will explore carefully selected repertoire covering a broad range of musical styles and eras.

Chamber Music: Students will be assigned to small chamber groups (of mainly 3-5 players) with faculty-selected repertoire to be studied.  Each group will receive multiple coachings with Juilliard artist faculty as well as dedicated time for chamber music rehearsal.  Through the study of chamber music, students hone their collaborative and leadership skills, guided by faculty, to develop increased musical independence.

Master Classes: Part public performance, part lesson, students will have the opportunity to perform solo and chamber music repertoire for their colleagues while receiving coaching from Juilliard artist faculty. This opportunity gives students a chance to share their work with their colleagues while receiving coaching from different faculty members. This shared experience allows and encourages all students to learn from each other in observing the different approaches to each of the various works performed.

Sectionals: Led by Juilliard artist faculty, these sessions are dedicated to working more in depth on the orchestral repertoire, troubleshooting technical issues that may arise, in a focused and targeted environment. Blending and ensemble skills will also be highlighted within each section of the orchestra in efforts to develop a cohesive ensemble sound.  

Town Hall: Juilliard artist faculty will lead lectures and interactive seminars on subjects important to careers in music. They will cover a range of topics that provide invaluable insight into the professional world of music that are fundamental for young artists, such as:

  • Falling in Love with Practicing
  • Conducting Seminar
  • Navigating College Admissions
  • The Tools for a Successful Rehearsal 
  • How to Audition Well   
  • Discovering Great Composers / Faculty Favorites Playlist        



At Nord Anglia Chinese International School Shanghai students are housed in the brand new boarding facility. Students have access to creatively designed recreational areas where they can socialise with their peers, relax, play games or read.

Our first priority is to make sure that your child is safe, looked after, happy, and supported. We aim to create a home away from home.

Dorm Mentors

Our dorm mentors are your child’s first point of contact. They have a wealth of experience in taking care of students who are away from home and are eager to do anything to help make your child’s stay a happy one. Dorm mentors will make sure that your child understands the routine, what to do if they need help, give support, or just want a friendly chat.


Students board in modern, well lit and spacious rooms with en suite bathrooms to each shared room. Age appropriately designed common rooms are also accessible to students where they can practice and continue their learning. We can provide linen, pillows and blankets, but we know these are personal items so students are welcome to bring their own.


Student co-ed dining halls will serve nutritious, well-balanced meals. High quality ingredients are sourced regionally, and meals are freshly made daily by our catering team with many options to choose from. We believe that healthy meals feed the hungry mind.  

The Team for 2019

Seth Baer - Director of Global K-12 Summer and Visiting Artist Programs

Bassoonist Seth Baer is a passionate performer and educator of music. He is a founding member of Decoda and an alumnus of Ensemble ACJW, an exciting fellowship programme at Carnegie Hall focused on chamber music, education, and community engagement. Seth is a member of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and has performed throughout the United States and around the world including Japan, Italy and Germany. Seth went on to study music at The Juilliard School after graduating at the top of his class at Princeton University.

Seth Baer

Meet some of the Juilliard Artist Faculty

Our faculty are exceptional strings musicians and educators. Read below to learn more.

Clara Kim - Lead Faculty

Adventure and collaboration are at the heart of violinist Clara Kim’s multi-faceted career.  By championing the works of living composers, Clara has quickly established herself at the forefront of her generation in the interpretation of contemporary music.  She has had the honor of working with some of today’s most celebrated and imaginative composers such as Chris Theofanidis, Stephen Hartke, and the Sleeping Giant Collective.  Concerto highlights include Edward Nesbit’s Violin Concerto with Montreal’s Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and Jonathan Harvey’s Scena with Thornton Edge, as well as world premieres of concertos by Patrick O’Malley and Jordan Nelson. 

First prize winner of the 2012 International Solo Violin Competition in Cremona, Italy, Clara also won the MPrize Chamber Arts and Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh competitions as a member of the Argus Quartet.  She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam.  

Clara Kim

Radu Paponiu - Conductor

Radu Paponiu is in his second year as assistant conductor of the Naples Philharmonic and director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Radu served as cover conductor with the Dallas Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin, assisting conductors such as Andrey Boreyko, Ivan Fischer, Cristian Macelaru, and Bernard Labadie.

Radu completed his Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Hugh Wolff. Radu began his musical studies on the violin at age 7.  After coming to the US at the invitation of the Perlman Music Program, Radu was accepted to the the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma degree in violin performance. As a chamber musician, Radu has appeared in festivals throughout Europe and North America, collaborating with artists such as Itzhak Perlman; Clive Greensmith; Martin Beaver; Merry Peckham; and Vivian Weilerstein.


William Hakim - Viola

William Hakim, violist, praised for his "warmth of tone and musicality" (Leipziger Volkszeitung), enjoys performing, composing, arranging music in a variety of genres. Will has performed throughout Japan as principal and soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble. He is a member of the Iris Orchestra in Memphis, Ensemble LPR, Pegasus Chamber Orchestra, Hyperion String Quartet, and also performs with the New York City Ballet, New Jersey Symphony, the Princeton Symphony, Lenape Chamber Ensemble, Perspectives Ensemble, and on Broadway musicals such as The Lion King. In a jazz setting he's played with Branford Marsalis, Gene Bertoncini, and with members of the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He was Billy Joel’s violist for his Madison Square Garden residency, toured with Josh Groban, Branford Marsalis, Johnny Mathis, The Who, and Rostam Batmanglij among others, appeared on shows such as the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Good Morning America, the Today Show, and has recorded  oundtracks of several films and for Naxos, Decca, and Albany records. Recent arrangements include traditional world music for United Nations award ceremonies. He studied with John Graham at Eastman, with Samuel Rhodes at the Juilliard School, where he received his M.M., and with Paul Neubauer at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he is a Doctoral candidate researching improvisation studies. Mr. Hakim has been on the faculty at Brevard Music Center, Seton Hall University, and Skidmore College.

 William Hakim
Andrea Lee - Cello

Cellist Andrea Lee, who has been praised for her "elegant solo work" (New York Times) and "sublime" playing (Times Union), enjoys a busy freelance career in New York City. She is a founding member of the critically-acclaimed band Build and performs and tours regularly with ECCO, IRIS Orchestra, the Knights, and A Far Cry, with whom she recorded the Grammy-nominated album Dreams and Prayers. Andrea is also a Senior Curriculum Specialist for Global K-12 Programs at the Juilliard School, where she writes and designs music curriculum resources and oversees their implementation in schools in China. She holds a BA in history with distinction from Yale University and graduate degrees in cello performance from New England Conservatory and Mannes College.

andrea lee

Chelsea Starbuck Smith - Violin

Acclaimed as a violinist of “compelling presence, fearless attack, and technical aplomb and bravado” (The Day), Chelsea Starbuck Smith performs as solo, crossover, and chamber artist across the US and abroad.  Chelsea made recent solo appearances with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra and the Southern Finger Lakes Orchestra.  Recent chamber collaborators include The Knights Chamber Orchestra, Kelly Clarkson, and Debbie Harry & Blondie.  She is also a section-member of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular orchestra pit.  Chelsea can be seen in such television series as Glee and NYU Langone’s national television commercial set in NYC’s Grand Central.  Chelsea holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard, and graduated with the Norman Benzaquen Career Advancement Grant for “talent, creativity, and potential to make a significant impact in the performing arts.”  Her album, Les Deux, is available on iTunes and Spotify.  Visit www.chelseastarbuckmusic.com. 

Chelsea Starbuck Smith

Samuel Suggs - Double Bass

Double bassist Sam Suggs’ performances have moved audiences to “the edge of their seats” (Oregon Arts Watch). The first prize winner of the 2015 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition, he is the first double bassist in 36 years to join the CAG roster. A performer-composer, Sam’s compositions blend formalism and narrative, drawing from the soup of 21st century eclecticism. He has performed at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and has received commissions from Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center and Yale.

Sam is a Presser Scholar and doctoral candidate from the Yale School of Music, received honors in the field of music theory and cognition from Northwestern University. He serves on the faculties of the Heifetz Institute, Sewanee Summer Music Festival and as Assistant Professor of Bass at James Madison University.

Samuel Suggs

About us


The Juilliard School

The Juilliard School, founded in 1905, is a world leader in performing arts education. Located at Lincoln Center in New York City, Juilliard offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in dance, drama, and music (classical, jazz, historical performance, and vocal arts).  Currently more than 800 artists from 40 states and 38 countries are enrolled at The Juilliard School. 

Beyond its New York campus, Juilliard is defining new directions in global performing arts education for a range of learners and enthusiasts through the Tianjin Juilliard School and the development of a K-12 educational curricula.

For more information about The Juilliard School, please visit here.



Nord Anglia Education

Nord Anglia is the world’s leading premium schools organisation. We are a global family of 54 schools driven by one unifying philosophy: to be ambitious for our students, our people and our family of schools. We want every child who attends a Nord Anglia school to achieve more than they may have imagined possible. We do this by ensuring the education our schools offer is second to none. We recruit the finest teachers and leverage our scale as a family to develop unique collaborations with world-leading organisations such as Juilliard and MIT so that every student learns from the best. This, combined with our personalised approach to learning enhanced with unique global opportunities, equips every student to succeed academically, socially and personally. If you wish to visit the Nord Anglia Education website, please visit here.



Nord Anglia Chinese International School Shanghai

Nord Anglia Chinese International School Shanghai (NACIS) will be the venue of Juilliard's Summer Programme this year. Founded in September 2016, Nord Anglia Chinese International School Shanghai offers students a creative, challenging and rewarding learning experience.  

Students aged 6 to 18 years old are welcomed into our progressive and internationally-minded school community. Together with the Shanghai National Curriculum, we offer a distinctive bilingual extended learning programme leading to the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Our ethos of celebrating both individual and collective achievement is underpinned by our promise to instill a culture of respect from all, for all. Located in the Minhang District of Shanghai, the school has world class facilities that complement our innovative approach. If you wish to visit the Nord Anglia Chinese International School Shanghai website, please visit here.



Other 2020 Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard Programmes 

Flagship Programme in Geneva

We will continue to offer our flagship programme at Collège du Léman. We have designed transformative programmes in music, dance and drama, tailored to every level of experience.

Our Discovery programme allows students to explore different interests, select a major and a minor focus from the performing arts, whilst our Young Artist programme enables students to delve deeply into their chosen focus.

To find out more, please visit here


Voice Programme in Florida

This programme is designed for talented high school students with a love of singing and an interest in taking their study to the next level. 

Students can choose between two courses of study: The complete Singer-Actor and College/Conservatory Prep Intensive.

To find out more, please visit here


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