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Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard | Strings, Shanghai 2019

A one of a kind opportunity



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: 30 June – 13 July 2019 
  • 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.  


Applications are open

To guarantee your space, early acceptance deadline is 28 January 2019; general acceptance deadline is 18 March. 


Overview and Details


Study with the finest to sharpen your skills

The immersive program provides an intense two-week experience for talented students ages 12-18 focused on developing their abilities further – taking their playing to the next level. Students will be challenged to raise their technical and musical levels in both solo and ensemble contexts through detailed study of prepared repertoire and 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, the students will develop their technical abilities and use their new skills to play with passion and depth.  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:

  • Masterclasses
  • Group performance 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 educational experiences. Sessions take place throughout the day in large and small group settings as well as in private one-to-one sessions.  The program is designed to foster a deep understanding of one’s instrument as well as their role within a small group and larger orchestral community, culminating in memorable and life shaping experiences for every young musician. 

See below for a sample schedule of a day in the life of our Strings Programme.

•    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 - Origami Making!

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

Course Descriptions 

Private Lessons: Students will receive at least two private lessons in which to study their prepared repertoire with a Juilliard artist faculty member. These opportunities to have one-on-one sessions with world-class musicians will focus on raising each student’s instrumental, interpretive, and performance skills.  

Chamber Music: Students will be assigned to small groups (of mainly 3-5 players) with selected repertoire to be studied.  Each group will receive at least 4 coachings with Juilliard artist faculty as well as dedicated time for chamber music rehearsal.  Through working on the great chamber music repertoire, students will hone their collaborative and leadership skills by working and performing in small groups.

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: Drawing on their vast array of professional experience and higher education, the esteemed 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:
•    Discovering Great Composers / Faculty Favorites Playlist 
•    Falling in Love with Practicing
•    Conducting Seminar 
•    The Tools for a Successful Rehearsal    




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.  


Get in touch with us today through the enquiry form or by contacting:

Sophia Shou - (21) 2403 8800 ext. 4075

This Year's Faculty


We have exceptional faculty leading the performing arts disciplines, read below to find out who will be teaching our child at this year’s programme.

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

Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir - Lead Faculty

“Riveting” (NYTimes) cellist, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Toronto and Iceland Symphonies, among others, and her recital and chamber music performances have taken her across the US, Europe and Asia.  Following the release of her debut recording of Britten’s Suites for Solo Cello on Centaur Records, she has performed in Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall and Disney Hall.   She received a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master of Music from The Juilliard School and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Sæunn serves on the faculty of the University of Washington in Seattle, teaching cello and chamber music.

Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir

Ankush Kumar Bahl - Conductor

Hailed by the NYTimes as an “energetic” conductor who leads with “clear authority and enthusiasm,” Ankush Kumar Bahl has appeared at the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Orchestre National de France, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, among others.  Bahl recently completed his four-year tenure as the Assistant Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra and has been a frequent cover conductor for the New York Philharmonic and Maestro Jaap van Zweden.  American born and of Indian descent, Bahl is native of the San Francisco Bay Area and received a double degree in music and in rhetoric from UC Berkeley.  He was a conducting fellow at Aspen Music Festival and completed his master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Manhattan School of Music with Zdenek Macal and George Manahan. 

Ankush Kumar Bahl

John Marcus - Violin

John Marcus is a native New Yorker and a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. He holds a postgraduate certificate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. As a member of the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet, John has performed extensively as a chamber musician throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe. John has toured Germany as a recitalist and recently premiered the John Corigliano Sonata for Violin for Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Germany’s leading public radio network. In NYC, John has performed for numerous concert series, including LPR, Barbes, BargeMusic and in collaboration with members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project.

John Marcus

Annie Fullard - Violin

Annie Fullard, completed her studies at Yale University,  Indiana University and The Eastman School of Music.  She is a violinist of the Cavani String Quartet, serves as faculty and Artist in Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Mc Duffie Center for Strings, and is nationally recognized as an adventurous and passionate performer. Regarded as a leader in the field of chamber music education and advocacy, Ms Fullard has performed as a guest artist and presented master classes and lecture demonstrations at music festivals, across the US, and abroad, including The Perlman Music Program,  The New World Symphony, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Encore Chamber Music.  Ms. Fullard and her quartet colleagues are recipients of numerous awards, twice awarded The Guarneri Quartet Award for Artistic Excellence. Ms. Fullard is honored to serve as Distinguished Visiting Artist in Chamber Music at the Mc Duffie Center for Strings and Outreach Director for The Cleveland Chamber Music Society. 

Annie Fullard

Rose Armbrust Griffin - Viola

Violist Rose Armbrust Griffin received her Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School, Artist Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music and Masters of Music from Indiana University.  Rose has performed as soloist with the Bogota Symphony Orchestra, Woodstock’s Mozart Festival Orchestra, and The Curtis Chamber Orchestra and has appeared in concert with Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, and Pamela Frank. Currently, she is the Principal Violist of Camerata Chicago and rotating principal of the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra (Joffrey Ballet).  Rose’s passion is music education.  She has been a guest lecturer at DePaul and Indiana Universities, and is currently the adjunct Viola Professor at Wheaton College where she serves as the Chamber Music Director and teaches an Introduction to Music History and Viola Literature Course.  Rose fills her weekends coaching chamber music at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory.  Starting fall of 2018, she will serve as director of MYAC’s satellite program in Oak Brook, IL. 

Rose Armbrust Griffin

Logan Coale - Bass

Bass player, Logan Coale was a scholarship student of both Todd Seeber and Edwin Barker of the Boston Symphony, and a fellow at the Tanglewood and Schlesswig-Holstein Festivals. He is currently bass player for Natalie Merchant and is a member of The Knights Chamber Orchestra and contemporary music group NOW Ensemble. He has performed and toured with The National, Silk Road Ensemble, Abigail Washburn, Helado Negro, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group, A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, Wordless Music Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, and Alarm Will Sound. Logan grew up in Portland, Oregon, and currently lives in Brooklyn.

Logan Coale

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 2019 Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard Programmes 


We are proud to offer a range of programs and experiences that students of all levels and performing arts background can enjoy.  2019 earmarks an exciting year with the programs in Windermere, Florida and Geneva, Switzerland in addition to the program in Shanghai, China.



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