Seth Baer, Director of Global K-12 summer and visiting artist programs at Juilliard, said the opportunity for students to work closely with Juilliard’s artist faculty and sharpen their technical skills at a young age made the programme both unique and highly-sought after.
“They receive an amazing amount of personalised attention from the faculty in a multitude of settings,” Mr Baer said.
“The training is top-notch and gives them tools that they will unpack for many months following these intensive programmes.”
The appeal of being in a group together with like-minded peers from around the world to share their talent and offer new perspectives was particularly refreshing said Gabriel, who opted for the College/Conservatory Prep Intensive thread of study from the Voice programme in Orlando this past summer. This camaraderie shone through during the final concert.
“It was great seeing all my friends up there, doing the best they possibly could, and seeing how they grew and evolved into much better, more capable performers,” Gabriel said.
Air’s father, Paul Wang, said he noticed a dramatic change not only in Air’s musical abilities but in her attitude towards becoming a musician.
“She really loved the Juilliard teachers,” Mr Wang said.
“They helped her in a targeted way, so she felt she made a lot of progress in a short period of time.”
Many students experience breakthroughs of a personal nature when they participate in the Summer Performing Arts programmes. Juilliard lead faculty for the Voice program Matthew Patrick Morris said there were several magic moments where students with low self-esteem transformed.
Mr Morris said he saw a transformation in all of the students that participated in the Orlando programmes.
“It’s been a life-changing experience for many kids,” he said.
Wanting to attend this year’s String programme, Air said it was the teachers’ excitement that helped her develop her passion. “When you get into their class they’re excited,” she said.
“They’re different from other teachers I’ve had. When you get into their class you know it’s going to be fun. Being in their class is like having a break. The teachers are patient and explain things to you.”
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