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Music

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Instrumental

Programme Overview

Grow and excel in this programme focused on the core essentials of the well-rounded strings performer.  Meshing group rehearsals with private instruction and performance opportunities, students will acquire the expertise to reach new heights as 21-century musicians.  This programme is designed for the young performer who is passionate about learning the art and discipline of string playing.  The culmination of the programme features performances highlighting young artists through orchestra, chamber music groups, and solo repertoire.

Applications will be accepted on the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, and double bass.

Student Goals/Outcomes

Each student will have a set of chamber and orchestral pieces assigned to them and will learn this music to the best of their ability prior to the start of the programme.  Additionally, students are encouraged to bring a solo piece to work on during the programme.  Each day, students will feel inspired by collaborating with their peers and faculty.  Through their daily rehearsals and lessons, students will reach new heights in their technical abilities, which will ultimately deepen their musical understanding allowing for greater expression through music.  Students will feel inspired to enter the academic year with a continued desire for excellence and a heightened passion for music.

Courses & Experiences
  • Multiple Private Lessons
  • Daily Technique Warm-up Classes
  • Daily Orchestra Rehearsals
  • Daily Sectional Coachings
  • Weekly Mind-Body Movement Classes
  • Daily Chamber Music Rehearsals
  • 3 Chamber Music Coachings
  • Collaborative piece with Chorus
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A day in the life

7:00
Rise & Shine!
8:00
Breakfast
9:00
Technique Warm-Up Class
9:30
Orchestra Rehearsal #1
10:45
Orchestra Sectionals
11:30
Orchestra Rehearsal #2
12:30
Lunch
1:30
Festival Choir (With Dance and Drama Students)
2:30
Chamber Music
4:00
Private Lesson or Private Practice
5:00
Leisure Time
6:00
Dinner
7:00
Evening Activity
10:00
Lights Out!
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Course Descriptions

Technique Warm-Up

This 30-minute class starts each day and provides the students with a structured way to warm-up through technical exercises like open strings, scales, and arpeggios.  Within that framework, students will dive deeper into exploring left-hand and right-hand techniques such as bow divisions, shifting, and tone production.

Orchestra Ensemble

The Orchestra is the nucleus of this programme and will feature music from the Baroque period all the way to the present day.  Students will hone their ability to play virtuosically while blending their sound within their section.  Knowing when to bring out the important lines and when to support the melody with the rhythmic framework and harmony will be a focus.  This ensemble will explore a conductor-less component where the students will lead a piece through the art of communicating by cueing the music together.  Playing with proper alignment and dynamic stage presence are an important goal in this ensemble.

Orchestra Sectionals

Violins, violas, cellos, and basses will meet in smaller teams with a coach to build musical and technical cohesion.  This class is where the details and building blocks of each orchestral piece is polished through the isolation of passages.  Unifying fingerings, bowings, articulations, and tempi are the focus for ultimate orchestral blending.

Chamber Music

Students have an opportunity to explore leadership roles in smaller groups by delving into chamber music repertoire.  Students will receive coachings by artist faculty and run rehearsals where they will focus on the art of playing together.  Group formations will include duos, trios, and string quartets. 

Private Lesson

Over the course of the festival, each student will receive multiple one-on-one sessions with a master teacher that specialises in their specific instrument.  These lessons compliment the classes by giving the student an opportunity to hone their musical and technical ideas in solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire.

Mind-Body Movement

Focusing on movement without instruments, this class synergises yoga, meditation, and aligning our bodies from head to toe.  Students will learn effective ways to calm the body through breathing exercises and release tension in the areas prone to stress when playing an instrument.  Bringing awareness to our bodies helps us play our instruments in a relaxed and efficient way and prevent injuries.

Piano

Programme Overview

Explore the core values of performing as a concert pianist of both solo and chamber music repertoire. Pianists perform daily in master class style lessons and studio classes, develop strong relationships with peers in Ensemble Piano and Chamber Music, and delve deeply into Artist Seminars. This programme is designed for pianists who aim to develop their artistry, build confidence in performing, and engage artistically with other young musicians. Final performances of solo pieces and chamber music conclude an immersive two weeks of study.

Courses & Experiences
  • Daily Piano Lesson in Master Class style
  • Daily Chamber Music or Piano Ensemble rehearsals
  • Multiple Ensemble Coachings
  • Daily Individual Practice and One-on-One Practice Help with Faculty
  • 5 Studio Performance Classes
  • 4 Artist Seminar Classes

A day in the life

9:00
Practice
10:00
Lesson
11:00
Chamber Music Rehearsal
12:30
Lunch
1:30
Festival Choir (With Dance and Drama Students)
2:30
Studio Performance Class
3:30
Artist Seminar
4:15
Chamber Music Coaching

Course Descriptions

Piano Lesson

Each daily lesson group of 3-4 pianists is assigned to one piano faculty for the duration of the programme. Each pianist receives individualised instruction in master class style lessons and benefits from experiencing the learning of their peers.

Practice Help

One-on-one practice help is offered daily with Juilliard artist faculty on a sign-up basis for both solo and ensemble repertoire. This is an opportunity for pianists to work through passages, ask questions, and gain additional perspective from other faculty members.  

Studio Performance Class

Pianists perform in studio classes, scheduled every other day. Pianists benefit from performing regularly and hearing their colleagues perform. Additionally, the studio shares feedback with one another and discusses aspects of performance.

Piano Ensemble and Chamber Music

Each pianist is assigned a piano ensemble or chamber work with strings musicians, and scores are sent in advance of the programme. Ensembles rehearse daily and receive coachings by multiple Juilliard artist faculty in preparation for final performances.

Artist Seminar

Pianists choose from a variety of Artist Seminars to enrich their learning. Seminars draw on the expertise of Juilliard artist faculty members and their vast experiences in the profession. Sample topics include:

  • Managing Performance Anxiety
  • Great Pianists: A Multimedia Presentation
  • Changing Role of the Pianist
  • Memorisation
  • Music Theory and Ear Training
  • Song Accompaniment
  • Dance/Piano Collaboration: The Rite of Spring

Voice

Programme Overview

This programme will challenge students to grow as a complete singer in both ensemble and solo opportunities. Through singing in a small chorale and a large festival choir, students will enhance their vocal technique and musical expression. The programme also features private voice lessons and masterclass opportunities for all singers to develop their solo voices in the classical and musical theater cannon.

Student Goals/Outcomes

Specific skills to be developed include:

  • Healthy tone production
  • Dramatic expression in classical and theatrical music
  • Strengthened understanding of artistic discipline
  • Sight-singing and leadership skills
  • Musicianship
  • Vocal technique
Courses & Experiences

Students may choose to apply as a Voice major for either the Young Artist or Discovery programme.

The Young Artist programme is tailored for students ages 14-18 (some exceptions possible), who are serious about the pursuit of classical voice and have had some experience and/or private training. Students will dedicate their entire day to the study of choral, solo, and chamber music, with an emphasis on individual lessons and coachings. The programme builds towards a final solo and chamber performance. 

The Discovery programme is an exciting opportunity for students ages 10-18 who wish to study both singing and another artistic area. The focus of this programme is musical development as well as the choral experience.  Students will participate in ensemble and master class style instruction, with many opportunities to work closely with Juilliard artist faculty. The programme culminates with a performance in the final concert.

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A day in the life

Morning Session 9:00 - 12:30
All Piano Majors (Young Artist and Discovery): Begin your day with a yoga warm up, then ease into rehearsal with Chorale, a small ensemble featuring only voice majors. In this ensemble, students will be led by Juilliard artist faculty to greatly improve and refine sight-singing and leadership skills. Mid-morning masterclass offers an opportunity for all singers to work on solo repertoire with esteemed faculty, focusing on refining vocal technique, dramatic expression, and audition strategies.
1:30 - 2:30
Festival Choir (With Dance and Drama Students)
Afternoon Session 2:30 - 5:00
Young Artist: Afternoons begin with a programme-wide Festival Choir, after which time Young Artists have private voice lessons, coachings, and practice time. Following an afternoon break, Young Artist students join together for a final hour to study small group chamber music and opera/musical theatre scenes. These studies culminate in a recital on the final day of the programme. Group sessions focused on college and career preparation as well as self-reflection are a hallmark of the young artist programme. Discovery: The afternoon begins with our programme-wide Festival Choir, before discovery students move on to their secondary discipline. Students can select to continue with the study of music in the afternoon by selecting the Music minor, or they can choose to study dance or drama.
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