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Meet some of the Juilliard Artist Faculty

We have exceptional faculty leading the performing arts disciplines. Read below to learn more.

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Annaliesa Place - Lead Faculty, Violin

Annaliesa is a passionate performer and educator.  She performs across the United States, Europe, and Asia and with ECCO, Classnotes, Alarm Will Sound, ACJW, Absolute Ensemble and Metropolis Ensemble.  She is the Director of Strings at the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey where she founded StringJam, a conductor less string orchestra.  Ms. Place received a B.M. from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and a M.M. from The Juilliard School.  Her principal teachers have included Vasile Beluska, David Russell, David Updegraff, Victor Danchencko, and Robert Mann.  Annaliesa has also performed and recorded with Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, The Roots, Michael Bublé and Paul McCartney, among others and has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Today Show, and David Letterman.

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Diego Garcia - Lead Faculty, Conductor and Cello

Diego has received great acclaim as music director and conductor at the Eastman School of Music. He is guest conductor for the Parnu Symphony Orchestra (Estonia), Flanders Music Festival (Belgium), Bard College Symphony Orchestra and Greece Symphony among others. Diego holds degrees from the Manhattan and Eastman Schools of Music. Currently, Diego is a conductor and cello faculty at the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood as well as directing the Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra.

 
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John Marcus - Faculty, 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 has also performed with Mark Morris Dance Group and the New Juilliard Ensemble and at many festivals, including Ravinia, Aspen, Tanglewood, Interlochen, San Miguel de Allende, Campos do Jordao International Winter Festival, Verbier, and Spoletto.

Jessica Meyer
Jessica Meyer - Faculty, Voila and Music Minor 

With playing that is “fierce and lyrical” and works that are “other-worldly” (The Strad) and “evocative” (New York Times), Jessica Meyer is a versatile composer and violist whose passionate musicianship radiates accessibility, generosity, and emotional clarity. As a soloist and member of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed contemporary music collective counter)induction, Jessica has premiered pieces for solo viola internationally – expanding the repertoire for viola by championing new works while also composing her own.  Her solo show - where she uses a loop pedal to create a virtuosic orchestral experience with her viola, voice, and hand percussion - has been featured at iconic venues such as BAMcafé and Joe’s Pub in NYC, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and in Paris at Sunset Sunside.  Recent and upcoming premieres include performances by the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, Sybarite 5, PUBLIQuartet, NOVUS NY of Trinity Wall Street under the direction of Julian Wachner, MoVE, Sandbox Percussion with vocal duo Two Cities, and A Far Cry. 

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Rachel Calloway - Lead Faculty, Voice

Mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway's upcoming and recent performances include appearances with American Composers Orchestra; John Zorn at the Guggenheim and the Louvre, Third Coast Percussion and Opera Philadelphia. Ms. Calloway created roles in Steven Stucky and Jeremy Denk’s The Classical Style at Carnegie Hall through which she became a finalist for the internationally recognised Warner Music Prize. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music and serves on the faculty of the University of South Carolina.

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Jean-Paul Bjorlin - Faculty, Voice

Jean-Paul Bjorlin is a singer and pianist working in New York City, but is originally from Sweden. He teaches at Barnard College and Circle in the Square Theater School. In the summers, Jean-Paul has worked as a pianist and coach at the vocal program of Marlena Malas at the Chautauqua Institution. He completed his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the Juilliard School, studying voice. He has also completed his certification as a yoga instructor.

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Lynnel Joy Jenkins - Choir Director

Lynnel Joy Jenkins is Artistic Director of the Princeton Girlchoir and choral teacher at the Timberlane Middle School of the Hopewell Valley Regional School District in Pennington, New Jersey. Dr. Jenkins' varied conducting and teaching experience ranges from the elementary to collegiate level. She served as Assistant Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and Conductor of the Resident Training Choir at the American Boychoir in Princeton, New Jersey. She has conducted honor choruses for one national, three divisional and several state conferences for the American Choral Directors Association, one national conference for the Organization for American Kodály Educators, numerous all-state choruses and choral festivals, and presented interest sessions for these professional music associations. Jenkins earned degrees from Westminster Choir College of Rider University (BM), Temple University (MM) and University of Arizona (DMA), and at the first two institutions was awarded the Elaine Brown Conducting Award.

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Matthew Odell - Voice Coach

The New Hampshire-born pianist Matthew Odell has won acclaim for performances of a wide range of repertoire as a solo recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician.  Deeply committed to strengthening the ties between today’s composers and audiences, Mr. Odell frequently premieres works written for him and has worked with many prominent composers, including Pierre Boulez, John Corigliano, and Ned Rorem. Mr. Odell’s affinity for the music of Olivier Messiaen has been seen in a recital series of his complete solo piano music, a performance of Visions de l’Amen with pianist Peter Hill, and an upcoming recording project on Albany Records of the music of Messiaen his students.

 

Mr. Odell has served for 5 years on the coaching faculty of the Académie internationale d’été de Nice in France.  Mr. Odell received his doctoral degree from The Juilliard School, and in addition to teaching at Juilliard, he frequently presents workshops, master classes, and lectures at professional conferences and universities throughout the USA and Europe.  For more information, please visit www.matthewodell.com

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Vivian Chang - Lead Faculty, Piano

As collaborator with singers and instrumentalists, Vivian has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and the 92nd Street Y. During the 2016 summer season, Vivian performed as Artist-in-Residence at the Monteverdi in Tuscany, Italy and as faculty of Phoenix Phest based at Eastern Michigan University. Vivian studied both piano and violin at the Oberlin College-Conservatory, where she graduated Pi Kappa Lambda and was recipient of the Dean’s Talent Award. She continued her studies as a scholarship student at the Juilliard School, where she was a student of Samuel Sanders and earned her Master and Doctorate degrees in Collaborative Piano.

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Scott Holden - Faculty, Piano

Scott Holden holds music degrees from the University of Michigan, Manhattan School of Music, and The Juilliard School.  In addition to his American schooling, he studied for a year at the Liszt Academy in Budapest as a Fulbright Scholar. He has performed in over 40 different American states.  His Carnegie Hall debut was a result of winning first prize in the Leschetizky New York Debut Competition. Performing internationally, he has appeared in Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Russia, and Vietnam. Dr. Holden has recorded for Tantara, NAXOS, Bridge, and Parma Records, and his performances have been broadcast on NPR, CBC and NBC among other networks.  He is very active as an adjudicator and clinician across the country.  Scott Holden is currently the department chair of piano and organ studies at Brigham Young University.

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Mika Sasaki -  Faculty, Piano

Pianist Mika Sasaki is a sought-after recitalist, chamber musician, and educator whose performances and teaching have taken her to the U.K., Italy, Japan, and throughout the U.S. Her solo debut album, Obsidian: Mika Sasaki plays Clara Schumann, released on Yarlung Records in 2016, was highly acclaimed by the Online Merker as “illuminat[ing] the artistic inspiration and creative exchange between three Romantic souls,” Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Johannes Brahms. Currently based in New York City, she regularly performs in various concert halls, community venues, and public schools as a pianist of Ensemble Connect—a prestigious fellowship program of Carnegie Hall, Juilliard, and the Weill Institute, that focuses on performance, leadership, and entrepreneurship. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory (B.M., M.M.) and The Juilliard School (D.M.A.), Dr. Sasaki is a faculty member at Juilliard, where she teaches piano and keyboard skills courses in the Evening Division, and Piano Topics in the College Division. mikasasaki.com

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Laura Careless - Lead FacultyDance

Laura Careless is a performing artist specializing in storytelling through movement. After graduating from Juilliard she became a founding performer of Company XIV, a NY-based, Drama Desk-nominated dance theater company. Her solo work, dedicated to telling ancient, unfamiliar stories in atmospheric and rural spaces, tour nomadically and can be viewed on her website, lauracareless.com. Upcoming projects include Rusalka, Met Opera; a commission for the students of NY Public School for Dance, where she is also on faculty; and development of a new work about the 'she-wolf' queens of medieval England.

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Ryan Casey - Faculty, Dance

Ryan P. Casey is a “whimsically inventive” (The Boston Globe) tap dancer, teacher, choreographer, and dance writer who was named in 2015 as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” and one of Boston’s “25 Most Innovative People Under 25.” In addition to his solo work, he has danced for Michelle Dorrance, Aaron Tolson, Billy Siegenfeld, and Adrienne Hawkins. With his company, Off Beat, he has presented work at numerous venues and festivals, including the Inside/Out series at Jacob’s Pillow. A regular contributor to Dance Studio Life Magazine, he currently teaches at The Dance Inn and Impulse Dance Center. Ryan is also a proud Capezio Athlete and alumnus of the NationalYoungArts Foundation, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Legacy Dance Company, and NYU. He was the recipient of a 2014 choreography grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and has been featured in Dance Studio Life and on So You Think You Can Dance. He is published in the Journal of Dance Education for his paper, “Tap and Text: Using Poetry to Increase Rhythmic Proficiency in Percussive Dance Students”.

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Laura Mead - Faculty, Dance

Laura Mead grew up in Austin, Texas and Berkeley, California. She holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School. Mead originated the principal role of Betsy in Twyla Tharp's Broadway musical Come Fly Away, and received an Astaire Award nomination for Best Female Dancer for her performance. She served as Dance Captain on a national tour of Tharp's Movin' Out. Mead has also performed with American Repertory Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, Morphoses, Post:Ballet, Los Angeles Dance Project, and the Seattle Opera. She has staged Lang's work on schools and companies all over the country. This is Mead’s sixth season dancing with JLD, and her first season as Rehearsal Director.

Jenny Lord
Jenny Lord - Lead Faculty, Drama

Jenny Lord directs and teaches at the Juilliard School in New York, where her productions include Measure for Measure, As You Like It, and All My Sons. She was the Associate Director for the Broadway productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, featuring recent Oscar-winner Mark Rylance and directed by Tim Carroll. Directing credits include: Shakespeare Theatre’s Free-For-All productions of Much Ado About Nothing and All’s Well That Ends Well in Washington, DC; A Christmas Carol (Dallas Theater Center); Going Down Swingin’ and Don Imbroglio (New York Musical Theatre Festival); Bee-luther-hatchee (New Century Theatre); Of Mice and Men (Serenbe Playhouse); and several operas.  For students: King Lear (University of Texas), The Cherry Orchard and Angels in America: Perestroika (NYU/Stella Adler Conservatory); Street Scene (SanFrancisco State University).  She has also assisted many distinguished directors including Michael Kahn, Christopher Bayes, Mary Zimmerman, Daniel Fish, and Rebecca Taichman.

Mark Olsen
Mark Olsen - Lead Faculty, Drama

Mark is Teacher of Movement and Stage Combat for the Juilliard School Drama Division and the Chair of the Musical Theatre Programme at the New York Film Academy. Formerly head of the MFA Graduate Acting Programme at Penn State School of Theatre, Mark has also taught at Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Houston, Ryerson Theatre School (Toronto), Sarah Lawrence College, and New York Public Theatre’s Shakespeare Lab.

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Michael Rudko - Faculty, Drama

A graduate of Yale and Juilliard, Michael Rudko’s work in the theater has taken him around the world.  He is the only actor to have performed Shakespeare on Broadway, at London’s Globe, at the ancient Greek theater at Epidaurus, and in El Paso, Texas.

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Richard Dent - Faculty, Drama

Richard Dent is an actor and artist based in New York City. He attended the Juilliard school for actors training and has worked in various theaters in the US. His work as an artist has taken him to parts of Europe and the US to strengthen his craft, specifically in mask making. Recently Richard joined the faculty at HB Studios to develop a curriculum in Movement and Mask Performance.

 

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