Juilliard’s flagship program for non-matriculated students is coming full circle as it forges into the future—what was formerly the Evening Division has become Juilliard Extension, a return to the program’s original name.
According to the performing arts school, the renaming occurs in tandem with an expansion of program offerings that has broadened during the pandemic and that will be offered both in person and online. The classes will continue to offer students non-matriculated education and experiences, including the opportunity to advance technical and professional skills, earn college credit, and/or expand their horizons in the performing arts.
Juilliard’s first extension classes were offered in 1905, the year the Institute for Musical Art, Juilliard’s predecessor institution, opened, and the school has consistently offered classes for the general public since then. Operating as Juilliard’s Evening Division since 1989, the program has experienced steady growth in recent years and the popularity of these courses has only grown during the pandemic as the school pivoted to online teaching and learning.
Evening Division students—more than 800 of them each year, from teenagers to octogenarians—range from performing arts professionals to arts educators and enthusiasts.
In making the announcement, Juilliard’s president, Damian Woetzel, said that Juilliard Extension will “happily increase opportunities both in person and online for artistic practice and the deepening of knowledge on the highest level, reflecting and sharing in new ways the excellence in education that is Juilliard’s unique legacy.”
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John-Morgan Bush, Juilliard’s director of lifelong learning, said that Extension students, “by channeling their curiosity into high quality educational experiences, can participate in the performing arts in untold ways—wherever they may be.”
Its music division faculty include Ruo Huang (Composition), Dan Block (Saxophone), Anna Maria Baeza (Clarinet), Oliver Hagen (Orchestral Conducting Chamber Music, Jo-Ann Sternberg (Clarinet), Trevor Weston (Music Theory & Ear Training, Todd Williams (Natural Horn), Anne Wang (ear training), L. Michael Griffel (Music History) and more.
New courses for the fall 2021 include:
Music Theory and Ear Training Classes, online for high school students
Scene Study: Group Acting Class, taught in person
Ballet Fundamentals and Beyond, in person
Elementary Guitar Class, for adult beginners, in person
Dance This Season, online or in person
Mahler’s New York, online or in person
Bach’s Majestic Mass in B Minor, online or in person
French Piano Music of the 20th Century: From Debussy to Dutilleux, online or in-person
Practical Orchestration and Arranging for Film and TV, online
Located at Lincoln Center in New York City, Juilliard offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in dance, drama (acting and playwriting), and music (classical, jazz, historical performance, and vocal arts).
Currently more than 800 artists from 44 states and 42 countries and regions are enrolled at Juilliard, where they appear in over 700 annual performances in the school’s five theaters; at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and David Geffen halls and at Carnegie Hall; as well as other venues around New York City, the country, and the world.
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 K-12 educational curricula.
For more information about Juilliard’s courses, please email or post letter at the following:
60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Room 230
New York, NY 10023
P: 212-799-5000, extension 273