Degrees and Programs

Juilliard Historical Performance is a full-tuition scholarship program for graduate students specializing in early music on period instruments. It was established and endowed in 2009 by the generous support of Bruce and Suzie Kovner. The program offers both Master of Music and and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees or a Graduate Diploma. Majors include Baroque violin, viola da gamba, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, bassoon, harpsichord, and plucked instruments. Baroque viola majors are considered by special request. Highlights of the program are:

  • Major performances throughout the year

  • An unrivaled faculty

  • An international roster of guest artists

  • A comprehensive strucured curriculum

  • A community of dedicated students, teachers, and administrators

  • An immersive and supportive environment

For more information about the program and requirements, visit

Learn more about Juilliard Historical Performance's exceptional faculty members. 

Juilliard Historical Performance video overview
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“When I was learning to play the Baroque oboe, a program like Juilliard Historical Performance might have seemed like a fantasy: a world-class faculty, dedicated students, the incomparable resources of New York City, regular visits from the stars of our field, the fantastic facilities of the School itself.”
Gonzalo Ruiz Oboe Faculty

Historical Performance: A Day in the Life

Curious about a typical day in the life of a Historical Performance student? This video follows cellist Alexander Nicholls through a full day of practice, lessons, classes, and performances. 

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“The orchestra responded beautifully to Mr. Christie’s direction, playing with poise, hair-trigger responsiveness and generally lustrous tone.”
The New York Times reviewing a Juilliard415 performance
“Juilliard Historical Performance is a small, selective program with a strong sense of family among the group’s current and former students. The opportunities that the program has provided me, combined with the expert guidance of the faculty, guest artists and teachers, and my fellow students have been invaluable to my musical and professional development. Every day I am inspired and encouraged by their dedication.” 
Melanie Williams Baroque Flute, MM ’15, Navarre, Fla.