Degrees and Programs

As a Juilliard music student, you’ll receive individualized instruction from members of a superb faculty and distinguished visiting artists. You’ll enjoy numerous and unique performance opportunities at the school and our Lincoln Center neighbors, as well as around New York City, the country, and the world. We give our students the tools—and the inspiration—to develop their musical and intellectual curiosity and transform their passions and skills into mature artistry.

Undergraduate

  • Bachelor of Music

Graduate

  • Master of Music

  • Graduate Diploma

Postgraduate

  • Artist Diploma in Performance 

  • Doctor of Musical Arts

For more information about specific programs and instruments, visit juilliard.edu/apply-audition

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Performance Opportunities

Here is a brief overview of the incredible wealth of performance opportunities for Juilliard Music students. 

Large Ensemble and Solo Performance Opportunities

Juilliard Orchestra

Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic, is also Juilliard’s director of conducting and orchestral studies. As a Juilliard student, you have the opportunity to work with Maestro Gilbert and other outstanding conductors from around the world. The orchestra appears regularly at Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls, and Carnegie Hall. It performs for many Juilliard Opera and Dance productions and has toured nationally and internationally, playing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Royal Albert Hall in London, and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, among others.

Juilliard Chamber Orchestra

A non-conducted chamber orchestra with an annual concert in Alice Tully Hall. It is coached by Eric Bartlett of the New York Philharmonic and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, in a collaborative rehearsal process modeled after that of Orpheus.

New Juilliard Ensemble

Founded in 1993 by its director, Joel Sachs, it focuses primarily on repertory of the last decade and has presented more than 80 world premieres. The ensemble gives an annual concert series at Juilliard and has performed in such venues as the Freer Gallery in Washington, the Royal Academy of Music in London, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the Why Note Festival in Dijon, France, among others.

AXIOM

Founded in 2006, and directed by Jeffrey Milarsky, AXIOM performs 20th- and 21st-century masterworks. The ensemble gives an annual concert series at Juilliard and has performed in such New York venues as Columbia University’s Miller Theater and Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village, and abroad at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland.

Solo Recitals

Your time at Juilliard culminates with your graduation recital. You and your private teacher will collaborate in building a program that you will perform for the public in the school’s Paul or Morse Hall, intimate spaces that are ideal for solo and chamber works. There are also opportunities to give non-required recitals, as well as to take part in occasional studio recitals. Hundreds of free student recitals are performed on Juilliard’s stages throughout the school year, attended by music lovers from the New York metro area.

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“What is always invigorating for me about Juilliard is the tremendous amount of information exchanged by students, how much they learn from their peers on a daily basis. They each bring such a varied and diverse background, with different areas of strength and knowledge. Harnessing and nurturing this diversity is one of my greatest challenges as a teacher.”
Daniel Druckman Chair, Percussion Department
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