"This is not a theoretical program, but, rather, one which features regular performances in major New York venues where the expectation of artistic excellence by Juilliard ensembles is ingrained in all students and audiences alike.  But perhaps most importantly, being in the Juilliard Orchestra is a unique opportunity to share in a truly joyous music making and learning experience."
Alan Gilbert Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies
“After being at Juilliard for six years, I am very aware of how lucky I have been. Working with top teachers, conductors, and fellow students, the vast number of opportunities Juilliard has given me are priceless. The experiences I gained here will forever benefit me as I move on to the New World Symphony and beyond!”
Jennifer Christen Oboe, BM ’09; MM ’11

Inside Look: The Juilliard Orchestra Process

Juilliard Orchestra members and guest conductor Fabio Luisi take you through the journey from rehearsal room to concert stage. The program featured Brahms’s Third Symphony, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24, and Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3.

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The Juilliard Orchestra in Performance

The Juilliard Orchestra performs the finale of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 under conductor David Afkham. 

David Afkham conducts the Juilliard Orchestra
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As a Juilliard student, you have the opportunity to work with Maestro Gilbert and other outstanding conductors from around the world. In the past four years alone, guest conductors have included:

  • John Adams

  • Marin Alsop*

  • Edward Gardner

  • Hans Graf

  • Bernard Haitink

  • Vladimir Jurowski

  • James Levine*

  • Anne Manson

  • Jeff Milarsky

  • Fabio Luisi

  • Peter Oundjian

  • Itzhak Perlman*

  • Matthias Pintscher

  • Larry Rachleff

  • David Robertson

  • Esa-Pekka Salonen

  • Leonard Slatkin*

  • Robert Spano

  • Michael Tilson Thomas

  • Emmanuel Villaume

  • David Zinman

  • Jaap van Zweden

*Juilliard alumni


Concerto Performance Opportunities

Many Juilliard Orchestra concerts include a concerto, which is always performed by a student soloist who is chosen at live competitions that take place throughout the season. There are annual competitions for piano, violin, viola, and cello; other instruments are rotated.

Learn more about the concerto competition process in this video. 

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