William Christie conducts Juilliard415.

Performance Opportunities - Historical Performance

As a Historical Performance student you will have singular performance opportunities. You will play in Juilliard415 — an ensemble The New York Times said plays with "poise, hair-trigger responsiveness" — under such prominent artists as William Christie, Jordi Savall, Rachel Podger, and many others, at Juilliard, Lincoln Center, other venues around New York City, and on national and international tours.

Juilliard415

Monica Huggett performs with Juilliard415.

Juilliard415, the School's primary period-instrument ensemble, provides students with the chance to work at the highest professional level in terms of excellence, breadth of experience, repertoire, and associations with guest artists. Juilliard415 musicians work with an unrivaled roster of resident and guest artists: Monica Huggett, Nicholas McGegan, Ton Koopman, William Christie, Masaaki Suzuki, Jordi Savall, Jane Glover, Harry Bicket, and many others. The ensemble performs a dynamic programming of repertoire from the late 16th through the 19th centuries on period instruments.

  • National and international tours have taken Juilliard415 to Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, Southeast Asia, France, and England.
  • Appearances at the Boston Early Music Festival and the Leipzig Bach Fest.
  • First-ever conservatory in residence, 2013 Utrecht Early Music Festival.
  • Two-time "10 best performances of the season" citation from The New York Times.

Vocal Music

  • Collaborations with Juilliard's Marcus Institute of Vocal Arts.
  • Performances of fully staged operas such as Handel's Radamisto and Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea.
  • Full-scale oratorios, including Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Haydn's The Creation.

Chamber Music

  • A highly structured approach to the study and performance of repertoire from the Italian, French, German, and English chamber music traditions.
  • Twice-weekly coachings and rehearsals with the Historical Performance faculty.
  • Regular performances at Juilliard and around New York City, including on the Tuesdays at Twelve series at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Master Classes

  • Esteemed guest artists from around the world at Juilliard.
  • Master class teachers have included Rachel Podger, Fabio Biondi, Harry Bicket, and members of Les Arts Florissants, among many others.

Collaborative Partners

Les Arts Florissants

Each year since 2007, Juilliard Historical Performance has welcomed William Christie (described by The New Yorker as “the eminence grise of Juilliard’s ambitious Historical Performance program”) and musicians from the Paris-based period-instrument ensemble Les Arts Florissants for intensive, repertoire-focused residencies. Juilliard students benefit from individual lessons, master classes, and public concerts, while Les Arts Florissants continues to cultivate its international presence.

Dans les Jardins de William Christie

Every August the festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie welcomes promising students and alumni from Juilliard Historical Performance to perform alongside musicians from Les Arts Florissants and its young artist training programs, Le Jardin des Voix and Les Arts Flo Juniors. Together, they perform outdoor concerts in and around the magnificent gardens of William Christie’s home in the Vendée region of France. 

Yale Institute of Sacred Music

Since 2011, the Yale Schola Cantorum and Juilliard415 and have performed majors oratorios under the baton of Masaaki Suzuki and David Hill along the East Coast and on international tours in cities throughout Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, and in Singapore and Burma. Repertoire has included Bach’s B-Minor Mass and St. Matthew and St. John Passions, Haydn’s Creation, and Zelenka’s Missa dei Patris

Music Before 1800

Every year since 2009, Music Before 1800, the longest-running concert series devoted to early music in New York, has presented Juilliard Baroque or Juilliard415, the primary ensembles of the Historical Performance program, in New York City's acoustically exquisite Corpus Christi Church.

English Concert American Fellowship

Established in 2013, the English Concert American Fellowship provides valuable professional experience to deserving historical performance graduates. In addition to a monetary award, fellows benefit from coaching, lessons, and master classes with English Concert musicians, including its music director Harry Bicket, and from performances on their own and with the English Concert. The fellowship is made possible with the generous support of The English Concert in America.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

A vibrant neighbor to Lincoln Center, Holy Trinity’s acoustically excellent nave is home to Juilliard’s Tuesdays at Twelve concert series—free lunchtime chamber music performances on period instruments.