The Juilliard Music Foundation was established to support the development of music in the United States. Four years later the foundation’s trustees created the Juilliard Graduate School, housed in the former Vanderbilt guesthouse at 49 East 52nd Street.
March 5-13, Juilliard held a Celebration of Contemporary Music in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic with support from the Fromm Music Foundation. The eight-day series of concerts, seminars, discussions, and open rehearsals was the first such collaborative program with the Philharmonic. The Juilliard Ensemble gave the U.S. premiere of Berio’s Calmo, and among the New York premieres were Varèse’s Nocturnal by the Juilliard Orchestra and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 14 by the Juilliard String Quartet. Participants included conductors Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Sixten Ehrling, Walter Hendl, Richard Dufallo, and David Gilbert, and soloists Jan DeGaetani, Gerard Schwarz, Christine Radman, Ursula Oppens, Paul Zukofsky, Paul Tobias, and Paul Jacobs.
March 31, the Drama Division held a stage-fighting competition with third- and fourth-year acting students under the direction of B.H. Barry. Awards were given by alumni Gerald Gutierrez, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Christopher Reeve, Robin Williams, and the stage combat faculty.
March 30, the Juilliard Dance Ensemble premiered alumna Saeko Ichinohe’s An Act of Compassion, commissioned by the Dance Division and set to faculty member Behzad Ranjbaran’s Caprices for Violin Duo performed by Xiao-Dong Wang and Nick Eanet, now first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet.