Juilliard Announces Expansion into China
Following the gravitational pull of classical-music interest in China, the Juilliard School of Music recently announced that it plans to open its first facility outside of New York. The new school is planned to be located in Tianjin City, about 75 miles outside of Beijing. The exact programs to be offered at the institute will be determined during a feasibility study, but Juilliard expects to create nonaccredited music programs at the precollege level (ages 8–18), as well as specialized preprofessional training for conservatory graduates. The New York–based school is working with local education and investment organizations to plan the expansion, with Juilliard developing the faculty, curriculum, and administration.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Juilliard president Dr. Joseph W. Polisi said, “We are delighted to take this step forward in what we hope will lead to the establishment of the institute in Tianjin. We envision the institute will be an elite center for performing-arts education serving all of East Asia, a destination for all performing artists worldwide, and a hub for all of Juilliard’s activity in this region. Juilliard is very fortunate to be working with excellent partners in Tianjin who share our vision of high-quality performing-arts education.”
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