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Album Review: Whiskey Collection – “Letters from an Old Trunk”

April 24, 2013 – 1:19 pm |

The Whiskey Collection’s first album (released yesterday) “Letters from an Old Trunk” brings beautiful, soulful bluegrass tunes by way of five Juilliard alums. Their shared Southern heritage brings an authentic feel, without becoming …

An Interview with Nico Muhly

April 7, 2013 – 5:26 pm | One Comment

Third-year composer Molly Joyce sits down with the composer and Juilliard alum to discuss his training, composition, and how to make it in the music industry.

YWV 4: “Love Triangle for the Left Hand” by Peng-Peng Gong

April 7, 2013 – 5:07 pm |

Each month we will publish a new piece composed specifically for the The Yard, gradually compiling a Yard-Werke-Verzeichnis (YWV), “Catalogue of Yard Works.”
March’s piece was “Love Triangle for the Left Hand” by third-year composer Peng-Peng …

Guns, Grammar, and the Constitution

April 7, 2013 – 4:55 pm | One Comment

Debates over gun control have been fierce in the last several months. It’s a battle between powerful and diametrically opposed forces: the NRA versus billionaire Mike Bloomberg and Vice President Biden. However, these arguments …

The Auditioner’s Life

March 31, 2013 – 5:45 pm | 4 Comments

The level of performance today is astounding. Forget about the Big Five Orchestras (Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Boston). Auditions for C-list orchestras around the country have become so competitive that even …

Dispatches from Musicological Rehab: Academics Anonymous and the Power of the Twelve [Half] Steps

March 31, 2013 – 5:39 pm |

Hi, I’m Alana and I’m a musicologist.
Wow. It  feels  weird  to finally say that out loud—it makes it real, you know? And I was in denial for so long. But, like, the first step …

Juilliard Personnel Tops The Backyard/Forbes’ 2013 List: ‘80 Over 80’ in Classical Music

March 31, 2013 – 5:32 pm |

In sum, they represent the best and brightest of the concert-coughing, hearing-aid-buzzing, Asian-name-fudging, whisper-shouting characters that color Juilliard life. In partnership with Forbes, The Backyard is proud to present the top eighty of the crotchety, …

Meme of the Month

March 21, 2013 – 11:59 am |

Grumpy Cat makes a special guest appearance in the Meme of the Month for March.

Gnome’s Audition Secrets

March 21, 2013 – 11:56 am |
Gnome’s Audition Secrets

Gnome’s inbox has been inundated with hundreds of questions from prospective students about the audition experience at Juilliard. Rather than answer them each individually, Gnome has decided to compile a list of useful tips for …

Review: “In the Event of a Thread”

March 21, 2013 – 11:47 am |

Big city dwellers are drawn to public places where they can relax, meditate, concentrate, reflect, or to escape their cubicle, studio apartment, or crowded rush-hour commute. When the thaw of spring arrives and …