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The Yard An independent newspaper serving the interests of the next generation of performing artists.

The Yard is a new, independent newspaper run entirely by current students and recent graduates of The Juilliard School. The Yard is intended to serve the interests of the student body, as well as those of young performing artists in New York City and beyond. The newspaper and its website are run entirely by students and recent alums, and we want YOU to be a part of it! Have anything you want to contribute? Get in touch with us at: [email protected].

Hajnal Pivnick reviews The Whiskey Collection's recently released debut album, "Letters from and Old Trunk."
04/24/2013
Album Review: Whiskey Collection – “Letters from an Old Trunk”

Hajnal Pivnick reviews The Whiskey Collection's recently released debut album, "Letters from and Old Trunk."

By HAJNAL PIVNICK The Whiskey Collection’s first album (released yesterday) “Letters from an Old Trunk” brings beautiful, soulful bluegrass tunes by wa

Composer Molly Joyce interviews Nico Muhly (M.M. '04, Juilliard) on his experience in the music world.
04/07/2013
An Interview with Nico Muhly

Composer Molly Joyce interviews Nico Muhly (M.M. '04, Juilliard) on his experience in the music world.

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.

Composer and pianist Peng-Peng Gong unveils his "Love Triangle for the Left Hand," written for The Yard (YWV 4).
04/07/2013
YWV 4: “Love Triangle for the Left Hand” by Peng-Peng Gong

Composer and pianist Peng-Peng Gong unveils his "Love Triangle for the Left Hand," written for The Yard (YWV 4).

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.”

Pianist Peter Dugan weighs in on the gun debate, armed with the ablative absolute.
04/07/2013
Guns, Grammar, and the Constitution

Pianist Peter Dugan weighs in on the gun debate, armed with the ablative absolute.

By PETER DUGAN Debates over gun control have been fierce in the last several months. It’s a battle between powerful and diametrically opposed forces: the

Jacob Snow on the challenges and discontents of life in the audition circuit.
03/31/2013
The Auditioner’s Life

Jacob Snow on the challenges and discontents of life in the audition circuit.

By JACOB SNOW The level of performance today is astounding. Forget about the Big Five Orchestras (Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Boston). Au

Gnome shares his 'Dos and Don'ts' of the audition process.
03/21/2013
Gnome’s Audition Secrets

Gnome shares his 'Dos and Don'ts' of the audition process.

Gnome’s inbox has been inundated with hundreds of questions from prospective students about the audition experience at Juilliard. Rather than answer them each

Violinist Hajnal Pivnick reviews a recent art installation at the Armory.
03/21/2013
Review: “In the Event of a Thread”

Violinist Hajnal Pivnick reviews a recent art installation at the Armory.

By HAJNAL PIVNICK Big city dwellers are drawn to public places where they can relax, meditate, concentrate, reflect, or to escape their cubicle, studio apart

Benjamin Laude reports on the developments in Juilliard's global initiatives in China and Latin America.
03/21/2013
Juilliard ‘Warmly Welcomed’ in China

Benjamin Laude reports on the developments in Juilliard's global initiatives in China and Latin America.

By BENJAMIN LAUDE In late February, the Juilliard Student Council hosted an open discussion on the school’s global initiatives around the world. The Yard fi

As Obama wraps up his State of the Union Address, cellist Nicholas Finch and pianist Benjamin Laude engage in the first ...
02/13/2013
Debating Obama

As Obama wraps up his State of the Union Address, cellist Nicholas Finch and pianist Benjamin Laude engage in the first round of what will be an ongoing debate about the President's first term and the prospects of his second.

If on the night of November 4, 2008, a banshee appeared to foretell of the Republican Party’s then impending demise, this past fall’s elections could be seen as a death knell for the whole American right-wing.

Violinist Catherine Manoukian on the effects of classical music culture's obsession with age.
02/01/2013
Classical Music, the Prodigy Obsession, and Ageism

Violinist Catherine Manoukian on the effects of classical music culture's obsession with age.

By CATHERINE MANOUKIAN Every couple of weeks or so, one or another of my dear Facebook friends posts a link to some YouTube video of a toddler tinkling away

With celebrations taking place around the country in honor of MLK Day, third-year doctoral student Benjamin Laude takes ...
01/21/2013
The Real King

With celebrations taking place around the country in honor of MLK Day, third-year doctoral student Benjamin Laude takes a look at King's forgotten legacy.

By BENJAMIN LAUDE In 1976, the United States Senate issued an extensive report on the illegal intelligence operations of official government agencies during

Check out this pair of videos of third-year composer Molly Joyce performing her new work "Glow" for electric chord organ...
01/14/2013
VIDEOS: “Glow” (YWV 2) for electric chord organ, by Molly Joyce

Check out this pair of videos of third-year composer Molly Joyce performing her new work "Glow" for electric chord organ, written for The Yard!

Check out this video of Molly Joyce performing her piece "Glow" for electric chord organ, The Yard's second release in its new music catalogue "YWV." The perfor

First-year pianist Hanchen Bi's article on the history of chopsticks and silverware, now in English!
01/14/2013
Silverware and Chopsticks

First-year pianist Hanchen Bi's article on the history of chopsticks and silverware, now in English!

By HANCHEN BI I have heard a story. A man is dead and going to see God. He asks God a question about the difference between heaven and hell. God brings him t

Couldn't keep up with the music world news last year? You're in luck. The always trustworthy news team of the Backyard's...
01/03/2013
Top Ten Classical Music Headlines of 2012

Couldn't keep up with the music world news last year? You're in luck. The always trustworthy news team of the Backyard's 'Submediant' has selected the top ten classical music news stories of 2012!

2012 was so eventful for classical music that the average conservatory student could hardly keep up. Luckily, the Backyard's always trustworthy news outlet Su

Read Chinese? Check out first-year pianist Hanchen Bi's article on the history of chopsticks and silverware.
12/31/2012
刀叉与筷子

Read Chinese? Check out first-year pianist Hanchen Bi's article on the history of chopsticks and silverware.

作者:毕汉辰 曾听过这样一个故事,说是一个人死了,来到上帝面前,问上帝什么是天堂,什么是地狱。上帝先带他去

The latest addition to the 'Catalogue of Yard Works": "M.M. Suite Part IV" by percussionist Sam Budish.
12/31/2012
YWV 3: “M.M. Suite Part IV” by Sam Budish

The latest addition to the 'Catalogue of Yard Works": "M.M. Suite Part IV" by percussionist Sam Budish.

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.”

YWV 2: "Glow" for electric chord organ by composer Molly Joyce
12/31/2012
YWV 2: “Glow” by Molly Joyce

YWV 2: "Glow" for electric chord organ by composer Molly Joyce

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.”

A gem from pianist (and poet) Hannah Sun.
12/31/2012
The Machine is a Monster

A gem from pianist (and poet) Hannah Sun.

By HANNAH SUN Numbness, thumb nest Four-inch screen Pocket buzz, socket fuzz Tactile spleen Fingers do the mumbling Virtually wondering What roaring, h

An incredible story, from the Backyard's incredibly trustworthy news outlet 'Submediant.'
12/31/2012
Selfless Cellist Check Herself At Gate, Gives Seat To Instrument

An incredible story, from the Backyard's incredibly trustworthy news outlet 'Submediant.'

NEW YORK—A young cellist has been hospitalized after sustaining life-threatening injuries onboard a Spirit Airlines flight from Chicago O’Hare to New York (

Juilliard alum Danielle Kuhlmann shares her thoughts on the industrialization of art through the unlikely metaphor of th...
12/31/2012
The Pearl Factory

Juilliard alum Danielle Kuhlmann shares her thoughts on the industrialization of art through the unlikely metaphor of the pearl business.

By DANIELLE KUHLMANN The natural pearl is uncommon and special, a universal representation of beauty. To find a flawless pearl in nature is rare, and takes g

Benjamin Laude takes a look back at Juilliard in the '70s and '80s through a book that tried to capture its spirit.
12/30/2012
‘Nothing but the Best’: 25 Years Later

Benjamin Laude takes a look back at Juilliard in the '70s and '80s through a book that tried to capture its spirit.

By BENJAMIN LAUDE The building was a big box back then; stately and imposing, caked with white Italian marble on all sides. Ceiling-high display cases filled

For those still around school during break, Gnome's tips will surely come in handy.
12/30/2012
Gnome’s Top Five Tips for Surviving Christmastime at School

For those still around school during break, Gnome's tips will surely come in handy.

1. If you are feeling too busy with papers and finals to enjoy all of the holiday cheer around you, try entering the building through the Street Level. You

Juilliard music theory teaching fellows successfully fight cut to fellowship awards, address lack of transparency. Repor...
12/30/2012
Teaching Fellowships Reduced, Restored

Juilliard music theory teaching fellows successfully fight cut to fellowship awards, address lack of transparency. Report by Simon Frisch.

By SIMON FRISCH Upon returning from summer break, the student Teaching Fellows of the Music Theory and Analysis department were surprised to learn that

Selected reader comments on The Yard's November content.
12/28/2012
Comments on The Yard

Selected reader comments on The Yard's November content.

Every article in our print issues can be found on our website at www.theyardpress.com, where readers are free to post comments. Below is a selection of user com

Our resident Backyard music critic just couldn't hold in this review of the Juilliard Orchestra's performance of Berlioz...
12/28/2012
Juilliard’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ Holds Tension, Ushers Relief

Our resident Backyard music critic just couldn't hold in this review of the Juilliard Orchestra's performance of Berlioz's 'Symphonie Fantastique' from a few weeks back.

By THE BACKYARD STAFF With legendary violinist and Juilliard faculty member Itzahk Perlman on the podium, the Juilliard Orchestra toured the five scenes of

Dancer Ingrid Kapteyn reports on the new documentary being made about Juilliard's class of '14 dancers.
12/28/2012
Class of 2014 Dancers Subject of New Documentary

Dancer Ingrid Kapteyn reports on the new documentary being made about Juilliard's class of '14 dancers.

By INGRID KAPTEYN Following the success of the 2005 documentary, Dance School: Juilliard, the Dance Division is gearing up for another season of

Another season of travel, another series of burdens for instruments-wielding musicians. Curtis bassoonist Brigid Babbish...
12/19/2012
Instruments of Inconvenience: the Perennial Struggles of the Traveling Musician

Another season of travel, another series of burdens for instruments-wielding musicians. Curtis bassoonist Brigid Babbish and Juilliard bassist Gabrielle Marx take us on a tour through the misery that is traveling with instruments.

By BRIGID BABBISH and GABRIELLE MARX August 2012: Cellist Paul Katz attempts a journey from Calgary, Alberta to Los Angeles on American Airlines. Well

Violinist Caeli Smith and actor Marcus Guy review 'A Late Quartet' starring Christopher Walken and Philip Seymour Hoffma...
12/19/2012
Classical Music on the Big Screen

Violinist Caeli Smith and actor Marcus Guy review 'A Late Quartet' starring Christopher Walken and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

By CAELI SMITH and MARCUS GUY CS: Personally, I was thrilled to hear they were making a movie about a string quartet. Sure, it’s fun to see Skyfall, but

The dancers are just getting home from their second performance, but there are still three more to go! Check it out New ...
12/14/2012
Four Voices from ‘New Dances: Edition 2012′

The dancers are just getting home from their second performance, but there are still three more to go! Check it out New Dances this weekend!

New Dances: Edition 2012 premieres this weekend in Peter Jay Sharp Theater, featuring four new works performed by the four Juilliard Dance classes, respectivel

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12/08/2012

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Patrick McGuire and famed book-nerd Anthony Lioi on the jewels of Juilliard's hidden lending library.
12/02/2012
Five Books You Should Read in the Writing Center’s Collection

Patrick McGuire and famed book-nerd Anthony Lioi on the jewels of Juilliard's hidden lending library.

By PATRICK McGUIRE and ANTHONY LIOI The Writing and Communication Center, in the southeast corner of the fifth floor, is my favorite space at Juilliard. It h

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