Celebrating Women's History Month

Celebrating Women's History Month

Explore a selection of works by women composers, choreographers, performers, and artists in celebration of Women's History Month.

Celebrating Women's History Month
  • Women of Color in Jazz | Juilliard Jazz Dave Brubeck Ensemble

    Enjoy two excerpts from an evening focused on the contributions of international women of color in jazz music.

    Toshiko Akiyoshi (b. 1929, in Liaoyang, Manchuria)
    “A Long Yellow Road”
    A pianist and composer who was the first Japanese student admitted to Berklee College of Music, Toshiko Akiyosh...

  • Barbara Hannigan Conducts Haydn’s Symphony No. 90 | Juilliard Orchestra

    Embodying music with an unparalleled dramatic sensibility, soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan is an artist at the forefront of creation. Watch her in action as she conducts the Juilliard Orchestra in this rousing rendition of Haydn’s 90th symphony in C Major.

    Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

  • “Old Times” | Juilliard Drama Short Film

    Written by Enid Graham
    Directed by Monica Raymund

    Five old friends decide to grab one more weekend together at a beloved lake house before it’s sold. But even at their carefree reunion, these women can’t escape the restricting circumstances of their lives.

    "Old Times" was featured as an Offi...

  • Spotlight on Composer Reena Esmail | The New Series

    This program turns the spotlight on one of today’s most sought-after composers, Juilliard alum Reena Esmail (BM ’05, composition), whose work bridges Hindustani musical traditions and American contemporary classical music. Featuring five of Esmail’s compositions, this concert is a rare opportunit...

  • Reena Esmail’s “RE|Member” | Juilliard Orchestra

    The Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by David Robertson, performs Reena Esmail’s “RE|Member.” Esmail originally planned this overture to be premiered at the beginning of the Seattle Symphony’s 2020-21 season, but the premiere was pushed back by a year due to the pandemic. Esmail saw this piece as a...

  • A Winter Awakening | Caili Quan

    This world-premiere performance of Caili Quan’s “A Winter Awakening” was performed by Juilliard’s dance class of 2025 as part of New Dances: Edition 2021.

    Music: From Johannes Brahms’ Quintet No. 2 in G Major: Allegro non troppo, ma con brio

    Choreographer: Caili Quan, 2021-22 Creative Associ...

  • Melinda Wagner’s “Little Moonhead” | Juilliard Chamber Orchestra

    The Juilliard Chamber Orchestra performs Melinda Wagner’s “Little Moonhead.” The title borrows a word from each of the piece’s three movements—“Little Prelude (with Rills),” “Moon Ache,” and “Fiddlehead.” The work originated as part of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s New Brandenburgs project.


  • Another Mountain | Chanel DaSilva

    This world-premiere performance of Chanel DaSilva’s “Another Mountain” was performed by Juilliard’s dance class of 2026 as part of New Dances: Edition 2022.

    “This work is dedicated to the life and memory of my friend, brother, and iconic dance artist, Darius Barnes, who came into my life 18 year...

  • Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s “Avanti!” | Juilliard Orchestra

    The Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Euan Shields (MM ‘23), performs Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s “Avanti!” to open the 2023 Juilliard Celebration! program. Zwilich (DMA ’75, composition), the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in composition, composed “Avanti!” in celebration of the idea of...

  • Boulanger’s “D’un matin de printemps” | Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra

    The Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, conducted by Adam Glaser, performs this Impressionist work of vibrant energy. “D’un matin de printemps” was Boulanger’s final orchestra work, written before her untimely death at age 24. This short piece packs in several musical twists and turns while exhibiti...

  • Barbara Hannigan Conducts “Representation of Chaos” | Juilliard Orchestra

    Barbara Hannigan conducts Haydn at his most experimental with this instrumental section that serves as a prelude to “The Creation,” his 1798 oratorio setting of texts derived from the biblical account of the beginning of the cosmos as well as excerpts from Milton’s “Paradise Lost.”

    Franz Joseph ...

  • Speranza Scappucci Master Class | Vocal Arts

    Acclaimed conductor and pianist Speranza Scappucci (MM ‘97) leads an engaging vocal master class featuring students from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts and the Juilliard Collaborative Piano Department.

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91)
    “Il mio tesoro intanto” from Don G...

  • A Celebration of MAP’s 30th Anniversary | MAP Wind Ensemble

    As part of MAP’s 30th anniversary, Terry Szor conducts this young wind ensemble from our Preparatory Division in a series of wonderful new works from contemporary composers.

    Celebrating its 30th anniversary, MAP is a Saturday program for intermediate and advanced music students from New York Ci...

  • “How is it that we know what we are?” | Dance, Music, Drama

    Students from across our divisions shine in this world premiere piece from our ChoreoComp program which pairs choreographers and composer students to create an original dance to an original composition. This piece also incorporates a strong spoken word performance from Lili Ostojic-Gibson, a stud...

  • Jennifer Higdon’s “blue cathedral” | Pre-College Orchestra

    “blue cathedral” (1999) is one of the most performed contemporary orchestral works, with more than 650 performances worldwide. Composed by multi Grammy- and Pulitzer-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.

    “Blue … like the sky. Where all possibilities soar. Cathedrals … a place of thought, growth, spi...