Juilliard School Announces $20 Million Gift for Early Music

Gift to Juiliard School of Music Historical Performance Department

From the NY Times

Devotees of early music in New York may be experiencing whiplash. The year began in inspiriting fashion, with the Green Mountain Project’s superb annual presentation of Vespers music by Monteverdi, sponsored by Trinity Church at the Church of St. Jean Baptiste. Then, days later, a bleak midwinter seemed to settle in, when Trinity declared a hiatus in its own music program, suspending the activities of its excellent Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra at least until March. Now, on Tuesday, the Juilliard School is announcing a $20 million gift to endow its graduate-level program in historical performance. The sheer size of the gift is enough to make heads snap in the early-music world, whose practitioners typically struggle to stay a step ahead of poverty….more.