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December 2021

Dear Pianists,


As we look forward to the new year, the piano faculty of our Winter and Summer Juilliard Festivals express our deep appreciation for your participation in our 2021 programs!


Bringing our Juilliard program online during stay-at-home days was a new experience for us all and admittedly, we didn’t quite know what to expect! At a time when the world seemed to stop and everyone was stuck at home, your creativity and willingness to share truly inspired us. The piano faculty and I were very impressed by your high level of engagement, commitment and hard work. We were also deeply touched by the heartfelt support that our pianists expressed to one another, everyday at our festivals and in messages posted during our final showcases. Pianists: thank you for connecting with us and sharing your beautiful music and ideas!


We hope you have been able to keep in touch with your peers and new friends from around the world. As faculty, we’ve been excited to hear from many of you! There are pianists in our studio who are applying to new schools and music conservatories, others who have recently acquired new instruments, and many have shared their creativity with us through manuscripts of their own compositions and video clips of recent performances. We appreciate hearing from all of you and wish you continued success in everything you pursue. 


For those of you who might be interested in the upcoming Juilliard Winter Festival, Dr. Scott Holden and I are busily preparing for an exciting weekend this January 29/30, 2022! We will be building upon previous learning together and plan to approach piano technique as a means to play more expressively! Furthermore, a wonderful, new faculty pianist will be joining us for the Winter Festival and we look forward to introducing them very soon.


Check out our link to learn more and apply to our 2022 programs! Please feel free to reach out at with any questions. We wish you and your family good health and continued joy and curiosity in your learning as we look forward to the New Year!




Vivian Chang Freiheit (aka “Dr. V”/Vivian)

Piano is very important to me because I feel that it is the only thing I will truly have for the rest of my life. For the past 6 years, it has always been the one thing that never went away, and it's also been a way for me to express myself.

- Winter Festival pianist
I would like to pursue piano as a career. My main goal is to become a concert pianist. I know I am not at that level right now, but I am trying to learn as much as I can, and practice as much as I can, so someday I will be at that level.

- Summer Festival pianist
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