The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

The Juilliard School Paris Residency

America’s most prestigious program for vocal education and training, the Juilliard School’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts offers programs tailored to the talents and needs of emerging young artists.

Whether as part of its Bachelor and Master degrees in music or advanced diploma programs in voice and opera studies, Juilliard students benefit from extraordinary opportunities to perform in the school’s recital halls, on the stages of the Lincoln Center and across New York City.

Juilliard Opera is as known for its numerous premiers as well as works from the standard repertoire.

Master Classes in Paris, a French-American initiative

The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations have a longstanding tradition of promoting excellence in the arts. In the spirit of this proud tradition, we are continue our close ties with New York’s Juilliard School.

This collaboration has notably led to the development of a series of Master Classes which gives chosen Juilliard students the opportunity to study with a renowned artist over a week in Paris.

These classes focus on vocal technique and interpretation, but almost as important, they include time for students to exchange with the artist about a career in the performing arts and share their own dreams and trepidations. A private concert is the closing note to this exceptional French-American initiative.

For the inaugural edition, the Foundations and Juilliard turned to the celebrated bass-baritone José van Dam and Denise Massé, a vocal coach the New York Metropolitan Opera. Four singers and one pianist, this year’s students took advantage of a dense week of professional training in the intimacy of the Paris Opera’s Studio Bastille. Though from three continents and differing musical traditions, the five students are all representative of Juilliard’s and our vision of excellence and cross-cultural exchange.

The program’s curriculum was a thoughtful collection of French and American composers who had studied or lived in France – a repertoire that drew on the residency’s Paris home as well as Juilliard’s existing curriculum. And as the genre’s unanimously recognized master, José van Dam was in a unique position to provide insight and inspiration to the students.

The closing concert was held in the 19th century salons of the Jacquemart-André Musuem under the attentive eye of Monsieur van Dam and Madam Massé and one hundred other awed guests. It was an unforgettable night of conviviality, panache and professionalism.

Delighted with the success of the first edition, the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations look forward to further deepening our relationship with Juilliard, especially through this residency program that captures our shared values of transmission, openness and excellence.


An unique program of master classes by José Van Dam was carried out in Paris last June as a result of a close partnership between the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation and Juilliard School, New York.


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