Virus fears: Juilliard cancels

Virus fears: Juilliard cancels


norman lebrecht

March 07, 2020


Juilliard has been closely monitoring the advice of health authorities at the city, state, and federal levels to remain updated on the evolving nature of the concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. While there are currently no confirmed or suspected cases at Juilliard, we are committed to protecting the health and safety of both our on-campus community and all of our wonderful alumni who were planning to come back to celebrate together.

At this time, out of an abundance of caution, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone the Music Alumni Reunion Weekend scheduled for March 27-29, 2020. We know how much everyone was looking forward to this, and we deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause.

We will be in touch about rescheduling and hope you will be able to join us when a new date for the reunion is announced.

Please do not hesitate to be in touch should you have any questions. Sending you our very best from your Juilliard family.


Rebecca Vaccarelli
Director of Alumni Relations



  • Tamino says:

    What a mass hysteria.
    18.000 people have died in the US alone this winter season due to the regular flu.
    17 people died so far from he Corona virus.
    Have we closed schools and concert halls, due to the regular flu?

    People are so easy to manipulate, THAT is scary.

    • Diane B says:

      2 miscalculation : 18.000 death on a population of 331millions. The C. concert only precise parts of territories. And elder people died of it because already fragile or sick : nobody wants to lose there grand-parents because of Corona virus that is not even their own.

  • Steven Holloway says:

    This would seem to be yet another ‘open letter’, commencing with “Dear…..”. You forgot to enter your name (as ‘Norman’) to make it appear to be a personal letter to you for your blog, as is your custom. Bit of a booboo there.

  • Georgeh says:

    Unfortunately here in the US, we will likely see a higher percentage of deaths here than in Europe, because the high costs of healthcare (with high copays even for those with insurance) there is significant reticence in many people to visit the doctor unless it is a life threatening situation.

    • Tiredofitall says:

      Very, very true. As an American living in Europe (with my American private insurance valid here), I fear for all US citizens not insured, of which there are untold numbers. While I hope this outbreak does not take more of a hold, I also hope that it will be a wake up call for health policy in the States. Our federal officials who debate healthcare should walk in the shoes of ordinary working people who have no or very expensive private insurance. Our politicians have no clue as to the extent of the burden it places on their constituents.

      • fflambeau says:

        Our politicians seem to have their own personal socialized healthcare. They just go to Walter Reed Hospital (really built to service them) and pay next to nothing.