Juilliard is embarrassed by loss of Dean

Juilliard is embarrassed by loss of Dean


norman lebrecht

March 24, 2021

The New England Conservatory has just announced it has poached Benjamin Sosland,  interim dean and director of Juilliard’s music division. He will be NEC’s chief academic and artistic officer and, boy, are they crowing.

Andrea Kalyn, President of New England Conservatory of Music, said: “I am delighted to announced Ben’s appointment as Provost and Dean of the faculty. His deep commitment to artistry, his wide-ranging musical curiosity and his inclusive, collaborative approach reflect the very ethos of NEC. He is a passionate advocate for the enduring power of music in the world, and a caring and creative leader who keeps students at the center of every decision. I look forward to the ways in which he will advance thoughtful artistic and curricular innovation and development, as well as building on NEC’s culture of excellence and community for transformational impact.”

Sosland responded: “It is an extraordinary honor for me to join NEC as its next Provost and Dean. NEC is a standard-bearer of musical excellence with a forward-looking, innovative spirit at its core. The more I have gotten to know the people who comprise its community – a peerless faculty, dedicated staff and inspiring student body – the more I have realized that NEC is also a warm and welcoming place brimming with promise and potential. I can’t wait to work with President Kalyn and the entire team as we embark on the next chapter of NEC’s storied history.”

Juilliard? Where’s Juilliard?



  • Petros LInardos says:

    Where is Julliard? Julliard is located at New York’s Lincoln Center. It is one of the most foremost music schools in the US. Like any prestigious institution, it has its fare share of haters.

  • Jim McGuire says:

    I have had with the clickbait headlines on your blog. Never again!

    • BruceB says:

      I feel your pain, Jim.

      Over the years I have come to accept these as the price of admission: any headline is probably misleading and may be downright inaccurate. But there is usually a link to explain what the post is actually about, so I pay attention to that instead.

  • drummerman says:

    As an NEC alumnus, I welcome him. If he was “interim” at Juilliard, why would they be embarrassed by him taking a permanent position? He was the director of the Juilliard early music program and now he’s moving up and on. Bravo to him.

  • FrankUSA says:

    Why should Juilliard be embarrassed. This gentleman had a interim position at Juilliard and took a permanent position at NEC. Is there a press release from Juilliard stating that they are embarrassed or is “someone” assuming this. “What happens when you assume? You make an ass out of u and me.” A simple announcement of the change would have been sufficient.

  • Emore says:

    The job at NEC is great for him and he was just an “interim” leader. No doubt, the post at Juilliard HELPED him get the NEC gig. NEC is a very good school–but not stellar like Juilliard. Congrats to him!

  • AnnaT says:

    What am I missing? He was interim at Juilliard, and there’s nothing here to indicate that they were working to keep him or make him permanent. That’s not really “poaching,” and as for “crowing,” what’s printed here is a pretty standard statement upon making a new hire, no doubt written by the PR department. No scandal here.

    • BruceB says:

      He often says “poach” when someone changes jobs. I have started to wonder if it means something different on the other side of the pond.

  • E Rand says:

    As I said weeks ago, to the chagrin of so many who gave me a thumbs down- Juilliard is an ossified institution bereft of faculty like Delay who made it relevant, and is accelerating its demise by chasing woke points. Situated in Marxist Babylon-on-the-Hudson which no longer has freelance work (good job 802!) for their students and recent grads, Juilliard is toast.

  • Zandonai says:

    will NEC be teaching social inequality and ethnic musicology also?

  • MacroV says:

    Why not just run a Page 6 girl if you want clicks? It would have more journalistic integrity than this headline.

    NEC is a top-tier music school, as you are undoubtedly aware. And he’s going to be its Provost. It’s a better job than the one he has now. And it’s in Boston, which is a great town for music (even outside of the BSO). I’m sure Juilliard is sorry to lose him, but also will wish him well.

    If you have information about any palace intrigue, I’m sure we would all be grateful for some investigative reporting. Otherwise it’s just a routine matter of a skilled administrator moving to a new job.

    • BruceB says:

      Speaking of Page 6 girls, there have to be more Lola videos out there. Those always get a huge number of clicks. (I guess Khatia has been dropped from favor, probably for being a decent pianist despite her tits. /eyeroll)

    • MacroV says:

      Sorry, I meant Page 3.

  • Peter San Diego says:

    The “crowing” strikes me as pretty standard-issue fare when announcing the hiring of a high-level executive. And as for “poaching,” is there any evidence? Or could Mr Sosland simply have decided that after however many years at Juilliard, he thought it time to go someplace with somewhat different challenges and opportunities? Academic executives in the US tend to switch institutions fairly frequently; could this just be more of the same?

    I’m sure that when Juilliard hires a successor to Mr Sosland, its “crowing” will sound very similar to NEC’s.

  • bruno michel says:

    Your hatred of anything even remotely related to the Met (Gelb himself, Moloch and the devil incarnate, of course), and by extension to Lincoln Centrer and to Juilliard (and let us not forget the New York Times) is becoming mildly laughable. So why and how is Juilliard embarrassed? They lost an interim dean and director of music. Happens. So where is NEC crowing? Their announcement is phrased exactly like all such ones, with nothing but very standard wording that one finds in all such appointments. And what is so exceptional about the man leaving Juilliard? He was interim so he knew his position would/might not last. He took a job which was offered somewhere else, as anybody holding only an interim position would have.

  • leo grinhauz says:

    Juilliard has disappeared, of course! Have we forgotten Lil’ Emma’s rant about making the old schoolhouse hipper? Afraid of being swept up and away, THIS dude knows which side his bread is buttered. Ever notice that “education” is a racket?

  • There WAS a time when being Dean of Students at Juilliard was a prestigious position…for instance during my attendance Gideon Waldrop was Dean with Peter Menin as President. As in most cases in ‘academia’ this is no longer the case, even in big name ivy league schools, let alone music schools. There is literally nothing to be gained here.

  • Patrick says:

    If no one is stealing your people, you haven’t hired good people.