SIJ2018 instructor, Co-founder Sumire graduated from Juilliard with prize


Sumire Hirotsuru (Harvard ’16, Juilliard ’18), Co-founder of SIJ will teach Performing Arts Class at SIJ 2018.
From her blog dated May 23:


On May 18th, I graduated from The Juilliard School, earning the Master of Music. The two years I spent at school was so quick and it feels unreal that I am out of school already.

At the ceremony, I received the William Schuman Prize, which is for the most outstanding graduate student in the Music devision; nobody told me about it until my name as called on stage, and I am honestly still in shock! William Schuman was a great composer/administrator/president of Juilliard, and I am honored to have received the prize not just for technical ability but also for leadership. I am so grateful to all the people who supported me throughout the journey at Juilliard.

For two years, I had a great experience working as a member of Ansonia Quartet, a group that I founded with my classmates who I met during the freshman orientation. We performed in so many different countries and occasions, and we were selected to be part of the Honors Chamber Music Program in the second year at school, which brought us so many opportunities including performing at Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, New York City Ballet, and more.

Although I did not expect that quartet would become my main activity at school before coming to Juilliard, now I am so happy that I was able to work with Ansonia for two years.

After summer, I will come back to NYC for more exploration and adventure! Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading!