Joseph W. Polisi

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Joseph William Polisi (born 1947) is the President of The Juilliard School, a position he has held since 1984, which he assumed upon the death of his predecessor, Peter Mennin.[1][2]

Son of William Polisi, a bassoonist who performed with the New York Philharmonic, Joseph Polisi was instrumental in the construction of Juilliard's Meredith Willson Residence Hall, and has focused his tenure on "community building". Polisi is the author of The Artist as Citizen, a book which implores the classical music world to reach out to society at large.


Joseph Polisi received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, and received a M.A. in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, at Tufts University, Massachusetts. Polisi holds graduate degrees from Yale University in Connecticut for Music, where he completed a Ph.D. of Musical Arts in 1980. Polisi studied the bassoon with his late father, and performed through his undergraduate years. Polisi studied with Maurice Allard at the Conservatoire de Paris, France, from 1973 to 1974.

Professional career[edit]

Polisi was the Executive Officer of the Yale School of Music (1976–1980), then served in the capacity as Dean of the Music Department at the Manhattan School of Music (1983–1984), and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music from 1983-1984.[3]


Polisi has performed with the Juilliard Orchestra.



  1. ^ Herbert, Miranda C.; Nemeh, Katherine H.; McNeil, Barbara; Mossman, Jennifer (1 August 2000). "Biography and Genealogy Master Index 2001: A Consolidated Index to More Than 300,000 Biographical Sketches in 61 Current and Retrospective Biographical Dictionaries". Gale / Cengage Learning. Retrieved 6 September 2016 – via Google Books. 
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  3. ^ Juilliard Biography

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