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Joseph W. Polisi

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


  • Education 1
  • Professional career 2
  • Performance 3
  • Works 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6
    • Interviews 6.1


Joseph Polisi received a B.A. in political science from the University of Connecticut and subsequently received a M.A. in international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, at Tufts University. He holds graduate degrees from Yale University in music where he completed a Ph.D. of Musical Arts in 1980. Joseph studied the bassoon with his late father and performed through his undergraduate years, and additionally studied with Maurice Allard at the Conservatoire de Paris from 1973-74.

Professional career

Polisi was the Executive Officer of the Yale School of Music (1976–1980) and then served in the capacity as the 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.


  • Polisi, Joseph (2005). The Artist as Citizen. Milwaukee, WI:  
  • Polisi, Joseph (2008). American Muse: The Life and Times of William Schuman. Milwaukee, WI:  


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  3. ^ Juilliard Biography

External links


  • Dr. Joseph Polisi on Improving the Environment for the Human Spirit
  • Conversation with the President
  • NewMusicBox: "A Conversation with Joseph W. Polisi, Author of American Muse" (March 11, 2009). Joseph W. Polisi in conversation with Frank J. Oteri.
  • Charlie Rose
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