As our readers—and music lovers everywhere—are aware, the world of serious music seems increasingly beset by an atmosphere of concern about music’s present and future. In this connection, we published in our December 1987 issue Samuel Lipman’s review of Judith Kogan’s Nothing But the Best, a book about the Juilliard School on New York. In his review, Mr. Lipman found that “the emptiness of a Juilliard education is no more than the emptiness of most lives in music.” It was therefore with much interest that we received an article written by Joseph W. Polisi, the President of Juilliard, and James Sloan Allen, Director of Liberal Arts and Academic Administration at the school. Because this article raised important issues, we are publishing it, along with a reply by Mr. Lipman. —The Editors

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