Bragging or Jealousy? in The Fingerboard Posted July 27, 2000 · Report reply I guess I wasn't really looking for justification to wear the T-shirt, but was more interested in the phenomena that surrounds or produces the 'Mystique'of Juilliard that seems to seperate it out from other schools - even places like Harvard or MIT. Actually I believe having gone to Curtis is more of an accomplishment - they wouldn't take me (okay in my defense I was already too old when I auditioned). And I'm very impressed with people out of Eastman as well, and they seem to have received a fuller more well rounded education to boot. I am happy that I went to Juilliard, and I am not ashamed of it in any way. I especially love the question about how come I'm an engineer (one of my favotite lines is to tell people that I am probably the only Juilliard trained engineer they'll ever meet) - I've just noticed a different reaction to this place as an alma mater than any other school I've come across. And at times, especialy among some musicians I feel a sense of coldness in reaction to it. If someone asks I tell them, but I rarely offer it up. I have found that it does capture the attention of people on my engineering resume' though.