Juilliard Must Address Complicity in Levine Misconduct (by Dieffenbach & Parker)

Like many, we are deeply saddened by the recent news reports of Juilliard alum James Levine’s alleged longstanding history of sexual abuse. That an esteemed, beloved artist could abuse his position of power and influence to such an extreme degree is unthinkable. It violates our most basic moral sense and our concept of what an artist should be. And yet—as we are increasingly being made aware—sexual abuse, harassment, and misconduct occur all too often both in classical music and outside it.

Like many, we are deeply saddened by the recent news reports of Juilliard alum James Levine’s alleged longstanding history of sexual abuse. That an esteemed, beloved artist could abuse his position of power and influence to such an extreme degree is unthinkable. It violates our most basic moral sense and our concept of what an artist should be. And yet—as we are increasingly being made aware—sexual abuse, harassment, and misconduct occur all too often both in classical music and outside it.