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The Juilliard School, founded in 1905, is a world leader in performing arts education. Its alumni are among the most celebrated recitalists, orchestral and operatic musicians, administrators, and teachers. In 1951, its Dance Division was established, combining contemporary and ballet technique. Its accomplished alumni also include many of today’s celebrated choreographers. Juilliard became part of Lincoln Center in 1968, and added a four-year drama program. Jazz performance was initiated in 2001 and Historical Performance in 2009. Most recently, Juilliard expanded its acting education to include a master’s degree program whose first class entered in fall 2012. In 2009, Juilliard inaugurated its partnership with the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program; and also collaborates with Carnegie Hall, founding The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, and Ensemble ACJW; Signature Theatre – for Juilliard Drama’s ‘Professional Studio’; and the New York Philharmonic, whose music director Alan Gilbert is Juilliard’s director of conducting and orchestral studies; Juilliard alumnus Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, became director of Juilliard Jazz on July 1, 2014. Currently more than 800 artists from 35 states and 44 foreign countries attend Juilliard.