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Juilliard School, NY

Often referred to as "Juilliard," the Juilliard School at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan is one of the most highly-regarded and selective arts institutions in the world. The school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in music, dance and drama. Among Juilliard's renowned alumni are Robin Williams, Yo Yo Ma and Kevin Spacey.

Juilliard was first founded as the Institute of Musical Art in 1905, becoming America's leading school for music. It was so named for Augustus D. Juilliard, a textile merchant who contributed to the growth of music education in the U.S. Over the next few decades, Juilliard introduced degree programs in dance and drama, finally settling on its current name in 1969. Though it did not originally, Juilliard now offers college housing and on campus housing for its students.

Student living and university living at Juilliard are comprised of a number of distinct arts programs. The school has ensemble groups in jazz, chamber music, orchestras and chorus. Juilliard also has ensembles comprised of faculty members, known as Resident Ensembles, which include the New York Woodwind Quintet, the American Brass Quintet and the Juilliard String Quartet. Recently, the conservatory acquired autograph manuscripts and scores from such musical legends as Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann, which were donated by billionaire Bruce Kovner.

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