Since 1995, the Institute of Jazz Performance has offered aspiring young jazz musicians intensive training and interaction with a variety of visiting jazz masters through an innovative, graduate-level college program. Every two years, one ensemble of the most talented young jazz musicians from around the world is selected to participate in the program. In addition to receiving full scholarships and stipends to cover living expenses, the students are mentored by jazz legends who pass on their knowledge through private and ensemble instruction. Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter are Institute Distinguished Professors and serve as instructors for the college program. Artists-in-Residence have included Christian McBride, Danilo Pérez, Jimmy Heath, Lewis Nash, John Scofield, Wynton Marsalis, Walter Smith III, Barry Harris, Benny Golson, Jason Moran, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mark Turner, Kenny Barron, Dianne Reeves, Stefon Harris, Kurt Elling, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dick Oatts, Jerry Bergonzi and Slide Hampton among others, along with former Artistic Directors Ron Carter and Terence Blanchard. As part of the program of study, the students participate in outreach programs across the United States and abroad. Past travel has included Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Cuba, Egypt, France, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Panama, Peru, Russia, Sweden, Thailand and Vietnam.