The Colburn School is a world-class performing arts school where a renowned faculty provides instruction in music, dance and drama to dedicated students of all ages.

Since 1950, the school has equipped students with the skills, support and opportunity needed to achieve their highest, artistic goals. The school's state of-the-art campus is located in the 'heart-of-art' of downtown Los Angeles, neighboring Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Music Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the planned Broad Museum.

Colburn has six areas of study designed to reach students at every level of their development: Their community school (School of Performing Arts), pre-college music division (The Academy), a degree granting music conservatory (Conservatory of Music), two dance schools (Dance Academy and Trudl Zipper Dance Institute), and an adult education division (Adult Studies) are all exemplary in their fields of instruction.

A Message From Our President

There’s something inspirational about The Colburn School. Whether it’s the Colburn Orchestra performing at one of Los Angeles’ prime concert venues, the younger students performing in ensembles and recitals in our own Zipper Hall, the talented dancers in the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, or just seeing children with their families enjoying a Saturday afternoon on campus, The Colburn School is an amazing, inspirational place to be.

We strive to make Colburn a rich learning environment, where performing artists can work towards achieving their highest goals. Our world-renowned faculty, abundance of performance opportunities and exceptional facilities help in making The Colburn School one of the top music schools in the country.

Throughout the year, we have more than 300 public performances, open to the public and free of charge. I encourage you to visit our downtown Los Angeles campus, regularly, and become part of the Colburn Family - join us for a class, a performance or simply have a meal in our Café.

Sel Kardan
President & CEO

Colburn School Plaza with the Music Center in the background
Colburn School Thayer Hall windows reflecting L.A. City Hall

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