Colburn Conservatory of Music

Opened in 2003, the Colburn Conservatory of Music has become one of the nation’s leading conservatories for highly talented college-age students pursuing the most rigorous classical instrumental music performance training.

The Conservatory provides full financial scholarships, including tuition, room and board for all students. Programs include the Bachelor of Music degree, Performance Diploma, Professional Studies Certificate, Artist Diploma, and the Master of Music degree.

Admission to the Conservatory is highly selective and requires a formal application and audition. The school presents its Conservatory students in more than 150 recitals and performances each year, many of which are free and open to the public.

A Message From Our Conservatory of Music Dean

The mission of the Colburn Conservatory is to prepare gifted young musicians for professional lives in music. Our outstanding faculty, creative curriculum and remarkable performance programs are all elements of the excellence that guides our vision, both now and in the future.

Thanks to a generous gift from Richard D. Colburn, the Conservatory is able to provide extraordinary financial support to its students. With the factor of ability to pay removed from the equation, the School is able to assemble a gifted population in which student interaction is a medium for growth. Peer support, collective inspiration and shared achievement create an atmosphere of artistic exhilaration and motivation for Conservatory students that they will carry throughout their lives. It is the cultivation of like-talents – of virtuosity, of mastery and of heart – that is one of the main reasons for the success of Colburn students. Although it may be difficult to quantify, it is this environment, founded on the potential for excellence, that can be the greatest teacher of all.

We hope you enjoy learning more about The Colburn School and the Conservatory of Music through our website, and we invite you to join us for some of our many public performances.

Richard Beene
Dean, Conservatory of Music
Phone 213.621.4786
Fax 213.625.0371


Colburn Conservatory of Music student with violin scroll
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Colburn Conservatory of Music student with double bass

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