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Posted 08/27/2014 11:44AM

It was just announced that The Stony Brook University Department of Music is welcoming the Calidore String Quartet as Quartet-in-Residence for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years. 

The ensemble will join the Emerson String Quartet as members of the faculty, and will also be coached by members of the Emerson Quartet and David Finckel, former cellist with the quartet.

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Posted 08/20/2014 03:27PM

It was announced today that Music Academy student Ray Ushikubo was awarded $50,000 as a 2014 Davidson Fellow Laureate. As the youngest recipient this year, Ushikubo was selected for his music project "Circle of Life in Music," which focuses on the relationship between the performer and his audience, and the teachers, parents, schools, and organizations that support them. The underlying theme of his project is that the performer brings happiness and joy to the audience, and their happiness in turn motivates the performer.

This isn't the first time a Colburn Music Academy student was named Davidson Fellow Laureate. In 2011, violinist Simone Porter was awarded the honor for her project "Performance as Soundtrack of Process and Identity," examining the progression of performance preparation, from the development of technique and interpretation, to the emergence of a professional identity.

Ray Ushikubo studies piano with Ory Shihor and violin with Robert Lipsett and Danielle Belen.

Learn More About His Impressive Accomplishment

Posted 08/20/2014 12:23PM

With summer coming to a close, it's almost time for classes to start again for our conservatory, community, dance, and academy students at Colburn. This year also welcomes a brand new program,the Colburn Dance Academy, who has just accepted 12 select students for pre-professional ballet training. Under the artistic vision of Benjamin Millepied and led by former New York City Ballet principal dancers Jenifer Ringer and James Fayette, the dance academy aims to give students excellent training grounded in classical ballet while also instructing them in other dance styles.

Already, news of the new Dance Academy is spreading in professional circles. Recently, choreographer and one-time Dance Magazine editor Wendy Perron called Jenifer Ringer one of the new wave of women leaders in dance, and cited the new dance academy as a program that's making LA a "destination for dance students."

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Posted 08/20/2014 12:20PM

Last week, Colburn announced that two very special guests will be joining us this coming academic year. In January, Jean-Yves Thibaudet will begin his first season as Colburn's artist-in-residence, and as part of his appointment will perform with conservatory students on January 24 with the Colburn Chamber Music Society. In April, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen will lead the Colburn Orchestra in the finale of its season in a concert that includes Stravinsky's Firebird. After the concert Salonen will receive the Richard D. Colburn Award at Colburn's annual gala.

Posted 08/20/2014 12:12PM

Don't miss the chance for you or your children to learn from the best music and dance instructors in Los Angeles, by registering for one of our fall adult education or community school courses.

Adult Studies courses are available in music theory, music history or dance. A course listing can be found on our website, and we're bringing back some of our most popular classes such as Five Symphonies that Changed Music, the Colburn Community Chorale and Beginning Guitar for Adults. We even have a few new courses to keep things fresh this year. Registration for fall courses is now open. Click here to register.

Our Community School of Performing Arts is also open for registration. Classes in music, dance, drama, and early childhood education begin September 10, so click here to ensure a spot in one or more of these great classes.

Posted 08/19/2014 01:39PM

We are proud to announce that internationally acclaimed pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is the Colburn School's Artist-in-Residence. 

Don't miss your chance to see him perform with the Colburn Chamber Music Society in January. Tickets are on sale now and start at only $10. 

Posted 08/14/2014 09:30AM

We are excited to announce our performances and events for the coming academic year at Colburn. This season welcomes two top international artists. In 2014–15, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet will begin a three-year appointment as artist-in-residence, a position that is the first of its kind for Colburn. In the final concert of the season, Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct the Colburn Orchestra in Walt Disney Concert Hall on April 24, and will also be an honoree at the Colburn annual gala.

Click Here to Read the Press Release

Posted 08/12/2014 03:04PM

Los Angeles Times' Mark Swed shares his experience at this past weekend's Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices Symposium. Read about it here on the Los Angeles Times' website.

Posted 08/06/2014 01:55PM

Stop by Grand Park after work tomorrow between 5:30 pm and 7 pm for a free live performance by the Colburn Adult Wind Symphony. The ensemble, comprised of experienced woodwind, brass and percussion players, will perform familiar works by Percy Grainger, Gustav Holst and Norman Dello Joio.

Posted 08/06/2014 01:55PM

Under the umbrella of the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices, our first International Symposium "Music, Censorship and Meaning in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union: Echoes and Consequences" will take place this Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10. Click here to learn more.

Posted 08/06/2014 01:54PM

Adult Studies fall courses are live on our website. We're bringing back some of our most popular classes such as Five Symphonies that Changed Music, the Colburn Community Chorale and Beginning Guitar for Adults. We even have a few new courses to keep things fresh this year! Registration for fall courses is now open. Visit to register.

Posted 08/06/2014 01:54PM

Stay tuned for our 2014–15 season announcement, set to be released next week. This season's highlights will include our students, faculty, and guest artists in an array of performances and events, many of which will be free and open to the public. 

Posted 08/06/2014 01:51PM


Colburn Conservatory alum, Calidore String Quartet is the newly appointed "Quartet-in-Residence" at the Stony Brook University Department of Music.

Congratulations to Estelle, Ryan, Jeffrey, and Jeremy!

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Community School

Community School alumnus, jazz pianist Donald Vega, performed with legendary bassist Ron Carter's Trio at the Catalin Jazz Club July 24-26. The performances were well attended and received wonderful reviews. "Vega, a jazz prodigy as a teen-ager, now a mature artist, found new ideas in the often-played "My Funny Valentine." Approaching the classic standard from a new perspective, he often lured Carter and Malone into collective passages, instantly providing contrast and support for his stunning solo lines." Read more here.

Community School alumnus, Grammy Award winning composer and jazz pianist Billy Childs, will release a new album,Map To The Treasure: Laura Nyro Reimagined, on September 9. The album includes an all-star cast of musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Esperanza Spalding, Alison Krauss, Dianne Reeves, Wayne Shorter, Brian Blade and "the inspired pianism of Childs." "Childs drew upon his background in both jazz and classical" for the album. Read more in DownBeat Magazine.

Community School alumna, Lilla Crawford, will star as Little Red in Disney's upcoming film adaptation ofInto the Woodsthis winter. For a first glimpse of images from the film, click here

Posted 08/01/2014 03:13PM

Musical America featured violinist Simone Porter in their recent newsletter, praising her ability to maintain her poise through an impromptu earthquake that happened during her Pasadena Symphony debut at Ambassador Auditorium in March.

Click here to read the full article.

Posted 08/01/2014 11:35AM

It includes an all-star cast of musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Esperanza Spalding, Alison Krauss, Dianne Reeves, Wayne Shorter, Brian Blade and "the inspired pianism of Childs." Read more in a recent DownBeat Magazine article.


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