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Posted 09/26/2014 02:32PM

Join Colburn President and CEO Sel Kardan on Monday, October 6 at 6 pm for a lively discussion on the topic of child prodigies with guest Tim Page, a Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic, author, editor, and USC professor. Page won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1997 for his work as the Washington Post's chief classical music critic, and wrote a well-received book on his living with Asperger's syndrome. Refreshments will follow the discussion. Tickets are free; reservations are required. Reserve your seat here.

The Artspeaks series is sponsored by Sidley Austin LLP.

Read Page's "Parallel Play: Growing Up with Undiagnosed Asperger's"

Posted 09/26/2014 02:31PM

You're invited to attend a conservatory master class at Colburn on Monday, October 6, led by Steven Isserlis, who the Guardian quotes as having the ability to " turn a single note into a smile or a lament." Distinguished for his diverse interest in repertoire, this award-winning soloist has traveled around the globe to perform with some of the finest orchestras, including Berlin Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Mr. Isserlis is known for his love of performing works by lesser-known composers, and for a deep interest in authentic performance and contemporary music. Stop by and observe our conservatory cello students perform for this master artist at 1 pm in Mayman Hall. This master class is free and open to the public.

Read More About Steven Isserlis 

Posted 09/26/2014 02:29PM

Principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Dale Clevenger, is coming to Colburn this week for a master class on Wednesday, October 1 and a concert on Friday, October 3. Also a conductor, Clevenger served as music director of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra for 14 years and has given recitals and master classes at prestigious institutions all around the world. If you can't make it to the master class on Wednesday, you won't want to miss the concert on Friday, where Clevenger and Colburn horn faculty Andrew Bain will collaborate with Colburn Conservatory students. More information below.

The concert and master class are both free and open for you to attend.

Dale Clevenger Master Class
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
7:30 pm–9:30 pm
Thayer Hall at the Colburn School
Click HERE to reserve a free ticket

Dale Clevenger, Andrew Bain, and the Colburn Conservatory Horn Ensemble In Concert
Friday, October 3, 2014
7 pm–9 pm
Thayer Hall at the Colburn School
Click HERE to reserve a free ticket

Posted 09/26/2014 02:24PM

You may have noticed something different with This Week @ Colburn. We have moved the weekly delivery date, and you will now be getting the newsletter on Monday mornings instead of Wednesday afternoons. We want to keep you up to date with all things Coburn earlier in the week, so that you have an inside look at timely Colburn news, upcoming concerts and events, and academic announcements. Let us know if you have questions or concerns.

Posted 09/19/2014 04:01PM

Community School alumnus, jazz pianist and composer Billy Childs was interviewed in the Wall Street Journal's "Laura Re-Imagined" for the release of his album "Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro" on Sony Masterworks. Read the Wall Street Journal Interview

He was also interviewed on PBS' Tavis Smiley on September 3. Watch the Tavis Smiley Interview

Posted 09/19/2014 04:00PM

You're welcome to attend peak performance training classes at Colburn, starting on Wednesday, September 24th at 6 pm. Come learn from world-renowned performance psychologist and author Dr. Don Greene in this four-part wellness series. 

A Long Island native and champion springboard diver, Dr. Greene graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and has trained musicians, as well as Olympic and professional athletes on how to perform their best under pressure. After several of his clients won major auditions, he was invited to teach at The Juilliard School, the New World Symphony, and the Perlman Music Program. Greene has helped musicians all over the world win jobs in ensembles such as the Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and Boston Symphony to name a few. In addition he has conducted master classes at Northwestern, Yale, Oberlin, Michigan, Curtis, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Dr. Greene is the author of Audition Success, Fight Your Fear and Win, Performance Success, and Performance Mastery. 

About the Courses
The series will include proven strategies and techniques for managing performance energy, improving confidence, building courage, intensifying focus, and developing mental toughness. Prior to the class make sure to take Dr. Greene's online Performance Skills Inventory (PSI) and bring your results to class.  

Reserve your spot in the peak performance series

Posted 09/19/2014 03:56PM

Mark your calendars now for our first Colburn Orchestra concert of the season on Saturday, September 27. Joining the talented conservatory students of the Colburn Orchestra will be Colburn faculty Martin Beaver, violin and Clive Greensmith, cello. Mr. Beaver and Mr. Greensmith are former members of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet, and both chair the conservatory's chamber music program. They have achieved public and critical acclaim on the world's major stages, and are now here helping Colburn students attain their own personal success. Don't miss them perform with some of these students, in a concert that is sure to knock your socks off. The evening will feature works by Wagner, Prokofiev, and Brahms, and will be led by Music Director Yehuda Gilad. Tickets start at $10.

This opening night concert is generously sponsored by a grant from the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.


Posted 09/18/2014 05:55PM

Congratulations to Colburn Conservatory student William Hagen. He just placed second in the 2014 International Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna, earning him a 12,000 EU cash prize and the organization of concert engagements, and recording opportunities to support his career.

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Posted 09/17/2014 03:56PM

Community school alumnus and Colburn Conservatory of Music student William Hagen is one of three Finalists at theInternationalFritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna, Austria,guaranteeing him a prize at this major international competition. Mr. Hagen studies violin in the conservatory and has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras around the United States, including the St. Louis Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Utah Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, and Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra. The final round of auditions will be heldThursday, Sept 18in Vienna, where Mr. Hagen will perform for a chance to receive $19,400, a CD recording,and a coveted solo engagement with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

International Fritz Kreisler Competition Website

William Hagen's Website

Posted 09/17/2014 03:54PM

Community School jazz director Lee Secard was interviewed by DownBeat magazine for their October Education issue. DownBeat wanted to speak to Mr. Secard due to the huge success of the community school in recent months. Just to name a few noteworthy accomplishments: five students and the Monday Night Band received Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards this year, seven of our jazz students were semi-finalists in the Spotlight Awards, the Thursday Night Band was named a finalist in the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, four students were selected to participate in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra (which toured Japan this summer and will perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival this fall), and a brilliant performance with Donald Vega at Taste of Colburn. Also interviewed in the article, which was titled "Portfolio Prep: Tips to help high school students prepare for collegiate jazz studies," were Associate Dean Justin DiCioccio from Manhattan School of Music and Jazz Program Director Kate Reid from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music.

Read the digital edition of the article here (page 120)

Posted 09/17/2014 03:53PM

The community school year is off to a great start, with an abundance of student accomplishments. One big success story is student Hao Zhou, who just made the Orange County Register's list in "These Orange County kids have what it takes to succeed!" Zhou, who is in 12th grade and started playing piano at age 5 and violin at age 6, was chosen for his ability to recognize his passion for music and excel at it. A violinist at Colburn, he's won numerous awards, including the 2013 Colburn Concerto Competition, 3rd place in the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and 1st place in the 2013 Downey Concerto Competition.

Read the Full Article in the O.C. Register Here

Posted 09/17/2014 03:52PM

It's no surprise that our conservatory students continue to impress us, even when they have moved on from their academic years at Colburn. We're pleased to announce that over the past year, many conservatory alumni have accepted spots in some of the most prestigious orchestras around the globe.

Leah Arsenault (class of 2011), won the Assistant Principal Flute position of the National Symphony.

Cheonho Yoon (class of 2010) won the 2nd Trumpet position at one of the top three orchestras in Japan—the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. Previously, Yoon was Sub-Principal Trumpet at the West Virginia Symphony and Principal Trumpet of the Berkeley Symphony. Cheonho will start his new job in mid-December 2014. And that's not all. Other accomplishments include:

Joe Morris (class of 2014) won the Principal Clarinet position with the Sarasota Opera. He'll begin his new post in January 2015, while also keeping his other position as Principal Clarinetist of the Madison Symphony.

Ruiqing Tang (class of 2014) is the new Associate Principal Violist of the Shanghai Opera House Orchestra. Since June, Ruiqing had been a section viola member of the orchestra and was very quickly promoted to a leadership role a few weeks ago.

Sam Almaguer (class of 2013) won the 2nd Clarinet position with the Detroit Symphony for the 2014–15 season. He begins his new post in just a few weeks!

Gabriel Campos Zamora (class of 2012) has officially accepted the position of Bass Clarinet/Utility at the Kansas City Symphony.

Michael Byerly (class of 2010) landed the Principal Clarinet position with the Virginia Symphony. Previously, Michael was Acting Principal Clarinet of the Tucson Symphony.

Community School alumna, opera singer Danielle de Niese, is an official ambassador for the International Rescue Committee. She visited Tanzania in September as part of their Wekeza Project, which is designed to provide livelihood support and education to children and their families and empower them to live lives that are not dependent on child labor.  

Posted 09/10/2014 12:35PM

As a welcome back to the new school year, we would like to invite Colburn Community School of Performing Arts (CSPA) families to stop by the Colburn Café on Saturday, September 13 between 10 am and 12 pm to enjoy coffee, pastries and conversation with President and CEO of the Colburn School, Sel Kardan. This is the perfect opportunity to come together with other members of the CSPA community to discuss the year ahead and get to know the President. Dean Robert McAllister will also be there, and there will be a table with information on how to become involved in the Parent Association and our annual community school fundraiser, Taste of Colburn. Please drop in and enjoy a cup of coffee and a breakfast treat on us.

Posted 09/10/2014 12:34PM

Joaquin Valdenpeñas, Principal Clarinet of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, is visiting us this Friday, September 12 to kick off an exciting year of master classes, and to perform with the Colburn Chamber Music Society on Sunday, September 14. Our master classes give students a chance to work alongside world-renowned, established performers, and provide you with an opportunity to attend a free performance on the Colburn campus.

This first master class is particularly special because Mr. Valdepeñas is an award-winning musician and prolific recording artist who has performed nationally, and has mentored a number of students who have gone on to hold positions all around the world. Come join us, and see him perform with our students at 10 am in Thayer Hall.

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Posted 09/10/2014 12:33PM

Our first Colburn Orchestra concert is just weeks away. Save the date of September 27, and plan to have your socks knocked off by soloists Martin Beaver, violin, Clive Greensmith, cello, and some of the most talented young musicians around. Mr. Beaver and Mr. Greensmith are former members of the Tokyo String Quartet, and they both joined Colburn's faculty in 2013. Led by Music Director Yehuda Gilad, the evening will feature works by Wagner, Prokofiev and Brahms, and will take place in Pasadena's Ambassador Auditorium. Tickets start at $10.


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