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Posted 10/13/2014 03:41PM

Community School student Gabrielle Current was chosen to be one of seven princesses in the upcoming 2015 Rose Parade Royal Court. Current, who was handpicked from a pool of over 700 young women, was chosen for her intelligence, talent, and passion.

"Just seeing them in their red coats makes me smile from ear to ear," said Current when speaking to the Pasadena Star News about her classmates who came dressed for the occasion.

As part of the Royal Court, she will make as many as one hundred media and community appearances, and has a chance to be crowned The Rose Queen.

Currently a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Current has studied voice at Colburn with Kay Montgomery since the fall of 2008. She recently produced a benefit concert that raised more than $5,000 for the L.A. Philharmonic's Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, and plans to major in arts management in college.

Read More in this Pasadena Star News Article

Posted 10/13/2014 03:40PM

Community School alumna, soprano Danielle de Niese, will perform the title role of Partenope in the San Francisco Opera's production of Handel's Partenope. Winner of London's 2009 Olivier Award for "Best New Production," this production will be led by Grammy nominated conductor, Julian Wachner, and stars Danielle de Niese along with famed countertenor David Daniels. "One of the most sought-after singers on the planet (BBC Radio)," soprano Danielle de Niese returns to San Francisco in the title role of Partenope following her impressive Company debut as Susannah in the 2010 production of Le Nozze di Figaro." Read more about the production in Broadway World. de Niese, who now lives in England, says "I am a California girl at heart, so being on the Pacific Coast is very, very special to me." Read the complete interview in Four Seasons Magazine. Partenope opens on October 16 in San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House.

Posted 10/13/2014 03:24PM

Congratulations to Colburn Community School of Performing Arts Dean Robert McAllister. He was just selected as one of seven arts education leaders across the country to receive the 2014 Milestone Certificate of Appreciation from the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Dean McAllister is being recognized for his continuous demonstration of exceptional service and a long-standing commitment to supporting and advancing community arts education for more than twenty years. His award will be presented at the National Guild's Conference for Community Arts Education here in Los Angeles next month. At the conference, he will present two lectures. One lecture will be The Colburn School: A Community Engagement Continuum with Dr. Nathaniel Zeisler and the other lecture will be Fundraising for Impact: Leadership and Vision that is Implemented by Advancement with Colburn School President and CEO Sel Kardan and Foundation & Corporate Giving Manager Laurie Selik.

For more information about the National Guild for Community Arts Education, click here.

Posted 10/13/2014 03:22PM

On October 30, newly retired New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan will visit Colburn for a four-day residency. This news comes on the heels of her final performance with the New York City Ballet, after a path-breaking 30-year career. Whelan, the "kind of muse who enables the best work from choreographers" (New York Times), will be here teaching and coaching our new dance academy students.

While she is here, she will offer a private technique class to students and will host An Afternoon with Wendy Whelan: The Inner Life of the Artist, a discussion that will include a performance of the pas de deux from After the Rain by Christopher Wheeldon on November 2 at 4 pm in Zipper Hall. A limited number of tickets will be on sale to the public on October 20 at 10 am.

We're looking forward to seeing Wendy Whelan around the Colburn Campus.

Posted 10/06/2014 02:55PM

William Hagen, protégé of Colburn Conservatory violin faculty and Jascha Heifetz Chair Robert Lipsett and legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman, is the newest addition to the roster of Colburn's innovative young artists in-house management program Colburn Artists. Joining the roster comes on the heels of his second place win at the International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition, where he was an audience favorite.

Click Here to Download PDF of Press Release
Click Here to Learn More About William Hagen

Posted 10/06/2014 02:52PM

Yesterday's kick-off party for the Colburn Dance Council, led by Dance Council Co-Chairs Anne Grausam and Aliza Lesser (Colburn board member, community school parent, and Adult Studies student), was a huge success and great fun. More than 70 guests enjoyed a special performance from students of the new Dance Academy and a discussion of the key aspects of dance training with Director Jenifer Ringer.

We would love for you to be part of the next Dance Council event. Click here to join, or contact Amanda Greenberger at agreenberger@colburnschool.edufor more information.

As a dance council member, you'll receive exclusive invitations to dance events, master classes, and performances. Memberships start at $100, which helps provide financial aid to students and fund special dance projects like guest-artist appearances and our annual tap festival, TapFest.

Posted 10/06/2014 02:52PM

You can now get your copy of community school alumna Anne Akiko Meyers' newest album,The American Masters. Just released on September 30, the album features two world premieres by Mason Bates and John Corigliano, as well as Barber's Violin Concerto. One of the pieces on the album, "Lullaby for Natalie," was commissioned by Anne's husband to commemorate the birth of their first-born daughter. For more information about the album, click here and here.

Posted 10/06/2014 02:50PM

This Friday, October 10, our community school kicks off its weekly Friday Night Recitals and faculty recital series. Swing by Mayman Hall at 7:30 pm for our first Friday Night Recital of the season, or drop in and enjoy a free faculty recital at 7:30 pm in Zipper Hall with chamber music coach and cellist Jacob Braun and Colburn piano faculty Robert Thies performing Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms.

For more information about these performances and others, visit our website calendar.

Posted 10/02/2014 02:43PM

Acclaimed 21 year-old violinist William Hagen, protégé of Colburn Conservatory violin faculty and Jascha Heifetz Chair Robert Lipsett and legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman, is the newest addition to the roster of the Colburn School's innovative young artists in-house management program Colburn Artists. Joining the roster comes on the heels of his second place win at the International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition, where he was an audience favorite.

Click Here to Download PDF of Press Release
Click Here to Learn More About William Hagen

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

Former 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


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