Posted 06/26/2015 11:02AM


The Music Academy's fifth annual Piano Festival comes to the Colburn School campus starting July 5. The festival culminates with the Steinway Concerto Competition on July 18, which carries a top prize of $1,500 and solo performance with the Pasadena Symphony on their 2016–2017 season.

The two-week event features master classes, lectures, and faculty and student recitals for 30 participants. Music Academy Dean Ory Shihor feels strongly about the value of this opportunity. "This is tremendous exposure for a young musician," Mr. Shihor said. "The chance to be featured in a performance with a lauded symphony, along with the monetary prize, is incredibly valuable to musicians on the cusp of professional careers."

Festival faculty represent some of the top conservatories and festivals in the world, including Oberlin Conservatory, Northwestern Conservatory, Boston University, San Francisco Conservatory, the University of Kansas, and the Colburn School's own Conservatory of Music and Music Academy.

The Steinway Concerto Competition is an evolution of the festival's annual competition. Sponsored in part by the Steinway Gallery of Beverly Hills, Metropolitan Associates, and the Pasadena Symphony, this year's competition includes a generous cash prize and a prestigious performance opportunity for the winner.

Students were selected through a competitive audition process requiring an application, a performance video, and a letter of recommendation from a professional musician.

Recitals and the Steinway Concerto Competition events are free and open to the public.

Results of the Steinway Concerto Competition will be announced July 19.

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Posted 06/26/2015 10:57AM

Congratulations to these current students and alumna of the Colburn Conservatory of Music on their recent accomplishments.

Violist Rachyl Duffy (current Master of Music student) won first prize at the 2015 International Hugo Kauder Competition for Viola. The award included a $4,000 cash prize and a performance in at the Whitney Humanities Center in New Haven with other competition winners.

Double bassist Michael Marks (current Bachelor of Music student) won third prize in the Orchestra Division of the 2015 International Society of Bassists Double Bass Competition.

Violinist Eduardo Rios performed Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the Houston Symphony this month. In February, Eduardo won the Gold Medal in the Sphinx Competition, which includes a cash award of $50,000 and the opportunity to solo with major orchestras.

Double bassist Mikyung Soung (current Artist Diploma student) won second prize and the $500 Thomas Martin Prize for best performance of a work by Bottesini in the Solo Division of the 2015 International Society of Bassists Double Bass Competition.

Harpist Ruriko Terada (Bachelor of Music '15, current Master of Music student) won third prize in the Young Professional Division of the 21st American Harp Society National Competition. The award carries a cash prize of $1,000.

Violinist Lucy Wang (Current Bachelor of Music student) gave a special performance with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to a sold-out audience of 2,600 attendees earlier this month. The performance was part of the recognition she received as the Grand Prize winner of the VSO School of Music's Concerto Competition in May 2014.

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Posted 06/26/2015 10:43AM


After an eight-year tenure, first as Associate Dean and then as Dean of the Conservatory, Richard Beene leaves his administrative role at the end of June. In recognition of Dean Beene's contributions to the Colburn School, he will hold the honorary title of Dean Emeritus.

Mr. Beene's accomplishments as Dean of the Conservatory have been considerable. He launched the Conservatory's chamber music program and the Master of Music degree program, created the Teaching Fellows Program, and developed a national model for a comprehensive conservatory curriculum through our Healthy, Teaching, and Working Musician courses. As dean, he also oversaw the successful search for, and appointment of, a number of faculty members.

"It has been an honor to serve the students and faculty of the Conservatory these past years," Mr. Beene said. "I'm proud of all we have accomplished together to elevate the school's profile to be among the best conservatories in the world. This is a great testament to the quality of our artistic community and the hard work happening throughout the Conservatory."

"I have greatly valued Richard's musical acumen and experience, which have been a driving force in his unflagging effort to create an extraordinary environment for gifted young artists preparing for professional careers," said Colburn School President and CEO Sel Kardan.

Mr. Beene will continue to make significant contributions to our campus community as an applied bassoon faculty member, chamber music coach, and Chair of the Conservatory Wind and Percussion Department.

Please join us in thanking Dean Beene for his many contributions to the Conservatory.


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Posted 06/15/2015 04:29PM


Colburn School perform hundreds of during the school year, but summer is no exception. On June 21, students from the Colburn School's Jumpstart Young Musicians Program, Glee Choir, and Adult Wind Symphony will join several other performing arts ensembles for the 90th anniversary celebration of Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

The event will begin at 3 pm on the LA Trade Tech campus on Washington Boulevard, just south of downtown Los Angeles. "We're thrilled our students will have a chance to participate in this event and perform for members of the LA Trade Tech community," said Dr. Nathaniel Zeisler, who directs the Colburn School's community engagement programs. "These groups have had only a few opportunities to perform off campus. We love connecting our students with new audiences."

The Jumpstart Young Musicians Program offers beginner-level band instruction to 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students from Los Angeles Unified School District partner schools. Jumpstart students attend up to 11 hours of instruction each week after school on the Colburn School campus. Colburn's Adult Wind Symphony is a 60-piece ensemble made up of educators, performers, and amateur musicians who gather each summer for a series of community performances. The Glee Choir program serves students in several high schools adjacent to downtown Los Angeles.

Along with the Colburn ensembles, performers include the Santee High School Marching Band and Color Guard and the YOLA@Expo Orchestra, with LA Trade Tech students in culinary arts, fashion, and art providing activities on site.

LA Trade Tech is the oldest of the nine public two-year colleges in the Los Angeles County Community College District and served more than 34,000 students in 2014.

Parking and admission to the event are free. Visit our website calendar for more information on this event. Visit this link to see a map of the LA Trade Tech campus.

Posted 06/12/2015 11:57AM


Edward "Ted" Atkatz will join the faculty of the Colburn Conservatory of Music in the fall of 2015 as Professor of Percussion. Formerly principal percussionist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Atkatz also serves on the faculties of California State University at Long Beach, Lynn University, Music Academy of the West, and the Texas Music Festival.

"I'm truly honored to join the outstanding faculty at the Colburn School, which boasts an exceptional roster of teaching staff and attracts many elite young musicians," said Mr. Atkatz. "I look forward to lending my skills and experience to help student percussionists achieve their musical and professional goals."

Conservatory Dean Richard Beene said: "Ted Atkatz has proven himself both a truly great pedagogue and an incredibly adaptable percussionist with a diverse performing background. His orchestral experience, excellence in teaching, and versatility as an artist make him an outstanding addition to our faculty. I'm thrilled for him to share his knowledge with our students beginning in the fall."

Mr. Atkatz will replace Jack Van Geem, who resigned from the Colburn School faculty at the conclusion of the 2014–2015 school year.

Former principal percussionist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Atkatz has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the Santa Barbara Symphony. Now residing in Los Angeles, Mr. Atkatz is a studio musician and performer in both the orchestral world and with his band, NYCO. He is an active teacher and clinician, and serves on the faculties of the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University at Long Beach, Lynn University, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, and the Texas Music Festival in Houston, Texas. He has given clinics and masterclasses worldwide, and is a three-time clinician at the annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

Ted began his studies at age ten at the Bloomingdale House of Music in New York City, and later attended the preparatory division at Manhattan School of Music. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Percussion Performance and Music Education, magna cum laude, from Boston University. His graduate studies were at the New England Conservatory of Music and at Temple University, where he worked with Alan Abel of the Philadelphia Orchestra. An avid long-distance runner, Mr. Atkatz ran the 2001 Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:59:32, and the 2012 Santa Barbara Marathon with a time of 3:09:34.

Posted 06/01/2015 10:05AM


William Hagen, a 22-year-old violin student in the Colburn Conservatory of Music, placed third in the 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Belgium, winning him the Comte de Launoit Prize. He was awarded a cash prize of 17,000 EU, and will appear in concert with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège and conductor Christian Arming on June 10. First prize went to Ji Young Lim of South Korea, and second prize went to Oleksii Semenenko of Ukraine.

A native of Utah, Mr. Hagen began his studies at the Colburn School in the Community School of Performing Arts at the age of ten with renowned teacher Robert Lipsett. After two years of collegiate studies at Juilliard with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho, he returned to the Colburn School to complete his degree with Mr. Lipsett.

The Queen Elisabeth Competition is held in Brussels every year for one of four rotating disciplines, including violin, piano, composition, and voice. The competition was founded in 1937 by concert-violinist Eugène Ysaÿe as the Ysaÿe Competition. After a hiatus from 1939–1950 due to World War II, it was reinstated and named after Queen Elisabeth of Belgium in 1951. Today the competition is recognized as one of the most prestigious in the world.

Mr. Hagen's next public performance is on July 7 in Benedict Music Tent at the Aspen Music Festival and School. He will perform Lalo's Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21 with the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra.

In September 2014, Mr. Hagen joined the roster of Colburn Artists, a program founded in 2012 to provide professional management services to Conservatory of Music and Music Academy students on the cusp of professional performing careers.

Visit cmireb.be for video of performances from the Queen Elisabeth Competition and the complete list of prize winners. Visit williamhagen.com or colburnschool.edu/colburnartists for more information about William Hagen.

Posted 05/29/2015 11:22AM


The Community School of Performing Arts will hold auditions for the Colburn Youth Orchestra and Colburn Chamber Orchestra, as well as four other ensembles and the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute June 4–7 and June 14 on the Colburn School campus.

The Youth Orchestra is a full orchestra comprising strings, winds, brass, and percussion. They perform standard symphonic repertoire, including newly commissioned works and arrangements created especially for them. The Chamber Orchestra consists only of strings and, like the Youth Orchestra, they perform standard repertoire for their ensemble as well as works commissioned for them, including compositions by current Community School students.

Maxim Eshkenazy directs both ensembles and also serves as Associate Conductor of the Colburn Orchestra, the Conservatory of Music's flagship ensemble. Both orchestras regularly appear as part of the Sundays Live performance series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which is also distributed as a podcast by KUSC radio. The Chamber Orchestra debuted at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Sounds About Town series, and the Community School is currently planning a European tour for the ensemble beginning June 2016. The group plans to perform in cities such as Prague, Budapest, and Vienna as part of their very first tour.

Both ensembles participate in the Community School's annual Collaboration Concert, which brings together the Community School's orchestras, choirs, ballet, and modern dance students in one spectacular production involving more than 100 students.

Each year, the Community School's orchestra program holds a concerto competition for students enrolled in the Colburn Youth Orchestra and Colburn Chamber Orchestra. Winners have an opportunity to perform a solo accompanied by one of these ensembles.

"Ensemble participation is a crucial part of a young musician's development," said Assistant Dean Sara Hiner, "especially for those who are at an advanced level and planning to pursue music in college. The skills learned in a large ensemble like following a conductor, active listening, blending as one unit, as well as the camaraderie, is priceless."

Auditioning students should prepare a solo concerto, etude, or showpiece without an accompanist to demonstrate their technical and interpretive skills, along with an orchestral except from a prepared list. Students auditioning for the Chamber Orchestra may sight read as part of their process.

"It is an honor working with such dedicated and talented young musicians as the ones we have here in the Community School," said Orchestra Manager Alexis Luque. "I am looking forward to welcoming new students to our orchestras this fall and helping them to be the best they can be. I could not be more proud of the students in these groups."

Contact the Community School by phone at 213-621-4548 to schedule an audition time.

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Posted 05/29/2015 11:20AM


The Community School of Performing Arts will hold its annual Chamber Gala on Saturday, June 6. This year's event has been split into two performances to accommodate the number of participating student ensembles. Concerts begin at 2:30 pm and 4 pm in Thayer Hall.

The Chamber Gala is the culminating performance for students who study in the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute at the Colburn School. "This is an opportunity to showcase all the work they've done this year," said Gina Coletti, who serves as chair of the institute. Each ensemble will perform one or two movements from a longer work.

Chamber music students were placed into trios, quartets, and quintets at the start of the academic year. Students range in age from 11 to 18 years old. "Chamber music represents community in its most essential forms," Ms. Coletti said. "You have to make sacrifices for the betterment of the group, you have to pull your own weight, you have to be honest with each other," she explained. With only one musician playing each part of the score, it becomes even more critical for the musicians to develop strong communication skills. "It's not about compromise," Ms. Coletti added. "It's really about collaborating to find the best way forward for the benefit of the entire group. They develop strong bonds and become mentors for each other."

This is Ms. Coletti's first year as the chair of chamber music for the Community School, and her passion for the art is palpable. She sees her role as one that exists to create opportunities for her students, especially when they ask to try something new. "I try to find a way to say yes," she said. "Their best learning comes from their own feeling of ownership and their passion."

This past spring, two of the Community School's chamber ensembles advanced in the Fischoff Competition, a national chamber music competition held in Indiana each year. The Fenice Quartet advanced to the semifinals, while the Incendium Quartet, who will appear in Saturday's concert, received the gold medal in the junior division of the competition. The Honors Woodwind Quintet, last heard in this semester's Honors Recital, will perform again on Saturday's program as well.

"I just want the kids to have opportunities to thrive," Ms. Coletti said. "They work so hard, practicing hours every week to get it right. They deserve the best chances for success."

The Chamber Gala performances are free and open to the public.

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Posted 05/29/2015 11:17AM

Each spring, SongFest takes up residence at the Colburn School, and on June 7, the art song festival and training program will present a concert in collaboration with Colburn's Ziering-Conlon Initiative entitled Rediscovering Vocal Gems of the Early 20th Century. The concert, which begins at 4 pm in Thayer Hall, features SongFest participants and Colburn Conservatory of Music students and alumni instrumentalists.

"Almost immediately after the creation of the Ziering-Conlon Initiative, Sel Kardan suggested I be in touch with SongFest," said Robert Elias, director of the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for the Colburn School. "He felt SongFest, with their wide range of repertoire interests, might welcome a collaboration, and he was right."

SongFest is the United States's premier art song festival and training program held each summer at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. The event provides young singers and pianists with training and performance opportunities with the most distinguished artists in their field by fostering a supportive, challenging, and rewarding musical environment.

Liza Stepanova, an associate artistic director of SongFest, contacted Mr. Elias and with early input from LA Opera Music Director James Conlon, Stepanova devised a program to highlight the work of composers suppressed by the Nazi regime. "These composers would be much better known today had they not been banned from publication, broadcasting, and performance during the twelve years of the Nazi regime," Mr. Elias said. "The history of classical music in the first half of the 20th century is terribly incomplete as a result."

The composers selected for inclusion in the SongFest program share a common lineage. "They all were an integral part of the Austro-German classical music tradition, a tradition that stretches all the way back to before Bach," Mr. Elias explained. "There is no comparable artistic tradition of consistent excellence anywhere in the history of Western culture, whether in music or visual art."

A major goal of the Ziering-Conlon Initiative is to place this music in the ears, hands, and ultimately the repertoire of today's and tomorrow's musicians so they may come to know the music and perform it regularly for audiences.

"SongFest is thrilled about this partnership," Ms. Stepanova said. "Our participants will benefit enormously from exposure to this repertoire, much of which will be unfamiliar to them. Our hope is that they'll go home inspired and continue programming and exploring these works as their careers move forward." As part of SongFest's preparation for the event, they reached out to Professor Timothy Cheek, a foremost expert on Czech lyric diction and repertoire, to help with the preparation of works by Pavel Haas, Gideon Klein, and Vítězslava Kaprálová. Mark Trawka, director of musical studies at Pittsburgh Opera, will conduct Gideon Klein's Madrigal, a haunting ensemble work composed at the Terezin concentration camp.

"We are particularly excited about this first official collaboration between our vocalists and alumni instrumentalists of the Colburn Conservatory," Ms. Stepanova added. "Chamber music and art song were once much more integrated in concert life, but now are often too separate. We hope this is the beginning of an ongoing partnership."

Rediscovering Vocal Gems of the Early 20th Century is free, though reservations are required. Visit SongFest's website to reserve your seat.

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Posted 05/26/2015 09:52AM


On May 20, the Colburn School announced Dr. Adrian Daly would assume the position of provost, the school's senior academic administrator, beginning on July 6, 2015. Dr. Daly comes to the Colburn School from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), and was selected as part of a national search for the newly-created position.

"I'm honored and thrilled to be joining the Colburn School as provost," said Dr. Daly. "For many years, I've admired the school's commitment to artistry of the highest order, music making, education and community engagement, relevance, and impact. I look forward to joining this extraordinary school, and working with its community and President Sel Kardan to build on the legacy of artistic and educational excellence envisioned by the late Richard Colburn."

As provost, Dr. Daly will serve as a member of the senior administrative leadership, liaise with all areas of the school, and ensure smooth academic operations. He will provide oversight of the school's academic divisions, including the conservatory, community school of performing arts, music academy, dance academy, libraries, community engagement, adult studies, artistic administration, residential life, and piano technology. During the 2015–2016 year, he will also serve as interim dean of the conservatory of music.

President and CEO Sel Kardan said: "Adrian Daly brings extraordinary experience and skills to the newly created position of provost, where he will oversee all aspects of academic administration. He distinguished himself among a strong pool of national candidates and we look forward to welcoming to campus this summer."

Dr. Daly most recently served as Dean of the Conservatory at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). During his tenure, he extended CIM's global reach into Asia, developing institutional connections in China, Korea, and Singapore, and expanded CIM's international exchange program by building new partnerships with the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He also facilitated the approval of five new programs in composer and performance, and new double majors with music theory.

Dr. Daly received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Trinity College Dublin, a Master of Arts in performance and literature from the University of Notre Dame, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music.

A former Fulbright Scholar from Ireland, Dr. Daly served on the faculty at the College of Music in Dublin, teaching piano and music theory, and was a part-time member of the faculty at Eastman, teaching in Eastman's Arts Leadership Program and in the Community Music School. He was previously the Associate Dean for Admissions and Retention at Eastman following other primary roles there in Academic Affairs, Career Services, and Student Affairs. His primary piano studies were with Jeffrey Kahane, Malcolm Bilson, William Cerny, and Frank Heneghan.

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Posted 05/22/2015 01:54PM


Last Saturday, the Community School of Performing Arts bade farewell to 110 students graduating from high school at the annual Senior Recognition Event.

This year's senior speaker was trombonist Nicholas Lee, who participated in the jazz and orchestra programs in the Community School during his entire high school career as a member of the Colburn Youth Orchestra and the Colburn Jazz Workshop's award-winning Monday Night Band and Big Band. Along with more than 10% of the Community School's graduating class, Nicholas was also enrolled at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. In his speech to the senior class, Nicholas referenced Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford University commencement address in which he spoke about connecting the dots. "I think it relates to the graduating seniors here today," Nicholas said, "especially those who are pursuing a career in the arts." Nicholas went on to say that "It is your parents, programs like Colburn, and your peers that give you more dots to trust, a few more risks to take, and the confidence to follow your heart. You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards."

Half of Nicholas's graduating class will major in music in the fall and 94% will go on to a four-year university or conservatory. Twelve students plan to pursue double majors, seven will be at Ivy League institutions, and 11 will attend a conservatory, including the Colburn Conservatory of Music. Overall, Community School students will be in the freshman class at 63 different institutions in twenty states and three countries.

"I am so proud of our senior class and their many impressive accomplishments," said Dean Robert McAllister, who led the event with Colburn School President Sel Kardan and Assistant Dean Sara Hiner. "Our students leave with a passion for learning, a drive to succeed, and the commitment to serious study. These are skills they can take with them no matter what professional path they may choose."

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Posted 05/22/2015 01:46PM

Some of the top performing students from the Community School of Performing Arts will take the stage May 31 in a concert highlighting their skill, musicality, artistry and dedication to their musical studies.

After nomination by the faculty juries at the weekly Friday Night Recitals, students audition for the Honors Recital judges, who then determine the final lineup for the event. Of the 44 students who participated in nearly seven hours of auditions this month, eight soloists and two ensembles won spots on this semester's recital program.

The musicians in the spring Honors Recital represent the Community School's strings, piano, winds, and voice departments. In addition to their applied studies, many of them are also enrolled in orchestras, band, choir, chamber ensembles, and music theory classes. "Students such as the ones represented in this recital are fully engaged and committed to achieving their utmost potential," said Dean Robert McAllister, "and their involvement in multiple classes and ensembles allows them to excel to the highest levels."

Performers range from 14 to 18 years old, hail from both Los Angeles and Orange counties, and come from a variety of backgrounds. "I am proud that our Community School is able to provide top level arts instruction to students from all walks of life," said Assistant Dean Sara Hiner. "Our Honors Recital is a beautiful example of this. The students representing the Community School in this recital come from a variety of neighborhoods and economic backgrounds, attend private schools and public schools, and are enrolled in multiple programs within the Community School."

Several students in the program are recipients of merit scholarships, financial aid, or are in the Herbert Zipper Scholars program. Now completing its second year, the Herbert Zipper Scholarship provides full scholarship support to dedicated students with high potential and high financial need, for study in the Community School.

Many of the students performing on the program have garnered a number of honors and wonderful accomplishments this year.

In the Honors Woodwind Quintet, oboist Enoch Park (age 18) will attend Stanford University, clarinetist Anita Ho (age 17) will attend the University of Michigan, and hornist Brian Jan (age 17) will attend the University of Southern California in the fall. Flutist Roger Justo (age 16) is the recipient of the Sierra Summer Festival's 2015 Horton-Kohl Award, where he will make his solo debut with the Sierra Summer Festival Orchestra this summer. And bassoonist Maggie O'Leary (age 18) was the recipient of a National YoungArts Award and will attend the Curtis Institute of Music in the fall.

Vocalist Breanna Flores (age 16) received the Music Center's Spotlight Promise Award and will attend Boston University's Young Artists Vocal Program at the Tanglewood Institute this summer. Violinist Thompson Wang (age 15) won First Prize in Junior Chamber Music's Young Artists Concerto Competition. Pianist Alisha Yan (age 18) will attend Dartmouth College in the fall. Cellist Claire Park (age 14) advanced to the quarter finals of the National Fischoff Competition with her string quartet. Violinist Geneva Lewis (age 16) made her solo debut with the Pasadena Symphony and won the gold medal with the Honors String Quartet at the National Fischoff Competition. Violinist Abigel Szilagyi (age 16) was a semi-finalist in the Music Center's Spotlight Awards. And pianist Daniel Lee (age 17) was awarded a scholarship from the Music Teachers' Association of California.

In the Honors Piano Trio, violinist Hao Zhou (age 18) was named a Laureate Finalist in the ASTA National Solo Competition and will attend the Colburn Conservatory in the fall. Pianist Nicholas Mendez (age 16) was a semi-finalist in the Music Center's Spotlight Awards. And cellist Ethan Sandman (age 18) was a winner of the Colburn School's Concerto Competition and will attend the Peabody Institute in the fall.

The program includes pieces by classical composers like Verdi, Mendelssohn, and Schumann alongside twentieth century works by Barber, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, and Nielsen. Following the performance, there will be a reception in honor of these students in the Colburn Café. For more information about the program, visit the calendar on our website.

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Posted 05/22/2015 01:42PM


The Colburn School congratulates these 15 Conservatory of Music students and alumni on their important achievements. For more news about these and other students, follow our Facebook page or Twitter feed for up-to-the-minute reports.

The Calla Quartet won the Senior String Division Silver Medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition earlier this month. The award includes a cash prize of $3,000. The quartet members include violinists Michaela Wellems and Amelia Dietrich, violist Aiden Kane, and cellist Karissa Zadinsky, all current Conservatory of Music students in the Bachelor of Music program.

Clarinetist Ben Adler (Artist Diploma '15) won the Assistant Principal, 2nd and E-flat Clarinet position at the Milwaukee Symphony. He begins in September.

Clarinetist Samuel Almaguer (Bachelor of Music '13) won a one-year position as the Principal Clarinetist of the North Carolina Symphony.

Hornist Rachel Childers (Artist Diploma '09) accepted a faculty position at the New England Conservatory and will begin teaching there in the fall of this year. She will remain the John P. II and Nancy S. Eustis chair at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Trumpeter Ryan Darke (Professional Studies Certificate '13) won the Principal Trumpet position at the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra. He will begin performing with them in the fall of this year.

Violist Xavier Jeannequin (Artist Diploma '14) won the Co-Principal Viola position with the Orchestra National des Pays de la Loire. He began performing with them in February.

Violinist Youjin Lee (current Performance Diploma student) won third prize in the Menutsugu Angel International Violin Competition in March.

Cellist Mindy Park (Artist Diploma '14) joined the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago.

Violinist Simone Porter (current Performance Diploma student) was invited to join the Opus 3 roster of artists. The organization will provide her professional management services to guide her career.

Violinist Eduardo Rios (current Bachelor of Music student) won the First Place Laureate prize in the Senior Division of the 2015 Sphinx Competition.

Violinist Marisa Sorajja (Artist Diploma '09) won the Associate Principal, Violin II position at the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra. She begins performing with them in the fall of this year.

Violist Yi Zhou (Artist Diploma '14) won the Principal Viola position at the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. He will remain the Principal Violist of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra.

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Posted 05/18/2015 11:05AM


On May 17, students enrolled in the Community School of Performing Arts's Honors Chamber Ensembles will perform at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the Sundays Live performance series, a staple of the city's classical music scene attended by 25,000 people each year and heard by thousands more online.

The four groups on the upcoming Sundays Live auditioned to become Honors Ensembles, and each student received full scholarships from the Community School to participate in the program. One of the groups, the Incendium Quartet, just returned to Los Angeles after their very exciting gold medal win in the junior division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The Incendium Quartet includes violinists Geneva Lewis and Mei Zhan, violist Emma Wernig, and cellist Atticus Mellor-Goldman.

"I am so incredibly proud of these students and what they have achieved together," said their chamber music coach Aimée Kreston. "I knew from the beginning these students had something magical together. It has been an honor to coach them and I am so grateful for all of the support we have received."

Also on the program is the Honors Woodwind Quintet, coached by Karen Lundgren; the Honors Brass Quintet, coached by Darren Mulder; and the Honors Piano Trio, coached by Jacob Braun. The woodwind quintet includes students Roger Justo, Enoch Park, Anita Ho, Maggie O'Leary, and Brian Jan; the brass quintet, Christopher Armstrong, Christopher Pak, Shane Conley, Cole Davis, and Kevin Iaquinto; and the piano trio Hao Zhou, Ethan Sandman, and Nicholas Mendez.

Begun in 1948, Sundays Live is the longest running live music broadcast in Los Angeles. Professional and emerging musicians perform on the stage of LACMA's Bing Theater 50 Sundays each year. These free programs are streamed live on lacma.org and heard on kusc.org as a podcast throughout the week.

"Sundays Live is the perfect opportunity to experience performances by all of these amazing young artists," said Assistant Dean Sara Hiner. "I have no doubt they are about to embark on incredibly exciting and rewarding careers. We could not be more proud of these dedicated young artists and all that they have achieved."

"Sundays Live is celebrating a very special milestone, our 25th anniversary at LACMA," said Bill Vestal, Artistic Director of Sundays Live. "The Colburn Community School of Performing Arts is an essential part of that musical legacy. Community School students have performed in LACMA's Bing Theater as a part of Sundays Live during each of those 25 years. And we wouldn't be here today without the participation of the Colburn School for a quarter of a century."

If you miss Sunday's concert, you can hear the Honors Piano Trio and Honors Woodwind Quintet on the Community School's spring Honors Recital on Sunday, May 31 at 3 pm in Zipper Hall.

Posted 05/18/2015 11:03AM


With the close of the academic year, graduating seniors taking classes in the Music Academy will spend the next several months preparing for the next phase of their professional development: college and conservatory music study. This year's graduates will attend schools across the United States, including many of the top music programs in the country.

"This is such an important moment for our students," said Music Academy Dean Ory Shihor. "All the work they've put into their time at the Music Academy helped prepare them for this next step in their music education."

The Music Academy's program prepares talented pre-college musicians for conservatory-level training and careers as well-rounded musicians. The curriculum includes classes in music theory, chamber music, music history, and presentational skills, as well as private lessons. Many students have the opportunity to take master classes with visiting faculty. Last year's guest artists included violinist Laurent Korcia, violist Kim Kashkashian, and cellist Hans Jørgen Jensen.

Eleven students graduated from the Music Academy this year and will continue to develop their artistry at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Peabody Institute at The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Southern California, DePaul University, and the University of Michigan.

"All of the experiences I've had at the Colburn Music Academy have allowed me to grow as a musician and a performer, to take what I've accomplished in the practice room out onto the stage," said recent graduate Hannah Geisinger, a violist who will study at Juilliard in the fall. "This has been a groundbreaking experience for me."

As they reflect on their time at the Music Academy and prepare to move forward, these Colburn alumni have important advice for prospective students. "There's so much you can do with your time at the Colburn School and in Los Angeles," said violist Lauren Siess, also attending Juilliard this fall. "There are so many opportunities. Take advantage of all of them.

"We are so proud of our graduates and wish them all the best as they move forward," Mr. Shihor said.

A complete list of graduates and their destinations follows.

Cellist Katrina Agate, undecided at press time
Bassist Nicholas Arrendondo, Colburn Conservatory of Music
Clarinetist Wonchan Doh, The Juilliard School
Pianist Yi-Chen Feng, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
Violist Hannah Geisinger, The Juilliard School, Kovner Fellow
Violist Mya Greene, University of Southern California
Cellist Oliver Herbert, Curtis Institute of Music
Violinist Alina Kobialka, DePaul University
Violist Lauren Siess, The Juilliard School, Kovner Fellow
Violinist Yu Chao Weng, University of Michigan
Violinist Mei Zhan, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University


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

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