The Colburn School
The Colburn School is a performing arts school located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, neighboring Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Music Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Broad Museum. The acclaimed faculty provides students with the highest quality performing arts education, which includes a multitude of performance opportunities in a state-of-the-art facility. More than 2,000 students attend classes at the Conservatory of Music, the Community School of Performing Arts, the Music Academy, and the Dance Academy.
Colburn School At a Glance
Sel Kardan, President and CEO
Facilities and Performance Spaces
Community School of Performing Arts
With classes taught by highly-skilled instructors in music, dance, and early childhood arts education, the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts has been serving children of all ages and levels since its inception in 1950. A member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the Community School is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and offers music classes in applied musical instruction, music theory, chamber ensemble and large ensemble. As an open-enrollment institution, the Community School does not require academic degrees to enroll in its courses, which cover a broad range of styles, age levels, and degrees of difficulty. Music classes include applied musical instruction, music theory, chamber ensemble, and large ensemble opportunities.
The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute offers instruction in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and musical theater. Formed in 2006, the institute aspires to provide the highest quality of dance instruction to every student, whether they are coming to experience the pure enjoyment and artistry of dynamic movement or to prepare for a professional career in dance.
Robert McAllister, Dean
Trudl Zipper Dance Institute
Conservatory of Music
Opened in 2003, the Colburn Conservatory of Music has become one of the nation's leading educators of 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 Colburn School presents its Conservatory of Music students in more than 150 recitals and performances each year, many of which are free and open to the public.
The Colburn Orchestra
The Music Academy is a unique pre-college program designed to prepare gifted young artists for careers as well-rounded professional musicians. Established in 2010, the academy provides conservatory-level musical training, including private instruction, master classes, and numerous performance opportunities, each carefully designed to nurture students to grow to their full potential. Admission to the academy is achieved through a highly-selective process; applicants passing the pre-screening requirement are invited to audition in Los Angeles at Colburn, and are notified of their admission in the spring.
Ory Shihor, Dean
In 2014 the Colburn Dance Academy was established as a pre-professional training program for ballet students ages 14-19 under Director Jenifer Ringer and Associate Director James Fayette, with Artistic Advisor Benjamin Millepied. The academy provides multi-dimensional dance instruction to create well-rounded young dancers prepared for bright professional careers. This select group of up to 12 male and female dancers receive personalized instruction and mentorship as they pursue their goal of becoming professional dancers and artistic leaders.
Community Engagement at Colburn
The Colburn School’s community engagement programs offer sequential performing arts education for underserved communities, providing exposure to a wide audience of students while also opening up a pathway for a smaller group of passionate young musicians to explore a more rigorous curriculum at the Community School of Performing Arts.