The Colburn School faculty and staff are accomplished and well-received professionals in their areas of expertise. They are committed to providing our students the best instruction and guidance as the young performers prepare for advanced education and careers as professional musicians and dancers. Our staff and faculty also are key supporters of the Los Angeles cultural arts community.

Meet Our Leaders

Sel Kardan
President and Chief Executive Officer

Adrian Daly, DMA

Maeesha Merchant
Chief Financial Officer

Annie Wickert
Vice President, Advancement

Jennifer Kallend
Vice President, Communications

Linda Cormier
Vice President, Administration


Susan Cook
Dean, Community School of Performing Arts

Lee Cioppa
Dean, Conservatory of Music

Adrian Daly, DMA
Music Academy

Jenifer Ringer
Dean, Trudl Zipper Dance Institute

Nathaniel Zeisler, DMA
Dean, Community Initiatives


Andrew Millstein, Chairman
Carol Colburn Grigor, Life Chairman Emeritus

Vice Chairmen

David D. Colburn
Diane Naegele


Daniel L. Avchen
Richard W. Colburn
Alice Coulombe
Darren Edwards
Nathan D. Frankel
Greg Guyett
Catherine Colburn Høgel
Molly Kirk
Aliza Lesser
Robert E. Lewis
Beverly C. Marksbury
Steven F. Matt
Mahnaz Newman
Elizabeth Redleaf
Ann Ronus
Harry B. Suh
Keith Terasaki
Peter W. Wardle
Dylan Yolles

Honorary Life Directors

Robert S. Attiyeh
Toby E. Mayman

In Memoriam

David N. Barry
Iona Benson
Edmund D. Edelman
Robert B. Egelston
Warner Henry