Next Up Series

Colburn alumni may no longer be studying in our halls, but they are performers for life. Thanks to the generosity of donations both large and small, we are pleased to welcome them back for the Next Up Series.

The selection process for the 2020–21 series has concluded. If you have any questions regarding the series or upcoming submission cycles, please feel free to reach out to Michele Yamamoto, Manager of Alumni and Parent Relations at

2020–21 Series Selections

Check this page for the most current information on the performance schedule and full program details. Please note that repertoire and dates may change in response to shifting recording and distancing guidelines.

Bach’s Goldberg Variations for String Trio
Saturday, February 13

Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s fascinating arrangement reimagines Bach’s epic keyboard masterpiece, the Goldberg Variations, for string trio. Though it’s not often performed due to its daunting length and technical performance challenges, this bold trio of musicians resolved to use the space left by the concert cancellations as an opportunity to rehearse it in earnest.

Ben Ullery (Conservatory ’11), Viola
Grace Park, Violin
Robert DeMaine, Cello (Principal Cello, Los Angeles Philharmonic)

Eclectic Classical
Saturday, March 13

To help break the mold of what is commonly seen as the stereotypical “classical music” audience, brass chamber duo The Two Gabagools present original arrangements and compositions, covering a wide range of musical styles with the help of Colburn alumni.

The Two Gabagools:
Conrad Jones (Conservatory ’13), Trumpet
Riley Giampaolo, Bass Trombone

Kevin Lin (Conservatory ’15), Violin
Austin Huntington (Conservatory ’16), Cello
Hayato Tanaka (Conservatory ’17), Trumpet

Music from the 17th Century to the Present
Saturday, April 10

On the heels of recording their album this past fall, alumnus Eric Byers and Kevin Kwan Loucks will perform selections from the forthcoming release as well as a selection from Arvo Pärt.

Eric Byers (Conservatory ’05), Cello
Kevin Kwan Loucks, Piano

Styles and Textures for Solo Clarinet
Saturday, May 8

This solo program showcases a variety of styles and textures for both the soprano and bass clarinets with Monolog by the Korean composer, Isang Yun, as its dramatic center.

Alicia Lee (Conservatory ’08), Clarinet
Kristoffer Saebo, Double Bass

Modern and Popular Music Jukebox
Saturday, May 29

This exciting collection features original works and arrangements by alumnus and multi-instrumentalist Maya Paredes and collaborators. Songs will range from solo works to multi-media ensemble remote recordings from several genres and styles including singer-songwriter, Latin American music, Black American music, popular, indie, and electronic music.

Maya Paredes (Community School ’18)