Please fill out the form below to reserve your complimentary tickets for Music Box 2023, which takes place Sunday, August 27 at 3 pm in Colburn School’s Zipper Hall.
Your tickets can be picked up at the box office 1 hour before curtain.
The deadline to request tickets is Friday, August 25 at 5 pm.
Embark on your child’s journey in the performing arts! We offer a sequential curriculum designed to support the cognitive, creative, and social development of children ages 7 months to 6 ½ years.
Our program is inspired by a rich diversity of approaches, such as the internationally recognized Kodály and Orff methods, which provide a supportive and interactive learning environment for young children. Our expert instructors use a variety of activities, including singing, playing instruments, and moving to music, to foster children’s natural musicality and expressiveness.
As students approach 4 to 5 years of age, different areas of instruction open up for them at Colburn. They may remain in the Early Childhood Creative Arts Program and continue to develop fundamental skills in music and movement, or they can branch out into Drama, Dance, Suzuki, and more.
What Comes Next?
Dr. Baxani has held leadership roles in arts programs and schools in both the United States and Germany. She received a Doctor of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, where her dissertation focused on the musicality of infants within a childcare community. Her work in creating new programs and curriculum design is collaborative in nature and covers a variety of pedagogical approaches that foster an inclusive child-centered environment. As an arts advocate, Dr. Baxani enjoys creating programs and cultivating partnerships with schools and community and cultural organizations.
Classes employ developmentally appropriate materials to encourage growth in key areas such as:
Caregivers are a child’s first teachers, so your involvement in our classes is crucial to your child’s progression through the curriculum. By attending classes with your child, you will continue to strengthen the connection with your child while laying a foundation for their continued artistic growth at Colburn.
One of our goals is to support students as they work towards independence. As your child progresses through the curriculum, the level of your involvement in class may change.
These classes have been very important for my daughter’s upbringing and development. I don’t speak a lot of English, so the classes are a great way for my daughter to learn English words through music.
Juana Sajbin, mother of Yuliana Gomez-Sajbin (pictured)
These classes have been very important for my daughter’s upbringing and development. I don’t speak a lot of English, so the classes are a great way for my daughter to learn English words through music.
To enroll in Early Childhood classes, please complete the inquiry form below. The Early Childhood Chair, Dr. Nita Baxani, will follow up with you to determine the appropriate class placement for your child.
Early Childhood Inquiry Form
2023 Fall Schedule of Classes (PDF)
As students approach 4 to 5 years of age, they have the option to explore music and dance in both the Community School of Performing Arts and the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute. Both programs offer a range of options for young students including group piano and guitar, pre-ballet, Suzuki strings and guitar, and more.
Students at this age also have the option to continue their journey in the Early Childhood Program! We have several classes for children ages 4+ that prepare them for more in-depth study later on. Exploring the Keys is a great way for those interested in piano to build their keyboard skills and musical awareness, and our newest class, Singing More, prepares students for the Children’s Chorus by introducing them to ensemble singing.
Explore Colburn’s offerings for young students below.
Discover Music and Drama
If you have any questions, please contact the Community School office at email@example.com or 213-621-4548. Thank you!
The Colburn Community School welcomes students of all ages and ability levels. Learn from renowned faculty at Los Angeles’ premier performing arts school, located in downtown.
Fall registration information is below.
Students can register online or by email.
Register By Email (PDF)
To register by email, please send the completed PDF form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the COVID-19 Protocol page for the latest information on online and in-person instruction.
We recommend that students and parents regularly review our academic calendars for updates. The Colburn School only observes holidays noted on our calendar. We do not follow the Los Angeles Unified School District calendar or that of other districts.
2023-24 Academic Calendar (PDF)
At the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, students of all ages and ability levels can receive one-on-one instruction on any instrument, including voice. Our esteemed faculty share their expertise to help students develop their musicianship, technique, and confidence.
Students enrolled in private lessons also gain access to additional performance opportunities at Colburn, including Friday Night Recitals, the Winter and McAllister Honors Recitals, and master classes with renowned guest artists. Additionally, these students qualify for a 50% tuition discount on any music theory group class – these classes are instrumental in any young musician’s development as it helps them explore and understand the inner workings of their craft.
The Community School accepts new private lesson students at any time throughout the year. All students interested in private lessons must first submit an inquiry using the form below.
Approximately 7 days after submitting your inquiry, you will be notified by the appropriate department chair to set up an interview and/or audition in order to determine placement.
For 2023–24 private instruction pricing, please see page 3 in the Schedule of Classes. Need-based scholarships are available for qualifying students.
The Community School is proud to offer a wide selection of student ensembles, giving students of varying ages and ability levels the opportunity to collaborate with their peers and develop their musicianship.
Auditions for the 2023–24 academic year are open for the following ensembles:
All other ensembles may accept auditions depending on ensemble needs. Please submit an inquiry for more information.
The Cello Choir will focus on developing music reading and ensemble playing skills. The class will be taught by Carlyn Kessler.
Weekly on Wednesdays, 7–7:50 pm
Prerequisites: Participants must study privately and have good, intermediate sight reading skills. Previous group class, ensemble, or orchestral experience is encouraged.
4th grade; must be 9 years old by September 1, 2023
Scherzo, C. Webster (Suzuki Book 3)
Auditions for the 2023–24 academic year for Cello Choir will be held through an online submission process. The application period will close on July 15. Applications submitted after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Once classes reach their maximum capacity with qualified students, no additional applications will be considered.
Audition results will be sent to the email address given for the student’s primary guardian by July 22. Accepted students must register by August 1.
Please record yourself playing a G major scale in 2 octaves, a solo piece, and 2 samples of your choosing from the sight reading excerpts linked below. Please prepare the samples on your own without help from any parent, sibling, friend, or teacher. Please state the numbers you have selected before performing them.
Do not use an accompanist. Upload the video to YouTube and share the link in the application form below.
Sight Reading Excerpts
Cello Choir Application Form
World-class training in ballet, modern, and tap for children ages 4–18.
Led by a renowned faculty made up of some of the most exceptional former professional dancers in the industry, the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute is dedicated to developing the individual gifts and talents of each of our students, from pre-school children discovering the joy of dance for the first time, to pre-professional dancers in our Dance Academy.
Our summer programs are open to both existing and new students, including beginners and more experienced dancers. They are an excellent opportunity for new students to discover everything that Colburn Dance has to offer.
Our two-week Summer Ballet Intensive, Young Dancer Intensive, and Teen Tap Intensive offer serious young dancers an opportunity to continue their training over the summer on our beautiful campus in Downtown Los Angeles, led by our exceptional faculty and guest artists.
Intermediate and advanced ballet students can also train daily throughout July, in our Summer Intermediate/Advanced ballet program.
Young beginner and intermediate dancers can explore ballet, modern and tap in our week-long Summer Dance Camp, which is a fantastic introduction to all of Colburn’s dance genres.
We have also designed a four-week ‘Summer Saturdays’ program which runs on Saturdays in July. This program offers weekly classes for children ages 4 to adult, across ballet, modern, tap, and jazz. If you’ve ever wondered if Colburn School is right for your child, then this is a fantastic opportunity to experience a taste of Colburn Dance ahead of the new semester.
Explore our full range of summer camps and programs below. If you have any queries, please contact email@example.com
The Colburn School is excited to offer a two-week summer ballet intensive program that is designed to provide students with a bridge to connect the end of their year-round training and the start of their longer summer training courses.
The Summer Dance Camp is a one-week comprehensive study of all of Colburn’s dance genres including Ballet, Modern, Tap and Jazz. It is open to Beginner and Intermediate level dancers ages 8 to 14. Morning classes will alternate between Tap and Jazz, and afternoons will alternate between Ballet and Modern classes. A half hour lunch break will be given each day. Dancers will be divided based on age and level in the following two divisions: 8–10-year-olds and 11–14-year-olds.
The Young Dancer Intensive is a two-week comprehensive study of all of Colburn’s dance genres including Ballet, Modern, Tap and Jazz. It is open to Beginning and Intermediate level dancers ages 7 to 13. Mornings will consist of Ballet, Pointe/Pointe Prep, and Variations classes and afternoons will alternate between Modern, Tap, Jazz and Pilates. Students will be placed in one of two age groups: 7–9-year-olds or 10–13-year-olds.
The Teen Tap Summer Intensive is designed for serious tap students who desire to take their work to the next level with focused training in diverse tap techniques and repertory, supplemented courses in improvisation, music, Tap Dance History and cross-training.
1:30pm-5:00pm Mon., Wed., Fri.
10:00am-2:30pm Tues., Thurs.
A 2-week-long exploration of different modern dance techniques and choreographic methods. Advanced modern students will encounter a Master Artist and working professional each day. Past guest faculty have included Stina Ahlberg, Rachel Berman, Katherine Fisher, Jmy James, Banu Ogan, Andrew Pearson and Rudy Perez. Students have been exposed to a range of techniques including Release Technique, Taylor, Cunningham and Flying Low, as well as a variety of compositional tools including chance procedures, improvisational, and the use of rhythmic and spatial patterning. Dancers will also have the opportunity to put their new techniques into motion by choreographing their own short work, culminating in an informal showing.
Our outstanding faculty of former professional dancers offer Ballet and Tap classes for all levels. All classes are drop-in; you can register for one class at a time or purchase a class card to create your own dance schedule that works with your calendar.
Full Schedule of Adult Classes
$20 for single class$90 for a 5 Class Card$180 for a 10 Class Card
Existing students can join us each Saturday in July to keep up their training over the Summer, and new students are welcome to register for this four-week program to try out classes before registering for the Fall Semester. Classes include:
Creative Dance ages 5–8
Pre-Ballet ages 4–5
Ballet Prep I & II ages 5–7
Beginning Ballet ages 7–10
Modern I & II ages 9–12
Int/Adv Modern ages 13–18
Tap I, II & III ages 7–12
Beginning Jazz ages 9–12
Intermediate/Advanced Jazz Dance ages 12–14
Students train for two hours in ballet technique Monday through Thursday. Dancers are encouraged to sign up for all four weeks but can register for each week individually.
Get information and application details about the programs Colburn offers each summer.
Exceptional music training for ages 7 months to adult
“The Brass Intensive and the faculty’s influence made me realize that is actually what I want to do with my life. It was probably the experience that developed me more as a player than ever before in my life. Over those two weeks my sound completely changed. ” Suzy Belik – French Horn, 2022 Summer Brass Intensive
In June and July 2023, the Colburn School is excited to offer eleven different summer music camps, intensives, and programs for young musicians aged 7–months to adult.
Our music programs are led by Colburn’s esteemed faculty and renowned guest artists, offering both existing and new students the chance to enhance their skills by studying with some of the top instructors in their fields. Students also have an excellent opportunity to build relationships with like-minded young musicians.
Our Brass Intensive, Piano Camp Intensive, Jazz Camp, Chamber Music Intensive, Piano Seminar, Music Theory Intensive, Saxophone Intensive, Jazz Camp and Sounding Point Academy all return this summer.
This summer we are also offering programs for our youngest students through our Early Childhood Summer Samplers. Children from 7 months to 6 years can discover the joys of music and the performing arts through weekly classes, which offer an ideal opportunity to sample the program before the start of the Fall semester.
We will also continue to offer private instruction over the Summer period for new and continuing students. If you have ever wanted to learn to play an instrument, or if you’re an experience musician looking to refine your skills, our faculty use their expertise to help students of all ages and ability levels develop their musicianship, technique, and confidence. We offer private instruction for beginners to advanced students in bassoon, cello, clarinet, double bass, flute and piccolo, guitar, harp, horn, oboe, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, and voice. If you are interested in private instruction, please submit an inquiry form.
Explore our summer music camps below!
The Colburn Summer Chamber Music Intensive provides focused ensemble playing for the serious chamber music student. Students will be grouped into a trio, quartet, or quintet and learn an entire work during their time together. Along with rehearsals, students will participate in stage presence activities, team building, master classes, and other group-building activities. Coaches from the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute will provide instruction, along with other chamber music professionals.
July 2-8 (July 2nd – afternoon only; July 4th – morning only) July 10-15 (no half days) 10:30 am-4:30 pm
13-18 years old
Students who were not in the 2022-23 Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute must submit the following:
A good quality audition video of two contrasting works showing both technical and lyrical ability
A current teacher recommendation
An application form
Current Colburn chamber music students do not need to submit the video, but the application form is still required.
Students can choose to apply for Week 1 (July 2-8), Week 2 (July 10-15), or the whole 2-week program. Students will need to have an upper intermediate level of playing. Prior chamber music experience is recommended, but not required. The program is open to string instruments (violin, viola, cello, and double bass) and piano. Non-Colburn students are welcome and encouraged to apply. Pre-formed groups are welcome to apply and will be kept together. Continuing Colburn Community School students are eligible for an automatic discount.
Tuition and Fees
Nonrefundable application fee: $25 (applied towards the registration fees if accepted)
Commuter/non-residential fee for 1-week program (Week 1 or Week 2): $1,295
Commuter/non-residential fee for 2-week program (both Week 1 and Week 2): $2,100
Priority payment deadline: June 9
Continuing Colburn Community School students are eligible for an automatic $200 discount.
Applications due on June 2, 2023 for priority admission.
Develop your piano playing skills, engage with experienced Colburn piano faculty, and connect with fellow piano students through classes and performances during the 2023 Summer Piano Camp Intensive. Each day begins with a movement class and ends with a group theory and/or piano literature seminar. Each student will receive two 45-minute private piano lessons per week with esteemed Colburn faculty to work towards a recital performance at the end of the intensive.
July 10-21 (Mon-Fri) 9 am-3:30 pm
9-13 years old
Students are required to record and upload two contrasting pieces, played by memory. For repertoire, intermediate to advanced level pieces, such as Bach’s Anna Magdalena or Clementi Sonatinas are acceptable. Unacceptable repertoire includes pop music, arrangements of classical pieces, or pieces from method books.
If invited to the live audition, students must prepare and memorize two contrasting pieces, and be performance-ready. These pieces do not have to be the same as what was performed in the audition videos. Live auditions will be on May 7 from 2:00-8:00 pm – location TBD
Tuition and Fees
Nonrefundable application fee: $25 (applied toward the registration fee if accepted)
Early registration fee (if paid by or on May 26): $1,895
Regular registration fee (if paid after May 26): $2,095
Final payment deadline: June 9
Applications due on May 5, 2023 by 5 pm PT.
The Colburn Jazz Workshop’s Big Band directors, Mr. Lee Secard and Dr. Walter Simonsen, are proud to present a special Summer Jazz Camp. This camp will include daily playing and improvisation, jazz theory, practicing/learning strategies, ear training, and listening to repertoire.
June 26-30 (Mon-Fri) 10am-2pm
Grades 8-10, 13-16 years old
Please submit videos of the 2 following works:
“Now’s The Time” (key of F blues) or “Sonny Moon For Two” (key of B-flat blues)
“Autumn Leaves” or “I Got Rhythm”
We would like to hear melody and improvisation on both pieces. Both selections should be played at a comfortable, moderate tempo. Most students use a play-along recording for accompaniment. The app, iReal Pro, is suggested to record accompaniment. A Jamey Aebersold play-along recording can also be used, or any other play-along rhythm section recording. A cell phone should be used to record the student playing along with the song. It should be filmed from the side so that both hands, the instrument, and the upper body can be seen on the video. Please review the recording to ensure both the instrument and the recorded track can be heard clearly, and that the visual image shows the student playing with both hands. The student should improvise according to what they hear, and what they know of music theory. We do not expect perfection, and want students to view this as something fun to do.
Early registration fee: $450 (if paid within 2 weeks after acceptance)
Regular registration fee: $525
Final payment deadline: June 2
Applications due on May 26, 2023 by 5 pm PT.
Led by Colburn Faculty Danielle Ondarza and Mike Zonshine, the Colburn Summer Brass Intensive will offer students the opportunity to perform together in one large brass ensemble in the morning, followed by smaller chamber music groups in the afternoon. All ensembles will be led by the Colburn School’s brass faculty. The Summer Brass Intensive is open to brass players who have been playing their instrument for at least three years and are intermediate or advanced players.
July 3-14 (no classes on July 4) First week: 10 am-3 pm Second week: 10 am-4 pm
10-20 years old
Open to brass players who have been playing their instrument for at least three years and are intermediate or advanced players.
Early registration fee (if paid by or on May 19): $895
Regular registration fee (if paid after May 19): $995
Final payment deadline: June 20
Registration deadline extended! Register by June 19 for priority admission.
This program is no longer taking place. However, applications for our 2023–24 Concert Band and Wind Ensemble are open!
This program is no longer taking place. However, interested students from ages 6–20 are invited to apply to join Colburn’s 2023–24 Choir program.
The Summer Saxophone Intensive at the Colburn School is run by Dr. John Hallberg, Colburn saxophone faculty, and will offer a dynamic and diverse musical experience for the young saxophonist.
The camp will include a wide range of events such as lectures on saxophone fundamentals and techniques, daily warm-ups, master classes, saxophone chamber music, one-on-one lessons, guest vendors, and student and faculty concerts. Soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophonists that have been playing for at least three years and are intermediate to advance players are all welcome to join!
Age RangeGrades 8-12; ages 13-18
Student Requirements Open to all saxophonists that have been playing for at least three years and are intermediate to advance players.
Costs• Registration fee: $695• Registration/payment deadline: June 2• Continuing Colburn Community School students are eligible for an automatic $100 discount.
All fees are nonrefundable.
How to register1) Click “Register Now”2) Create a new account if you are a new student. Or login if you are a current student.3) Please respond to the series of questions asked and submit payment. We will be in touch with details in the next several weeks.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert Lipsett and Fabiola Kim, co-founders and faculty
Sounding Point Academy nurtures the next generation of soloists, chamber musicians, orchestral musicians, and pedagogues. During this two-week in-person program, students will delve into a curriculum that explores the most critical of violinistic elements.
Students will have opportunities to perform for the world’s leading performing artists, master the intricacies of orchestral excerpts, and gain comprehensive knowledge of the technical aspects of violin performance. The program will also offer a public-speaking and movement component, highlighting the value of entrepreneurship and versatility of a complete musician.
The application deadline is March 31, 2023, by 5 pm Pacific Time.
More information and application details.
During this two-week in-person seminar, piano students will receive expert instruction from Colburn’s talented faculty, as well as several renowned guest artists. The program welcomes applications from students of all nationalities, ethnic origins, religions, and genders. Participants will play in a weekly studio class, receive two private lessons each week, and have the opportunity to attend master classes and engage with artists. The seminar concludes with a live competition and the chance to win a $1,000 Steinway prize.
Age Range 13+ years old
Audition Requirements Please submit two contrasting pieces. Record/upload the files separately, and name the files with the composers & titles of the works (example: Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor). Videos do not need to made professionally but must have a clear picture and good sound quality. The full profile and hands must be clearly shown.
Applicants must introduce themselves with their full names, age, and their goals if accepted into the seminar.
Your submissions must be in video-format only. Audio-only submissions will not be accepted.
Application Application deadline: Feb 15. Students will be notified by March 1. Late applicants may be considered based on availability. Limited scholarships may be available.
Costs All applicants
* Participants must be 14 years of age or older to live in the residence hall. Those under 14 must be accompanied by an adult – please use the email address below to inquire about rates. Residents must also be fully-vaccinated (and boosted, if eligible).
How to apply 1) Click “Register Now” 2) Create a new account if you are a new student. Or login if you are a current student. 3) Please respond to the series of questions asked and click “Continue” when done. 4) Your responses will be submitted for review and we will contact you if you are accepted into the program. The application fee must be paid by the application deadline in order for your application to be considered.
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Steinway Competition:Date: Saturday, July 1, 2023 Location: Colburn SchoolPrize: $1000
-The competition is open only to students accepted into the seminar
-Upon acceptance, students wishing to enter the competition will be asked to submit a video for a pre screening judged by the co-directors. This video can be the same or different from the seminar application but must be submitted separately.
-the judges will be from outside the seminar faculty
Requirements for both pre screening and live round are:-2 or more contrasting pieces maximum of 20 minutes -the video quality requirements are the same as for the seminar application
Up to 10 students will be selected
Summer Music Theory Intensives cover a year’s curriculum in 4 weeks. The classes meet for 1.5 hours each day, 4 days/week, with about an hour of homework every day. Summer classes allow students to efficiently review past material or get ahead for the following year. Classes offered are Elementary II, Intermediate I, and Intermediate II.
New students must complete a music theory assessment for placement prior to registering.
June 12-July 7*; Mon-Thurs 2:30-3:55 pm
*due to the observed holiday on Tues, July 4, a make-up class will be provided on Fri, July 7
New students must complete a music theory assessment to determine which class is most appropriate. Students currently enrolled in music theory at Colburn do not need to complete an assessment.
Music Theory Placement Evaluation
Email completed assessment to Kathy Sawada at firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Registration fee: $590
· Students enrolled in 8 private lessons for summer: $442.50*
· Students enrolled in 16 private lessons for summer: $295*
*Discounted tuition applies towards 45 and 60 minute lessons only. Please contact the office at email@example.com for discount code.
Visit our Early Childhood page to learn more about summer samplers for ages 7 months to 5 years old.
Susan Graham—hailed as “an artist to treasure” by the New York Times—rose to the highest echelon of international performers within just a few years of her professional debut, mastering an astonishing range of repertoire and genres along the way. Her operatic roles span four centuries, from Monteverdi’s Poppea to Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, which was written especially for her. A familiar face at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, she also maintains a strong international presence at such key venues as Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet, Santa Fe Opera, and the Hollywood Bowl. She won a Grammy Award for her collection of Ives songs, and has also been recognized throughout her career as one of the foremost exponents of French vocal music. Although a native of Texas, she was awarded the French government’s prestigious “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur,” both for her popularity as a performer in France and in honor of her commitment to French music.
Ms. Graham began the 2022-23 season with Music from Copland House premiering A Standing Witness, a new work written for her by Richard Danielpour with text by Rita Dove. She then sang the role of Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow in Dallas Symphony’s 2022 gala with Fabio Luisi alongside Thomas Hampson. She performs the role of Geneviève in Sir David McVicar’s production of Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande at LA Opera with James Conlon and this summer she reprises Geneviève with Santa Fe Opera.
Her earliest operatic successes were in such trouser roles as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Her technical expertise soon brought mastery of Mozart’s more virtuosic roles, like Sesto in La clemenza di Tito, Idamante in Idomeneo and Cecilio in Lucio Silla, as well as the title roles of Handel’s Ariodante and Xerxes. She went on to triumph in two iconic Richard Strauss mezzo roles, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier and the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos. These brought her to prominence on all the world’s major opera stages, including the Met, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Covent Garden, Royal Opera House, Paris Opera, La Scala, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival, among many others.
It was in an early Lyon production of Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict that Graham scored particular raves from the international press, and a triumph in the title role of Massenet’s Chérubin at Covent Garden sealed her operatic stardom. Further invitations to collaborate on French music were forthcoming from many of its preeminent conductors, including Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, James Levine, and Seiji Ozawa. More recently, she made title role debuts in Offenbach’s comic masterpieces La belle Hélène and The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein at Santa Fe Opera, as well as proving herself the standout star of the Met’s star-studded revival of Les Troyens, which was broadcast live to cinema audiences worldwide in the company’s celebrated “Live in HD” series. Graham’s affinity for French repertoire has not been limited to the opera stage, also serving as the foundation for her extensive concert and recital career. Such great cantatas and symphonic song cycles as Berlioz’s La mort de Cléopâtre and Les nuits d’été, Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer provide opportunities for collaborations with the world’s leading orchestras, and she makes regular appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, and London Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Graham recently expanded her distinguished discography with Nonesuch Records’ DVD/Blu-ray release of William Kentridge’s new treatment of Berg’s Lulu, which captures her celebrated role debut as Countess Geschwitz at the Met. She has also recorded all the works described above, as well as appearing on a series of lauded solo albums, including Virgins, Vixens & Viragos on the Onyx label, featuring songs and arias by composers from Purcell to Sondheim; Un frisson français, a program of French song recorded with pianist Malcolm Martineau, also for Onyx; C’est ça la vie, c’est ça l’amour!, an album of 20th-century operetta rarities on Erato; and La Belle Époque, an award-winning collection of songs by Reynaldo Hahn with pianist Roger Vignoles, from Sony Classical. Among the mezzo’s numerous honors are Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year and an Opera News Award, while Gramophone magazine has dubbed her “America’s favorite mezzo.”
Ms. Graham has been an important presence at LA Opera, where, aside from her frequent appearances on stage, serves as Artistic Advisor to the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program.
We’ve created the Early Childhood curriculum to follow an age-appropriate sequence to help students prosper as they develop.
Our specially trained instructors work with parents and infants to cultivate developmental listening skills with activities to help children absorb music concepts. Teachers design sensory experiences to fascinate and captivate children. As classes progress, infants move from being merely receptive to engaging in an active role.
This family-oriented class encourages toddlers to become actively engaged in making music. Through the use of nursery poems and songs, children explore various musical traditions and styles.
As toddlers gain more motor development skills, they’re more likely to want to move, and this class encourages them to explore movement through music and imagination. Teachers also work with the young students to improve listening skills through play, songs, stories, and games.
Our talented faculty brings nursery rhymes, make-believe stories, and folk tales to life in this class designed for two- and three-year-old children. With the aid of props and small percussion instruments, teachers and students create theatrical experiences through storytelling.
Each week, students experience a musical adventure, with singing, movement, and drama. Oftentimes, the children use small props and percussion instruments to enhance performances.
Students are treated to games and stories that will trigger their imagination, individual expression, and language skills. They engage in exercises to develop body awareness, concentration, group cooperation, coordination, and balance. Activities utilize rhythmic verbalization, pantomime, dramatic play, and creative movement.
Multi-cultural seasonal themes and festivals are the highlight of this class. Songs are chosen to reflect different celebrations around the world.
Super Singers begin working on vocal techniques through games, songs, and stories. Our knowledgeable teachers help students produce good tone quality and improve diction as well as correct vocal placement and singing in the proper register. They also introduce basic elements of music, such as tempo, dynamics, rhythm, phrasing, timbre, and style.
The class provides musical experiences in the development of motor and ear-training skills, hand-eye coordination, a sense of keyboard geography, finger dexterity, and concentration. This course offers pre-reading exercises to develop the child’s keyboard sense. Students must have access to an acoustic piano or keyboard for daily practice. Students will be required to bring their own portable keyboard for use in class. We recommend the following item which can be purchased on Amazon, limited supply will be available at school. Link to purchase roll up keyboard.
Rhythm helps give movement purpose. In this class, preschool-age children learn to direct their energy into basic rhythms and rhythmic patterns while also improving listening and motor skills. They’re also shown proper playing techniques for small percussion instruments used in classroom exercises.
Classes are designed to initiate instrument instruction with a concentration on various rhythmic styles and techniques on Orff and percussion instruments. Teachers work with students to improve muscle and hand-eye coordination as well as a growing awareness of rhythmic and melodic patterns. Students even begin rhythmic notation reading. Creativity is promoted through improvisation activities.
Pre-reqs : Rhythm and Movement AND either Super Singers or Sing a Song of Seasons and Celebrations)
Pre-requisite: Rhythmic Styles and Tech I
Colburn’s Early Childhood Program