Janie Taylor Joins Colburn School Faculty as Artistic Director of the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute for the 2024-25 School Year

 

(Thursday, June 13, 2024, Los Angeles) – The Colburn School is pleased to announce that Janie Taylor, a noted dancer, teacher, choreographer, and member of L.A. Dance Project, has been named Artistic Director of the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute (TZDI) for the 2024-25 school year. She will partner with longtime TZDI staff member Gavin Kelley, who will serve as Interim Administrative Director. Janie Taylor joins the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute following the departure of Dean Margaret Tracey, who left Colburn at the beginning of the month to take the role of Artistic Director of Canada’s National Ballet School.

Janie Taylor has been affiliated with Colburn since 2016, both as a faculty member and a visiting artist. She recently choreographed Contour and Flight for the Dance Academy, a rigorous pre-professional ballet training program, which received its world premiere at Colburn’s Winter Dance Celebration in December 2023. She is a rehearsal director for L.A. Dance Project, where she also danced from 2016 to 2021. A former member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet, Janie was promoted to soloist in 2001 and principal dancer in 2005. During her career with NYCB she originated roles in ballets choreographed by Peter Martins, Benjamin Millepied, and Justin Peck, and performed featured roles in numerous ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, as well as pieces by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Christopher Wheeldon, Susan Stroman, Twyla Tharp, and Miriam Mahdaviani. Upon retiring from the New York City Ballet in 2014, Janie began working as a répétiteur setting works for Justin Peck and Benjamin Millepied at the Paris Opera Ballet and also started a career in costume design. She has set works for Miami City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Ballett Dortmund, and Ballet du Rhin, and her designs can be seen at the New York City Ballet, and L.A. Dance Project.

As Artistic Director of the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute during the 2024-25 school year, Janie will shape the artistic and educational direction of Colburn School’s dance program, overseeing curriculum development, faculty recruitment, and student recruitment. With her multifaceted professional experience, she will foster a dynamic learning environment, promote artistic innovation, and cultivate the next generation of dance professionals at the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute.

“We are excited to welcome Janie Taylor as Artistic Director as she continues and expands her exceptional work with our students,” said President Sel Kardan. “Her decade-long commitment to dance in LA and breadth of artistic experience made her a natural fit for this position. She joins our distinguished artistic and administrative team, including faculty chairs Kelly Ann Sloan, Denise Scheerer, and Tamsin Carlson, ensuring strong ongoing leadership for the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute.”

As Interim Administrative Director, Gavin Kelley will partner with Janie Taylor, providing vital support to the dance program. He will play a key role in ensuring the smooth and efficient functioning of all administrative and logistical aspects of the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, liaise with faculty, staff, students, and parents, and coordinate events, performances, and initiatives. As a Colburn staff member for over 11 years, Gavin possesses a deep knowledge of the Colburn School and a commitment to the School’s mission of providing access to excellence in the performing arts.

About Janie Taylor

Janie Taylor was born in Houston, TX where she began her ballet training at age two with Gilbert Rome. She trained at the Giacobbe Academy of Dance in New Orleans from 1993–1996. After attending two years of the summer program at the School of American Ballet, she became a full-time student in the fall of 1996. While a student at SAB, she originated a featured role in Christopher Wheeldon’s Soirée Musicale for the spring workshop performance in June of 1998. She received the Mae L. Wien Award at the SAB Annual Workshop and was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet. A month later, she became a member of NYCB’s corps de ballet. She was promoted to the rank of Soloist in February 2001 and to Principal Dancer in 2005. During her career with New York City Ballet she originated roles in ballets choreographed by Peter Martins, Benjamin Millepied, and Justin Peck. She also performed featured roles in numerous ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, as well as pieces by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Christopher Wheeldon, Susan Stroman, Twyla Tharp, and Miriam Mahdaviani. Ms. Taylor appeared in the film Center Stage directed by Nicholas Hytner which was released in 2000. She retired from the New York City Ballet on March 1, 2014 and began working as a répétiteur setting works for Justin Peck and Benjamin Millepied, and also started a career in costume design. Her designs can be seen at the New York City Ballet, and L.A. Dance Project. From 2014 -2016, Ms. Taylor relocated to Paris, France where she assisted Millepied with his new works at the Paris Opera Ballet. During this time, she also set works for Miami City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Ballett Dortmund, and Ballet du Rhin. She assisted Christopher Wheeldon with his work as Artistic Director for the Fashion Forward exhibition in Paris at  Musee des Arts Decoratif. Upon returning to the states in 2016, Ms. Taylor began teaching at the Colburn School in Los Angeles on faculty, and as a guest. She joined L.A. Dance Project as a dancer, dancing with the company through 2021. She is currently a rehearsal director for L.A. Dance Project. At the suggestion of Millepied, Ms. Taylor ventured into the world of choreography creating her first piece, Adagio in B Minor, in 2019 for L.A. Dance Project. She now has 4 works in the LADP repertoire.

About Gavin Kelley 

Gavin Kelley is a native of Altoona, PA, but grew up in Hiroshima, Japan where he attended Japanese and international schools, before moving to China and then back to the United States. Gavin began his career in the arts nonprofit sector in Los Angeles in 2005 as a Program Associate and Grants Manager for the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) under the mentorship of Hirokazu Kosaka. Gavin’s international background also created opportunities at the Rafu Shimpo newspaper, the Japan Foundation, the World Festival of Sacred Music, and The Getty Center. Prior to joining the Colburn School in 2012, he worked at the ReDiscover Center as the Grants and Programs Manager and was The Getty Center’s Multicultural Visual Arts Internship Hub Manager for the Downtown Los Angeles area in 2011 and 2012. During his tenure at the Colburn School’s Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, he assisted the inaugural Artistic Director Leslie Carothers-Aromaa and former Deans Bob McAllister, Jenifer Ringer, Silas Farley, and Margaret Tracey, working in close tandem with Dance Chairs Tamsin Carlson, Denise Scheerer, and Kelly Ann Sloan to expand the dance curriculum, class offerings, and recruitment. He was instrumental in the introduction of sequential learning and helped revamp the business practices of the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute. Additionally, Gavin supported Jenifer Ringer and James Fayette in the launching of the Colburn Dance Academy which just completed its first decade as a pre-professional training program.

About the Colburn School

A performing arts institution located in the heart of Los Angeles, the Colburn School trains students from beginners to those about to embark on professional careers. The academic units of the School provide a complete spectrum of music and dance education united by a single philosophy: that all who desire to study music or dance should have access to top-level instruction.

  • The diploma- and degree-granting Conservatory of Music is distinguished by a unique all-scholarship model, renowned faculty, and outstanding performance opportunities. It prepares the very highest level of collegiate musicians for professional careers.
  • The Music Academy is a highly selective training program for gifted young pre-collegiate musicians, designed to prepare students for conservatory study and performing careers at the highest levels of achievement. This program offers residential options and balances performance, musical instruction, and academics.
  • The Community School of Performing Arts welcomes students of all ages, from seven months old to adults. It offers more than 120 classes each year in orchestral instruments, piano, guitar, voice, jazz, music theory, drama, and ensembles including orchestra, choir, and chamber music.
  • The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute develops performers of all levels, from aspiring professionals in the Dance Academy to beginners starting in Youth Dance. Students of all levels receive training in ballet, tap, musical theater, and modern genres as part of a comprehensive dance education.
  • Created to serve all units of the School, the Center for Innovation and Community Impact empowers the musical and dance leaders of tomorrow by nurturing students’ passion and ability to serve their communities, preparing them for sustainable careers, and embracing the development of new ideas. The Center embodies Colburn’s commitment to developing young artists with the curiosity, skills, and commitment to make a difference in their field.

Each year, more than 2,000 students from around the world come to Colburn to benefit from the renowned faculty, exceptional facilities, and focus on excellence that unites the community.

The Colburn Center, designed by Frank Gehry, is a multi-faceted campus expansion of the Colburn School. Located across the street from the School’s existing campus at the intersection of Olive and Second Streets, the Colburn Center will enable the School to expand its mission of presenting programs for the public. Gehry’s design includes a 1,000-seat in-the-round concert hall named Terri and Jerry Kohl Hall, five professional-sized dance studios including a 100-seat studio theater, and gardens that bring fresh air and green spaces to the downtown landscape. The Colburn School broke ground on the Colburn Center on April 5, 2024. The completed project will join Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Grand complex to create the largest concentration of buildings designed by the architect in the world.

The dance spaces housing the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute will create the most comprehensive dance education complex in Downtown Los Angeles. Transparent walls of five oversized dance studios on the corner of 2nd and Hill streets provide a window into the beauty and hard work of dance training. The studio theater—the largest dance studio in the School—will be equipped to be used as a professional-level performance venue as well as a rehearsal studio. Seating platforms in the studio theater will offer approximately 100 seats while allowing for 30 feet of stage depth with scrims, and a cross-over lighting grid will allow refined lighting design for performance. These greatly expanded dance facilities will accommodate the School’s growing programs in classical ballet, tap, and modern dance.

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Colburn School and American Viola Society Announce Three Evening Recitals as part of the 2024 Primrose International Viola Competition

Performances feature violists Jessica Meyer, Tatjana Masurenko, and
Primrose Jury Members Atar Arad, Steven Dann, and Ayane Kozasa

(Thursday, June 6, 2024, Los Angeles, CA) – The Colburn School announces three featured evening recitals performed by some of today’s most esteemed violists as part of the 2024 Primrose International Viola Competition and American Viola Society Festival. Composer and violist Jessica Meyer performs a concert of her works for loop pedal and viola on June 19, celebrated chamber musician, soloist, and Colburn faculty member Tatjana Masurenko performs on June 20, and distinguished Primrose jury members Atar Arad and Steven Dann and Primrose jury chairman Ayane Kozasa perform on June 21. Ayane Kozasa replaces Tim Frederiksen, who has withdrawn as Primrose Competition jury chairman due to visa delays.

Single tickets are $10-$20 and available at colburnschool.edu/calendar. In addition, all pass-holders for the American Viola Society Festival receive complimentary access to the competition rounds and recitals. Register here to attend.

These events will also be livestreamed at https://www.colburnschool.edu/livestream/ and on the Violin Channel.

Jessica Meyer, whose first composer/performer portrait album Ring Out (Bright Shiny Things, 2019) debuted at #1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart, will be presenting a recital of self-composed works for loop pedal and viola on June 19 at 7:30 pm in Colburn’s Zipper Hall. Her works have been performed in venues from the Kennedy Center to Carnegie Hall, by musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, and her first Symphonic Band piece was commissioned and toured by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. At home with many different styles of music, Jessica can regularly be seen as a soloist, premiering her chamber works, performing on Baroque viola, improvising with jazz musicians, or collaborating with other composer-performers.  Ms. Meyer is equally known for her inspirational work as an educator. In 2023, she joined both the Viola and Chamber Music Faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.

Tatjana Masurenko, Colburn School Viola Faculty and Richard D. Colburn Viola Chair, will perform a recital featuring works by Rubinstein, Beethoven, Roslavets, Dimitri Terzakis and Prokofiev on June 20 at 7:30 pm in Zipper Hall. As a performer, Masurenko has made solo appearances with leading orchestras in Europe and Asia and has been a welcome guest at major international festivals as both soloist and chamber musician for many years. As an educator, Masurenko has been professor of viola at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig since 2002 and has held the same position at at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in Sion, Switzerland since 2019. She also acts as artistic director of the International Viola Camp in Iznik (Turkey).

On June 21 at 7:30 pm in Zipper Hall the Colburn School will host a recital featuring Primrose Competition jurors. This recital will include performances by jurors Ayane Kozasa, Atar Arad and Steven Dann and feature works by Paul Wianko, Mary Kouyoumdijan, Reena Esmail, Tessa Lark, Pierre de Bréville and juror Atar Arad.

Ayane Kozasa, a founding member of the Grammy-nominated Aizuri Quartet, is the winner of the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition. Since this achievement, she has appeared on stages across the world, and as a passionate advocate for the expansion of viola repertoire, has commissioned multiple new works featuring the viola. Kozasa is currently a member of the duo Ayane & Paul with composer and cellist Paul Wiancko and of Owls, a quartet collective with violinist Alexi Kenney and cellists Gabriel Cabezas and Paul Wiancko. Other collaboration highlights include performances with world-renowned artists such as Tessa Lark, Steven Banks, Nobuko Imai, and the Kronos Quartet. As a seasoned orchestral performer, Kozasa has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry, Philadelphia Orchestra, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, where she served as principal violist from 2012 to 2016.

Atar Arad is a recipient of the American Viola Society’s Career Achievement Award (June 2018) and the International Viola Society’s Silver Alto Clef 2018 “in recognition for his outstanding contributions to the viola” (November 2018). After winning First Prize at the 1972 International Viola Competition in Geneva, he performed extensively as a soloist with major orchestras and at prestigious European festivals. Arad was also a member of the Cleveland Quartet, which he joined in 1980, and toured globally with them, collaborating with renowned musicians. He has recorded for labels such as RCA, CBS, and Telarc, and appeared at major festivals including Aspen, Edinburgh, and Salzburg. He also served as Professor of Viola at the Eastman School of Music and has taught at the Aspen School, Rice University, and Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, Arad is a Professor of Music (viola) at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and teaches at various summer institutes. A composer since 1992, his notable works include a Solo Sonata for Viola and multiple string quartets.

Steven Dann has served as Principal Viola for a range of prestigious orchestras including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. As a guest principal, he has played with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. A dedicated chamber musician, Dann is a member of the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Axelrod String Quartet, Zebra Trio, and the Grammy-nominated ARC Ensemble. His collaborations include performances with Sir Andrew Davis, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Sir John Eliot Gardiner. He has recorded for Sony, Naxos, and ATMA Classique, among others. Dann’s repertoire spans from solo works by Mark-Anthony Turnage to rediscovered pieces by Rebecca Clarke. He teaches at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music and coordinates chamber music programs at Domaine Forget and Music by the Sea Festival.

Please click here to read more about Ayane Kozasa, Atar Arad, Steven Dann and the other Primrose jurors.

Please click here to read more about Tatjana Masurenko and click here to learn more about Jessica Meyer.

Primrose Recital: Jessica Meyer: Sounds of Being

A collection of self-composed works for loop pedal and viola

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Zipper Hall at the Colburn School

Source of Joy
Hello
Getting Home (I must be…)
Flooded Flower on the Destin Shore
Duende

Love Songs (a collection of words & music)

– The Light that Still Lives (poem: “Eros” by Jennifer Beattie)
– The in between only us (poem: “I do not” by Lucy Anderton)
– Touch  (poem: “Riverside Park, Late Summer” by Giancarlo Latta)
– Unbearable Lightness (poem: “Not Anyone Who Says” by Mary Oliver)

Works for solo viola

– Naughty Kitty (from “Snapshots”)
– Delta Sunrise
– Tempest  (from “Snapshots”)

Swerve

Primrose Recital: Tatjana Masurenko, Viola

Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Zipper Hall at the Colburn School

RUBINSTEIN  Melodie in F, Op. 3 No. 1
BEETHOVEN  Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, “Spring Sonata”
ROSLAVETS  Sonata No. 1 for Viola and Piano
DIMITRI TERZAKIS  Songs Without Words for Viola Solo (arr. Tatjana Masurenko)
PROKOFIEV  Suite from Romeo and Juliet (arr. Vadim Borisovsky)

Primrose Recital: Competition Jurors

Friday, June 21, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Zipper Hall at the Colburn School

WIANCKO  Viola Sonata (“Buoyant Forces”) for Viola and Piano
KOUYOUMDIJAN  Children of Conflict: A Boy and a Makeshift Toy for Viola and Piano
ATAR ARAD  Sonata for Solo Viola
ATAR ARAD  Caprice No. 12 (“Unknown”)
REENA ESMAIL Varsha for Viola
TESSA LARK  Jig and Pop for Viola
DE BRÉVILLE  Sonata for Viola and Piano

The 2024 Primrose International Viola Competition will take place at the Colburn School, June 17-22, 2024. As one of the most renowned string instrument competitions in the world, the Primrose International Viola Competition features the world’s best and most promising young violists. The Competition offers southern California one week of exceptional international competition, exquisite music, and an exhilarating finish. All rounds are open to the public, and audiences can expect to hear a broad survey of the viola repertoire.

In conjunction with the Primrose International Viola Competition, the American Viola Society will host its 2024 Festival taking place at the Colburn School on June 19-22, 2024. Over eighty performances, lectures, presentations, masterclasses, youth competitions, and exhibits will be scheduled around the competition Semi-Final and Final rounds, and a virtual option is available. More information is available at americanviolasociety.org/avs-festival.

Founded in 1979 by the American Viola Society as the first international competition solely for violists, the Primrose International Viola Competition is proud of the rich history and legacy of excellence it promotes. For over 40 years, the Competition has continued to attract distinguished jurors and talented participants worldwide, serving as an inspiration to young artists across the globe. The Competition has an international reputation for identifying the talent of tomorrow and is respected for its artistic and professional integrity. Its laureates occupy principal seats of major symphony orchestras, act as professors in major centers of education, and have achieved critical acclaim as international soloists.

For more information about the Primrose Competition, please visit http://www.primrosecompetition.org/.

About the Colburn School

A performing arts institution located in the heart of Los Angeles, the Colburn School trains students from beginners to those about to embark on professional careers. The academic units of the School provide a complete spectrum of music and dance education united by a single philosophy: that all who desire to study music or dance should have access to top-level instruction.

  • The diploma- and degree-granting Conservatory of Music is distinguished by a unique all-scholarship model, renowned faculty, and outstanding performance opportunities. It prepares the very highest level of collegiate musicians for professional careers.
  • The Music Academy is a highly selective training program for gifted young pre-collegiate musicians, designed to prepare students for conservatory study and performing careers at the highest levels of achievement. This program offers residential options and balances performance, musical instruction, and academics.
  • The Community School of Performing Arts welcomes students of all ages, from seven months old to adults. It offers more than 120 classes each year in orchestral instruments, piano, guitar, voice, jazz, music theory, drama, and ensembles including orchestra, choir, and chamber music.
  • The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute develops performers of all levels, from aspiring professionals in the Dance Academy to beginners starting in Youth Dance. Students of all levels receive training in ballet, tap, musical theater, and modern genres as part of a comprehensive dance education.
  • Created to serve all units of the School, the Center for Innovation and Community Impact empowers the musical and dance leaders of tomorrow by nurturing students’ passion and ability to serve their communities, preparing them for sustainable careers, and embracing the development of new ideas. The Center embodies Colburn’s commitment to developing young artists with the curiosity, skills, and commitment to make a difference in their field.

Each year, more than 2,000 students from around the world come to Colburn to benefit from the renowned faculty, exceptional facilities, and focus on excellence that unites the community.

The Colburn Center, designed by Frank Gehry, is a multi-faceted campus expansion of the Colburn School. Located across the street from the School’s existing campus at the intersection of Olive and Second Streets, the Colburn Center will enable the School to expand its mission of presenting programs for the public. Gehry’s design includes a 1,000-seat in-the-round concert hall named Terri and Jerry Kohl Hall, five professional-sized dance studios including a 100-seat studio theater, and gardens that bring fresh air and green spaces to the downtown landscape. The Colburn School broke ground on the Colburn Center on April 5, 2024. The completed project will join Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Grand complex to create the largest concentration of buildings designed by the architect in the world.

About the American Viola Society
Founded in 1971, the American Viola Society inspires excellence and builds community through viola study, performance, research, composition, and lutherie. The largest organization of violists in the world, the AVS provides support and resources for a global community of violists and viola enthusiasts with online resources, live events, competitions, scholarships, online series, funding opportunities, and the Journal of the American Viola Society. Signature AVS offerings include the triennial Primrose International Viola Competition, biennial AVS Festival events, David Dalton Research Competition, Maurice Gardner Competition for Composers, Exhibition of Modern Violas and Bows, solo and orchestral audition competitions for youth and emerging artists, and programs supporting education and health and wellness initiatives.

Contact:
Lisa Bellamore
lbellamore@gmail.com
323-500-3071

Jennifer Kallend
jkallend@colburnschool.edu
215-622-6195

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Colburn School Announces 2024 Fortissima Fellows

Eight high-school-age women of color will participate in an artistic and leadership development program to inspire, equip, and empower them for a future in classical music
Online Leadership Curriculum and Mentorship: April – September 2024
Colburn Campus Intensive: May 19 – May 25, 2024
Fortissima in Concert: May 24 at 7pm in Thayer Hall

www.colburnschool.edu/fortissima

(Wednesday, May 15, 2024, Los Angeles) – The Colburn School, a renowned performing arts school based in Los Angeles, today announced the 2024 cohort of its Fortissima program. Housed under Colburn’s Center for Innovation and Community Impact, Fortissima is an artistic and leadership development program for female-identifying high school-age participants from underrepresented minorities in classical music or who have a socioeconomic disadvantage. Selected participants demonstrate excellence on an orchestral instrument and have an interest in pursuing a career in music.

Fortissima’s innovative leadership curriculum, paired with rigorous artistic development and one-on-one mentorship, is designed to inspire, equip, and empower the Fellows to pursue professional training and careers in the classical music field. Now a national model, Fortissima is a six-month experience, April – September 2024, for 8 young women that will consist of two components: an online leadership curriculum with one-on-one mentorship and a week-long residential intensive on the Colburn campus, May 19 – May 25, 2024. All participants receive full scholarships which cover tuition as well as room and board while on campus.

The curriculum and mentorship are tailored to participants’ unique perspectives and provide specialized approaches to both personal and professional development. During their time on campus, these newly acquired skills will be put into practice in a deeply engaging residency that provides opportunities to explore all facets of artistry, including performance, the conservatory experience, and career development.

As a capstone to their on-campus intensive, the Fortissima Fellows will perform a program on Friday, May 24 featuring works by female-identifying and BIPOC composers curated by Jannina Norpoth, Fortissima Music Director and member of PUBLIQuartet. The concert is free, no tickets required, and will be livestreamed at colburnschool.edu/livestream.

The 2024 Fortissima Fellows are:

Felicia Adizue, 17-year-old violinist from Knightdale, NC.

Felicia identifies as Nigerian/Taiwanese American. She currently attends the University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School. In 2023, she attended the Brevard Summer Institute and was a part of the El-Sistema USA National Symposium Youth Ambassador Cohort.

Kai Isoke Ali-Landing, 17-year-old violinist from Melbourne, FL.

Kai Isoke identifies as African American and is homeschooled. In 2023, she attended the Sphinx Performance Academy and the Heifetz International Music Institute.

Ryannah Blackman, 18-year-old violinist from Washington Township, NJ.

Ryannah identifies as Black and is a student at Camden County Technical Schools. She is a current member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and participated in the Sphinx Performance Academy and the NJ All-State Orchestra in 2023.

Merilyn Delgado Gameros, 16-year-old tuba player from La Puente, CA.

Merilyn identifies and Hispanic/Latina and is a student at the California School of the Arts. She is a Herbert Zipper Scholar at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts and plays in the Colburn Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Chamber Ensemble.

Gabrielle Diaz-Alcantara, 17-year-old violinist from Stamford, CT.

Gabrielle identifies as Hispanic and is a student at Hackley School. She is currently in the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Program and recently attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and Sphinx Performance Academy.

Kendall Gonzales, 16-year-old cellist from Greensboro, NC.

Kendall identifies as Afro-Latina and attends the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Program. She attended the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute in 2023 and recently participated in NPR’s 2024 From the Top, Daily Joy.

Tess Reed, 17-year-old violinist from Manvel, TX.

Tess identifies as African American and is a student at Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She is the current concertmaster for the Kinder HSPVA Symphony Orchestra, recently served as  Stage Manager for Kinder HSPVA’s production of The Wiz and has been a member of the National Honor Society since 2022.

Abigail Regua, 18-year-old violinist from Idyllwild, CA.

Abigail identifies as African/Asian American and is a student at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. In 2023, she attended the Sphinx Performance Academy, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists program, and is a Sphinx 2023 MPower Artist.

Fortissima program overview:

  • Online Leadership Curriculum and Mentorship

From April 2024 to September 2024, participants will attend monthly meetings with a distinguished mentor and receive bi-monthly leadership and career development training sessions.

  • Colburn Campus Intensive

Participants will convene for a week-long residential intensive on the Colburn School campus from May 19 – May 25, 2024. Throughout the week, students will experience conservatory life first-hand, including trial lessons with Colburn faculty, Conservatory class observations, and access to Colburn facilities. Students will have the opportunity to explore the arts in Los Angeles by attending concerts on the Grand Avenue cultural corridor in Downtown Los Angeles and will learn from local arts leaders spearheading innovation in the field. Panels and workshops on topics such as navigating the world of classical music as a woman or a woman of color, wellness, self-care, personal development, conservatory audition and admissions processes, presentation skills, professional materials, and career development strategies will also be attended by students. Additionally, they will receive artistic development opportunities by learning and performing works by BIPOC, women, and living composers; chamber music coaching from Music Director Jannina Norpoth as well as Colburn School and visiting faculty; and give a culminating performance in Colburn School’s Thayer Hall. At the conclusion of the program, students will gain access to ongoing alumni programming.

Fortissima began as a local pilot program in 2017 and featured a cohort of six young women from Los Angeles. Those young women are now pursuing studies in music and other disciplines at schools such as Oberlin, Stanford, and UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Findings from the pilot program informed the new model which will expand the program to recruit nationally and serve more students each year.

Fortissima Program Leadership

  • Jannina Norpoth – music director

Fortissima Mentors

  • Karla Donehew Perez – violinist, co-founder of the Catalyst Quartet
  • Lady Jess – violinist, session musician and soloing member of Beyoncé’s band
  • Chanell Crichlow – composer and multi-instrumentalist, founder of PitchBlak Brass Band
  • Titilayo Ayangade – cellist, member of Duo Kayo

Full Bios for Leadership and Mentors available here

The national Fortissima program is made possible through the generous support of The Tippet Rise Fund of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Visionary Women, Raulee Marcus, Beverly Ryder, and the many donors who support our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives at the Colburn School.

About the Colburn School

A performing arts institution located in the heart of Los Angeles, the Colburn School trains students from beginners to those about to embark on professional careers. The academic units of the School provide a complete spectrum of music and dance education united by a single philosophy: that all who desire to study music or dance should have access to top-level instruction.

  • The diploma- and degree-granting Conservatory of Music is distinguished by a unique all-scholarship model, renowned faculty, and outstanding performance opportunities. It prepares the very highest level of collegiate musicians for professional careers.
  • The Music Academy is a highly selective training program for gifted young pre-collegiate musicians, designed to prepare students for conservatory study and performing careers at the highest levels of achievement. This residential program balances performance, musical instruction, and academics.
  • The Community School of Performing Arts welcomes students of all ages, from seven months old to adults. It offers over 120 classes each year in orchestral instruments, piano, guitar, voice, jazz, music theory, drama, and ensembles including orchestra, choir, and chamber music.
  • The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute develops performers of all levels, from aspiring professionals in the Dance Academy to beginners starting in Youth Dance. Students of all levels receive training in ballet, tap, and modern genres as part of a comprehensive dance education.
  • Created to serve all units of the School, the Center for Innovation and Community Impact empowers the musical and dance leaders of tomorrow by nurturing students’ passion and ability to serve their communities, preparing them for sustainable careers, and embracing the development of new ideas. The Center embodies Colburn’s commitment to developing young artists with the curiosity, skills, and commitment to make a difference in their field.

Each year, more than 2,000 students from around the world come to Colburn to benefit from the renowned faculty, exceptional facilities, and focus on excellence that unites the community.

The Colburn School recently broke ground on the Frank Gehry-designed Colburn Center, a multi-faceted campus expansion of the Colburn School. Located across the street from the School’s existing campus at the intersection of Olive and Second Streets, the Colburn Center will enable the School to expand its mission of presenting programs for the public. Gehry’s design includes a 1,000-seat in-the-round concert hall named Terri and Jerry Kohl Hall, five professional-sized dance studios including a 100-seat studio theater, and gardens that bring fresh air and green spaces to the downtown landscape.

Social Media
Facebook.com/colburnschool
Instagram and Twitter: @ColburnSchool
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/colburnschoollosangeles

Contact:
Lisa Bellamore
lbellamore@gmail.com
323-500-3071

Jennifer Kallend
jkallend@colburnschool.edu
215-622-6195

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Colburn School’s Trio Azura Wins Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Grand Prize Medal and Gold Medal in the Senior String Division

Trio de Ángeles wins Horszowski Trio Prize for Piano Trio for the Junior Division

(Monday, May 13, 2024, Los Angeles)Colburn School’s Trio Azura—Conservatory of Music students Duncan McDougall, violin, Yejin Hong, cello, and Yanfeng (Tony) Bai, piano—won the Grand Prize Medal ($15,000 award) in the 51st annual Fischoff Competition. They also won the Gold Medal ($5,000 award) in the Senior String Division, the Lift Every Voice Prize ($1,500) for the best performance of a work by a historically underrepresented composer within the chamber music world, and the Horszowski Trio Prize for Piano Trio ($600 award), Senior Division. As Grand Prize winners, Trio Azura will also participate in the Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy next summer.

Colburn School’s Trio de Ángeles—Music Academy students Esme Arias-Kim, violin, Angela Rose Padula, cello, and Caden Lin, piano—won the Horszowski Trio Prize for Piano Trio ($300 award), Junior Division.  Winners of the Horszowski Trio Prize are also invited to work with the Horszowski Trio, a vital force in the international chamber music world, at the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, held at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, July 1–12, 2024.

Trio Azura and Trio de Ángeles were two of four Colburn School ensembles selected from a total of 59 ensembles from around the world to compete in the competition. The Corda Quartet—Community School students Andres Engleman, violin, Sarah Yang, violin, Joshua Chae, viola and Irene Choung, cello—competed in the Junior Division, as did the Willow Quartet—Music Academy students James Birch, violin, Henry Woodruff, viola, Shinah (Sheena) Youn, cello and David Choi, piano.

The 51st Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition was held May 10-12, 2024, at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame.

Trio Azura was founded in 2022 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Violinist Duncan McDougall, cellist Yejin Hong, and pianist Yanfeng (Tony) Bai study with renowned faculty Martin Beaver, Clive Greensmith, and Fabio Bidini. In 2023, Trio Azura participated in the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, where they were awarded the “Rotary Club Siena” prize and performed in recital with Clive Greensmith. Trio Azura was also selected to participate in the 2023 ARD International Music Competition and received praise from German audiences. Individually, they have won numerous accolades. Despite being formed only recently, Trio Azura has quickly built incredible chemistry and has developed a comprehensive repertoire. They have participated in masterclasses with internationally acclaimed artists including pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Orion Weiss, and Pedja Mužijević; violinist Arnaud Sussman; and cellist Nicholas Tzavaras.

Founded in 1973 in South Bend, Indiana, USA, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition has grown to become the largest chamber music competition in the world, and one of the most prestigious classical music prizes attainable today. Since its founding, more than 7,400 musicians have competed, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in music performance and education, including Indiana native and three-time Grammy Award-winner, violinist Joshua Bell, the genre-defying contemporary ensemble Eighth Blackbird, and the Pacifica Quartet, 2020 Grammy Award Winner for Best Chamber Music Performance. The Fischoff distinguishes itself from all other music competitions by remaining true to its core mission: to encourage and educate young musicians in the discipline and expression of chamber music.

About the Colburn School
A performing arts institution located in the heart of Los Angeles, the Colburn School trains students from beginners to those about to embark on professional careers. The academic units of the School provide a complete spectrum of music and dance education united by a single philosophy: that all who desire to study music or dance should have access to top-level instruction.

  • The diploma- and degree-granting Conservatory of Music is distinguished by a unique all-scholarship model, renowned faculty, and outstanding performance opportunities. It prepares the very highest level of collegiate musicians for professional careers.
  • The Music Academy is a highly selective training program for gifted young pre-collegiate musicians, designed to prepare students for conservatory study and performing careers at the highest levels of achievement. This program offers residential options and balances performance, musical instruction, and academics.
  • The Community School of Performing Arts welcomes students of all ages, from seven months old to adults. It offers more than 120 classes each year in orchestral instruments, piano, guitar, voice, jazz, music theory, drama, and ensembles including orchestra, choir, and chamber music.
  • The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute develops performers of all levels, from aspiring professionals in the Dance Academy to beginners starting in Youth Dance. Students of all levels receive training in ballet, tap, musical theater, and modern genres as part of a comprehensive dance education.
  • Created to serve all units of the School, the Center for Innovation and Community Impact empowers the musical and dance leaders of tomorrow by nurturing students’ passion and ability to serve their communities, preparing them for sustainable careers, and embracing the development of new ideas. The Center embodies Colburn’s commitment to developing young artists with the curiosity, skills, and commitment to make a difference in their field.

Each year, more than 2,000 students from around the world come to Colburn to benefit from the renowned faculty, exceptional facilities, and focus on excellence that unites the community.

The Colburn Center, designed by Frank Gehry, is a multi-faceted campus expansion of the Colburn School. Located across the street from the School’s existing campus at the intersection of Olive and Second Streets, the Colburn Center will enable the School to expand its mission of presenting programs for the public. Gehry’s design includes a 1,000-seat in-the-round concert hall named Terri and Jerry Kohl Hall, five professional-sized dance studios including a 100-seat studio theater, and gardens that bring fresh air and green spaces to the downtown landscape. The Colburn School broke ground on the Colburn Center on April 5, 2024. The completed project will join Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Grand complex to create the largest concentration of buildings designed by the architect in the world.

Contact:
Jennifer Kallend
jkallend@colburnschool.edu
215-622-6195

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Commencement Livestream

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Conservatory of Music Commencement

Conservatory of Music Commencement

Monday, May 6, 2024
10:30 am, Zipper Hall

Join us as we confer degrees at the Conservatory of Music’s 2024 Commencement. The ceremony will feature a keynote address by violist and Colburn School alumna Nokuthula Ngwenyama.

Violist Jonathan William Brown Joins Colburn School Faculty as Professor of Chamber Music

(Monday, April 29, 2024, Los Angeles) – The Colburn School announced today that violist Jonathan William Brown will join the Conservatory of Music faculty as Professor of Chamber Music, beginning July 1, 2024. In this role, Brown will oversee a comprehensive strings and piano chamber music program, provide the vision and structure for sequential chamber music training at all levels, and oversee all chamber music performances. He also joins the chamber music and viola faculty in the Music Academy, Colburn’s highly selective training program for gifted young pre-collegiate musicians.

“I’m honored to join the Colburn School and contribute to its vibrant community,” said Brown. “It’s a privilege to further develop the rich legacy of chamber music education here, guiding students toward artistic growth and professional excellence. I look forward to collaborating with colleagues to cultivate a supportive environment where every student can thrive and fulfill their potential.”

Brown joins Colburn School’s esteemed Conservatory and Music Academy faculty following an international search. Since 2002, he has been the violist of the Cuarteto Casals, with whom he has performed in all of the major concert halls in Europe, North America, and Asia as well as making numerous recordings on the Harmonia Mundi label including repertoire ranging from Bach through Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to Bartók, Ligeti and Shostakovich. As a guest violist, he has performed with the Tokyo, Jerusalem, Kuss, Marmen, Miro, Zemlinsky, Quiroga and Armida quartets and has been on the jury of international quartet competitions in London, Salzburg, Prague and Katowice. Brown has also been an artistic director of the Da Camara chamber orchestra, the contemporary ensemble FUNKTION, and Musethica Spain.

“Jonathan William Brown’s impressive background as a member of an acclaimed string quartet, an entrepreneurial artist, and gifted teacher and mentor makes him positioned to guide our students as they prepare for professional careers,” said Lee Cioppa, Dean of the Conservatory of Music. “With Jonathan as Professor of Chamber Music, we look forward to further nurturing our collaborative chamber music culture and having his unique voice contribute to the exceptional training provided at the Colburn School.”

Since 2003, Brown has been professor of viola and chamber music at ESMUC in Barcelona and since 2011 assistant professor of viola at the Escuela Reina Sofía in Madrid. Outside of these positions, he has given masterclasses in Köln, London, Aix-en-Provence, Den Haag, Weikersheim, Fiesole, Linz, Lübeck, Essen, Rotterdam, Los Angeles and Cleveland, among others. Originally from Chicago, Brown’s principal viola teachers were Martha Strongin Katz, Karen Tuttle, Heidi Castleman, Thomas Riebl and Veronika Hagen and he was deeply influenced by Ferenc Rados and György Kurtág.

The Colburn Conservatory of Music has earned a reputation for producing premier talent in chamber music. In the 20 years since the Conservatory was founded, it has produced the critically acclaimed Calidore Quartet, recognized as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of a vast repertory; the Calder Quartet, winners of the prestigious 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, widely known for the commissioning and recording of some of today’s best emerging composers; and the Viano Quartet, currently in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Bowers Program from 2024 to 2027 and First Prize winner at the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition.

About the Colburn School

A performing arts institution located in the heart of Los Angeles, the Colburn School trains students from beginners to those about to embark on professional careers. The academic units of the School provide a complete spectrum of music and dance education united by a single philosophy: that all who desire to study music or dance should have access to top-level instruction.

  • The diploma- and degree-granting Conservatory of Music is distinguished by a unique all-scholarship model, renowned faculty, and outstanding performance opportunities. It prepares the very highest level of collegiate musicians for professional careers.
  • The Music Academy is a highly selective training program for gifted young pre-collegiate musicians, designed to prepare students for conservatory study and performing careers at the highest levels of achievement. This residential program balances performance, musical instruction, and academics.
  • The Community School of Performing Arts welcomes students of all ages, from seven months old to adults. It offers over 120 classes each year in orchestral instruments, piano, guitar, voice, jazz, music theory, drama, and ensembles including orchestra, choir, and chamber music.
  • The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute develops performers of all levels, from aspiring professionals in the Dance Academy to beginners starting in Youth Dance. Students of all levels receive training in ballet, tap, and modern genres as part of a comprehensive dance education.
  • Created to serve all units of the School, the Center for Innovation and Community Impact empowers the musical and dance leaders of tomorrow by nurturing students’ passion and ability to serve their communities, preparing them for sustainable careers, and embracing the development of new ideas. The Center embodies Colburn’s commitment to developing young artists with the curiosity, skills, and commitment to make a difference in their field.

Each year, more than 2,000 students from around the world come to Colburn to benefit from the renowned faculty, exceptional facilities, and focus on excellence that unites the community.

The Colburn School recently broke ground on the Frank Gehry-designed Colburn Center, a multi-faceted campus expansion of the Colburn School. Located across the street from the School’s existing campus at the intersection of Olive and Second Streets, the Colburn Center will enable the School to expand its mission of presenting programs for the public. Gehry’s design includes a 1,000-seat in-the-round concert hall named Terri and Jerry Kohl Hall, five professional-sized dance studios including a 100-seat studio theater, and gardens that bring fresh air and green spaces to the downtown landscape.

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Contact:
Lisa Bellamore
lbellamore@gmail.com
323-500-3071

Jennifer Kallend
jkallend@colburnschool.edu
215-622-6195

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Violin Ensemble

Designed for both Suzuki and traditional violin students, the Violin Ensemble (VE), previously known as Violin Sight Reading and Musicianship (VSRM), is an entry-level ensemble for the Community School of Performing Arts pre-college orchestra program. Emphasis is placed on reinforcing reading skills, developing musicianship, and introducing orchestral performance techniques, such as learning proper violin posture when seated with a music stand and how to read and mark a music score.

All new and returning students must audition for placement.

Duration

Weekly on Wednesdays, 6:00 – 6:40 pm

Prerequisites

Participants must study privately and are required to have finished Joanne Martin, I Can Read Music, Volume 1 prior to audition. No previous orchestral experience is necessary.

Minimum Age Requirement

3rd grade; must be eight years old by September 1, 2024

Recommended Minimum Level of Playing

Dvořák Humoresque (Suzuki Vol. 3)

Audition Information

In-person auditions for the 2024–2025 academic year will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2024. Upon completion of the application form, a link will be provided to schedule an audition time.

Audition Requirements

Please be prepared to demonstrate:

  1. Two scales. A two-octave G Major scale AND a two-octave D Major scale. The scales should be memorized and played slurred, 2 quarter notes per bow at a moderate tempo. (Quarter note = 72)
  2. A polished solo piece. Choose 2 to 3 minutes that represent your technical skill and musicianship.
  3. Sight Reading. A series of sight reading examples will be presented at your audition.

Audition results will be sent via email by midnight on June 15.

Colburn School Announces Live Round Competitors for the 2024 Primrose International Viola Competition

(Friday, April 19, 2024, Los Angeles) – The Colburn School and the American Viola Society today announced the 24 live round competitors for the 2024 Primrose International Viola Competition. The 24 live round competitors were chosen from a pool of 156 applications received during the pre-screening round that closed in January 2024. The 2024 Primrose International Viola Competition will take place at the Colburn School, June 17-22, 2024.

The 24 live round competitors come from all over the world, representing 12 countries. The average age of participants is 24, with the youngest aged 16 and the oldest 30.

“The Primrose Competition is not just a showcase of exceptional talent, but a celebration of the viola’s unique voice, highlighting its depth, richness, and versatility in the world of classical music,” said Colburn School President and CEO Sel Kardan. “We are excited to host the live round competitors at Colburn in collaboration with the American Viola Society, along with hundreds of violists from around the world attending the 2024 American Viola Society Festival. This will be a week filled with inspiring music and celebrations that recognize the next generation of rising stars in classical music.”

“The American Viola Society takes great pride in the remarkable legacy of the Primrose Competition and its laureates, and is honored to co-present this year’s competition with our wonderful partners at the Colburn School,” remarked AVS President Ames Asbell. “Alongside this year’s competition, the AVS is thrilled to present our biennial American Viola Society Festival – a four-day celebration of the viola filled with performances, lectures, workshops, and much more. The combined PIVC and AVS Festival events ensure a can’t-miss experience for violists of all ages.”

Each of the live-round participants will compete in the Quarter-Final Round on June 17 and 18, and eight competitors will advance to the Semi-Final Round, taking place on June 19. During the Quarter-Final Round, competitors will perform works that demonstrate the musical and virtuosic strengths of the competitor, including the performance of one piece for solo viola or for viola and piano by a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) composer. During the Semi-Final Round, competitors will perform any two contrasting movements of a solo work by Johann Sebastian Bach, a complete major work for viola and piano, and a commissioned work for viola and piano by Nokuthula Ngwenyama written in memory of Dr. David Dalton.

During the first of two Final Rounds, the final three competitors will perform Claude Debussy’s Trio for Flute, Viola and Pedal Harp (1915) on June 21. The following day, June 22, the competitors will perform either Bela Bartók’s Viola Concerto (ed. Serly) or William Walton’s Viola Concerto with orchestra led by Elias Peter Brown, a Salonen Fellow in the Negaunee Conducting Program at the Colburn Conservatory.

The winner will be announced during the awards ceremony held shortly after the June 22 Final Round. The first prize winner will receive $15,000; the second prize winner will receive $10,000; the third prize winner will receive $5,000; the Transcriptions Prize winner will receive $1,000; and the Illumination Prize winner, for best performance of a work by an underrepresented composer demographic, will receive $1,000. The first-prize winner will perform at the 2026 American Viola Society Festival and receive an invitation to the semi-finals of the Concert Artists Guild Competition.

The live round competition jury includes Tim Frederiksen (Jury Chairman, Denmark), Atar Arad (United States, Israel), Cathy Basrak (United States), Ensik Choi (South Korea), Steven Dann (Canada), Ayane Kozasa (United States), and Geraldine Walther (United States). For full biographies, please visit https://www.primrosecompetition.org/2024-jury/.

All live rounds will be streamed on The Violin Channel.

As one of the most renowned string instrument competitions in the world, the Primrose International Viola Competition features the world’s best and most promising young violists. The Competition offers southern California one week of exceptional international competition, exquisite music, and an exhilarating finish. All rounds are open to the public, and audiences can expect to hear a broad survey of the viola repertoire.

The 2024 competition is dedicated to the memory of Dr. David Dalton, who was one of the world’s greatest champions of the viola, and a former student and friend of William Primrose. Dr. Dalton was professor emeritus of viola at Brigham Young University, and earned his B.M. and M.M. degrees in violin at the Eastman School of Music. After meeting William Primrose, he switched to viola and received his doctorate in performance at Indiana University. Dalton collaborated with Primrose in writing his memoir, “Walk on the North Side and Playing the Viola: Conversations with William Primrose” and produced two documentaries, “A Violist’s Legacy,” and “William Primrose, Violist.” Primrose and he were co‐founders of the Primrose International Viola Archive (PIVA) at BYU, the largest and most important repository of materials related to the instrument. Dr. Dalton served as president of the American and International Viola Societies, as well as editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society. In 2013 in Krakow, Poland, the International Viola Society awarded Dr. Dalton the “Golden Viola Clef,” the Society’s highest honor for his distinguished and unique contributions to the viola.

In conjunction with the Primrose International Viola Competition, the American Viola Society will host its 2024 Festival taking place at the Colburn School on June 19-22, 2024. Recital performances, lectures, presentations, masterclasses, youth competitions, and exhibits will be scheduled around the competition Semi-Final and Final rounds. More information is available at americanviolasociety.org/avs-festival.

The Colburn School will also present a performance by celebrated chamber musician, soloist, and Colburn faculty member Tatjana Masurenko on June 20 and a recital by the distinguished members of the Primrose International Viola Competition Jury on June 21.

Founded in 1979 by the American Viola Society as the first international competition solely for violists, the Primrose International Viola Competition is proud of the rich history and legacy of excellence it promotes. For over 40 years, the Competition has continued to attract distinguished jurors and talented participants worldwide, serving as an inspiration to young artists across the globe. The Competition has an international reputation for identifying the talent of tomorrow and is respected for its artistic and professional integrity. Its laureates occupy principal seats of major symphony orchestras, act as professors in major centers of education, and have achieved critical acclaim as international soloists.

For more information about the Primrose Competition, please visit http://www.primrosecompetition.org/.

List of live round competitors:

All ages below as of April 2024.

  • Leslie Ashworth (Canada, 27, The Juilliard School)
  • Keoni Bolding (United States, 26, Curtis Institute of Music)
  • Hsiang-Hsin Ching (Taiwan, 23, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University)
  • Toby Cook (United Kingdom, 26, Zurich University of the Arts)
  • Riko Eto (Japan, 23, Tokyo University of the Art)
  • Andjela Josifoski (Serbia, 17, International Menuhin Music Academy)
  • Yong Ha Jung (South Korea, 24, The Juilliard School)
  • Yunji Jang (South Korea, 22, Seoul National University)
  • Annariina Jokela (Finland, 30, Haute Ecole de Musique)
  • Mao Konishi (Japan, 28, University of the Arts Berlin)
  • Katie Liu (United States, 25, Yale School of Music)
  • Laura Liu (United States, 23, The Juilliard School)
  • Wilhelm Magner (Canada, 24, Yale School of Music)
  • David Montreuil (Canada, 28, McGill University)
  • Andy Park (United States, 22, Yale University)
  • Haneul Park (South Korea, 23, Curtis Institute of Music)
  • Karolina Errera Pavon (Russia, 30, Kronberg Academy)
  • JungAhn Shin (South Korea, 24, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin)
  • Otoha Tabata (Japan, 24, The Royal College of Music)
  • Guohan Tang (China, 23, Universität der Künste Berlin)
  • Duleen Van Gunsteren (Netherlands, 28, Conservatory of Amsterdam)
  • Kinga Wojdalska (Poland, 25, Zurcher Hochschule der Kunste)
  • Xunyu Zhou (China, 16, Shanghai Conservatory of Music Affiliated Middle School)
  • Emad Zolfaghari (Canada, 19, Curtis Institute of Music)

Please click here to read the bios of each competitor.

About the Colburn School

A performing arts institution located in the heart of Los Angeles, the Colburn School trains students from beginners to those about to embark on professional careers. The academic units of the School provide a complete spectrum of music and dance education united by a single philosophy: that all who desire to study music or dance should have access to top-level instruction.

  • The diploma- and degree-granting Conservatory of Music is distinguished by a unique all-scholarship model, renowned faculty, and outstanding performance opportunities. It prepares the very highest level of collegiate musicians for professional careers.
  • The Music Academy is a highly selective training program for gifted young pre-collegiate musicians, designed to prepare students for conservatory study and performing careers at the highest levels of achievement. This program offers residential options and balances performance, musical instruction, and academics.
  • The Community School of Performing Arts welcomes students of all ages, from seven months old to adults. It offers more than 120 classes each year in orchestral instruments, piano, guitar, voice, jazz, music theory, drama, and ensembles including orchestra, choir, and chamber music.
  • The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute develops performers of all levels, from aspiring professionals in the Dance Academy to beginners starting in Youth Dance. Students of all levels receive training in ballet, tap, musical theater, and modern genres as part of a comprehensive dance education.
  • Created to serve all units of the School, the Center for Innovation and Community Impact empowers the musical and dance leaders of tomorrow by nurturing students’ passion and ability to serve their communities, preparing them for sustainable careers, and embracing the development of new ideas. The Center embodies Colburn’s commitment to developing young artists with the curiosity, skills, and commitment to make a difference in their field.

Each year, more than 2,000 students from around the world come to Colburn to benefit from the renowned faculty, exceptional facilities, and focus on excellence that unites the community.

The Colburn Center, designed by Frank Gehry, is a multi-faceted campus expansion of the Colburn School. Located across the street from the School’s existing campus at the intersection of Olive and Second Streets, the Colburn Center will enable the School to expand its mission of presenting programs for the public. Gehry’s design includes a 1,000-seat in-the-round concert hall named Terri and Jerry Kohl Hall, five professional-sized dance studios including a 100-seat studio theater, and gardens that bring fresh air and green spaces to the downtown landscape. The Colburn School broke ground on the Colburn Center on April 5, 2024. The completed project will join Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Grand complex to create the largest concentration of buildings designed by the architect in the world.

About the American Viola Society
Founded in 1971, the American Viola Society inspires excellence and builds community through viola study, performance, research, composition, and lutherie. The AVS provides support and resources for a global community of violists and viola enthusiasts with online resources, live events, competitions, scholarships, online series, funding opportunities, and the Journal of the American Viola Society.

Contact:
Lisa Bellamore
lbellamore@gmail.com
323-500-3071

Jennifer Kallend
jkallend@colburnschool.edu
215-622-6195

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Colburn School Elects Bethany Coffee, Linda Curtis, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, and Allan Marks to Board of Directors

(Monday, February 12, Los Angeles) – The Board of Directors of the Colburn School announces the election of four new board members: Bethany Coffee, Linda Curtis, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, and Allan Marks.

Chaired by Andrew Millstein, the Colburn Board of Directors supports the School’s mission to provide the highest quality music and dance education at all levels of development and provide access to the performing arts. “It is an incredibly rewarding experience to serve as Chairman of Colburn School’s Board of Directors and observe the transformative impact that the Colburn School has on students and the community. Guided by the principle of ‘access to excellence’ Colburn provides the finest faculty and robust scholarship support to students, as well as active community engagement programs and a busy schedule of performances,” says Millstein. “We are truly privileged to welcome our newest Board members—Bethany Coffee, Linda Curtis, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, and Allan Marks—who share our passionate commitment to ensuring the performing arts are accessible to all.”

An internationally renowned performing arts school located in the cultural corridor of downtown Los Angeles, The Colburn School provides the highest quality music and dance education to students at all levels of development, from children as young as 7 months old to those about to embark on professional careers. Each year, 2,000 students from around the world study in one of the School’s four academic units—the Community School of Performing Arts, Conservatory of Music, Music Academy, and Trudl Zipper Dance Institute. Serving all units of the School, the Center for Innovation and Community Impact prepares students for sustainable careers and nurtures the passion and ability to serve their communities. Performances in the community and on campus develop young artists and welcome audiences with over 350 free and low-cost performances annually.

Bethany Coffee has worked in the healthcare industry for over 20 years. She served as Director of Therapy Rehabilitation in addition to her own business as an occupational therapist to address not only the physical needs of people but also their emotional and psychological well-being. During her career she implemented several new programs in the workplace. Bethany has been a part of the Colburn community for nine years. Her two children attend classes at Colburn, one in music and one in ballet. Bethany has been a part of several programs during that time including musical theater, instrumental, vocal training, dance, among others. She personally shares that Colburn has changed the direction of her family’s lives, and that she is fiercely committed to this close-knit community. She has been a board member of Kusewera, a nonprofit that empowers and educates children through active and creative play programs, since 2012. As a member of the board, Bethany has planned fundraising events, developed new programs, such as the Girl Power Initiative, and hosted events promoting the organization’s mission. 

Linda Curtis is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP in Los Angeles. She is co-chair of the firm’s Global Finance Practice Group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of corporate finance, including leveraged financings—with a specific focus in recent years on acquisition financings, real estate financings, and investment fund financings. She also represents clients in debt capital markets transactions and has experience in debt restructurings. Linda’s clients include public and private companies in a variety of industries, private equity funds, and commercial lenders. In 1987, Linda received her Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School and her Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford Business School. Prior to her graduate work at Stanford, Linda received a Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence from Oxford University, and an A.B. in public affairs/economics from Princeton University. After graduating from Stanford, she clerked for the Honorable Robert F. Peckham, who was then Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. In addition to her support of the Colburn School, Linda has supported the San Francisco Symphony and New Village Academy.  Linda and her husband have five children, who all attended Colburn’s Community School. 

Juan Carlos Gonzalez is a bilingual licensed attorney in California and a veteran neutral in Labor Relations since 2000. As a Commissioner of Mediation for the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service from 2000 to 2012, Juan Carlos mediated over 600 cases mediating collective bargaining contract negotiations, initial contracts, strikes, lockouts, grievances, EEOC charges, and supervisor discipline cases. From 2012 to the present, Juan Carlos has served as a Labor Arbitrator sitting on various panels in the hotel/stadium, college education, entertainment, and medical industries as well as a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. Juan Carlos was Executive Director of the Southern California Labor & Employment Relations Association (LERA) from 2019 to 2022 as well as President of Orange County LERA in 2016 and a board member from 2014-2019. Since 2019, Juan Carlos has been the President of the Rafael and Luisa De Marchena-Huyke Foundation providing funds to support various initiatives such as inner-city youth access to education, music and the arts and resources for the poor. Juan Carlos has an LLM in Tax Law and a master’s degree in Psychology. He has also been an adjunct professor for the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School and California State University Fullerton, teaching mediation and labor relations.

Allan Marks is an attorney and partner at Milbank LLP, based in Los Angeles.  He advises developers, sponsors, banks, institutional investors, private equity and infrastructure funds, and corporations on a range of complex transactions. He covers project development, construction and finance, joint ventures and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, acquisitions, and restructurings.  He has worked on energy and infrastructure projects around the world, with special expertise in power and renewable energy, water, transportation, biofuels, telecommunications, airports, rail, and ports. Allan created and hosts the Law, Policy & Markets podcast and speaks and publishes frequently on risk management, sustainability, infrastructure, renewable energy, cross-border transactions, public-private partnerships, and economic and regulatory policy. He is a regular contributor to Forbes and served as an editorial board member of Law360 for Project Finance. Allan is ranked as one of the world’s leading project finance lawyers by Chambers, the IFLR1000, and other legal publications and was named one of California’s “Top 50 Development Lawyers” by the Daily Journal. Allan also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, both at the Law School and (previously) the Haas School of Business. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and was the founding co-chair of the State Bar of California Real Estate Sub-Section on Public-Private Infrastructure. Allan has served on various nonprofit and civic boards and currently serves as a director of Street Symphony, among other organizations, and as a member of the Executive Leadership Board of MoveLA.  Allan earned his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley Law School and his B.A. in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University.

Please click here for a complete list of members of Colburn School’s Board of Directors.

About the Colburn School

A performing arts institution located in the heart of Los Angeles, the Colburn School trains students from beginners to those about to embark on professional careers. The academic units of the School provide a complete spectrum of music and dance education united by a single philosophy: that all who desire to study music or dance should have access to top-level instruction.

  • The diploma- and degree-granting Conservatory of Music is distinguished by a unique all-scholarship model, renowned faculty, and outstanding performance opportunities. It prepares the very highest level of collegiate musicians for professional careers.

  • The Music Academy is a highly selective training program for gifted young pre-collegiate musicians, designed to prepare students for conservatory study and performing careers at the highest levels of achievement. This program offers residential options and balances performance, musical instruction, and academics.

  • The Community School of Performing Arts welcomes students of all ages, from seven months old to adults. It offers more than 120 classes each year in orchestral instruments, piano, guitar, voice, jazz, music theory, drama, and ensembles including orchestra, choir, and chamber music.

  • The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute develops performers of all levels, from aspiring professionals in the Dance Academy to beginners starting in Youth Dance. Students of all levels receive training in ballet, tap, musical theater, and modern genres as part of a comprehensive dance education.

  • Created to serve all units of the School, the Center for Innovation and Community Impact empowers the musical and dance leaders of tomorrow by nurturing students’ passion and ability to serve their communities, preparing them for sustainable careers, and embracing the development of new ideas. The Center embodies Colburn’s commitment to developing young artists with the curiosity, skills, and commitment to make a difference in their field. 

Each year, more than 2,000 students from around the world come to Colburn to benefit from the renowned faculty, exceptional facilities, and focus on excellence that unites the community.

The Colburn Center, designed by Frank Gehry, is a multi-faceted campus expansion of the Colburn School. Located across the street from the School’s existing campus at the intersection of Olive and Second Streets, the Colburn Center will enable the School to expand its mission of presenting programs for the public. Gehry’s design includes a 1,000-seat in-the-round concert hall named Terri and Jerry Kohl Hall, five professional-sized dance studios including a 100-seat studio theater, and gardens that bring fresh air and green spaces to the downtown landscape. 

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Contact:

Jennifer Kallend
jkallend@colburnschool.edu
215-622-6195

Lisa Bellamore
lbellamore@gmail.com
323-500-3071

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Colburn School Honors James Conlon and Merle Mullin at the Sold-Out Celebrate Colburn Gala on April 7, 2024

Maestro Conlon Leads All-Mozart Program with the Colburn Orchestra

(Tuesday, April 2, 2024, Los Angeles) – At its annual gala, Celebrate Colburn, the Colburn School will honor James Conlon, an internationally recognized conductor and Music Director of the LA Opera, and Merle Mullin, a noted philanthropist and arts enthusiast. They will receive the Richard D. Colburn Award for their exemplary contributions to the world of classical music and the arts. As part of the celebration, Maestro Conlon will also lead an all-Mozart program featuring the Colburn Conservatory’s flagship ensemble, the Colburn Orchestra, and soloists from the Conservatory. Celebrate Colburn takes place at the Colburn School on Sunday, April 7, 2024, and thanks to the strong response from Colburn’s philanthropic community, the event is sold out.

One of today’s most versatile and respected conductors, James Conlon has cultivated a vast symphonic, operatic, and choral repertoire. Since his 1974 debut with the New York Philharmonic, he has conducted virtually every major American and European symphony orchestra, and at many of the world’s leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera. Through worldwide touring, an extensive discography and filmography, numerous writings, television appearances, and guest speaking engagements, Conlon is one of classical music’s most recognized and prolific figures, and the founder of the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at the Colburn School. Since 2006, Maestro Conlon has been Music Director of LA Opera, where he has led more performances than any other conductor in the company’s history. He continues in this role until his 20th season in 2026, at which time he will become Conductor Laureate.

Merle Mullin is a global philanthropist whose boundless energy and love for travel, food and wine, the visual and performing arts, design, and vintage French cars has inspired her deep influence on the arts and culture, education, transportation design, healthcare, and literacy sectors. Mullin has co-curated a world-renowned vintage car collection that she both oversees as Director of the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, and that she drives in competitions. Dozens of organizations around the world are proud to celebrate Mullin and her late husband Peter’s profound generosity, including through the Music Center’s Mullin Wine Bar, the Mullin Transportation Design Center at the Art Center College of Design, The Mullin Commons at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, the Mullin Automotive Park and Museum in the Cotswolds (England), and the future Mullin Family Garden of Thoughts and Dreams at the Colburn School’s new Colburn Center.

The honorees will receive their awards as part a midday celebration centered around the music of Mozart, including performances of the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in E-flat Major, K. 449 with Conservatory soloist Ryota Yamazaki; Sinfonia Concertante with Conservatory soloists Fiona Shea, violin, and Charlotte Stickel, viola; and Symphony in D Major, K. 385 (“Haffner”), led by Maestro Conlon. Also featured is Pride and Purity, a work created by Dance Academy student choreographer Natalia Reszka to music by Mozart, and performances by Hot Pink Brass Quintet, Fiddles on Fire, Choirs at Colburn, and a Colburn Jazz ensemble.

Proceeds from Celebrate Colburn will benefit Colburn School’s artistic and youth education programs that bring arts education to 8,500 students annually.

CELEBRATE COLBURN
SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2024 
Event Information

10 am Opening Reception
11 am Remarks & Performance
1 pm Lunch on the Plaza

Contact:
Jennifer Kallend
VP of Communications
The Colburn School
jkallend@colburnschool.edu
215-622-6195

Thanks to an overwhelming response from Colburn’s philanthropic community, the 2024 Celebrate Colburn gala is at capacity. Please contact Alyssa Solis at 213-621-4535 to be placed on the waitlist.

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