Colburn Connected

Welcome to Colburn Connected—our online venue where you can stay connected to the performing arts through the incredible content coming out of our community during this time. Watch great performances, read interviews with students and faculty, and learn about news around the school! We invite you to scroll through to experience, enrich, and explore.
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See what we’re up to in Los Angeles and around the world.

Colburn Connected Performances

#ColburnConnected YouTube playlist

Colburn Winter Countdown
Revisit the music, dance, and special surprises from faculty, students, and alumni from our Colburn Winter Countdown in December 2020.

Colburn Winter Countdown YouTube playlist

Virtual Office Hours

The Alumni and Parent Relations Office continued to host an online monthly pop-up to share important campus news and grand performances with our Colburn families during the 2020-21 school year. Did you miss any? You can still go back and watch all of the archived concerts!

Virtual Office Hours YouTube Playlist

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Learn more about our expanding curriculum and opportunities for the Colburn Community.

New Venture Competition

The Colburn School’s New Venture Competition supports innovative products, projects, and ventures with grant prizes and mentorship from the Center for Innovation and Community Impact (Center) staff. This past year, for the first time, the New Venture Competition was fully online in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to the generous support of the Gluck Foundation and Nick Nichols, who has been the primary supporter of the New Venture Competition since its founding in 2015, the competition increased its grant awards and recognized six new venture pitches. Additionally, the Center extended mentorship support to all 14 of this year’s participants. Read more.

Fortissima Program Expands Nationally

Fortissima is an artistic and leadership development program at the Colburn School for high school age young women from underrepresented minorities in classical music. Fortissima’s innovative leadership curriculum, paired with rigorous artistic development and one-on-one mentorship, is designed to inspire, equip, and empower young women from underrepresented minorities in classical music to pursue professional training and careers in the field.

Now a national model, Fortissima will be a six-month experience for 10 young women that will include mentorship and virtual engagement and culminate in a weeklong residential intensive at the Colburn School in Fall 2021. The program is provided at no cost to participants.

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Virtual Dance Studio

Dance allows a student to strive for excellence and create art; to move with both the discipline of technique and the freedom of joy; and to express any emotion without ever saying a word. In this time of social distancing, the power of dance is more important than ever, which is why the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute has expanded its offering to include classes for non-Colburn students.

Open Dance Classes

Dancers around the world are invited to advance their training at home by joining us in the Colburn Connected Virtual Studio. These daily classes are accompanied by live music and offer real-time feedback from world-class instructors.

View Open Class Schedule

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The Colburn School’s Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)

The Colburn School is dedicated to providing equitable access to excellence in performing arts education. Founded on the core principle of community, Colburn believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion are vital to our collective success.

We recognize that many major disciplines in the institution, such as classical music and ballet, have historically excluded BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and low-income communities. Colburn has an opportunity—and an obligation—to do more. We are committing to a number of EDI initiatives that build upon our past work, allow us to make immediate change in the present, and lay the groundwork for future commitments.

We have developed a series of initiatives to begin with the 2020–21 academic year and continue long after, becoming part of the fabric of the institution. We believe these initiatives will be important steps towards a stronger, more diverse artistic workforce and creative society. Read more.

Support Colburn through AmazonSmile

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With AmazonSmile, you can support organizations like Colburn every time you shop, at no cost to you. By simply selecting your preferred organization and shopping Amazon using their AmazonSmile URL, dedicated community members like you are able to help support the renowned faculty, unparalleled facilities, and focus on excellence that unites our Colburn community.

AmazonSmile is available at on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.

How to Shop

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to on your web browser or activate AmazonSmile on your Amazon Shopping app on your iOS or Android phone (found under settings on your app). On your browser, you may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. When you’re using the app, always check for the “AmazonSmile” logo to ensure you’re activated for AmazonSmile.

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In the News

Silas Farley to Lead Dance Academy in Los Angeles (New York Times)
“It felt like the right next step,” the former New York City Ballet dancer said of taking on a leadership role at the Colburn School.

Colburn School Puts High Tech on the Fast Track (San Francisco Classical Voice)
The the Colburn School has embarked on an ambitious effort to facilitate high-tech teaching and performances.

Lee Secard Sets High Standards (DownBeat Magazine)
Today, scores of jazz pupils—students in 5th grade through high school—head downtown after school and on weekends to benefit from Secard’s tutelage.

KPCC’s Take Two
Students of classical music are either on track to join an orchestra or become teachers. With neither option a possibility right now, we checked in with a student at the Colburn School. Alyssa Katahara is a harp student whose orchestral audition hopes have been dashed by COVID 19. She and her teacher, JoAnn Turovsky, joined Take Two to discuss her way forward.