Welcome to the Colburn Connected portal—an online venue where you can stay connected to the performing arts through the incredible content coming out of our community during this time. From performances and interviews to media coverage and virtual curriculum, we will be updating this page regularly as new content becomes available. We invite you to browse, curate your own program, and enjoy the show.
Colburn Connected Performances
2020-21 Fall Season Overview
The Colburn School’s Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
A Serving of Beethoven: Lunchtime Concerts and The Violin Sonatas
Virtual Office Hours
Support Colburn through AmazonSmile – new!
New Venture Competition Winners
Virtual Dance Studio
In the News
Notes from Leadership
Donate to Colburn Connected
#ColburnConnected YouTube playlist
This fall, the concert hall comes home. Watch thrilling music and dance performances from your living room and stay plugged-in to the performing arts with Colburn’s schedule of innovative virtual events. Deepen your Colburn experience by becoming a Colburn Society member.
Connect with us online this season.
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.
Colburn continues its celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a series of lunchtime concerts highlighting the composer’s most beloved works. Join us each Thursday for live discussions that unpack Beethoven’s music, followed by complete performances from Colburn’s B250 celebration. Performers include the Calidore String Quartet, Colburn faculty members, and more.
Now, the menu for Colburn’s lunchtime concert series has expanded to include Beethoven’s collection of beloved violin sonatas. Thursdays beginning August 27, you can join us at the table at noon to hear a complete sonata performed by renowned Colburn faculty members Martin Beaver, violin, and Fabio Bidini (Carol Colburn Grigor Piano Chair), piano.
As our instruction goes, so goes Office Hours! The Alumni and Parent Relations Office will continue to host a monthly pop-up for our Colburn families to connect online. Join us to learn about what’s going on at Colburn or catch performances featuring our faculty, students, and alumni.
November 21: Music technology
December 19: Holiday extravaganza
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AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com 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 Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com 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 smile.amazon.com 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.
AmazonSmile in your Amazon App
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. In its sixth 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.
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.
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.
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Lee Secard Sets High Standards (DownBeat Magazine)
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.
Porch Music Spreads Joy in Time of Confinement
Colburn alum Beong Kim and his wife, Bonnie Wongtrakool, have been putting on weekly porch concerts for their Pasadena neighbors to help spread some cheer during social distancing.
The Colburn School’s Commitment to Equity Diversity, and Inclusion
Colburn Transitions to Online Learning
A Message from President Sel Kardan