Community School

At the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, we are committed to making music education accessible to everyone who has a passion and curiosity for music at every level of ability. Our world-class teachers share their expertise with students of varying ages and wide-ranging musical interests.

We offer individual sessions on many instruments—piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and voice. Plus, students come together to perform chamber music and as part of large ensembles.

The Community School also focuses on students’ understanding of music theory. Classes cover the basics of reading pitch and rhythm. As they progress in musicality, students employ more complex analysis skills. We encourage students to combine theory with applied instruction and ensemble activities for a well-rounded educational experience.

Meet Our Faculty

Elizabeth Upton
Horn Faculty

As an orchestral performer, Upton has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has appeared with the Macau Orchestra in China and Portugal as guest third horn, and in Los Angeles as principal horn of the Young Musician’s Foundation’s Debut Orchestra.

Grace Huang, DMA
Piano Instructor

A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Grace Huang completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Southern California with James Bonn and Bernadene Blaha.

Richard Beene
Bassoon Faculty, Conservatory Dean Emeritus, and Chair of Winds and Percussion

Richard Beene, Dean Emeritus of the Colburn Conservatory of Music, enjoys an active career as a teacher, soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer.

Benjamin Lash
Cello Faculty

Benjamin Lash was a top prizewinner in multiple Chicago area competitions and is an avid chamber musician.

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