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

Walter Simonsen, DMA
Assistant Director, Big Band; Jazz Trumpet Faculty

From the small clubs of Los Angeles, to the recording studios, to the Hollywood Bowl, and even the grass at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Dr. Simonsen’s trumpet and music can be heard pleasing audiences of every size and demographic.

Shelly Suminski
Trombone Faculty

As an active freelance musician in Southern California, Ms. Suminski has performed with many local orchestras and musical theater companies in the region and with the Macao Orchestra in China.

Douglas Tornquist, DMA
Tuba Faculty

Dr. Tornquist is a member of the Santa Barbara Symphony, New West Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, and Santa Monica Symphony. He performs regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera Orchestra, and on various film and television scores, including Edward Scissorhands, Wreck it Ralph, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and The Big Friendly Giant.

Gideon Rubin, DMA
Piano Faculty

Dr. Gideon Rubin has a multi-faceted career that encompasses performing as a soloist, conductor, as a chamber musician, an orchestral keyboardist, and as a composer.

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