Community School Advanced Orchestras

The Community School of Performing Arts offers three different advanced orchestras for students between the ages of 13 and 18. Members of each ensemble are selected through competitive auditions each year.

About the Ensembles

Colburn Youth Orchestra

Full orchestra with strings, winds, brass, and percussion
The Colburn Youth Orchestra performs standard symphonic literature, as well as newly commissioned works and arrangements done especially for the ensemble. Performance venues include Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Alex Theatre in Glendale, the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo, and LACMA.

A highlight of the group’s concert season includes their annual participation in the Colburn Community School’s Collaboration Concert. This performance brings together the Colburn Youth Orchestra, Colburn Sinfonietta, Colburn Chamber Orchestra, Colburn Concert Choir, Young Men’s Chorus, ballet, and modern dance students for an evening of collaborative pieces all on one stage.

Sundays, 12 am–12:45 pm

Colburn Sinfonietta

Smaller than the Colburn Youth Orchestra, the Colburn Sinfonietta performs works by composers like Beethoven and Haydn regularly throughout the year. Performances feature student and faculty soloists.

Students in the Sinfonietta get the experience of working together in a small orchestral setting, playing Classical repertoire, and building musicianship and orchestral expertise.

Sundays, 3:15–6 pm

Colburn Chamber Orchestra

Small orchestra with strings only
Students in the Colburn Chamber Orchestra get the experience of working together in a small ensemble, which builds musicianship and orchestral skills. The orchestra has commissioned and premiered works by internationally known composers, such as Thea Musgrave and Steven Stucky.

In 2004, the orchestra debuted at Walt Disney Concert Hall on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Sounds About Town series, and performed a joint concert with the Colburn Conservatory of Music Orchestra. Past performances have also featured both outstanding student and faculty soloists. The Colburn Chamber Orchestra also appears regularly in LACMA’s Sundays Live, which presents weekly performances by professional artists and is broadcast on KUSC 91.5.

Sundays, 6:15–9 pm

About the Music Director

Maxim Eshkenazy has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “charismatic and exciting.” Maestro Eshkenazy received two Master degrees from USC’s Thornton School of Music (Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting) and was also awarded a fellowship from the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival.

Audition Information

Minimum Age Requirements: must be 13 years old by September 1, 2022

Application Deadline

Video submissions and applications due June 1.
Students will be informed of orchestra decisions by July 1.
Students will be required to accept by submitting registration and payment by July 15. Late additions/alternates may be accepted up until the end of September, space permitting.

2022–23 Advanced Orchestra Application Form

Audition Requirements

Video submissions will be accepted this year in lieu of a live audition.

Please prepare a solo concerto, etude, or showpiece—without an accompanist—that demonstrates technical and interpretive accomplishment. Applicants will also need to prepare excerpts for their instrument, which are listed below by instrument family.

2022–23 Audition Excerpts

  • First, please record yourself playing the required solo piece and all excerpts for your instrument, then upload the video to YouTube.
  • Start your video by stating your full name and for which program(s) (Advanced Orchestras, Chamber Music, both) you are auditioning.
  • Please name the file by the following format: First name Last Name.Instrument (for example, John Smith.Violin).
  • When uploading the video to YouTube, make sure the video is marked unlisted or public. If you do not want the video to be public, marking it unlisted will not allow people to find the video, but will allow you to share the link with the Community School.
  • The audition recording must be made continuously and without cuts. We want to see a true depiction of how well you can play.
  • The video must be completed before you begin the application form, otherwise you will not be able to submit.
  • Once you have completed your video, please fill out the application form below. You will need the link to your YouTube video to complete the application form. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.