Summer Camps

This summer, connect with musical peers, work one-on-one with experienced faculty, and interact with renowned guest artists. The Community School of Performing Arts offers camps and intensives for students looking to deepen their artistic abilities. Join students from all over the country for a unique artistic experience.

The Colburn Jazz Workshop’s Big Band directors, Mr. Lee Secard and Dr. Walter Simonsen, are proud to present a special Summer Jazz Camp. This camp will include daily playing and improvisation, jazz theory, practicing/learning strategies, ear training, and listening to repertoire.

Additional lessons may be available upon request. Program subject to change based on enrollment.

Schedule

June 13–17
10 am–2 pm

Age Range

Grades 8–10, 13–16 years old

Audition Requirements

Please submit videos of the 2 following works:

  • “Now’s The Time” (key of F blues) or “Sonny Moon For Two” (key of B♭ blues)
  • “Autumn Leaves” or “I Got Rhythm”

We would like to hear melody and improvisation on both pieces. Both selections should be played at a comfortable, moderate tempo. Most students use a play-along recording for accompaniment. The app, iReal Pro, is suggested to record accompaniment. A Jamey Aebersold play-along recording can also be used, or any other play-along rhythm section recording. A cell phone should be used to record the student playing along with the song. It should be filmed from the side so that both hands, the instrument, and the upper body can be seen on the video. Please review the recording to ensure both the instrument and the recorded track can be heard clearly, and that the visual image shows the student playing with both hands. The student should improvise according to what they hear, and what they know of music theory. We do not expect perfection, and want students to view this as something fun to do.

Tuition and Fees
  • Nonrefundable application fee: $25 (applied towards the registration fee if accepted)
  • Early registration fee: $500 (if paid within 2 weeks after acceptance)
  • Regular registration fee: $600
  • Final payment deadline: May 20
Applications due on May 13, 2022 by 5 pm PT.
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Lee Secard 12yr 9mo - 17yr 06/13 - 06/17 Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr 10:00 am - 01:30 pm $25.00

The Summer Saxophone Camp at the Colburn School offers a dynamic musical experience for middle school and high school saxophonists. Run by leading saxophone teachers and guest artists, the camp will include a wide range of events such as clinics on saxophone fundamentals and techniques, daily warm-ups, master classes, playing in a saxophone ensemble, guest vendor lectures, one-on-one lessons, and student and faculty concerts.

Additional lessons may be available upon request. Program subject to change based on enrollment.

Schedule

June 20–24
9 am–7 pm

Age Range

Grades 6–12, 11–18 years old

Student Requirements
  • Applicant must have at least two years of experience playing saxophone.
  • Applicant must exhibit a high level of musical potential.
  • Applicant must be motivated and enthusiastic about the saxophone, music, and learning.
Tuition and Fees
  • Registration Fee: $800
  • Final payment deadline: May 27
  • Continuing Colburn Community School students are eligible for an automatic discount.
Register by May 27 for priority admission.
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
John Hallberg 11-18 yr 06/20 - 06/24 Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr 09:00 am - 07:00 pm $800

Develop your piano playing skills, engage with experienced Colburn piano faculty, and connect with fellow piano students through classes and performances during the 2022 Summer Piano Camp Intensive. Each day begins with a movement class and ends with a group theory and/or piano literature seminar. Each student will receive two 45-minute private piano lessons per week with esteemed Colburn faculty to work towards a recital performance at the end of the intensive.

Additional lessons may be available upon request. Program subject to change based on enrollment.

Schedule

June 20–July 1
9 am–3:30 pm daily

Age Range

9-13 years old

Audition Requirements

Students are required to record and upload two contrasting pieces, played by memory. For repertoire, intermediate to advanced level pieces, such as Bach’s Anna Magdalena or Clementi Sonatinas are acceptable. Unacceptable repertoire includes pop music, arrangements of classical pieces, or pieces from method books.

Live Audition

If invited to the live audition, students must prepare and memorize two contrasting pieces, and be performance-ready. These pieces do not have to be the same as what was performed in the audition videos.

Tuition and Fees
  • Nonrefundable application fee: $25 (applied towards the registration fee if accepted)
  • Early registration fee (if paid by or on May 13): $1,500
  • Regular registration fee (if paid after May 13): $1,700
  • Final payment deadline: May 27
  • Continuing Colburn Community School students are eligible for an automatic discount.
The application window for this program has closed.

The Colburn Summer Chamber Music Intensive provides focused ensemble playing for the serious chamber music student. Students will be grouped into a trio, quartet, or quintet and learn an entire work during their time together. Along with rehearsals, students will participate in stage presence activities, team building, master classes, and other group-building activities. Coaches from the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute will provide instruction, along with other chamber music professionals.

Additional lessons may be available upon request. Program subject to change based on enrollment.

Schedule

July 3–16
10:30 am–4:30pm daily

Age Range

13-18 years old

Audition Requirements

Students who were not in the 2021-22 Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute must submit the following:

  • A good quality audition video of two contrasting works showing both technical and lyrical ability
  • A current teacher recommendation
  • An application form

Current Colburn chamber music students do not need to submit the video, but the application form is still required.

Student Requirements

Students can choose to apply for Week 1 (July 3-9), Week 2 (July 11-16), or the whole 2-week program. Students will need to have an upper intermediate level of playing. Prior chamber music experience is recommended, but not required. The program is open to string instruments (violin, viola, cello, and double bass) and piano. Non-Colburn students are welcome and encouraged to apply. Pre-formed groups are welcome to apply and will be kept together. Continuing Colburn Community School students are eligible for an automatic discount.

Tuition and Fees
  • Nonrefundable application fee: $25 (applied towards the registration fees if accepted)
  • Commuter/non-residential fee for 1-week program (Week 1 or Week 2): $1,250
  • Commuter/non-residential fee for 2-week program (both Week 1 and Week 2): $2,000
  • Priority payment deadline: June 10
Applications due on June 1, 2022 for priority admission.
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Gina Coletti 12yr 9mo - 18yr 11mo 07/03 Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr, Sa 10:30 am - 04:30 pm $25.00

Led by Colburn Faculty Danielle Ondarza and Mike Zonshine, the Colburn Summer Brass Intensive will offer students the opportunity to perform together in one large brass ensemble in the morning, followed by smaller chamber music groups in the afternoon. All ensembles will be led by the Colburn School’s brass faculty. The Summer Brass Intensive is open to brass players who have been playing their instrument for at least three years and are intermediate or advanced players.

Program subject to change based on enrollment.

Schedule

July 5–15
9 am–4 pm daily

Age Range

10-19 years old

Student Requirements

Open to brass players who have been playing their instrument for at least three years and are intermediate or advanced players.

Tuition and Fees
  • Early registration fee (if paid by or on May 20): $1,200
  • Regular registration fee (if paid after May 20): $1,300
  • Final payment deadline: June 10
  • Continuing Colburn Community School students are eligible for an automatic discount.
Register by May 20 for priority admission.
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Danielle Ondarza 9yr 10mo - 19yr 10mo 07/04 - 07/15 Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr 10:00 am - 04:00 pm 1300

Led by Colburn Faculty Ted Atkatz and Ken McGrath, the Colburn Summer Percussion Workshop offers an exceptional week of master classes, private lessons, studio classes, and percussion ensemble rehearsal designed for the high school percussionist. Participants will immerse themselves in the topics of snare drum, mallet percussion, timpani, auxiliary instruments, performance techniques, audition preparation, and much more. In addition, marimba artist Christina Cheon and Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Percussionist Matthew Howard will be presenting master classes during the week. Only 12 spots are available, so apply today!

Additional lessons may be available upon request. Program subject to change based on enrollment.

Age Range

Ages 15–18 years old

Schedule

8 am–8 pm

Audition Requirements
  • Etude #1 from Advanced Snare Drum Studies-Mitchell Peters
  • Marimba Solo of Choice, 2 or 4 mallets, up to 5 minutes in length
Tuition and Fees
  • Nonrefundable application fee: $25 (applied towards the registration fee if accepted)
  • Early registration fee: $1,000 (if paid within 2 weeks after acceptance)
  • Regular registration fee: $1,100
  • Final payment deadline: June 17
  • Continuing Colburn Community School students are eligible for an automatic discount.
Application due on June 1, 2022 by 5 pm PT.
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Kenneth McGrath 15-18yr 07/11 - 07/16 Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr, Sa 08:00 am - 08:00 pm $25.00

The Musical Theatre Intensive for high school and college artists gives musical theatre artists an exhilarating two-week intensive in dance, acting, and voice with an informal presentation at the conclusion. Led by Colburn faculty with extensive experience in the industry, students will build on their strengths and techniques, as well as their individual skillsets and personalities on stage.

Program subject to change based on enrollment.

Age Range

High School and College Students

Schedule

Monday-Friday, 10 am–6 pm

Audition Requirements
  • Dance video requirements: Submit a video no longer than one minute of any dance style. Dance must be accompanied with live or recorded music.
  • Acting video requirements: Present two, one-to-two-minute monologues, one from a contemporary play 2000 or after and the other can be classical.
  • Vocal audition requirements: Sing two songs from the American Musical Theater. Songs must be memorized and in two different styles (for example: ballad and up tempo, or contemporary and golden age, belted and legit). Please sing complete songs with no cuts, unless cutting a dance break or underscoring.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Auditions should be shot in “landscape” and the fame should be “face to waist”. Each song should be recorded in “one take” – no starting and stopping your video recording mid-song. Please state your first and last name, age and the city where you live. Include the song titles, show titles, and composer of each song/show. When you record, we must be able to hear both the accompaniment as well as your voice. Live piano accompaniment is encouraged for your video. If you must use pre-recorded accompaniment, piano accompaniment is preferred over pre-recorded orchestral accompaniment. A Capella video auditions are not permitted. If there are any questions regarding the vocal audition requirements, please contact Mike Stevens at mstevens@colburnschool.edu. We may also ask you to do a live-via-Zoom audition if we need more information than your video provides.
Tuition and Fees
  • Nonrefundable application fee: $25
  • Registration fee: $1,600
  • Enrollment deposit (due July 1): $300
  • Final payment deadline: July 8
  • Continuing Colburn Community School students are eligible for an automatic discount.
Application due on June 10, 2022 by 5 pm PT.
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Denise Scheerer all ages 08/01 - 08/12 Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr 10:00 am - 06:00 pm $25.00

The Los Angeles Honor Band is an auditioned ensemble of students from all over Southern California. Participants range from Grade 7-12. The ensemble learns and performs challenging repertoire over the course of two days. Students will also participate in sectionals coached by industry professionals and participate in social activities with other students. Students will have the chance to explore the downtown Los Angeles area and will also have the option of staying the night on the Colburn campus in student housing.

Age Range

Ages 13–18 years old

Schedule

8 am–8 pm

Audition Requirements
Wind players
  • The excerpt appropriate to your instrument (click here for the excerpt)
  • Two contrasting pieces (can be excerpts from longer pieces)
  • One of the following scales: Concert Bb, F, Eb, Ab Major & a Chromatic scale (one octave by memory)
Percussion players
  • One short etude or snare study on the snare drum or drum pad
  • One short piece on a mallet instrument
  • One of any of the following scales: Concert Bb, F, Eb, Ab Major & a Chromatic scale (one octave by memory)
Tuition and Fees
  • Nonrefundable application fee: $35
  • Registration fee for residential students (tuition, room and board): $265
  • Commuter/non-residential fee: $195
  • Final payment deadline: July 9

Participants must be 14 years of age or older to live in the residence hall. Those under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Residents must also be fully-vaccinated (and boosted, if eligible).

Application due on June 11, 2022 by 5 pm PT.

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
TBD TBD all ages 08/06 - 08/07 Sa, Su 08:00 am - 08:00 pm $195.00