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.
10 am–2 pm
Grades 8–10, 13–16 years old
Please submit videos of the 2 following works:
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.
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.
9 am–7 pm
Grades 6–12, 11–18 years old
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.
June 20–July 1
9 am–3:30 pm daily
9-13 years old
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.
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.
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.
10:30 am–4:30pm daily
13-18 years old
Students who were not in the 2021-22 Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute must submit the following:
Current Colburn chamber music students do not need to submit the video, but the application form is still required.
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.
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.
9 am–4 pm daily
10-19 years old
Open to brass players who have been playing their instrument for at least three years and are intermediate or advanced players.
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!
Ages 15–18 years old
8 am–8 pm
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.
High School and College Students
Monday-Friday, 10 am–6 pm
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.
Ages 13–18 years old
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).