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 jumpstart or deepen their artistic abilities. Join students from all over the country for a unique online artistic experience.

Applications for summer camps are now open. Summer camps will either be held in-person on Colburn’s state-of-the-art campus or virtually via Zoom, which requires a strong internet connection and computer/tablet.

For full list of summer classes, visit the Enrollment Information page.

Brass Summer Seminar: Workshops, classes, and in-person brass ensembles
College Audition Prep For Singers: Weekly workshop with private lessons, master classes, and more
Chamber Music Intensive: Focused chamber intensive with experienced coaches and faculty
Jazz Camp: Improve improvisation and musicality with seasoned professionals
Percussion Workshop: Weeklong seminar with esteemed faculty and professional percussionists
Zippy Toons X Colburn Songwriting Camp: Build the fundamentals of songwriting with Carly Robyn Green

 


 

Brass Summer Seminar (In-Person)

Week 1: July 12-17
Week 2: July 26-31
Ages 10–19

The Summer Brass Seminar marks the return to in-person ensemble playing. Students return to collaborative playing through brass ensemble repertoire on Colburn’s campus. The brass ensemble is open to brass players of all levels who have been playing their instrument for at least two years. Students will be placed in groups according to skill level. Students may enroll in just one or both weeks of the seminar. Students who enroll in both weeks will receive a $100 discount off tuition fees.

Directors

Danielle Ondarza, Horn Faculty
Michael Zonshine, Trumpet Faculty

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College Audition Prep for Singers (Virtual)

June 5-26, 2021
July 10-31, 2021
High School Students

Designed for college-aspiring high school singers, this class provides the knowledge, strategies, and technical skills needed to craft a first-rate college music audition. This 4 week workshop will meet weekly on Saturdays for a group session online via Zoom. Each student will also receive an online private lesson with Colburn faculty each week for an hour, specializing in either classical or musical theater. Students will participate in a mock audition and receive written feedback to prepare them for future auditions. The class will provide the information and technical knowledge to construct a successful college audition and set students apart from the competition.

Schedule

Saturdays, 10–11 am

Tuition

$495

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Chamber Music Intensive (In-Person)

July 19-24, 2021
Ages 13–19

The 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, culminating in a final concert. Along with rehearsals, students participate in sight-reading chamber music, yoga, stage presence activities, team building, master classes, and opportunities for one-on-one instruction. Coaches from the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute will provide instruction along with other chamber music professionals.

Director

Gina Coletti, Community School String Department Chair

Schedule

Monday-Saturday
10:30 am-4:30 pm

Tuition

$900. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee that will be applied toward the cost of tuition upon acceptance.

Student Requirements

Students need to have the maturity and focus for intensive independent rehearsal and at least 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, bass) and piano. Non-Colburn students are welcome and encouraged to apply. Pre-formed groups are welcome to apply and will be kept together.

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

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

Video applications due by June 30, 2021

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Jazz Camp (In-Person)

July 19–23, 2021
Grades 8–10

Summer 2021 brings the Colburn Jazz Workshop’s Big Band directors Mr. Lee Secard and Mr. Walt Simonsen to you on campus in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. This unique summer experience features daily playing and improvisation, jazz theory, practicing and learning strategies. Interested students from 8th – 10th grade are invited to submit a video application.

Schedule

Monday–Friday, 10 am–1:30 pm

Tuition

$375. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee that will be applied toward the cost of tuition upon acceptance.

Audition Requirements

For Jazz, the most useful audition video is to submit one where the student is playing along with a recording.

1. Upload the following attached files to your phone or computer:
Bb Rhythm
Blues in Key of F

2. Use a cell phone to record the student playing along with the song. Have your student film from the side, so that both hands and the instrument can be seen on the video. Review the result 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.

3. The student should improvise according to what they hear, we do not expect perfection, but we do want the students to view this as something fun to do!

4. Once you have recorded your audition video, proceed to the application and click Register Now! You will be taken through a series of questions where you can then upload your video. All video submissions should be saved to either YouTube, Dropbox, or Google Drive, where you can provide us with a link to view the video.

Application and video audition due by June 15, 2021

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Colburn Summer Percussion Workshop

June 14–18, 2021 (middle and high school)
June 21–25, 2021 (ages 9–11)

The Colburn Summer Percussion Workshop at the Community School of Performing Arts returns this summer, bringing student percussionists from all over the country together for an exceptional online experience.

Led by Colburn percussion faculty Kenneth McGrath, three levels of pre-college students will focus on a wide range of percussion topics. The classes, master classes, discussions, and performances will provide students with an unparalleled set of tools and knowledge to continue their musical growth.

The 2020 Percussion Workshop welcomed students from all parts of California and the United States and helped several participants successfully audition into the 2021 California All-State Honor Ensembles, youth orchestras, and colleges. Whatever goals or interests a student may have, the 2021 Colburn Summer Percussion Workshop will provide a fun and creative week of music for all participants!

Summer Percussion Workshop: Ages 9–11
June 21–25, 2021

Young percussionists will participate in classes covering snare drum, mallet percussion, introduction to auxiliary/world percussion, developing good practice techniques, introduction to percussion chamber music, and how to improve performances. 

Guest Artists

Cory Hills: percussionist/composer, Percussive Storytelling
Pete Korpela: LA based studio and touring percussionist

Schedule

11 am–12:30 pm PST

Tuition

$350 with a $25 application fee

Student Requirements

Students are required to have at least one year of private instruction and/or ensemble experience. 

Applications due by June 1, 2021

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Summer Percussion Workshop: Middle School
June 14–18, 2021

Middle school students will participate in classes and workshops covering snare drum, mallet percussion, timpani, auxiliary instruments, performance techniques, audition preparation and much more. A daily master class involving all middle and high school students offers a unique opportunity to work closely with world class musicians.

Guest Artists

Christina Cheon: marimba artist, Executive Director–Southern California Marimba
Gregory Cohen: Principal Percussion–San Diego Symphony
Pete Korpela: LA based studio and touring percussionist
Mike Packer: drum set artist/educator
Derrick Spiva Jr.: LA based composer/multi-cultural musician, Artistic Advisor–Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Schedule

11 am–12:30 pm PST with Percussion Workshop Director Ken McGrath
1–2 pm PST Master Class for both Middle and High School Students

Tuition

$350 with a $25 application fee

Student Requirements

Workshop participants are encouraged to have at least three years of private lessons and/or ensemble experience.  

Additional Requirements
  • Strong, reliable internet service
  • Laptop computer, although pads and phones will work as well
  • A quiet environment for participation
  • Your basic instrument set up at home which can include drum pad, sticks/mallets, snare drum, mallet instrument, drum set, etc.
  • An electronic metronome that is separate from the device you are using for Zoom
  • Music stand
  • Pencil and notebook paper, preferably music staff paper
Applications due by June 1, 2021

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Summer Percussion Workshop: High School
June 14–18, 2021

High school percussionists (including graduated seniors) will participate in classes covering snare drum, mallet percussion, timpani, auxiliary instruments, peak performance techniques, audition preparation and much more. A daily master class involving all middle and high school students offers a unique opportunity to work closely with world class musicians.

Guest Artists

Christina Cheon: marimba artist, Executive Director–Southern California Marimba
Gregory Cohen: Principal Percussion–San Diego Symphony
Pete Korpela: LA based studio and touring percussionist
Mike Packer: drum set artist/educator
Derrick Spiva Jr.: LA based composer/multi-cultural musician, Artistic Advisor–Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Schedule

1–2 pm PST Master Class for both Middle and High School Students
2:30–4 pm PST with Percussion Workshop Director Ken McGrath

Tuition

$350 with a $25 application fee

Student Requirements

Workshop participants are encouraged to have at least three years of private lessons and/or ensemble experience.  

Additional Requirements
  • Strong, reliable internet service
  • Laptop computer, although pads and phones will work as well
  • A quiet environment for participation
  • Your basic instrument set up at home which can include drum pad, sticks/mallets, snare drum, mallet instrument, drum set, etc.
  • An electronic metronome that is separate from the device you are using for Zoom
  • Music stand
  • Pencil and notebook paper, preferably music staff paper
Applications due by June 1, 2021

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Zippy Toons x Colburn Songwriting Camp: Where Storytelling Meets Melody (Virtual)

June 7–18, 2021
Ages 6–18

Songwriting cannot be taught in a textbook—students must learn it by doing it! With that in mind, Zippy Toons songwriting lessons combine developmental and creative exercises that build the foundations of songwriting. After mastering structural basics, students learn how to craft unique song titles, write compelling lyrics, and compose memorable, ear-catching melodies. Get ready for a fun, interactive opportunity to create, collaborate, and make original music!

Schedule

Ten 1-hour small group classes that meet Monday–Friday for two weeks

2–3 pm for Group A: Ages 6–9
3–4 pm for Group B: Ages 10–14
5–6 pm for Group C: Ages 15–18

Tuition

$450

Director

Carly Robyn Green is a BMG recording artist/songwriter whose original music has been featured in over 175 popular TV shows and films, recorded by multi-platinum artists worldwide, and performed on musical theatre stages all over the world. As the founder of Zippy Toons, she shares her global songwriting techniques with aspiring songwriters, musicians, and Colburn students of all levels.

Camp Details
  • Groups are limited to 7 students
  • 10-day course results in one radio-formatted, student-owned, original topline song (melody + lyric)
  • Students have access to private group Google Drive with course resources
  • Instrumental, vocal, or music theory training not required
  • All classes are taught via Zoom
Course Requirements
  • WiFi
  • Zoom access
  • A quiet learning environment/headphones
  • Voice Memos or a similar free voice recording app
Register by June 6

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