Voice

At the Colburn School, we want young vocalists to learn how to master their instrument. Children as young as five may audition for the Junior Chorus, with the possibility to grow into a number of different choral options, including the Colburn Concert Choir, Colburn Chamber Singers, and Young Men’s Chorus. Our experienced faculty helps students realize physical awareness, performance and audition etiquette while advancing and improving vocal techniques.

Private Instruction in Voice

Voice students age 13 and older have the option to obtain private instruction from our renowned faculty. Although we do not set a minimum age for private instruction, there may be developmental reasons this format is better suited for older students. Interested individuals are required to submit an Inquiry Form to the Community School Registration Office. Before enrollment, the Department Chair may request an interview and/or audition to determine placement with a proper faculty member.

Voice students are encouraged to enroll in music theory classes. Theory study enhances vocal training and builds a strong foundation for future musical progress.

Vocal Classes and Ensembles

We want to give each student the best chance to succeed, which is why we ask prospective students to undergo placement auditions and interviews. This assessment allows us to match students’ proficiency and knowledge with the best class level so they can continue to grow in their knowledge and skills. To schedule an audition for one of our choirs, contact Dr. Mikhail Shtangrud at mshtangrud@colburnschool.edu or 213-621-4767.

Our Junior Chorus consists of pre-teen beginners to the musical experience.

Ages: 5–10
Audition and interview required

This vocal ensemble caters to young students who are new to music education. The only requirement is a love of singing and being able to work well with others. Through the Young People’s Chorus I, students learn singing techniques and choral singing concepts along with sight singing.

Ages: 8–12
Audition and interview required

Members of the Young People’s Chorus II, oftentimes graduates of Young People’s Chorus I, have mastered the basics of choral singing and are ready to push their abilities to the next level. The repertoire grows to include more stylistic and cultural variety. They also work toward fine-tuning vocal production techniques, tone, diction, expression, and performance skills.

Ages: 10–15
Audition and interview required

This Community School group specifically works with artists ages 9–12 to develop vocal and acting skills; no auditions required. Through age-appropriate selections, members learn how to deliver monologues as well as solo and ensemble selections. These experiences prepare students to pursue private voice lessons and additional performance opportunities at the Colburn School.

The Children’s Opera Workshop introduces young people to musical storytelling. Not only do students focus on standard opera techniques and repertoire, but they’re instructed on how to use vocal improvisation with familiar stories. Members also work on set design and construction. Each spring the Workshop presents a one-act opera for the public. Extra pre-concert rehearsals are required.

Ages: 9–16
Audition and interview required

The Colburn Concert Choir develops members’ use of voice, stylistic nuances, blend, and performance decorum. The ensemble commits to several performances, including regularly scheduled concerts in Colburn’s Zipper Hall as well as other local venues. Past groups have traveled to China, South America, and Europe. Members should expect to commit to meetings lasting one to three hours each week along with pre-concert rehearsals.

Ages: 8–18
Audition and interview required

Our Young Men’s Chorus offers high school male students, whose voices have changed, advanced vocal training and performance opportunities. In addition to weekly meetings, members attend sectional and individual rehearsals on a pre-scheduled basis; extra pre-concert rehearsals are mandatory. Occasionally, the ensemble will combine with the Colburn Concert Choir to perform choral literature for mixed voices.

Ages: 14–18
Audition and interview required

The Colburn Community Chorale welcomes adults who wish to expand their knowledge of vocal techniques, music theory, and gain more performance opportunities. Members meet weekly for studies and rehearsals. For more information, email Dr. Mikhail Shtangrud at mshtangrud@colburnschool.edu, or call the registration office at 213-621-4548.

This ensemble provides advanced training and performance opportunities for high school to college-aged members of the Colburn Concert Choir and Young Men’s Chorus. The singers in this ensemble are committed to achieving the highest level of musicianship and artistic expression through study and performance of choral literature for mixed voices.

Ages: 16–25
Audition and interview required

This summer camp is ideal for children who enjoy expressing themselves through song. Campers will experience singing a variety of musical styles while receiving excellent instruction from our acclaimed faculty. The week-long camp includes a full menu of musical activities and games, culminating with a concert for the community.

Age requirements: 4th–8th grades