Colburn Youth Orchestra

The Community School of Performing Arts’ Colburn Youth Orchestra is a full orchestra consisting of strings, winds, brass, and percussion. The members are selected through competitive auditions each year and are between the ages of 13 and 18. The ensemble performs standard symphonic literature, as well as newly commissioned works and arrangements done especially for the ensemble. Past performances have also featured both outstanding student and faculty soloists.

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 Chamber Orchestra, Colburn Concert Choir, Young Men’s Chorus, ballet, and modern dance students for an evening of collaborative pieces all on one stage. The Colburn Youth Orchestra also appears regularly in LACMA’s Sundays Live, which presents weekly performances by professional artists and is broadcast on KUSC 91.5. The orchestra embarked on their inaugural international tour to Europe in the summer of 2016, visiting Prague, Salzburg, Vienna, and Munich.

The orchestra is directed by Maxim Eshkenazy, who the Los Angeles Times has hailed 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. He currently serves as Director of the Community School’s Colburn Youth Orchestra and Colburn Chamber Orchestra.

Sundays, 1–4 pm

Audition Information

Minimum Age Requirements
Must be 13 years old by September 1, 2019

Audition Dates for the 2019-20 Academic Year
June 9, 2019
June 13–16, 2019

Beginning May 1, an audition time may be scheduled by phone at 213-621-4548.

Audition Requirements
Solo concerto, etude or showpiece—without an accompanist—that demonstrates technical and interpretive accomplishment. Select one of the following application packets to download, which must be brought with you to your audition.

Check back soon for application packets.