Community School Advanced Orchestras

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The Community School of Performing Arts offers three different advanced orchestras for students between the ages of 13 and 18. Members of each ensemble are selected through competitive auditions each year.

About the Ensembles

Colburn Youth Orchestra

Full orchestra with strings, winds, brass, and percussion
The Colburn Youth Orchestra performs standard symphonic literature, as well as newly commissioned works and arrangements done especially for the ensemble. Performance venues include Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Alex Theatre in Glendale, the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo, and LACMA.

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 Sinfonietta, 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.

Sundays, 12–2:45 pm

Colburn Sinfonietta

Mid-sized ensemble with winds and strings
Smaller than the Colburn Youth Orchestra, the Colburn Sinfonietta performs works by composers like Beethoven and Haydn regularly throughout the year. Performances feature student and faculty soloists.

Students in the Sinfonietta get the experience of working together in a small orchestral setting, playing Classical repertoire, and building musicianship and orchestral expertise.

Sundays, 3:15–6 pm

Colburn Chamber Orchestra

Small orchestra with strings only
Students in the Colburn Chamber Orchestra get the experience of working together in a small ensemble, which builds musicianship and orchestral skills. The orchestra has commissioned and premiered works by internationally known composers, such as Thea Musgrave and Steven Stucky.

In 2004, the orchestra debuted at Walt Disney Concert Hall on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Sounds About Town series, and performed a joint concert with the Colburn Conservatory of Music Orchestra. Past performances have also featured both outstanding student and faculty soloists. The Colburn Chamber Orchestra also appears regularly in LACMA’s Sundays Live, which presents weekly performances by professional artists and is broadcast on KUSC 91.5.

Sundays, 6:15–9 pm

About the Music Director

Maxim Eshkenazy has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times 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.

Audition Information

Placement in each of the orchestras is determined by the Music Director pending the audition. Students cannot choose which orchestra they audition for. However, they may indicate any schedule conflicts in the application, which will be sent by confirmation email after scheduling an audition.

Audition Dates
Auditions for the 2020–21 academic year will be held on June 7 and 14. Starting April 1, audition reservations can be made with the Community School office at 213-621-4548. Students interested in auditioning for both Advanced Orchestras and the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute can use the same audition for both programs.

Audition Requirements
Solo concerto, etude or showpiece—without an accompanist—that demonstrates technical and interpretive accomplishment, no more than five minutes in length. Select one of the following excerpt packets to download, which must be brought with you to your audition.

Percussion and Harp