Welcome Weekend

Classes for the Community School of Performing Arts begin on August 18. In preparation for the new school year, we would like to invite you to our Welcome Weekend on August 18 and 19.

During this weekend, there will be auditions for a number of our ensembles, assessment for placement with private instructors, information sessions, as well as opportunities for families to meet with some of our faculty and department chairs. Welcome Weekend is designed to guide those interested in learning more about the incredible programs the Colburn School has to offer. For more information, please see below, call 213-621-4548, or email cspa@colburnschool.edu.

Audition for Choir

August 18 from 10 am–5 pm in Mayman Hall
Auditions will be held by appointment, please email Dr. Mikhail Shtangrud at mshtangrud@colburnschool.edu to schedule an audition time. Visit this link for more information about our choral program.

Audition for Concert Band & Wind Ensemble

August 15–August 19, Olive Rehearsal Hall
Auditions will be held by appointment, please call the Registration Office at 213-621-4548 beginning July 16 to schedule an audition time. Visit this link for more information about our band program and learn more about audition requirements.

Audition for Introduction to Chamber Music

August 19 from 1 pm–3 pm in Mayman Hall
The Introduction to Chamber Music program consists of small chamber ensembles and a monthly group class for intermediate level students with little or no prior chamber music experience that will prepare students for the Edelman Chamber Music Institute. Beginning July 16, call the Registration Office at 213-621-4548 to schedule an audition. Visit this link for more information about the Ed & Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute.

Audition for Colburn Jazz Workshop

August 18 in G324 Lee Secard, Chair of our Colburn Jazz Workshop, will hold auditions for students who wish to join one of our jazz ensembles. Please email him at lsecard@colburnschool.edu to schedule an appointment time. Visit this link for more information about the program.

Placement for Private Lessons with an Applied Instructor

All students must first submit an online inquiry prior to scheduling an audition for a specific instrument. Visit this link to submit an inquiry form online, then a school representative will contact you to schedule your audition time.


August 18 from 10 am–4 pm
August 19 from 11 am–1 pm

Visit this link for more information about the piano program.


August 18 time TBD
August 19 time TBD

Visit this link for more information about the string program.

Early Childhood

Orientation: August 15
10 am for ages 7 months–1.5 years
12 pm for ages 1.5 years–3 years
2:30 pm for ages 3–5 years

Christine Martin, Chair or our Early Childhood department, will be on-site to answer any questions about our sequence of classes and expectations for both parent and child as participants in the Early Childhood program. Email cmartin@colburnschool.edu to schedule an appointment. Visit this link to learn about our classes.

Dalcroze Eurythmics

August 18 from 2 pm–2:45 pm in Grand Rehearsal Hall
Learn more about how Dalcroze Eurythmics is the exploration of movement, solfege, and improvisation. The class encourages students’ active listening skills and immediate physical responsiveness. Through the class activities, students internalize the music, which promotes confident and accurate music learning experiences. A general information session will be led by instructor Mari Izumi.

Music Theory

August 18 at 11 am and 12 pm in G242
Our music theory curriculum was developed to enhance and support instrumental study. Learn more about sight singing and solfege, and how it is incorporated in our classes from our curriculum architect Kathy Sawada. Ms.Sawada will give you an idea of what to expect in our theory classes from testing and placement to in-class activities and lesson plans.


August 18–August 19, Various Office Hours
Karen Lundgren, Chair of our Woodwind/Brass/Percussion department, will be adjudicating Concert Band and Wind Ensemble auditions all week. If you would like to schedule a meeting with her, please email her a klundgren @colburnschool.edu Visit this link for more information about studying a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument.


Saturday, August 18 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Michael Stevens, Chair of our Voice department, will hold a “sing and greet” with prospective students. This is not an audition, simply an opportunity to meet with Mr. Stevens and members of our voice faculty. If you would like to sing a song, we welcome that, but it is not a requirement. If you choose to sing a song, please bring sheet music (in your key) and one of the faculty will accompany you. Email mstevens@colburnschool.edu to schedule an appointment time. Please visit this link to learn more about the voice program.