Los Angeles Brass Institute

Led by Colburn Faculty Danielle Ondarza and Mike Zonshine, Colburn’s Los Angeles Summer Brass Institute will offer students the opportunity to perform together in one large brass ensemble in the morning, followed by smaller chamber music groups in the afternoon, rhythm classes and special master classes. All ensembles will be led by the Colburn School’s brass faculty. The Los Angeles Brass Institute is open to Advanced brass players who have been playing their instrument for at least four years or more, and the Intermediate Seminar is geared towards students who have at least two years of playing experience.  

The Brass Intensive and the faculty’s influence made me realize that is actually what I want to do with my life. It was probably the experience that developed me more as a player than ever before in my life. Over those two weeks my sound completely changed. Suzy Belik – French Horn, 2022 Summer Brass Intensive

Program Overview

Advanced Seminar (July 1–12): Mon–Fri, 9 am–5 pm
Intermediate Seminar (July 15–19): Mon–Fri, 10 am–3 pm

Age Range
Advanced Seminar: upper-intermediate to advanced level; 15–22 years
Intermediate Seminar: upper-beginner to intermediate level; 10–18 years

Danielle Ondarza 
Mike Zonshine

Student Requirements
Open to brass players who have been playing their instrument for at least two years and are upper-beginner to advanced players.

Tuition and Fees

  • Non-refundable application fee: $50 (applied toward tuition upon acceptance)

Advanced Seminar (July 1–12)

  • Regular tuition fee: $1,395
  • $100 discount for current Colburn students

Intermediate Seminar (July 15–19)

  • Regular tuition fee: $625

Residential fees (optional)

  • Rooms with bunked beds: $75 per night
  • Rooms with single beds: $90 per night

How to Apply

All applicants must submit a complete application and audition video. Auditions are for placement purposes only and will not affect admission to the program. Applicants who would like to be considered for a limited merit award must apply by March 1.

Audition Requirements
Standard applicants:

  • Submit a high-quality audition video of a 1-minute piece of your choosing.

Merit award applicants:

  • Submit a high-quality audition video of two contrasting works showing both technical and lyrical ability.

Application Deadlines

  • May 1: Deadline to submit application online
  • June 15: Payment due for all students

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