A Message from the Dean

Dean Susan Cook
Welcome!

Colburn’s Community School of Performing Arts (Community School) is dedicated to providing the highest quality performing arts education possible to students of all ages and levels of abilities who have a passion, curiosity, and commitment to study. I encourage you to take the time to explore the myriad of ensembles, group classes, and individual lessons offered throughout the year in both music and drama.

The Community School is committed to providing the highest quality performing arts education possible to a diverse student body in an inclusive environment where all students, regardless of background, level of ability, and age, who have a passion, curiosity, and dedication to study can participate.

Through the generosity of our donors, the Community School provides over $700,000 of scholarship support annually. It is not uncommon for our students to pursue graduate studies at conservatories or other degree-granting music institutions throughout the country and abroad.

Colburn’s distinguished faculty are skilled at working with students at various stages in their development and are extremely devoted to nurturing and honing instruction to meet the needs of each unique individual.

Most importantly, all of our students learn the value of high-quality, in-depth study of a creative art form–an experience they will carry with them for their entire lives. As stated so eloquently by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., “Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.”

I look forward to seeing returning and new students and families on our vibrant campus each year, and I encourage you to explore our school, to begin or hone an exciting art form, or come to a concert to join this amazing community of individuals who have a passion for the performing arts.

With best regards,
Susan Cook
Dean, Community School of Performing Arts