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When you’re ready to refine your skills and become one of the select few who make their careers as classical musicians, it’s time for the Colburn Conservatory of Music. Our faculty are among the top instructors in their fields, and our alumni include some of today’s most dynamic young soloists, chamber groups, and orchestral musicians.

Karissa Zadinsky
Because of Colburn, I've studied under some of the world's best teachers and chamber music coaches. Each experience has been entirely unique and taught me something valuable I can carry with me into my professional career. Karissa Zadinsky, cello, Bachelor of Music '17; cellist, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

The Colburn Conservatory of Music has one goal: to prepare you for a career as a professional musician. Our undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as two specialized certificate programs, are designed to address the needs and goals of pre-professional musicians like you, at all stages of development.

As a student in the Conservatory of Music, you get the chance to perform in a collaborative, supportive environment, not just with your colleagues, but with faculty members and world-renowned guest artists. Our career development programs ensure you develop not just as a musician at the highest level of skill and artistry, but as an innovator and educator.

The Conservatory of Music provides the opportunities for you to learn from expert faculty how to be thoughtful independent thinkers and exceptional performers who are aware of the impact of art on their communities and are prepared to perform on the world’s great stages. If you would like to be added to our database, you may complete our Conservatory Inquiry Form. Once submitted, we may notify you of special events or deadlines using the information that you provide to us on the Conservatory Inquiry Form. To schedule a tour, please contact Admissions at

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Performance Forum allows students to showcase stage-ready works in a formal, supportive environment.


Meet Our Faculty

Deborah Smith
Library Director, Director of Academic Programs

Colburn Conservatory of Music’s Library Director and Director of Academic Programs

Jordan Nelson, DMA
Chair, Music Theory and Aural Skills, Colburn Conservatory

Jordan Nelson is a composer of instrumental, vocal, electronic, and electro-acoustic music

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Ben Hong
Orchestral Repertoire for Cello

Cellist Ben Hong currently serves as Associate Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Clive Greensmith
Cello and Chamber Music Faculty

Clive Greensmith has held the position of principal cellist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and was the cellist of the Tokyo String Quartet for fourteen years.

Upcoming Events

Performance Forum

Thursday, December 2, 2021
11:30 am
Zipper Hall

Performance Forum

Thursday, January 13, 2022
11:30 am
Thayer Hall

Performance Forum

Thursday, January 20, 2022
11:30 am
Thayer Hall

Performance Forum

Thursday, January 27, 2022
11:30 am
Thayer Hall