Conservatory

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 admissions@colburnschool.edu.
 

Watch Our Weekly Recital Series

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

 

Meet Our Faculty

Ory Shihor
Piano Faculty

Award-winning pianist, educator, and arts administrator

James Wilt
Trumpet Faculty

Associate Principal of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, whose practical experience and expertise has established Colburn as a dominant force in the trumpet community and has produced consistent, real-world success

Nathaniel W. Zeisler, DMA
Director of Community Engagement and Career Development

Helps Colburn conservatory musicians develop a path to a sustainable career, and provides access to young musicians interested in classical music.

Jeffrey Lavner
Community School Piano Chair, Conservatory Keyboard Skills for Non-Majors Faculty

Experience performing as both pianist and harpsichordist