Aaron Tindall

With his orchestral playing praised as “a rock-solid foundation” and his solo playing described as being “remarkable for both its solid power and its delicacy,” Aaron Tindall is the principal tubist of the Naples Philharmonic and the Sarasota Orchestra. Many of his students have obtained prestigious playing positions with top professional orchestras and premier military bands.

With his orchestral playing praised as “a rock-solid foundation” and his solo playing described as being “remarkable for both its solid power and its delicacy,” Aaron Tindall is the principal tubist of the Naples Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra, and the associate professor of tuba and euphonium at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. In the summers he teaches and performs at the Festival Napa Valley in Napa, CA and at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC, where he also serves as Principal Tuba with the EMF Festival Orchestra under the direction of Gerard Schwarz.

Mr. Tindall has previously served as the acting principal tubist of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, held the principal tuba position with the Aspen Festival Orchestra where he was an orchestral fellow, and has collaborated as guest tubist with orchestras such as the Teatro alla Scala Opera and Ballet Orchestra (Milan, Italy), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Australia), Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra (Kennedy Center), New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony.

He is a frequent soloist, guest artist/clinician, and orchestral tubist throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has been featured at all of the International Tuba and Euphonium Conferences since 2006, performed in England with the National Champion Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band, and his solo playing has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today. Mr. Tindall has been a prizewinner of many solo and chamber competitions across the world. He has also been a two-time finalist in the prestigious Concert Artist Guild Competition and released four highly acclaimed solo recordings; Yellowbird (solo tuba and jazz piano trio), Transformations (winner of the International Tuba Euphonium Association’s Roger Bobo Excellence in Recording Award, and winner of two 2017 Global Music Awards), This is My House… (awarded two 2015 Global Music Awards), and Songs of Ascent. His fifth album, At the Ballet, featuring the music of Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky will be recorded and released on the Bridge Record Label in 2023.

Many of Mr. Tindall’s students have obtained prestigious playing positions with the top professional orchestras in the USA and Canada and also in the premier military bands in Washington D.C. His students have won positions with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Florida Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, United States Navy Band, United States Air Force Band and Ceremonial Band, and the West Point Band. They are also frequent prizewinners at various national and international solo and chamber music competitions. His students have won Yamaha Young Performing Artists Awards, the Annual Leonard Falcone Artist Tuba and Euphonium Solo Competition, and the ITEA solo, mock orchestral, and military band competitions.

Mr. Tindall is an International Yamaha Performing Artist and a Denis Wick (London) artist and design specialist, having recently designed their complete Ultra Range AT signature series tuba mouthpieces.

Yue Qian

Chinese violinist Yue Qian enjoys music-making, strives to express herself through the violin, and believes that music truly brings people together. As a member of the Beijing Contemporary Soloists, a recent CD “Jade” was released under NAXOS China featuring music by prominent contemporary Chinese composers. Qian has performed worldwide with festival appearances at Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Taos School of Music, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Heifetz International Music Institute, and Beijing Modern Festival. She is a silver medalist of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and a candidate in the Sendai, Tibor Varga, and Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competitions.  

Qian is also keen on teaching and community engagements. Together with Midori Goto, she has interacted with local communities in Los Angeles, Mexico, and Sri Lanka. A former chamber music faculty at the Tianjin Juilliard School Pre-College division, she is currently an instructor of the music minor/non-major program at USC Thornton of School of Music.  

Qian began to play the violin at the age of five, and her early music education includes Shanghai Conservatory Middle School with Binyou Zhou and Interlochen Arts Academy with Yuri Namkung. Under the tutelage of Midori Goto, Qian finished her undergraduate study at USC Thornton School of Music as a Starling Fellow, and she received her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School with Ronald Copes and Sylvia Rosenberg. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at USC with Bing Wang. 

Sam Grodin

California native Samuel Grodin is enjoying an increasingly busy career as a solo and collaborative pianist. A prizewinner in the Seattle International Piano Competition and the Ibiza International Piano Competition, he has performed throughout the United States and Europe. As a pianist who prioritizes creative fearlessness and emotional honesty, he captivates and connects with his audiences. Grodin is known for offering programs of diverse repertoire, ranging from Bach to living composers, that weave together a narrative or theme. 

Grodin has performed at the Carpenter Center in Long Beach, the San Diego Central Library, San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, and Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. He has appeared as soloist with the CSULB and Bellflower Symphony Orchestras and in master classes with Emanuel Ax, Rita Sloan, Blanca Uribe, Dominique Weber, Jeffrey Kahane, and Stephen Hough. A champion of new music, he has also performed with the SFCM New Music Ensemble and the Ensemble Parallèle, which in 2010 presented the West Coast premiere of John Rea’s re-orchestration of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck for chamber ensemble.  

Grodin earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he was winner of the Keyboard Department’s award for Outstanding D.M.A. Graduate in Piano. As a graduate teaching assistant at USC, Grodin taught group and applied piano to undergraduate and graduate students and was named Outstanding Keyboard Studies TA. He completed his Master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he was the recipient of the Harold W. Scheeline Piano Scholarship. His principal teachers have included Sharon Mann, Nina Scolnik, Lucinda Carver, Alan Smith, and Craig Richey. His chamber music coaches have included Alan Smith, Jennifer Culp, Timothy Bach, Kurt Muroki, Shun-lin Chou, and Craig Richey. He has also spent several summers at international music festivals, studying with Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, Antoinette Perry, Marc Durand, and Joseph Kalichstein.  

In addition to his performing career, Grodin is in demand as a teacher and lecturer. He has taught at Los Angeles Pierce College and Fullerton College and is currently a member of the piano faculty at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB. He has a particular teaching and academic interest in injury prevention and the biomechanics of piano technique. 

Sheng-Ching Hsu

A native of Taiwan, Sheng-Ching Hsu was six years old when she made her first public appearance as both violinist and pianist at the National Cheng- Kung University, Taiwan. She has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Stage on Holland America Line, Walt Disney Hall, Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Chile), Remonstrantse Kerk in Alkmaar (The Netherlands), Théâtre de l’Île- Saint-Louis (Paris), and National Recital Hall (Taiwan), among others.  

A firm believer in the power of music, Sheng-Ching created “S-C Sidewalk Performance” where she brought live music to the street corners of West LA during the pandemic. “S-C Sidewalk Performance” brought comfort and hope to many people during the time of isolation, and was featured on KTTV Fox 11 Los Angeles.  

Sheng-Ching plays with Delirium Musicum, Concerts for Hope, New Asia Chamber Music Society, Landmark Quartet, Solisti, as well as Concerts on the Slope, in which many of her performances were featured on WWFM Classical, NY. She is a member of California Symphony, and has served as principal violinist of Orchestra Santa Monica, Queensboro Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Festival Orchestra and Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra. Her other orchestral experiences include Pacific Symphony, Corona Symphony, Tainan City Orchestra and the ChiMei Orchestra. Sheng-Ching has given solo recitals in Europe, North America, South America and Asia, and has performed with Ensemble 212 and Old York Road Symphony as a soloist. Her interest in the impact of music on motion picture led Sheng- Ching to perform in the debut of “BBC Frozen Planet Live,” scored by award-winning composer George Fenton. In addition to her busy performing schedule, she serves on the violin faculty at Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach.  

When not playing or teaching violin, Sheng-Ching is also a sought-after music arranger. Her latest commissions include the National Anthem for the New York Knicks’ Lunar New Year Game in Madison Square Garden. She arranges a wide variety of music, and has worked with ensembles such as the New Asia Chamber Music Society, the Amphion String Quartet, the Lincoln Center Stage Quintet and the Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra. Her arrangements have been performed at Madison Square Garden, New York Fashion Week, Times Square Flash Mob, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.  

Sheng-Ching studied in the Juilliard Pre-College Division, where she served as the concertmaster of the Pre-College Orchestra, and studied with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho. Sheng-Ching earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Mannes School of Music, studying with Aaron Rosand and Christina Khimm. She then graduated from The Juilliard School with a Master’s Degree under the instruction of Catherine Cho. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook University, where she studied with Philip Setzer and Arnaud Sussmann. Sheng-Ching’s instruments were generously sponsored by CHIMEI foundation in Taiwan throughout her studies. (www.shengchinghsu.com) 

Julianne Papadopoulos

Julianne Papadopoulos, originally from Ridgefield, Connecticut, received her Bachelors of Arts in both Music and Psychology from Elon University in North Carolina. After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles to complete her Masters degree in Community Music at the University of Southern California. Throughout her studies and training, she has enjoyed working with individuals of all ages from toddlers to older adults. Her connection to music is strongly based in community and the belief in using music to facilitate a sense of togetherness and inclusion.

Before coming to Colburn, she trained as an early childhood music facilitator with Music Together in New York City, worked a music teaching mentor for the Thornton Community Engagement Program at the University of Southern California, and co-facilitated a music appreciation group for hard-of-hearing adults at the Bionic Ear Lab within the Keck School of Medicine. She has presented research at conferences in the U.S. and internationally, including the International Society for Music Education and the Society for Music Cognition and Perception, and believes in using her research to inform her music teaching philosophy. In addition to her current work at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, she continues to work as a research assistant and music facilitator for the Bionic Ear Lab.

Evan Kuhlmann

Evan Kuhlmann was appointed Contrabassoon of the Los Angeles Philharmonic by Gustavo Dudamel in 2018, shortly after completing his twelfth season as Assistant Principal Bassoon and Contrabassoon of the Oregon Symphony. A native Seattleite, he is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School; where he earned a B.M. in Bassoon Performance with Scholastic Distinction as a student of Frank Morelli, and the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. Evan previously studied bassoon with Francine Peterson, Barrick Stees, and Eric Stomberg.

Evan has performed with numerous orchestras internationally including the St. Louis, San Diego, and Seattle Symphonies, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, All-Star Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra, Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. As Principal Bassoon of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, he performed numerous premieres, including works of John Adams, Jennifer Higdon, and George Walker. Evan has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall, the Marrowstone Festival Orchestra, and alongside Jethro Tull with the Oregon Symphony. His chamber music appearances include performances at Chamber Music Northwest, the Lincoln Center Festival, and the Ojai Music Festival.

Evan is also a passionate music educator, having served on the faculty of the Azusa Pacific and Portland State University Schools of Music. In addition, he has given masterclasses at schools including the University of Denver, University of Missouri – Kansas City, and the University of Southern California. Evan is fortunate to have worked with students through programs such as Bassoons Without Borders, BRAVO Youth Orchestras, Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, Marrowstone Music Festival, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Seattle Youth Symphony, Woodwinds @ Wallowa Lake, and Youth Orchestra Los Angeles.

Erin Young

Erin Young is a classical guitarist based in Los Angeles. She received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Classical Guitar Performance at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music where she studied with Scott Tennant, Brian Head, and Jason Yoshida. Erin has a passion for playing early plucked instruments and has performed with the early music ensemble, Ciaramella, and plays frequently with the Los Angeles based Delirium Musicum ensemble.

Erin is dedicated to her work as an educator. She worked in online music education as Head of Guitar at tonebase.co for over two years where she gained experience in production and curricular design, and has spearheaded the development of curriculum for the international guitar education nonprofit Kithara Project where she currently works as Operations and Program Director. In addition to teaching Suzuki Guitar, she serves as Co-Director of Elemental Guitar for nonprofit Elemental Music, as a Teaching Artist for Lead Guitar within the Los Angeles Unified School District, and as a Counselor for the annual Guitar Foundation of America Teen Academy The Bridge.

Choirs

The Community School is excited to announce that choral ensembles have returned! Students ages 6–18 can develop their musicianship, vocal technique, and ensemble skills in one of our three choirs directed by our new Director of Choral Programs, Adrian Dunn.

Adrian Dunn Voice Faculty
Welcome Choir Director, Adrian Dunn

Adrian Dunn is an accomplished singer, composer and conductor. Mr. Dunn holds a Bachelor and Master of Music degree in Voice from The Music Conservatory at Roosevelt University with additional musical studies in opera at The Sibelius Academy of Music in Finland.

Mr. Dunn is a MacArthur grant recipient for this original work, Hopera: A Hip Hop Opera. He has opened for international Hip Hop Recording Artist, The Roots, at Indiana University, and he served as principle vocal coach for Kanye West’s artist development program, Donda’s House. He was a featured artist and vocal coach for the live DVD recording of the Higher Ground Gospel Choir in Helsinki, Finland. He has toured throughout the United States, South Africa, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Scandinavia.

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Choral Ensembles

Children’s Chorus

This ensemble introduces young singers to choral singing. The group will focus on fundamentals of singing, solfeggio, listening, and basic music theory concepts. The ensemble rehearses weekly and performs on one major concert per semester.

Age Requirement
6–10 years

Duration
Weekly on Saturdays, 12–12:50 pm

Youth Chorus

This ensemble prepares students for the Colburn Concert Choir and is ideal for youth who enjoy singing and exploring music with a supportive group of peers. Students will explore the fundamentals of singing, breathing, sight-reading, and solfeggio, and will rehearse and perform diverse choral repertoire. The ensemble rehearses weekly and performs on one major concert per semester.

Age Requirement
10–13 years

Duration
Weekly on Saturdays, 1–2:30 pm

Colburn Concert Choir

The Colburn Concert Choir is the highest-level choral ensemble offered. Students will be challenged with advanced choral repertoire that spans multiple genres. Additionally, students will develop their sight reading, ear training, and music theory knowledge. The ensemble rehearses weekly and performs on one major concert per semester.

Age Requirement
12–18 years

Duration
Weekly on Saturdays, 3:30–5:30 pm

Audition Information

Auditions for spring semester remain open. Limited merit scholarships are available for new students.

To schedule an audition, please complete the form below. If you have any questions, please contact the Ensemble Coordinator, Ron Mitchell at rmitchell@colburnschool.edu.

Choral Audition Sign-Up Form 

Audition Requirements 
  • 1 song of any genre 
  • Be prepared for a vocal warm-up 
  • Brief interview 

*We encourage students to audition even if they do not have a song prepared.  

NEW – Singing More!

Through interactive games, songs, and stories, students develop singing skills, explore vocal techniques, and learn basic elements of music. An extension of Super Singers, this class is designed to prepare young singers for ensemble singing. No audition required.

Age Requirement
5–6 years

Duration
Weekly on Saturdays, 9–9:45 pm

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Adrian Dunn

Adrian Dunn is an accomplished singer, composer, and conductor. Mr. Dunn holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree in Voice from the Music Conservatory at Roosevelt University with additional musical studies in opera at the Sibelius Academy of Music in Finland.

In 2021 Mr. Dunn won the American Prize in Composition for “Requiem” from The Mass for the Unarmed Child and was named in the Top 10 Classical Music and Jazz performances of 2021 by the Chicago Tribune. He made his conducting debut with the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra in June 2021. His interview on his original composition The Black Messiah was published in Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy. He and the Adrian Dunn Singers performed the film score for the 2022 Sundance film Honk for Jesus starring Sterling K. Brown (from the NBC show This Is Us) and Regina Hall.

Mr. Dunn is writing his first full length opera, The 42 Project, on the life of Black Major League Baseball star Jackie Robinson. Mr. Dunn’s trilogy cycle Emancipation received its world premiere at the Harris Theater in April 2022 featuring the Adrian Dunn Singers and Rize Orchestra. His composition Requiem was most recently performed by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Morehouse Glee Club in March 2022. He was also the chorus conductor for the Mozart Requiem with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and was a guest artist in residence at California State University Fullerton.

Mr. Dunn is a MacArthur grant recipient for his original work Hopera: A Hip Hop Opera. He has opened for international hip hop recording artist The Roots at Indiana University. He served as principal vocal coach for Kanye West’s artist development program, Donda’s House. He was a featured artist and vocal coach for the live DVD recording of the Higher Ground Gospel Choir in Helsinki, Finland. He has toured throughout the US, South Africa, Italy, Germany, the UK, and Scandinavia.

Mr. Dunn has sung with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Grant Park Symphony Chorus, and Blossom Festival Chorus. He was the chorus conductor for the Seven Last Words of the Unarmed by Joel Thompson with the Adrian Dunn Singers at Chicago’s Symphony Center and Wentz Hall in 2019. He was the chorus master for Chicago Opera Theater’s production of Freedom Ride in 2019 and sang in the 2018 production of Moby Dick with Chicago Opera Theater. He was tenor soloist for Handel’s Messiah at Rockefeller Chapel in 2018 and was the tenor soloist for Pucinni’s Messa de Gloria with the Northwestern University Orchestra. He was the tenor soloist for A Child of our Time with the University of Chicago Orchestra in 2019 and was guest artist in residence with the University of Chicago Chorus. In 2019 he was the composer for the Lyric Unlimited Opera education program at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He sung the lead role in the 2017 Chicago premiere of the Paul Laurence Dunbar opera The Poet and in 2016 served as the opera chorus master for the Midwest premiere of the opera Harriet Tubman – When I Crossed That Line to Freedom with the South Shore Opera Company of Chicago.

As an active professional singer, producer, and songwriter, Mr. Dunn has had the privilege of working with gospel greats such as Tremaine Hawkins, Myron Butler, Melonie Daniels, Troy Bright, Lamar Campbell, Damien Sneed, Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago, Smokie Norful, Jonathan Nelson, and many more. He was awarded Album Producer of the Year for AME Live featuring the AME International Mass Choir from the Rhythm of Gospel Awards. He is a voice faculty member in the Theater Conservatory at Roosevelt University and is the Advisor for Racial Equity and Minority Student Success. Mr. Dunn’s private voice students can be seen in Broadway national tours of Lion King, Ghost, the Color Purple, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Rent, BET’s show Sunday Best, Drury Lane Theater, the Paramount Theater, Black Ensemble Theater, and as background vocalists for major record label artists on tour throughout the US and abroad.

Tatjana Masurenko

Tatjana Masurenko is one of the leading viola players of our time. Her distinctive style is
shaped by her expressive playing and her thorough and intensive musical studies. Her
charisma and natural stage presence are captivating. Alongside the great viola concertos by
Walton, Bartók and Hindemith, Tatjana’s wide-ranging concert repertoire also includes
modern classical works such as Schnittke, Gubaidulina and Kancheli and the rarely performed
viola concertos by Hartmann and Bartel.

Tatjana Masurenko has made solo appearances with orchestras including the
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Radio Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the NDR
Radiophilharmonie and other leading orchestras in Europe and Asia. She has been a welcome
guest at major international festivals as both soloist and chamber musician for many years.

She grew up in a family of Russian academics and jazz musicians. Her musical path began in
St Petersburg where she was able to benefit from the traditional St Petersburg school with
the best teachers of her time. She continued her musical studies in Germany with Kim
Kashkashian and Nobuko Imai. Her search for new forms of expression on the viola and new
techniques and tonal concepts were encouraged and influenced by encounters with figures
including Boris Pergamenschikow, György Kurtág, Brigitte Fassbaender and Herbert
Blomstedt.

For some years now, Tatjana Masurenko’s major objective in her musical career has been the
further development of the viola as a solo instrument which also explains her commitment to
contemporary music. She has given numerous first performances of new compositions, many
of which are dedicated to her and originated on her initiative. She has worked with
composers such as the recently deceased Gladys Krenek, Moritz von Gagern, Dimitri Terzakis,
Wolfgang Rihm, Hans-Christian Bartel, Luca Lombardi and Nejat Başeğmezler. Tatjana
Masurenko’s discography reflects the musician’s high artistic standards. Right from the start,
she compiles the programmes of her CDs meticulously and with great deliberation.

Tatjana Masurenko plays the music of Ernst Krenek with enthusiasm, supports the Ernst
Krenek Institute in Krems, Austria, and has recorded all his works for solo viola. Several of her
CD recordings (for example the concerto by K. A. Hartmann and British Viola Concertos
featuring concertos by Walton, Beamish und Britten) received awards including the Preis der
deutschen Schallplattenkritik and international accolades such as the Supersonic Award
(Luxemburg) and the Diapason découverte (France). Her 3-CD box set “White Nights – Music
from St. Petersburg”, which she recorded with pianist Roglit Ishay, is one of the most
important recordings of this repertoire.

At present, Tatjana Masurenko is intensively dedicated to historical performance practice
and especially to 19th century playing and the romantic repertoire. For several years she has
been engaged in playing the viola d’amore: thus, she interprets baroque and classical
repertoire with passion, but at the same time she develops modern music on this baroque
instrument with much interest in an experimental and innovative way with new sound ideas.
She plays a viola d’amore by Charles Jacquot, Paris 1849.
www. tatjanamasurenko.com

Tatjana Masurenko is dedicated to promoting young musicians. Since 2002 she has been
professor of viola at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”
Leipzig with an international reputation and since 2019 in the same position at the Haute
Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in Sion, Switzerland. She gives master classes in Europe and
America and is artistic director of the International Viola Camp in Iznik (Turkey) as well as of a
master class in Leipzig.

Many of her students have built successful careers and travel the world as soloists,
professors, principal violists in major orchestras and as chamber musicians.

Her teaching style is built on the St. Petersburg tradition of the 19th/early 20th century and
merges with the new ideas and sensibilities of the 20th/21st century, especially in the
interpretation of Baroque and Classical music.

Tatjana Masurenko plays a viola by P. Testore, Milan 1756 and a specially built instrument by
Jürgen Manthey, Leipzig 2017, who has developed new acoustic and tonal construction
methods that clearly distinguish his instruments from others. She changes the bows to match
the style.