Honors Program

"Throughout my many years in the chamber program, both of my coaches have not only been good instructors, but amazing coaches that have taught us things that aren’t simply about music but about approaching things in life, like collaboration, creating friendships, learning how to be dependable, and many more." Violinist Andrés Engleman

Program Overview

The Honors program is for serious and dedicated young musicians for whom music is the top priority. Time commitment is for a minimum of three hours of rehearsal and coaching weekly. In addition, there is a required Honors Chamber Music Seminar, held on Saturday afternoons. Honors groups have regular performing opportunities on the Friday Night, School and Honors Recitals and also in the greater community. All groups are encouraged to enter competitions and are expected to make the necessary preparations. Weekends must be kept open and flexible for frequent performances, masterclasses and competitions.  

Prior experience in chamber music is a requirement and preference will be given to students who have participated in the Colburn Chamber Music Program and Summer Chamber Music Intensive.  

All students who would like placement in the Honors Program must audition in the May/June audition period, regardless of whether or not they are currently in the CHMI and/or Honors program. Current students in the Honors Program are not guaranteed placement for the following year. The Honors program is open to strings, piano, woodwind and brass instruments. Harp, percussion and guitar can be considered in exceptional cases. Honors students receive a 50% scholarship for chamber music.  

Recommended Ages: must be 13 years old by September 1, 2024

Important Deadlines

Deadline extended! Applications are due by July 1.
Students will be informed of chamber ensemble decisions by August 1.
Students will be required to accept by submitting registration and payment by August 15. Late additions/alternates may be accepted up until the end of September, space permitting. 

Live auditions including sight reading will be held during the last week of August. 

2024–25 CHMI Application Form

Audition Requirements

For the first round of the audition, video submissions will be accepted in lieu of a live audition. These students may submit a video audition for the Chamber Music Institute, but note that they are still required to perform a live audition for the Advanced Orchestras.  

Please prepare two contrasting solo pieces (e.g. concerto, etude, or showpiece) – with or without an accompanist – that demonstrates technical and interpretive accomplishment. Students auditioning for the Advanced Orchestras may use their live audition in June in lieu of a video audition. These students must prepare one solo piece as well as the excerpts for their instrument which are linked below.  

The second round of the audition will take place during the last week of August and will include sight reading in addition to the prepared pieces. 

2024–25 CHMI Audition Excerpts

  • First, please record yourself playing the required repertoire, then upload the video to YouTube. 
  • Start your video by stating your full name and for which program(s) (Advanced Orchestras, Chamber Music, both) you are auditioning. 
  • Please name the file by the following format: First name Last Name.Instrument (for example, John Smith.Violin). 
  • When uploading the video to YouTube, make sure the video is marked unlisted or public. If you do not want the video to be public, marking it unlisted will not allow people to find the video, but will allow you to share the link with the Community School. 
  • The audition recording must be made continuously and without cuts. We want to see a true depiction of how well you can play. 
  • The video must be completed before you begin the application form, otherwise you will not be able to submit. 
  • Once you have completed your video, please fill out the application form. You will need the link to your YouTube video to complete the application form. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Group Assignment 

Chamber groups are formed after auditions on the basis of performance level, age, and compatibility of personality and schedules. Chamber Music is a yearlong commitment and changes to any grouping is the prerogative of the director. Note that the number of students enrolled in the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute is limited; students studying privately at the Community School are given priority in assignments. Those admitted into the Chamber Music program will be required to attend a short orientation meeting at the beginning of the fall semester. 

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Chamber Music Institute (CHMI)

The Chamber program at colburn has changed my life for the better. Having the opportunity to work with such wonderful coaches and musicians is a blessing in it of itself. It's not just about music you're playing; it is about the bond you create with your chamber mates and the journey you embark on as one. Sam G.

Program Overview

The CHMI general program is open to intermediate and advanced instrumentalists with some or little chamber music experience. Groups meet weekly for two hours of coaching and rehearsal. All groups participate in the end of the year Chamber Music Recital in May. More advanced groups in the CHMI program are also offered performance opportunities on the Friday Night Recitals and School Recitals, Winter Chamber Music Recital, Honors Seminars and outside performances. Consistency and commitment to the group schedule is commensurate with success in each group. Current students in the Honors or CHMI program are not required to re-audition for the CHMI program provided they play in the end of the year Chamber Music Recital and fill out the application form. All other students must audition at the end of May/June. The CHMI program is designed to be a training ground for the Honors program. CHMI is open to all orchestral instruments and piano. 

Brass students in the CHMI program will be grouped exclusively into Brass Trio, Quartets and Quintets. Woodwinds generally will be placed in woodwind only groups but can be grouped with strings and piano as well. The CHMI general program is open to intermediate and advanced instrumentalists with some or little chamber music experience. Groups meet weekly for two hours of coaching and rehearsal. All groups participate in the end of the year Chamber Music Recital in May. More advanced groups in the CHMI program are also offered performance opportunities on the Friday Night Recitals and School Recitals, Winter Chamber Music Recital, Honors Seminars and outside performances. Consistency and commitment to the group schedule is commensurate with success in each group. Current CHMI students are encouraged to re-audition to ensure the suitability of levels among group members.  All other students must audition at the end of May/June. The CHMI program is designed to be a training ground for the Honors program. CHMI is open to all orchestral instruments and piano.  

Brass students in the CHMI program will be grouped exclusively into Brass Trio, Quartets and Quintets. Woodwinds generally will be placed in woodwind only groups but can be grouped with strings and piano as well.  

Recommended Ages: 9–18 years old

Important Deadlines

Deadline extended! Applications are due by July 1.
Students will be informed of chamber ensemble decisions by August 1.
Students will be required to accept by submitting registration and payment by August 15. Late additions/alternates may be accepted up until the end of September, space permitting. 

2024–25 CHMI Application Form

Audition Requirements

Video submissions will be accepted in lieu of a live audition. These students may submit a video audition for the Chamber Music Institute but note that they are still required to perform a live audition for the Advanced Orchestras. 

Please prepare two contrasting solo pieces (e.g. concerto, etude, or showpiece) – with or without an accompanist – that demonstrates technical and interpretive accomplishment. Students auditioning for the Advanced Orchestras may use their live audition in June in lieu of a video audition. These students must prepare one solo piece as well as the excerpts for their instrument which are linked below. 

2024–25  Audition Excerpts

  • First, please record yourself playing the required repertoire, then upload the video to YouTube. 
  • Start your video by stating your full name and for which program(s) (Advanced Orchestras, Chamber Music, both) you are auditioning. 
  • Please name the file by the following format: First name Last Name.Instrument (for example, John Smith.Violin). 
  • When uploading the video to YouTube, make sure the video is marked unlisted or public. If you do not want the video to be public, marking it unlisted will not allow people to find the video, but will allow you to share the link with the Community School. 
  • The audition recording must be made continuously and without cuts. We want to see a true depiction of how well you can play. 
  • The video must be completed before you begin the application form, otherwise you will not be able to submit. 
  • Once you have completed your video, please fill out the application form. You will need the link to your YouTube video to complete the application form. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Group Assignment 

Chamber groups are formed after auditions on the basis of performance level, age, and compatibility of personality and schedules. Chamber Music is a yearlong commitment and changes to any grouping is the prerogative of the director. Note that the number of students enrolled in the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute is limited; students studying privately at the Community School are given priority in assignments. Those admitted into the Chamber Music program will be required to attend a short orientation meeting at the beginning of the fall semester. 

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Intro to Chamber Music Program (ICM)

The chamber music program is incredible, and we’ve learned so much. Our coach has been instrumental in helping us improve our musicianship and encouraged our creativity. But we’ve also learned other important life skills such as working on a team, communicating effectively and the importance of being dependable. Delancey Wolan, Tesla Wolan and Audrey Li

Program Overview

The Intro to Chamber Music program is for the skilled intermediate player who is exploring chamber music for the first time. Aptitude as a solo instrumentalist with a focus on proficiency in rhythm, intonation, and note reading is essential to participate in this program. A general guideline is 2-3 years playing experience and around Suzuki Book 3/4 level for strings and piano. In addition, students need to have the maturity to work with others independently without a coach. Students will develop skills in cooperation, communication of ideas, score reading, rehearsal techniques, listening, ensemble, and performance etiquette. String, woodwind and piano students meet weekly in assigned chamber groups for independent rehearsal and coaching, and once a month in a group class setting where they will play for each other in a friendly and nurturing environment. Brass students will be grouped together and meet in larger group ensembles weekly. All groups will perform in the Intro to Chamber Ensemble Concert in May. 

Recommended Ages: 8–14 for strings and piano, 11-18 for Brass 

Open to strings, piano, woodwinds, and brass. 

Important Deadlines

Video submissions and applications due July 1.
Students will be informed of decisions by August 1.
Students will be required to accept by submitting registration and payment by August 15. Late additions/alternates may be accepted until the End of August, space permitting. 

Audition Requirements

Video submissions will be accepted in lieu of a live audition.  

Please prepare two contrasting pieces – without an accompanist – that demonstrate technical and interpretive accomplishment.  

2024–25 Intro to Chamber Application Form 

  • First, please record yourself playing two contrasting pieces, then upload the video to YouTube. 
  • Start your video by stating your full name and for which program(s) (Advanced Orchestras, Chamber Music, Intro to Chamber, or a combination) you are auditioning. 
  • Please name the file by the following format: First name Last Name. Instrument (for example, John Smith. Violin). 
  • When uploading the video to YouTube, make sure the video is marked unlisted or public. If you do not want the video to be public, marking it unlisted will not allow people to find the video, but will allow you to share the link with the Community School. 
  • The audition recording must be made continuously and without cuts. We want to see a true depiction of how well you can play. 
  • The video must be completed before you begin the application form, otherwise you will not be able to submit. 
  • Once you have completed your video, please fill out the application form. You will need the link to your YouTube video to complete the application form. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Group Assignment 

Chamber groups are formed after auditions on the basis of performance level, age, and compatibility of personality and schedules. Chamber Music is a yearlong commitment and changes to any grouping is the prerogative of the director. Note that the number of students enrolled in the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute is limited; students studying privately at the Community School are given priority in assignments. Those admitted into the Chamber Music program will be required to attend a short orientation meeting at the beginning of the fall semester. 

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Michael Joviala

Instructor for the Dalcroze Intensive

Michael Joviala is a composer/improviser/performer and educator in New York City. He teaches Dalcroze eurhythmics to students of all ages at the Lucy Moses School of Music, the Diller-Quaile School of Music, the Dalcroze School of Music and Movement in Dallas, Texas, and in workshops worldwide. In 2020 he earned the Diplôme Supérieur from the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva and is the director of the Dalcroze Program at the Lucy Moses School in New York. He is the creator and music director of the improvising music and dance ensemble, Locomotors. He has called Brooklyn, New York home since 1992. https://joviala.com 

Christopher Charbonneau

Instructor for the Saxophone Intensive

After spending many years away from his native Southern California, saxophonist Christopher Charbonneau recently returned to the Los Angeles area in search of a better balance between performing and educating. Currently maintaining a private studio from his home in Lakewood and the Palos Verdes/Torrance area, Christopher remains active as a soloist, chamber musician, clinician, and adjudicator. Dr. Charbonneau was the featured guest artist for the Huntington Beach Symphony Orchestra’s most recent Soiree entitled Musical Legends, presenting a lecture recital on saxophone in the orchestra. Other recent notable performances include an appearance as a guest soloist with the LBCC Symphony Orchestra, premiering the orchestral version of 10 West: 3 Postcards for Alto Saxophone and Piano written by Roger Przytulski. Commissioning and premiering new works for saxophone is a core objective of Duo Charbonneau, a duo formed with his wife and pianist, Hanah Charbonneau. Duo Charbonneau has performed throughout the United States and Europe, premiering works for saxophone and piano by Ida Gotkovsky, Mischa Zupko, Kevin Timothy Austin, Michael Markowski, Gil Dori, and Roger Przyltulski. Christopher is a founding member and tenor saxophonist of the Pathways Saxophone Quartet and Upland Saxophone Quartet. 

Christopher completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance at Arizona State University in 2015. His final project is entitled A Recording and Commissioning Project Aimed at Developing New Repertoire for Pre-College and Early-College Saxophonists Focused on the Early Applications of Extended Techniques. Christopher also holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University at Long Beach. His instructors have included Dr. Michael Hester, Dr. Timothy McAllister, Dr. Otis Murphy, Leo Potts, and Dr. Joseph Wytko. 

Saxophone Intensive

The Summer Saxophone Intensive at the Colburn School is run by Dr. John Hallberg, Colburn saxophone faculty, and will offer a dynamic and diverse musical experience for the young saxophonist.  

The camp will include a wide range of events such as lectures on saxophone fundamentals and techniques, daily warm-ups, master classes, saxophone chamber music, one-on-one lessons, guest vendors, and student and faculty concerts. Soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophonists that have been playing for at least two years and are intermediate to advanced players are all welcome to join!

Program Overview

Schedule
June 24–28
Mon–Wed, 9 am–5 pm
Thurs, 9 am–6 pm
Fri, 9 am–8 pm

Age Range
Grades 6–12; 11–18 years

Faculty
Dr. John Hallberg, Director
Christopher Charbonneau, Instructor

Student Requirements
Open to students with at least two years of playing experience who can play at an intermediate to advanced level.

Tuition and Fees

  • Non-refundable application fee: $50 (applied toward tuition upon acceptance)
  • Regular tuition fee: $720

How to Apply

All applicants must submit a complete application and audition video. Auditions will only be used for placement purposes.

Audition Requirements
Submit a high-quality audition video of two scales of your choosing, and one excerpt from a piece or etude of your choosing that best demonstrates your musical and technical ability (1–2 minutes in length).

Application Deadlines

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

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Summer Music Camps

 

Piano Camp Intensive

Develop your piano playing skills, engage with experienced Colburn piano faculty, and connect with fellow piano students through classes and performances during the 2024 Summer Piano Camp Intensive. Each day begins with a movement class and ends with a group theory and/or piano literature seminar. Each student will receive two 45minute private piano lessons per week with esteemed Colburn faculty to work towards a recital performance at the end of the intensive. 

The Colburn Piano Intensive Camp was a great experience. It enhanced my piano skills and technique. I really enjoyed classes like Studio Class, Jazz Piano, Piano Literature Class and Spanish Music Class (of which I wish there could have been more sessions). It was fun to be around other piano students who enjoy piano as much as I do. Andrew Gerhart – 2023 Piano Camp Intensive

Program Overview

Schedule
July 8–19
Mon–Fri, 9 am–3:30 pm

Age Range
9–13 years

Faculty
Carmina Glicklich, Director 
Additional Colburn faculty TBA

Student Requirements
Open to upper-intermediate and advanced level students. Applicants must study with a private instructor. Younger applicants will be considered depending on their playing level.

Tuition and Fees

  • Non-refundable application fee: $50 (applied toward tuition upon acceptance)
  • Regular tuition fee: $2,180
  • $100 discount for current Colburn students

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.

Audition Requirements
Submit a high-quality pre-screening video of two contrasting works (memorized) ranging from upper-intermediate to advanced level.

Applicants who pass the pre-screening will be invited to audition live at Colburn. The live audition requirements will be the same as the pre-screening audition. Applicants may audition with the same repertoire for both rounds. Applicants who cannot attend the live audition may audition via Zoom. 

The live audition date and time will be announced at a later date. 

Application Deadlines

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

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Summer Music Camps

 

Los Angeles Honor Band

The Colburn Community School of Performing Arts is excited to announce the inaugural session of the Los Angeles Honor Band on July 1214! This ensemble will give advanced woodwind, brass, and percussion students in grades 712 the opportunity to build their musical, technical, and ensemble skills. Students will learn and perform challenging repertoire under the direction of Colburn’s Director of Bands, Eleanor Núñez, and participate in sectionals coached by Colburn’s esteemed faculty. Special guest, John Mackey, American composer, will be addressing the students on July 14!

Program Overview

Schedule
July 12–14, 9 am–5 pm

Age Range
Grades 7–12

Faculty
Eleanor Núñez, Director 
John Mackey, Special Guest 
John Hallberg  
Karen Lundgren 
Kenneth McGrath  
Danielle Ondarza 
Ted Sugata

Student Requirements
Open to woodwind, brass, and percussion students who play at an advanced level.

Tuition and Fees

  • Non-refundable application fee: $50 (applied toward tuition upon acceptance)
  • Regular tuition fee: $270

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.

Audition Requirements
Submit a high-quality video of the following: 

    • Full-range chromatic scale (slurred)
    • Concert E-flat Major, A-flat Major, and G minor two-octave scale
    • 30 to 60-second excerpt from a solo piece of the applicant’s choice
    • Excerpt for your instrument in the file linked below 

Audition Excerpts

Application Deadlines

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

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Summer Music Camps

 

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

Schedule
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

Faculty
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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Summer Music Camps

 

Jazz Camp

The Colburn Jazz Workshop’s Big Band directors, Mr. Lee Secard and Dr. Walter Simonsen, are proud to present a special Summer Jazz Camp. This camp will include daily playing and improvisation, jazz theory, practicing/learning strategies, ear training, and listening to repertoire. 

Program Overview

Schedule
June 24–28, 10 am–2 pm

Age Range
Grades 8–10; 13–16 years

Faculty
Lee Secard, Director
Dr. Walter Simonsen

Tuition and Fees

  • Non-refundable application fee: $50 (applied toward tuition upon acceptance)
  • Regular tuition fee: $550

How to Apply

All applicants must submit a complete and application and audition video.

Audition Requirements
Submit a video recording of the following works:

  • “Now’s the Time” (Key of F Blues) or “Sonny Moon for Two” (Key of B-flat Blues)
  • “Autumn Leaves” or “I Got Rhythm”

Application Deadlines

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

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Summer Music Camps