Celebrate Colburn Gala 2024

We were thrilled to welcome our community on Sunday, April 7th, for the annual Celebrate Colburn Gala. It was a privilege to honor our Civic Honoree, Merle Mullin, and our Artistic Honoree, James Conlon, alongside our exceptionally talented Colburn student artists. Your attendance and generous support during this memorable event continue to uphold our tradition of offering essential access and scholarships for outstanding performing arts education to students from Los Angeles and beyond. See the below invitation information for historical reference, and check back in late 2024 for details about Celebrate Colburn 2025!

Celebrate Colburn Gala

Sunday, April 7, 2024

10 am Opening Reception

11 am Remarks & Performance

1 pm Lunch on the Plaza

Artistic Honoree James Conlon and Civic Honoree Merle Mullin

Gala Executive Committee

Jennifer Diener and Carol Henry, co-chairs
Bethany Coffee
Molly Kirk
Terri Kohl
Kirsten Sarkisian

We are honored with such a wonderful response from our philanthropic community, and we encourage gifts in support of the school, but unfortunately are sold out of tickets. Please contact Alyssa Solis at 213-621-4535 to be put on the waitlist. 

Your enthusiastic company and philanthropic support are requested to celebrate James Conlon and Merle Mullin at our 2024 Celebrate Colburn Gala. On arrival, you will enjoy the company of Colburn’s friends, families and philanthropists for a morning reception on the School’s South Plaza. You will proceed into our very own Zipper Hall for an all-Mozart program under the baton of Maestro James Conlon, featuring the Colburn Conservatory’s flagship ensemble, the Colburn Orchestra, with three stellar soloists accentuating the program. The party continues for a glamorous lunch out on the plaza.

Please join us to celebrate the transformative power of the performing arts and the next generation who are already thrilling us with their artistry.


The Celebrate Colburn Gala is a wonderful tribute to the power of the performing arts. More importantly, it raises vital funds for the school so that we can continue to offer a transformational music and dance education to our students, regardless of their financial circumstances. Learn how donations allow us to educate and inspire students across the world. 

The Celebrate Colburn Gala is also an opportunity for you and your family, friends, and colleagues to join us for a wonderful day filled with music, dance and festivities! Ticket holders can enjoy: 

  • A celebratory champagne reception and lunch on the Colburn Plaza. 
  • A Colburn Orchestra performance in Colburn’s Zipper Hall, our acoustically superb 415-seat concert venue, led by Artistic Honoree James Conlon in a full Mozart program. 

Additionally, the Gala honors members of the artistic community who have made a significant contribution to the arts. This year we are proud to recognize James Conlon as our Artistic Honoree. Learn more about James Conlon. Philanthropist and arts enthusiast Merle Mullin will be celebrated as our Civic Honoree.  

For more information, please email Tara Grand at tgrand@colburnschool.edu or phone 310-279-6430. 

Single Ticket Opportunities

A single ticket includes an invitation to the champagne reception, a premium performance ticket in Zipper Hall, followed by lunch for one person.

Apprentice Single Ticket $1,500

Principal Single Ticket $2,500

Mentor Single Ticket $5,000

Patron Single Ticket $10,000

You can also sponsor Faculty/Student attendees for a donation of $300. 


Sponsorship Opportunities


Reception, Performance, and Lunch seating for up to 8 guests


All Apprentice level benefits and:

Exclusive invitation to a private salon with a performance by Colburn School artists

Invitation to a private rehearsal with James Conlon

MENTOR $50,000

All Principal level benefits and:

Reception, Performance, and Lunch invitations for up to 10 guests

A Colburn Serenade at your table during lunch

PATRON $100,000

All Mentor level benefits and:

A private concert performed by Colburn School artists at the venue of your choice


Can’t Make the Event?

If you are unable to attend this special event, and you would like to support our students, we invite you to contribute today. We hope you will help by supporting the Celebrate Colburn Gala.

Make a Gift Today

All proceeds benefit the Colburn School, and ticket costs are tax deductible as allowed by law, less $300 per attendee.