Meet the Colburn Class of 2022

Julie Lin Clara Bouch and Family

Undergraduate speaker Julie Lin (center) with Clara Bouch and friends at the 2022 Conservatory of Music Commencement.

Every year during the commencement season, the Colburn School sends another group of world-class young performers out into the world to make their mark. It never gets easier to say farewell to the students we’ve watched grow and flourish, but we are always thankful to have played a part in their development. We’re excited to share the Class of 2022 with the entire Colburn community.

The Colburn School Commencement Season

Last month, the Colburn School was able to safely gather on campus to celebrate our graduating students for the first time since 2019. By the end of this commencement season, we’ll have celebrated over 150 graduates who participated in one of our three year-end ceremonies and countless other recitals so far.

     We celebrated 150+ Graduates with
          3 Ceremonies
          2 Music Academy Senior Recitals
          4 year-end dance performances with senior recognition

Watch some of the memorable speeches and testimonials from the two public events: Conservatory of Music’s Commencement and the Music Academy Senior Recitals and Graduation

The Class of 2022

Many of our students continue on their paths in the performing arts, but many also find themselves exploring other fields. They’re award winners and scholars, and they end up all over the country in pursuit of their passions.

Gallia KastnerPianist David Cerna (Community School ’22) is heading just down the road to USC Thornton. He posted recently on Instagram, “Words cannot even begin to tell how incredibly grateful I am to have had the opportunity to study here. It has been my pride and joy to have been a Colburn student for the last four years – my high school years. Two of those years, I had the privilege of studying under the distinguished Herbert Zipper Scholars Program, which I am utterly grateful to Colburn for having provided me with this truly unmatched opportunity.”

Gallia Kastner
Violinist Gallia Kastner (Conservatory ’22) will begin orchestra auditions and continue freelancing in Los Angeles now that she’s earned her masters degree, and she reflected on all of the hard work and support over the years. “7 years, 14 juries, and 3 full recitals later, I got my master’s degree from the Colburn Conservatory. Thank you Mr. Lipsett, the Colburn School, and all of my friends for helping me on my journey. I couldn’t have done it without you all.”
Emily Wu
Pianist Emily Wu (Music Academy ’22) posted simply, “Grateful.”

As President Sel Kardan remarked, “You will always be a cherished part of our Colburn family, and we remain here to support you in the months and years ahead.” Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Quick facts about the Class of 2022
     9 graduates will join the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Fall 2022
     23 studied at Colburn for five or more years
     12 Herbert Zipper Scholars
     55+ plan to pursue a degree in the performing arts
     2 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award Winners
     1 Grand Prize Finalist in the Music Center’s Spotlight 2021 Awards
     2 Finalists in the 2022 YoungArts Competition
    Other areas of study include:

     Asian Studies
     Graphic Design
     Media Studies
     Animal Science
     Computer science
     Human Biology

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