About Us

The Colburn School is a performing arts institution located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, neighboring Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Music Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Broad Museum. The acclaimed faculty provides students of all ages with the highest quality performing arts education, which includes a multitude of performance opportunities in a state-of-the-art facility.

Since 1950, the Colburn School has equipped students with the skills, support, and opportunities needed to achieve their highest artistic goals.

More than 2,000 students attend classes in the Colburn School's four units.

The Community School of Performing Arts is one of the nation's leading community arts institutions, providing 120 different afternoon and weekend classes each semester in disciplines including Suzuki strings, orchestral instruments, piano, guitar, voice and choral, small ensemble and orchestra, jazz, music theory, and early childhood education. The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute offers instruction in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and musical theater.

The Music Academy is a unique pre-college program designed to prepare gifted young artists for careers as well-rounded professional musicians. Established in 2010, the music academy provides conservatory-level musical training, including private instruction, master classes, and numerous performance opportunities, each carefully designed to nurture students to grow to their full potential.

The Dance Academy is a pre-professional program for both male and female ballet dancers ages 14–19, under the direction of former New York City Ballet principal dancers Jenifer Ringer and James Fayette, with Artistic Advisor Benjamin Millepied. A select group of dancers receive personalized instruction and mentorship, and train to become professional dancers and artistic leaders.

The Conservatory of Music, established in 2003, is a nationally accredited, degree-granting post-secondary institution serving college-aged musicians from around the world. Approximately 120 students pursue degree, diploma, and certificate programs and careers in music with full tuition, room, and board provided. Many conservatory students have gone on to win orchestral positions and are working in the field.

A Message From Our President

There's something inspirational about The Colburn School. Whether it's the Colburn Orchestra performing at one of Los Angeles' prime concert venues, the younger students performing in ensembles and recitals in our own Zipper Hall, the talented dancers in the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, or just seeing children with their families enjoying a Saturday afternoon on campus, The Colburn School is an amazing, inspirational place to be.

We strive to make Colburn a rich learning environment, where performing artists can work towards achieving their highest goals. Our world-renowned faculty, abundance of performance opportunities and exceptional facilities help in making The Colburn School one of the top music institutions in the country.

Throughout the year, we have more than 300 public performances, open to the public and free of charge. I encourage you to visit our downtown Los Angeles campus, regularly, and become part of the Colburn Family - join us for a class, a performance or simply have a meal in our Café.

Sel Kardan
President & CEO

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