Colburn Youth Orchestra

The Community School of Performing Arts' Colburn Youth Orchestra is a full orchestra consisting of strings, winds, brass, and percussion. The members are selected through competitive auditions each year and are between the ages of 13 and 18. The ensemble performs standard symphonic literature, as well as newly commissioned works and arrangements done especially for the ensemble. Past performances have also featured both outstanding student and faculty soloists. A highlight of the group's concert season includes their annual participation in the Colburn Community School's Collaboration Concert. This performance brings together the Colburn Youth Orchestra, Colburn Chamber Orchestra, Colburn Concert Choir, Young Men's Chorus, ballet, and modern dance students for an evening of collaborative pieces all on one stage. The Colburn Youth Orchestra also appears regularly in LACMA's Sundays Live, which presents weekly performances by professional artists and is broadcast on KUSC 91.5.

The orchestra is directed by Maxim Eshkenazy, who the Los Angeles Times has hailed as “charismatic and exciting." Maestro Eshkenazy received two Master degrees from USC's Thornton School of Music (Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting) and was also awarded a fellowship from the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival. He currently serves as Director of the Community School's Colburn Youth Orchestra and Colburn Chamber Orchestra, as well as Assistant Conductor of the Colburn Conservatory Orchestra.

Audition Information

Age Requirements
Must be 13 years old by September 1, 2016

Sundays, 1 pm–4 pm

Audition Dates and Requirements
Auditions will be held June 2-5, 2016 for the 2016–17 academic year.

Interested winds may also be considered for Wind Ensemble

Students may reserve a time by phone at 213-621-4548 or in person at the Community School of Performing Arts Registration Office.

Audition Requirements
1. Solo concerto, etude or showpiece - without an accompanist - that demonstrates technical and interpretive accomplishment
2. Prepared Orchestral Excerpts

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