Pre-Professional Music

For those who know they want to pursue music training at the highest level, Colburn offers both the Music Academy, a pre-college program for students ages 14 through 18, and a college-level Conservatory of Music, which prepares students for careers as performers.

The Colburn School has been integral to my growth as a musician, and the extraordinary faculty has greatly affected my view of music making. I will forever be thankful for their guidance and encouragement. Simone Porter, violin, class of ‘17

The integrity of the school’s mission and the generosity of spirit instilled in the Colburn community have greatly affected my view of music making, and this grant will enable me to continue to explore and share those values. The gratitude I feel towards my longtime and beloved teacher Robert Lipsett and my gracious manager Laura Liepins is beyond expression, and I will forever be thankful for their guidance and encouragement.”

In both programs, students have close contact with world-renowned faculty members who are dedicated to their development. Guest artists such as Emanuel Ax, Augustin Hadelich, and Colburn Artist-in-Residence Jean-Yves Thibaudet visit frequently for master classes; many of them also perform public concerts–side by side our students.

The results of a Colburn education speak for themselves. Music Academy students have gone on to top conservatories, including Juilliard, Curtis Institute of Music, and Colburn (of course). Conservatory students and alumni have gained international recognition through the Tchaikovsky, Fritz Kreisler, Rubinstein, and Queen Elisabeth competitions; won such prestigious awards as the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the University of Michigan M Prize for chamber music; and earned positions in such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, National Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic