President Sel Kardan Welcomes Colburn Community to 2019–20 Season

By offering many of our performances for free or at a low ticket cost, we hope to welcome in the community and develop the next generation of audiences.

The new academic year is now underway, and I am pleased to welcome back our extraordinary students and faculty, dedicated families, and loyal audiences for another season. Classes have already begun and soon our active performance schedule will start as well, with over 350 music and dance events expected to take place on campus and across Southern California.

Performance is a vital part of a Colburn education. The skills that young artists learn from being on stage benefit them throughout their lives—whether or not they go on to careers in music and dance. By offering many of our performances for free or at a low ticket cost, we also hope to welcome in the community and develop the next generation of audiences.

This season, our distinguished artist faculty and internationally renowned guest artists perform alongside our students. Over the next few months, James Conlon, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Yehuda Gilad conduct our fall orchestra concerts; the San Francisco Brass comes for a weeklong residency and performance; and New York City Ballet principal Lauren Lovette performs in See the Music, Hear the Dance.

The Calidore Quartet, all Colburn alumni, return for our school-wide celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. They share the stage with faculty and students as well as the Viano Quartet, recent winners of the acclaimed Banff International String Quartet competition.

Throughout the educational process, Colburn’s incredible faculty guide our students to make the most of these opportunities and realize their full potential. Across all units of the School, our faculty provide inspiration and direction for our students at every level, from early childhood to those pursuing professional careers.

Thank you to all the individuals, corporations, and foundations for their support of our programs and scholarships that ensures all students have access to the top-level training in music and dance. We hope to not only instill the joy of the performing arts in our students but to share that with our audiences. We have a wonderful season ahead—please join us.

Sincerely,
Sel Kardan
President and Chief Executive Officer
Colburn School