20-21 Season
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Colburn Announces New Dean Appointments

Dancer, educator, and choreographer Silas Farley, a recent New York City Ballet alumnus, will become Dean of the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute (TZDI), and Darleen Callaghan, former Director of Miami City Ballet School, will become Associate Dean of TZDI, effective July 1, 2021. Following seven highly successful years, current Dean and Associate Dean of TZDI, Jenifer Ringer and James Fayette, will conclude their tenures at the end of June 2021, after which they will be appointed visiting artists, continuing their relationship with the School. Learn more about Silas and Darleen.

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Press Releases

Colburn School Announces First National Cohort of Fortissima Fellows

Colburn School’s Center for Innovation and Community Impact Awards Social Innovation Grants to Support BIPOC Community

Violist Geraldine Walther Joins Colburn School Faculty as Interim Director of Chamber Music

Colburn School Presents the World Premiere of the Film The Way Forward

Colburn Announces New Dean Appointments

Colburn School’s Fortissima Program Expands Nationally

Next Up Alumni Series

Colburn School and Sphinx Organization Form Partnership to Engage, Develop, and Empower Young Artists of Color on the West Coast

Colburn School partners with LA Opera to present Joseph Bologne’s The Anonymous Lover

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2020–21 Performance Schedule

This season, the concert hall comes home. Watch thrilling music and dance performances from your living room and stay plugged-in to the performing arts with Colburn’s schedule of innovative virtual events.
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Investing in On-Campus Technology

In 2020 Colburn developed a custom technology solution for the campus, connecting spaces in the Grand Building via data, video, and fiber optic cables. With low latency video monitors in place, musicians or dancers in any of these rooms can rehearse or perform simultaneously in different locations and teachers can lead socially distanced lessons. By eliminating the lag time associated with performances over the internet, this technology restores the live interaction and spontaneity that is essential to the performing arts.

Campus map noting locations with livestream capability

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Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Colburn School is dedicated to providing equitable access to excellence in performing arts education. Founded on the core principle of community, Colburn believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion is vital to our collective success. A series of new and expanded EDI initiatives will begin with the 2020–21 academic year and continue long after, becoming part of the fabric of the institution.

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In the News

New York Times
Silas Farley to Lead Dance Academy in Los Angeles

The Strad
Violist Geraldine Walther to head Colburn School chamber program

San Francisco Classical Voice
Colburn School Puts High Tech on the Fast Track

Wall Street Journal
‘The Anonymous Lover’ and ‘Dido and Aeneas’ Reviews: A Rediscovery and a Rehash

Violin Channel
Colburn School and Sphinx Organization Announce Partnership


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Colburn has partnered with Primephonic, a premiere streaming service dedicated to classical music, to offer dedicated playlists featuring recordings of Colburn School’s esteemed alumni, faculty, and students.

The initial playlist features a wide variety 14 works, from Schumann to Salonen, and is available at, along with a free, three-month subscription for first time users.

About Colburn

The Community School of Performing Arts is committed to making the highest quality music education available to passionate, dedicated students of all ability levels and ages, from seven months old to adults. Thousands of young artists come to Colburn’s campus each year to play in ensembles and study instruments, voice, music theory, drama, and more with world-class teachers.

The Conservatory of Music opened in 2003 with one goal: to train the very highest level of classical instrumental performers for careers in music. Outstanding performance opportunities; unparalleled faculty; and scholarships covering tuition, room, and board for all students allow the Conservatory to produce dynamic young soloists, chamber groups, and orchestral musicians.

The Music Academy brings exceptional pre-college students from around the world to Colburn, where they take their training to the next level. Young musicians ages 14–18 balance performance, musical instruction, and academics in a comprehensive program that encourages them to flourish.

The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute is dedicated to developing the talent and ambitions of its students, from beginners starting in Youth Dance to aspiring professionals in the Dance Academy. Performers of all levels receive sequential training in ballet, tap, musical theater, and modern genres in a cohesive curriculum that emphasizes the joy of dance through artistic and technical accomplishment.

Each year, Colburn’s Center for Innovation and Community Impact reaches approximately 5,500 students in grades K–5 with performances in their schools and on campus at no cost to the student or partner school. This begins a path to a tuition-free arts education at Colburn for interested students that includes summer immersion programs and performing arts training throughout the school year.


Campus Expansion

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