Conservatory of Music Overview

The Colburn Conservatory of Music is a nationally accredited degree-granting post-secondary institution in Los Angeles serving collegiate musicians from around the world. It is one of the only conservatories in the United States that provides complete scholarship support, including tuition, room and board, to every student.

Since its 2003 founding, the conservatory has established a record of producing musicians that find success in the highly-competitive classical music world. Alumni hold positions with many of the world’s premiere orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra. In addition to national and local competitions, students have placed in international competitions including the Tchaikovsky, Fritz Kreisler, Rubinstein, Jacques Lancelot, Queen Elisabeth, Prague Spring, and ARD Munich Competitions.

The conservatory’s flagship ensemble is the Colburn Orchestra, led by Music Director Yehuda Gilad. It performs concerts annually in premiere venues throughout Greater Los Angeles, such as Ambassador Auditorium, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Broad Stage, the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, and Musco Center for the Arts. Over the past ten years, Colburn Orchestra musicians have performed with such celebrated conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, James Conlon, Stéphane Denève, and Gustavo Dudamel, as well as esteemed artists including violinists Joshua Bell, Cho-Liang Lin, and Elmar Oliveira; cellist Amanda Forsyth; mezzo-sopranos Sasha Cooke and Michelle de Young; pianist Vladimir Feltsman; saxophonist Claude Delangle; and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

The Colburn Conservatory provides a rich chamber music experience for students, including the opportunity to perform alongside faculty and guest artists in the Colburn Chamber Music Society concerts. In 2013, the Colburn Conservatory introduced a new chamber music program, now directed by Scott St. John, formerly of the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

Instruction at the conservatory is led by a team of esteemed faculty members boasting decades of experience in music performance and education. Students live and study at the Colburn School’s campus in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

The conservatory’s mission is to ensure each student becomes the complete musician who can perform, teach, and share classical music with his or her community, beyond the concert hall or recording studio. Students complete a full academic and performance curriculum, and are actively engaged in bringing music to the community. Specifically targeting underserved communities, the Colburn Orchestra and student chamber ensembles perform numerous concerts in Los Angeles area schools throughout the school year.

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