Exceptional Music Training for All Ages
In June and July 2024, the Colburn School is excited to offer nine different summer music camps, intensives, and workshops for musicians ages 8 and up.
Our music camps are led by Colburn’s esteemed faculty and renowned guest artists, offering both existing and new students the chance to enhance their skills by studying with some of the top instructors in their fields. Students also have an excellent opportunity to build relationships with like-minded young musicians.
In addition, students of all ages can study music and drama during the summer in group classes and private lessons! Our Early Childhood Summer Samplers introduce children ages 7 months to 6 years to the joys of music and the performing arts. Jazz, Drama, Music Theory, and Group Guitar and Piano allow school-aged and adult students to explore their creativity alongside their peers. The Summer Schedule of Classes will be posted on April 1, 2024.
Explore our summer music camps below!
The Colburn Summer Chamber Music Intensive provides focused ensemble playing for the serious chamber music student. Students will be grouped into a trio, quartet, or quintet and learn an entire work during their time together. Along with rehearsals, students will participate in stage presence activities, team building, master classes, and other group-building activities. Coaches from the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute will provide instruction, along with other chamber music professionals.
We are excited to announce the inaugural Summer Choral Workshop! Colburn’s Director of Choral Programs, Adrian Dunn, will lead choral students from middle school to age 20 in rehearsals, coachings, and workshops alongside other members of Colburn’s esteemed faculty. Students will rehearse and perform challenging and engaging music, enhance their vocal technique and diction, take movement and theory classes, and work alongside other talented and passionate young singers.
The Dalcroze Summer Intensive offers musicians and music educators the opportunity to immerse themselves in Dalcroze education.
Dalcroze education is a playful, experiential approach to teaching and learning music. The Dalcroze approach emphasizes the use of the whole body and highlights ear training as an essential component of music education.
The Colburn Guitar Intensive offers an immersive experience for intermediate and advanced students between ages 8–18. The camp will run 9 am–3 pm daily. Students can choose between a Classical Guitar track or a Studio Guitar track with classes geared towards each style. The Classical Guitar track will include small ensembles, technique workshops, sightreading skills, flamenco workshops, guitar orchestra, master classes, and concerts with guest artists. The Studio Guitar track will include strumming styles, fingerpicking, soloing, fretboard logic, reading skills, jam sessions, and special techniques.
Students will work with Colburn Guitar Faculty Connie Sheu, Erin Young, and Kenton Youngstrom, along with special guest artists throughout the week. The camp will culminate in a concert featuring performances by enrolled students.
The Colburn Jazz Workshop’s Big Band directors, Mr. Lee Secard and Dr. Walter Simonsen, are proud to present a special Summer Jazz Camp. This camp will include daily playing and improvisation, jazz theory, practicing/learning strategies, ear training, and listening to repertoire.
Led by Colburn Faculty Danielle Ondarza and Mike Zonshine, Colburn’s Los Angeles Summer Brass Institute will offer students the opportunity to perform together in one large brass ensemble in the morning, followed by smaller chamber music groups in the afternoon, rhythm classes and special master classes. All ensembles will be led by the Colburn School’s brass faculty. The Los Angeles Brass Institute is open to Advanced brass players who have been playing their instrument for at least four years or more, and the Junior Seminar is geared towards students who have at least two years of playing experience.
The Colburn Community School of Performing Arts is excited to announce the inaugural session of the Los Angeles Honor Band on July 12–14! This ensemble will give advanced woodwind, brass, and percussion students in grades 7–12 the opportunity to build their musical, technical, and ensemble skills. Students will learn and perform challenging repertoire under the direction of Colburn’s Director of Bands, Eleanor Núñez, and participate in sectionals coached by Colburn’s esteemed faculty.
Develop your piano playing skills, engage with experienced Colburn piano faculty, and connect with fellow piano students through classes and performances during the 2024 Summer Piano Camp Intensive. Each day begins with a movement class and ends with a group theory and/or piano literature seminar. Each student will receive two 45–minute private piano lessons per week with esteemed Colburn faculty to work towards a recital performance at the end of the intensive.
The Summer Saxophone Intensive at the Colburn School is run by Dr. John Hallberg, Colburn saxophone faculty, and will offer a dynamic and diverse musical experience for the young saxophonist.
The camp will include a wide range of events such as lectures on saxophone fundamentals and techniques, daily warm-ups, master classes, saxophone chamber music, one-on-one lessons, guest vendors, and student and faculty concerts. Soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophonists that have been playing for at least two years and are intermediate to advanced players are all welcome to join!
June 3–15 Age range:
No age limit. Must be 14 to be a residential student.
Sounding Point Academy was founded by Colburn faculty Robert Lipsett and Fabiola Kim to nurture the next generation of soloists, chamber musicians, orchestral musicians, and pedagogues. During this two-week in-person program, students will delve into a curriculum that explores the most critical of violinistic elements. Students will have opportunities to perform for the world’s leading performing artists, master the intricacies of orchestral excerpts, and gain comprehensive knowledge of the technical aspects of violin performance. The program will also offer a public-speaking and movement component, highlighting the value of entrepreneurship and versatility of a complete musician. The course is designed to give structure to the daily life of a student with ample practice time built into it. The Sounding Point Academy seeks to build a robust community support system for aspiring violinists as they grow to become the next generation of musical leaders.
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“The Brass Intensive and the faculty’s influence made me realize that is actually what I want to do with my life. It was probably the experience that developed me more as a player than ever before in my life. Over those two weeks my sound completely changed. ” Suzy Belik – French Horn, 2022 Summer Brass Intensive
Our Chamber Music Intensive, Jazz Camp, Los Angeles Brass Institute, Piano Camp Intensive, and Saxophone Intensive all return this summer. We are also thrilled to announce four new camps this summer, including the Choral Workshop, Dalcroze Summer Intensive for Music Educators, Guitar Intensive, and Los Angeles Honor Band.
We will also continue to offer private instruction over the Summer period for new and continuing students. If you have ever wanted to learn to play an instrument, or if you’re an experience musician looking to refine your skills, our faculty use their expertise to help students of all ages and ability levels develop their musicianship, technique, and confidence. We offer private instruction for beginners to advanced students in bassoon, cello, clarinet, double bass, flute and piccolo, guitar, harp, horn, oboe, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, and voice. If you are interested in private instruction, please submit an inquiry form.