Spend summer with Colburn and immerse yourself in your art!
Our on-campus intensives, summer camps, and seminars allow musicians and dancers to enhance their skills with expert instruction from Colburn’s esteemed faculty and an array of renowned guest artists.
We have classes and programs for students from ages 7 months and for all levels of experience. Browse summer programs in dance, early childhood, piano, chamber music, jazz, music theory, and more to find the program that is right for you. We also have private summer music instruction available!
Many of our programs are still being finalized, so please register your interest using the form below and we will contact you when further details are available.
The Colburn School is excited to offer a two-week summer ballet intensive program that is designed to provide students with a bridge to connect the end of their year-round training and the start of their longer summer training courses.
The Summer Dance Camp is a one-week comprehensive study of all of Colburn’s dance genres including Ballet, Modern and Tap. It is open to Beginner and Intermediate level dancers ages 8 to 14. Morning classes will alternate between Tap and Jazz, and afternoons will alternate between Ballet and Modern classes. A half hour lunch break will be given each day. Dancers will be divided based on age and level in the following two divisions: 8–10-year-olds and 11–14-year-olds.
The Young Dancer Intensive is a two-week comprehensive study of all of Colburn’s dance genres including Ballet, Modern and Tap. It is open to Beginning and Intermediate level dancers ages 7 to 13. Mornings will consist of Ballet, Pointe/Pointe Prep, and Variations classes and afternoons will alternate between Modern, Tap, Jazz and Pilates. Students will be placed in one of two age groups: 7–9-year-olds or 10–13-year-olds.
The Teen Tap Summer Intensive is designed for serious tap students who desire to take their work to the next level with focused training in diverse tap techniques and repertory, supplemented courses in improvisation, music, Tap Dance History and cross-training.
July 3–141:30pm-5:00pm Mon., Wed., Fri.10:00am-2:30pm Tues., Thurs.
A 2-week-long exploration of different modern dance techniques and choreographic methods. Advanced modern students will encounter a Master Artist and working professional each day. Past guest faculty have included Stina Ahlberg, Rachel Berman, Katherine Fisher, Jmy James, Banu Ogan, Andrew Pearson and Rudy Perez. Students have been exposed to a range of techniques including Release Technique, Taylor, Cunningham and Flying Low, as well as a variety of compositional tools including chance procedures, improvisational, and the use of rhythmic and spatial patterning. Dancers will also have the opportunity to put their new techniques into motion by choreographing their own short work, culminating in an informal showing.
Existing students can join us each Saturday in July to keep up their training over the Summer, and new students are welcome to register for this four-week program to try out classes before registering for the Fall Semester. Classes include:
Creative Dance ages 5–8
Pre-Ballet ages 4–5
Ballet Prep I & II ages 5–7
Beginning Ballet ages 7–10
Modern I & II ages 9–12
Int/Adv Modern ages 9–12
Tap I, II & III ages 7–12
Beginning Jazz ages 12+
Intermedia/Advanced Jazz Dance
Adult Classes in Ballet
More information coming soon.
Students train for two hours in ballet technique Monday through Thursday. Dancers are encouraged to sign up for all four weeks but can register for each week individually.
Robert Lipsett and Fabiola Kim, co-founders and faculty
Sounding Point Academy nurtures 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 application deadline is March 31, 2023, by 5 pm Pacific Time.
More information and application details.
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.
July 2-8 (July 2nd – afternoon only; July 4th – morning only) July 10-15 (no half days) 10:30 am-4:30 pm
13-18 years old
Students who were not in the 2022-23 Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute must submit the following:
A good quality audition video of two contrasting works showing both technical and lyrical ability
A current teacher recommendation
An application form
Current Colburn chamber music students do not need to submit the video, but the application form is still required.
Students can choose to apply for Week 1 (July 2-8), Week 2 (July 10-15), or the whole 2-week program. Students will need to have an upper intermediate level of playing. Prior chamber music experience is recommended, but not required. The program is open to string instruments (violin, viola, cello, and double bass) and piano. Non-Colburn students are welcome and encouraged to apply. Pre-formed groups are welcome to apply and will be kept together. Continuing Colburn Community School students are eligible for an automatic discount.
Tuition and Fees
Nonrefundable application fee: $25 (applied towards the registration fees if accepted)
Commuter/non-residential fee for 1-week program (Week 1 or Week 2): $1,295
Commuter/non-residential fee for 2-week program (both Week 1 and Week 2): $2,100
Priority payment deadline: June 9
Continuing Colburn Community School students are eligible for an automatic $200 discount.
Applications due on June 2, 2023 for priority admission.
Develop your piano playing skills, engage with experienced Colburn piano faculty, and connect with fellow piano students through classes and performances during the 2023 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.
July 10-21 (Mon-Fri) 9 am-3:30 pm
9-13 years old
Students are required to record and upload two contrasting pieces, played by memory. For repertoire, intermediate to advanced level pieces, such as Bach’s Anna Magdalena or Clementi Sonatinas are acceptable. Unacceptable repertoire includes pop music, arrangements of classical pieces, or pieces from method books.
If invited to the live audition, students must prepare and memorize two contrasting pieces, and be performance-ready. These pieces do not have to be the same as what was performed in the audition videos. Live auditions will be on May 7 from 2:00-8:00 pm – location TBD
Tuition and Fees
Nonrefundable application fee: $25 (applied toward the registration fee if accepted)
Early registration fee (if paid by or on May 26): $1,895
Regular registration fee (if paid after May 26): $2,095
Final payment deadline: June 9
Applications due on May 5, 2023 by 5 pm PT.
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.
June 26-30 (Mon-Fri) 10am-2pm
Grades 8-10, 13-16 years old
Please submit videos of the 2 following works:
“Now’s The Time” (key of F blues) or “Sonny Moon For Two” (key of B-flat blues)
“Autumn Leaves” or “I Got Rhythm”
We would like to hear melody and improvisation on both pieces. Both selections should be played at a comfortable, moderate tempo. Most students use a play-along recording for accompaniment. The app, iReal Pro, is suggested to record accompaniment. A Jamey Aebersold play-along recording can also be used, or any other play-along rhythm section recording. A cell phone should be used to record the student playing along with the song. It should be filmed from the side so that both hands, the instrument, and the upper body can be seen on the video. Please review the recording to ensure both the instrument and the recorded track can be heard clearly, and that the visual image shows the student playing with both hands. The student should improvise according to what they hear, and what they know of music theory. We do not expect perfection, and want students to view this as something fun to do.
Early registration fee: $450 (if paid within 2 weeks after acceptance)
Regular registration fee: $525
Final payment deadline: June 2
Applications due on May 26, 2023 by 5 pm PT.
Led by Colburn Faculty Danielle Ondarza and Mike Zonshine, the Colburn Summer Brass Intensive 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. All ensembles will be led by the Colburn School’s brass faculty. The Summer Brass Intensive is open to brass players who have been playing their instrument for at least three years and are intermediate or advanced players.
July 3-14 (no classes on July 4) First week: 9 am-3 pm Second week: 9 am-4 pm
10-19 years old
Open to brass players who have been playing their instrument for at least three years and are intermediate or advanced players.
Early registration fee (if paid by or on May 19): $895
Regular registration fee (if paid after May 19): $995
Final payment deadline: June 9
Register by May 19 for priority admission.
Summer Music Theory Intensives cover a year’s curriculum in four weeks. The classes meet for 1.5 hours each day, four days per week, with about an hour of homework every day. This year the Intensives are June 12–July 7. Summer classes allow students to efficiently review past material or get ahead for the following year.
Application information will be available soon.
Join us this summer for small sample sessions of our Early Childhood Program for ages 7 months–6 years.
The Community School of Performing Art’s Early Childhood Program formally introduces babies and toddlers as young as 7 months to the wonders of music and the performing arts. Our classes target specific age groupings to best capitalize on students’ capabilities as they explore music, theory, voice, movement, and drama.
Registration information will be available by April 1.
During this two-week in-person seminar, piano students will receive expert instruction from Colburn’s talented faculty, as well as several renowned guest artists. The program welcomes applications from students of all nationalities, ethnic origins, religions, and genders. Participants will play in a weekly studio class, receive two private lessons each week, and have the opportunity to attend master classes and engage with artists. The seminar concludes with a live competition and the chance to win a $1,000 Steinway prize.
Age Range 13+ years old
Audition Requirements Please submit two contrasting pieces. Record/upload the files separately, and name the files with the composers & titles of the works (example: Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor). Videos do not need to made professionally but must have a clear picture and good sound quality. The full profile and hands must be clearly shown.
Applicants must introduce themselves with their full names, age, and their goals if accepted into the seminar.
Your submissions must be in video-format only. Audio-only submissions will not be accepted.
Application Application deadline: Feb 15. Students will be notified by March 1. Late applicants may be considered based on availability. Limited scholarships may be available.
Costs All applicants
* Participants must be 14 years of age or older to live in the residence hall. Those under 14 must be accompanied by an adult – please use the email address below to inquire about rates. Residents must also be fully-vaccinated (and boosted, if eligible).
All fees are nonrefundable.
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Steinway Competition:Date: Saturday, July 1, 2023 Location: Colburn SchoolPrize: $1000
-The competition is open only to students accepted into the seminar
-Upon acceptance, students wishing to enter the competition will be asked to submit a video for a pre screening judged by the co-directors. This video can be the same or different from the seminar application but must be submitted separately.
-the judges will be from outside the seminar faculty
Requirements for both pre screening and live round are:-2 or more contrasting pieces maximum of 20 minutes -the video quality requirements are the same as for the seminar application
Up to 10 students will be selected
The Colburn Community School of Performing Arts is excited to announce the inaugural session of the Los Angeles Honor Band on July 15–16! 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, Elizabeth Stoyanovich, and participate in sectionals coached by Colburn’s esteemed faculty.
Age RangeGrades 7-12; Advanced Level
Audition Requirements Wind players • the excerpt appropriate to your instrument (click here for the excerpt)• two contrasting pieces (can be excerpts from longer pieces)• one of the following scales: Concert Bb, F, Eb, Ab Major & a Chromatic scale (one octave by memory)
Percussion players• one short etude or snare study on the snare drum or drum pad• one short piece on a mallet instrument• one of any of the following scales: Concert Bb, F, Eb, Ab Major & a Chromatic scale (one octave by memory)
Application Due on June 9, 2023 by 5 pm PT
Costs• Application fee: $35• Registration fee: $180• Continuing Colburn Community School students are eligible for an automatic $40 discount.• Registration and payment deadline: June 23
How to apply1) Click “Register Now”2) Create a new account if you are a new student. Or login if you are a current student.3) Please respond to the series of questions asked and click “Continue” when done.4) Your responses will be submitted for review and we will contact you if you are accepted into the program. The application fee must be paid by the application deadline in order for your application to be considered.
We are excited to announce the inaugural Summer Choral Workshop from June 20 to 23! Colburn’s Director of Choral Programs, Adrian Dunn, will lead choral students from middle school to age 20 in three days of 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.
Tue-Fri, 9am – 4:30pm
12 – 20
Please submit a video recording of the following work:
If you are a current Colburn choir student, an audition video is not required.
Application deadline: May 15, 2023 by 5 pm PT.
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 three years and are intermediate to advance players are all welcome to join!
Age RangeGrades 8-12; ages 13-18
Student Requirements Open to all saxophonists that have been playing for at least three years and are intermediate to advance players.
Costs• Registration fee: $695• Registration/payment deadline: June 2• Continuing Colburn Community School students are eligible for an automatic $100 discount.
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