Music Appreciation

Sheet music

At the Community School of Performing Arts, understanding where music originated is as important as learning the music itself. With history and music appreciation classes, learn from knowledgeable faculty about composers, musical eras, and everything between.
 

Beethoven and the Ninth Symphony

Ages 15–Adult

Join Conservatory of Music’s Chair of Music History and Literature Kristi Brown-Montesano for an exploration of Beethoven’s creative and personal journey to his final symphony, a work that has sustained musical, cultural and political significance for nearly 200 years. This four-week course will focus on the genesis and premiere of the Ninth Symphony, including the historical context, musical antecedents, the inventiveness of the composer’s late style, and the choice of Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” for the final choral movement. No music theory assessment needed.

Schedule
October 3–24

Saturdays, 11 am–12:15 pm

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Student and Alumni Accomplishments

Smiling student on Colburn plaza
The Community School of Performing Arts is proud to recognize our student and alumni accomplishments. Below is a listing of some of these recent achievements.

Jinan Woo, Violin
Selected as one of 44 competitors for the Menuhin Violin Competition, 2020

Nathaniel Yue, Cello; Sarah Yang, Violin; Andres Engleman, Violin
Placed first, second, and third, respectively in the Pacific Academy Foundation Concerto Competition, January 2020

Avery Tracy, Violin
Winner, Santa Clarita Philharmonic’s sixth Annual Concerto Competition, January 2020

Semifinalists in The Music Center’s Spotlight Competition, 2020
Classical Instrumental: Anoush Pogossian, Cole Turkel, Daniel Wang, Lawrence Wu
Classical Voice: Clarisse Cao, Albert Gonzalez, Angie Villela, Emmanuel Yoque
Jazz Instrumental: Raven Adair, Ethan Avery, Kai Burns, Juan Carballo, Benjamin Conn, Charlie Faragher, Declan Houlihan, David Lee, Santiago Lopez, Alex Lui, JJ Lybbert, Leo Major, Gianna Pedregon, Cole Petridis, Makoto Yorihiro

Amy Jong, Cello
Winner, Diamond Bar High School Concerto Competition, 2020

Sarah Liu, Gabriel Tsai, and Isabella Yuan, Violins
First place win, MTAC San Fernando Valley West branch VOCE Competition, 2020

Mirae Lee, Oboe, Wind Ensemble
First place, the American Protégé International Concerto Competition, 2020

Dylan Iskandar, Piano and Guitar
Grand Prize winner for the 2019–20 Google Code-in global competition

Omeed Almassi, Cello
Selected to be member of the national Honor Orchestra of America, 2020

Honors Chamber Trio: Holly Lacey, Violin; Mira Kardan, Cello; and Caden Lin, Piano
First prize, regional level in the Junior division of VOCE, Music Teacher’s Associate of California, 2020

Ryan Chun, Piano
Second place in the Tenth Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Competition, Div. III (age 18 & under), 2020

Nathaniel Yue, Cello
First place, Bellfower Symphony Young Artists Concerto Competition, 2020

Joshua Cho, Clarinet
Received a spot in both the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association All State Band and the California Band Directors Association All State Band, 2020

Ryan Yang, Cello
Second prize at fifth annual Enkor International Competition, 2020

Apsara Kasiraman, Composer
Acceptance, Young Artist Conducting Seminar at Boston University Tanglewood Institute, 2020

Will Robles and Eiline Tai, Cellos
Participation, Young Artist Workshop as part of the 2020 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival

Online Learning

After thoughtful and careful consideration, the Colburn School has determined that it will begin the 2020–21 school year online.

Though we have all hoped to see a speedy conclusion to the COVID-19 pandemic, local and global infection and transmission rates have unfortunately changed little since we closed the campus. In order to protect our community, the educational activities of the School will remain online until we determine it is safe to fully reopen. We will continue our careful monitoring of the COVID-19 situation and will keep the community updated as we know more.

Important Dates for Fall 2020

August 1: Registration begins for returning students
August 15: Registration begins for new students
August 17: Early Childhood Orientation for new students
August 31: First day of classes
December 21: Beginning of winter break
January 4: Classes resume
January 10: Last day of classes

New for Fall Semester

Gap year packages: For students who are planning to defer their undergraduate studies, these packages will provide comprehensive lessons and theory curriculum.

Master class series: Available and open to all registered students and will complement other institutional master class offerings.

New online group classes: The school will offer courses in Music Production and Music Appreciation for Adults.

Private Music Lessons

Lessons are full-year registrations (32 weeks). Special incentives will be available prior to the first day of classes. Details will be forthcoming. Free payment plans are available from August through April, and the $50 Registration Fee will be assessed beginning September 1.

The Community School anticipates offering students the choice of continuing to take lessons remotely once faculty and students are able to return safely to campus. These arrangements will be made directly between the student and faculty member, and it will be at the discretion of each private lesson instructor to determine what platform is in the best interest of the student.

Group Classes

All Group Classes—Early Childhood, instrumental group classes, Jazz Workshops, chamber music, and drama—will begin the semester through remote instruction. The school will continuously monitor public health and government guidelines to determine when it will be safe to return to campus.

Music Theory
The school anticipates theory classes will remain remote for the entirety of the 2020–21 academic year. Students registered in 32-week lesson packages are able to receive a 50% discount for theory classes for Elementary Music Theory II and levels above.

New Jazz Theory class
Students registered in a Jazz Workshop class will be able to receive Jazz Theory at a 50% discount.

Large Ensembles

Choral Ensembles
The Community School will not be offering choral ensembles for the 2020–21 academic year.

The practice of singing is particularly dangerous in the current global pandemic, given the ease and mode of transmission of COVID-19. Knowing this, even when a return to campus is possible, as long as there are social distancing guidelines in place, it will be impossible to resume choral ensembles.

Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble
The Community School will not be offering bands for the 2020–21 academic year.

Due to social distancing guidelines and available space on campus it has been determined that there is not an adequate area to be able to facilitate band instruction on campus for the 2020–21 academic year.

Orchestras
It is unlikely the school will be offering orchestras during 2020–21 academic year.

As the school continues to monitor social distancing guidelines, if it’s feasible, smaller string and orchestral ensembles will resume.

For string players interested developing their skills and technique in a supportive environment, check out the Violin Sight Reading class and String Workshops. Auditions are required.

A Message from the Dean

Dean Susan Cook
Welcome!

Colburn’s Community School of Performing Arts (Community School) is dedicated to providing the highest quality performing arts education possible to students of all ages and levels of abilities who have a passion, curiosity, and commitment to study. I encourage you to take the time to explore the myriad of ensembles, group classes, and individual lessons offered throughout the year in both music and drama.

The Community School is committed to providing the highest quality performing arts education possible to a diverse student body in an inclusive environment where all students, regardless of background, level of ability, and age, who have a passion, curiosity, and dedication to study can participate.

Through the generosity of our donors, the Community School provides over $700,000 of scholarship support annually. It is not uncommon for our students to pursue graduate studies at conservatories or other degree-granting music institutions throughout the country and abroad.

Colburn’s distinguished faculty are skilled at working with students at various stages in their development and are extremely devoted to nurturing and honing instruction to meet the needs of each unique individual.

Most importantly, all of our students learn the value of high-quality, in-depth study of a creative art form–an experience they will carry with them for their entire lives. As stated so eloquently by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., “Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.”

I look forward to seeing returning and new students and families on our vibrant campus each year, and I encourage you to explore our school, to begin or hone an exciting art form, or come to a concert to join this amazing community of individuals who have a passion for the performing arts.

With best regards,
Susan Cook
Dean, Community School of Performing Arts

Why Colburn?

Young violinists on stage
Founded in 1950, Colburn’s Community School of Performing Arts is committed to making the highest quality music education accessible to students of all ages and levels of abilities who have a passion, curiosity, and commitment for music study.

Programs

The Community School offers classes, lessons, and ensembles for over 1,700 students, with programs encompassing early childhood, beginning instrument, drama, ensembles, choir, conducting, and theoretical and musicianship studies. In addition, the generosity of our donors allows the Community School to provide over $650,000 of scholarship support each year; approximately 40 students receive completely free comprehensive instruction annually.

The Faculty and Training

Acclaimed, world-class faculty share their expertise with students as young as seven months and also provide instruction for adults. Read the faculty bios and find the perfect teacher!

Many of our Community School students go on to conservatory or other degree-granting music programs, and numerous Community School students have been winners of regional and national awards and competitions, including DownBeat Student Music Awards, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Music Center Spotlight Competition, and YoungArts Competition.

The Campus

The Colburn School is located on Grand Avenue, amongst some of the most prestigious arts organizations in the country. With three recital halls, countless practice rooms, and plenty of stunning views of downtown Los Angeles, Colburn’s facilities are the perfect place for aspiring artists to work on their craft.

Performance Opportunities

Community School students participate in a variety of community outreach programs and perform in multiple concerts and recitals annually, many of which are free and open to the public. The Colburn School welcomes over 100,000 audience members to the Colburn campus over the course of the semester.

Due to the Colburn School’s reputation and level of education, internationally acclaimed musicians regularly visit the Colburn School, perform on our stages, and give master classes to our students. In 2019, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the Calidore String Quartet, and longstanding Colburn friend, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, all taught master classes for Community School students.

Colburn Community

Discover like-minded students and families while pursuing musical and artistic excellence. With classes and events throughout the week on campus, meeting new friends and colleagues is as easy as grabbing a cup a coffee at the Colburn Café. The Community School also participates in public engagement events such as Grand Avenue Arts: All Access, Open House, and the monthly alumni and parent department’s Office Hours.

Voice

Choir students in rehearsal

Individual Lessons

Colburn provides many opportunities for singers of all ages to flourish here on campus. Private voice lessons start at age 13. Colburn teaches voice in a healthy and natural way and recommends individual lessons for older students due to developmental considerations.

To begin the process for individual lessons, please submit an inquiry form.

Group Classes

At age 10, students can take Intro to Solo Singing, a class designed for students who eventually want to move to voice lessons. To register for group classes, please visit the registration site.

Ensembles

For singers ages five–adult, the Community School offers choral ensembles designed to teach musicianship, build musicality, and develop expression and performance skills.

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Violin

Young violinist standing on plaza

Individual Lessons

The Community School of Performing Arts offers traditional and Suzuki Method instruction for violin starting at age five. Learn from our renowned faculty in personalized lessons.

To begin the process for individual lessons, please submit an inquiry form.

Ensembles

For students seeking performance experience, the Community School offers chamber and orchestral groups designed to develop and refine a student’s skills.

Ages 13–18

Colburn Chamber Orchestra is a small ensemble for advanced strings conducted by Maxim Eshkenazy. The orchestra regularly appears on LACMA’s Sundays Live broadcast on KUSC 91.5 FM. This ensemble accepts students 13–18 years old.

It is unlikely the school will be offering orchestras during 2020–21 academic year.

Ages 13–18

Colburn Sinfonietta is a mid-sized ensemble of the Community School. This ensemble combines winds and strings to play works by composers, such as Beethoven and Haydn. The Colburn Sinfonietta is conducted by Maxim Eshkenazy and accepts students 13-18 years old.

It is unlikely the school will be offering orchestras during 2020–21 academic year.

Ages 13–18

Colburn Youth Orchestra is the largest advanced ensemble of the Community School. This is a full symphonic orchestra with strings, winds, brass, and percussion. The Colburn Youth Orchestra is conducted by Maxim Eshkenazy. This ensemble accepts students 13-18 years old.

It is unlikely the school will be offering orchestras during 2020–21 academic year.

The Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute offers one of the most comprehensive and intense pre-college level chamber music learning experiences of any music school in North America. Students are coached weekly by members of Colburn’s acclaimed faculty.

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Age minimum: fifth grade or 10 years old by September 1

The String Ensemble is made up of nearly 30 violins, violas, cellos, and double basses. Students in the ensemble will focus on development of orchestral performance techniques, musicianship, sight-reading, and ensemble skills. Repertoire is in the intermediate range.

Learn More

Age minimum: sixth grade or 11 years old by September 1

The String Orchestra is made up of nearly 30 violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Musicians in the String Orchestra have achieved a level of intermediate or advanced musicianship and can tackle the challenge of a more intricate repertoire. Featured composers often include Corelli, Handel, Mozart, Holst, and Richard Meyer.

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Age minimum: sixth grade or 11 years old by September 1

The Violin Ensemble is specifically designed as an entry-level ensemble for the Community School of Performing Arts orchestra program, and it is open to students from either the Suzuki method or traditional private lessons. The ensemble challenges students to elevate their skills to the orchestral level.

Summer Camps

The Chamber Music Intensive provides serious chamber music students with the opportunity for focused ensemble playing. Students are grouped into a trio, quartet, or quintet and learn an entire piece. The weeklong intensive culminates in a final concert.

Viola

Violists on stage

Individual Lessons

The Community School of Performing Arts offers traditional and Suzuki Method instruction for viola starting at age five. Learn from our renowned faculty in personalized lessons.

To begin the process for individual lessons, please submit an inquiry form.

Ensembles

For students seeking performance experience, the Community School offers chamber and orchestral groups designed to develop and refine a student’s skills.

Ages 13–18

Colburn Chamber Orchestra is a small ensemble for advanced strings conducted by Maxim Eshkenazy. The orchestra regularly appears on LACMA’s Sundays Live broadcast on KUSC 91.5 FM. This ensemble accepts students 13–18 years old.

It is unlikely the school will be offering orchestras during 2020–21 academic year.

Ages 13–18

Colburn Sinfonietta is a mid-sized ensemble of the Community School. This ensemble combines winds and strings to play works by composers, such as Beethoven and Haydn. The Colburn Sinfonietta is conducted by Maxim Eshkenazy and accepts students 13-18 years old.

It is unlikely the school will be offering orchestras during 2020–21 academic year.

Ages 13–18

Colburn Youth Orchestra is the largest advanced ensemble of the Community School. This is a full symphonic orchestra with strings, winds, brass, and percussion. The Colburn Youth Orchestra is conducted by Maxim Eshkenazy. This ensemble accepts students 13-18 years old.

It is unlikely the school will be offering orchestras during 2020–21 academic year.

The Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute offers one of the most comprehensive and intense pre-college level chamber music learning experiences of any music school in North America. Students are coached weekly by members of Colburn’s acclaimed faculty.

Learn More

Age minimum: fifth grade or 10 years old by September 1

The String Ensemble is made up of nearly 30 violins, violas, cellos, and double basses. Students in the ensemble will focus on development of orchestral performance techniques, musicianship, sight-reading, and ensemble skills. Repertoire is in the intermediate range.

Learn More

Age minimum: sixth grade or 11 years old by September 1

The String Orchestra is made up of nearly 30 violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Musicians in the String Orchestra have achieved a level of intermediate or advanced musicianship and can tackle the challenge of a more intricate repertoire. Featured composers often include Corelli, Handel, Mozart, Holst, and Richard Meyer.

Learn More

Summer Camps

The Chamber Music Intensive provides serious chamber music students with the opportunity for focused ensemble playing. Students are grouped into a trio, quartet, or quintet and learn an entire piece. The weeklong intensive culminates in a final concert.

Tuba

Smiling tuba player

Individual Lessons

Starting at age 10, Colburn offers individual lessons for tuba with our renowned faculty.

To begin the process for individual lessons, please submit an inquiry form.

Ensembles

For students seeking performance experience, the Community School offers a variety of ensembles to build performance technique, collaboration, and a sense of community with other players.

Made up of three ensembles of sequential skill level, the band program accommodates players from beginning to advanced. The program uses engaging repertoire to focus on music reading and ensemble skills.

The Community School will not be offering bands for the 2020–21 academic year.

Colburn Youth Orchestra is the largest advanced ensemble of the Community School. This is a full symphonic orchestra with strings, winds, brass, and percussion. The Colburn Youth Orchestra is conducted by Maxim Eshkenazy. This ensemble accepts students 13–18 years old.

The Community School will not be offering bands for the 2020–21 academic year.

The Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute offers one of the most comprehensive and intense pre-college level chamber music learning experiences of any music school in North America. Students are coached weekly by members of Colburn’s acclaimed faculty.

Learn More

Trumpet

Trumpet student playing

Individual Lessons

Starting at age nine, Colburn offers jazz and classical individual lessons for trumpet with our renowned faculty.

To begin the process for individual lessons, please submit an inquiry form.

Ensembles

For students seeking performance experience, the Community School offers a variety of ensembles to build performance technique, collaboration, and a sense of community with other players.

Made up of three ensembles of sequential skill level, the band program accommodates players from beginning to advanced. The program uses engaging repertoire to focus on music reading and ensemble skills.

The Community School will not be offering bands for the 2020–21 academic year.

Colburn Youth Orchestra is the largest advanced ensemble of the Community School. This is a full symphonic orchestra with strings, winds, brass, and percussion. The Colburn Youth Orchestra is conducted by Maxim Eshkenazy. This ensemble accepts students 13–18 years old.

The Community School will not be offering bands for the 2020–21 academic year.

The Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute offers one of the most comprehensive and intense pre-college level chamber music learning experiences of any music school in North America. Students are coached weekly by members of Colburn’s acclaimed faculty.

Learn More

The Community School has several instrumental ensembles, including small combos and a Big Band each devoted to the performance of jazz repertoire and the development of musical concepts, improvisations, and compositions.

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This ensemble consists of musicians who are proficient on their instruments and experienced in jazz studies. Various styles of jazz repertoire are explored and learned aurally along with some discussion of jazz theory and approaches to improvisation. All instruments (including strings) are welcome.

Audition required for new students. Please submit an inquiry form to set up your audition.

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Summer Camps

The Colburn Jazz Workshop’s Big Band instructors, Lee Secard and Walter Simonsen, give students a unique summer experience featuring daily playing and improvisation; jazz theory and ear training; practicing and learning strategies; and more.