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.

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Important Dates for Fall 2020

August 11–25: Online orientation
August 26: First day of classes
December 7: Last day of classes
December 8–11: Exams

Technology

The Colburn School is currently exploring new technology platforms that should enhance the teaching and learning experience for applied lessons, with lower latency, higher fidelity and minimal compression in the transfer of the audio. Details will be made available when it is decided that one of these new platforms is a preferred option for faculty and students to use for an improved lesson experience.

All Colburn Conservatory students will be supported in learning from home. Students will be assessed individually to determine their needs, whether it is a loan of equipment to assist with high quality audio for lessons or resources to enhance internet connectivity.

Orientation

Online orientation activities will be scheduled during the time frame of August 11th through August 25. Exact dates will be determined within the next few weeks. Activities will include placement exams; webinars on home studio set up, use of the online Learning Management System, and other important topics; meetings with advisors; and activities designed to introduce students to each other, faculty and the administration.

Academic Classes

All classes will be managed through a learning management system called Canvas, which will allow students to have a singular, consistent virtual classroom setting. With flexible and highly individualized advisement, students will be carefully guided through this new online environment. In consultation with their applied teacher and academic advisor, degree students will participate in academic activities suitable to their individual situation, while maintaining a minimum class load appropriate to enrollment requirements and progress towards their degree. Classes will also be carefully scheduled to allow for participation across a variety of time zones.

Performance Classes

Currently, it is not possible to have ensembles take place virtually due to latency issues. The faculty are exploring options to have students engaged in various aspects of chamber music and orchestral training that might be successful in an online format. Similar consideration is being given to required recitals. Further information will be shared before the start of the semester.

Fees

The Comprehensive Fee will be reduced from $3,000 to $1,500 for the 2020–21 academic year. Health insurance will not be billed until students return to campus, and rates have not yet been set by our insurance company. Students who need Colburn insurance for the entire year will be able to opt-in; further information will be available in early July.

Wellness

In order to continue to support the social and emotional development of our students, we will continue to provide resources and programming to sustain mental and physical health, as well as the human connection that is essential to our wellbeing:

  1. Free access to our two psychotherapists via phone or videoconferencing;
  2. Free consults with our physical therapist via TeleHealth;
  3. The Healthy Musician, a seminar class which provides essential information to support healthy practice and performance habits for musicians; and
  4. The creation of opportunities such as online discussion groups or meetings to connect with key members of the community who would normally have interactions with students if on campus, including but not limited to the President, Provost, Dean, and other key administrators and faculty.

A Message from the Dean

Dean Lee Cioppa
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Colburn School, and to thank you for your interest in the Colburn Conservatory of Music.

As you continue on your path to a life in music, your choice of a school for advanced training is a critical component in your journey. Faculty, performance opportunities, the surrounding arts community, alumni success, peers who become your collaborators and lifelong colleagues—all of these different elements create the ideal atmosphere for developing your craft to the highest level.

One of the most unique characteristics of the Colburn Conservatory is the financial support provided to every student. All of our students receive full scholarships for tuition, grants for the Colburn Residence Hall, and a meal plan in the Colburn Café. We all know the common saying “time is money.” At Colburn, money is time. Without the financial burdens of paying tuition, taking out loans, or working a job while attending school, students have the freedom to focus fully on their studies. This extraordinary gift of time allows for an incredible capacity to achieve at the highest level, to fully recognize the potential for artistry, craft, and communication in every student.

Enjoy exploring and learning more about the Conservatory! I hope to see you at a performance or receive your application for admission.

Warmly,
Lee Cioppa
Dean, Conservatory of Music

Performance Opportunities

Colburn Orchestra on stage

Colburn Orchestra

Participation in orchestra is one of the central elements of the programs at the Colburn Conservatory. Concerts are held in halls around the LA area, including Walt Disney Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and the Soraya. Each concert features a student concerto soloist, including the winner of the annual Concerto Competition.

Colburn Chamber Music Society

Students collaborate with the guest artists a week before each concert, providing them with a professional chamber experience at a high level.

Performance Forum

Performance Forum serves the Colburn Conservatory as a multi-purpose gathering of the entire student body. It is a required class each semester of enrollment for students in all programs, and is structured primarily as a time when students perform for their peers and teachers.

Chamber Forum

Chamber Forum features Conservatory students performing works for small ensembles. Participation in chamber music is one of the central elements of the programs in the Conservatory of Music and develops skills of listening and collaboration, as well as an appreciation for the challenges of melding unique individuals into a cohesive group.

Private Lessons

Applied study is at the heart of the performance mission of the Colburn School. All such study is done one-on-one with faculty members who have held principal positions with many of the country’s top orchestras, as well as internationally acclaimed soloists and chamber musicians.

Master Classes and Studio Classes

Each year students have the opportunity to work with prominent musicians from around the world in a master class setting. Recent artists include Ray Chen, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Colburn’s Artist-in-Residence. They also perform regularly in studio classes led by Colburn faculty members.

Contemporary Ensemble

This ensemble is open to all students who wish to study and perform music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Baroque Ensemble

This ensemble is dedicated to the performance of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music. Although the ensemble plays on modern instruments, it is geared towards developing an awareness of and sensitivity to the nuances of historically informed performance practices.

Guest Artists

Students have the opportunity to participate in mock auditions with guest conductors, play side-by-side with the LA Phil brass, and learn from orchestral repertoire classes with LA Phil musicians.

Frequently Asked Questions

August 11–25. Canvas trainings will take place August 11–14. Placement tests will take place the week of August 17 for BM, PD, and MM students. Various virtual meetings, trainings, and activities will take place through August 25. A detailed schedule will be sent to students in the coming weeks.

Classes begin on Wednesday, August 26 and end on Monday, December 7. Final exams will take place December 8-11, 2020.

As of right now, we hope to be able to make a decision by the end of October.

You will automatically be registered for all required classes according to your program. You will have the opportunity to indicate interest and preferences for elective and optional classes through an online form, which we will be sending in early August. New MM students should note that they will not be able to register for classes until after placement exams. We are in the process of developing the schedule of classes for the Fall. Our plan is to have a detailed class schedule by the week of August 17, and individual student schedules will be in Canvas before the first day of classes.

Yes. Financial aid awards will be emailed by July 29.

Yes. The $3,000 yearly Comprehensive Fee has been adjusted to $1,500 for 2020–21.

All students are required to have suitable health insurance before arriving on campus for classes. Please refer to the email from ResLife and the Dean regarding information to opt-in to health insurance provided by the school.

The Colburn School bills for the comprehensive fee in August and payment is due September 1, 2020. The fee is not divided up over two semesters. However, Colburn offers a variety of payment plan options for students. Please refer to the Dean’s email regarding the comprehensive fee for more detailed information.

Yes. The faculty are planning a chamber music curriculum that will facilitate learning and preparing repertoire. More information will be sent out regarding this at a later date.

Yes. Orchestra will continue to meet but the experience will be different from the usual rehearsal/performance model. We will take this time to focus on individual and group preparation centered around, but not limited to: orchestral excerpts, score study, mock auditions, and audition repertoire. The remote orchestra class will vary according to instrument and/or instrument group.

Yes. We plan to have a master class program that includes a small number of public master classes that are livestreamed as well as studio specific master classes.

Yes. We are planning that students will be able to complete the requirements via streaming or pre-recorded recitals.

Yes.

Some of our programs already have an extension process (see handbook). For other programs, primarily degree programs, this will be handled on a case by case basis with the applied teacher and Dean.

In general, our policy is that we do not grant deferrals. Understanding that these are extraordinary times, students that feel they have circumstances that would merit an exception should contact the Dean directly.

We are working on a virtual textbook database to be incorporated with Canvas. Should hard copies of texts or books be required for a class, faculty will work to ensure that texts are available to purchase regardless of location.

Due to our small student size, we anticipate being able to schedule classes in such a way that all students are able to participate fully in the curriculum.

If this is the first time you will be on an I-20 and will be enrolling in a school in the United States for the very first time, your I-20 will be issued to you once there is an official announcement that the Colburn School will be resuming in-person classes. For those of you that are having your SEVIS records transferred to Colburn from another school and/or are starting in another educational level within Colburn, please contact Christine Tanabe directly for the latest information on your status. The same goes for all students currently on an I-20 with Colburn and have plans to continue their full-time studies at Colburn for the 2020–21 academic year.

Classes will not be automatically recorded. Teachers will determine whether it is appropriate to record classes on an individual basis.

Students are expected to be fully present and participate in class. Our attendance policy for online classes will require that the camera be on and the student’s full face be visible.

Yes. Our two psychotherapists and physical therapist will be available at no cost via virtual sessions. We will also be planning additional online wellness programming throughout the semester.

Yes. We have a variety of resources available while we are online, including access to our books, scores, and parts; digital resources; interlibrary loans; research assistance; and course reserves (all course material will be available through your individual pages on Canvas). More specific information will be provided to students soon.

Yes, we will have a limited number of remote student worker opportunities. Opportunities will be sent out via email.

While we anticipate that the building may be open for limited access or activities, it will be dependent on guidelines determined by the government and health officials. We are closely following the protocols and procedures recommended from the ongoing research for safe interactions while teaching music, and we will be looking closely at what is feasible at Colburn for the fall semester.

While we anticipate that the building may be open for limited access or activities, it will be dependent on guidelines determined by the government and health officials. We are in the process of putting safety protocols in place that would allow us to provide practice spaces to students living in LA who need access to instruments, such as percussionists and pianists, and we will have further information by the start of the fall semester.

Live Audition

Due to the global health situation, the Colburn Conservatory’s audition process will take place online and not on campus in Los Angeles.

Those applicants invited to participate in the online audition process will be notified by mid-to-late December.  The exact online process will vary by instrument and may include a combination of the following:

  • An online lesson with faculty
  • An online meeting with faculty
  • A Zoom audition with a panel of faculty
  • An interview with administration
  • English testing and interviews (for non-native speakers)

Detailed information about this process will be shared with applicants in December in their invitation letter.

Studies in Conducting

Salonen Conducting Fellows

The Colburn School is pleased to announce the addition of the Negaunee Conducting Program to the Colburn Conservatory, led by world-renowned composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

The Salonen Conducting Fellows will pursue a Diploma with a conducting emphasis. The Fellows will study directly with Salonen and serve as preparatory conductors for the flagship Colburn Orchestra. They will also conduct the Zipper Outreach Orchestra, Colburn’s performing ensemble for its community engagement activities, and the Concerto Forum Showcase, an annual public concert that features soloists from the Conservatory of Music. A maximum of three students will participate in the program in any given year to allow ample podium time and access to Salonen.

Additionally, these Fellows will serve as assistants to Maestro Salonen at the Philharmonia Orchestra, where they will lead the orchestra in both its residency series and designated tour dates. The Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with other young artists on the Philharmonia’s Emerging Artists program, designed to connect young artists to the wider life of the Philharmonia; work with Philharmonia’s management to develop and produce Salonen’s flagship projects; and serve as assistant conductors to Salonen for his international engagements with the Philharmonia, other orchestras, opera houses, tours, and festivals.

In keeping with the Colburn Conservatory model, students will receive a full scholarship to cover tuition, room, and board.

Graduate Studies in Chamber Music

Graduate Chamber Ensemble-in-Residence

The Chamber Ensemble-in-Residence program is open to pre-formed groups with significant experience and recognition as an ensemble. The program is two years in length (no extensions granted), and individual ensemble members may enroll in either the AD or MM program-Chamber Music Emphasis. In general, the ensemble should be three or more players; duos should send a letter of inquiry before applying. Only one group will be accepted to the residency program per year.

The Chamber Ensemble will receive primarily group applied lessons, with occasional individual lessons in support of ensemble playing. In addition, there will be weekly chamber coachings with Conservatory faculty and guest artists. The ensemble will perform a minimum of one recital per semester at the school and will be an ambassador for Colburn in the local community as well as mentors for younger ensembles at the Colburn School. Ensemble members may be rotated into Conservatory orchestra cycles.

Interested ensembles should contact Admissions for pre-screening repertoire requirements and additional application details. Groups will submit ensemble recordings for prescreening; the live audition will include an ensemble audition and abbreviated solo auditions for each ensemble member.

 

Graduate Programs

Master of Music

The Master of Music (MM) degree program is a two-year curriculum that includes coursework in music theory, composition, and music history which supports the student’s development as a performer.  A Master of Music student may also elect to take pedagogy coursework through the Colburn Teaching Fellows program. Students must have completed a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent prior to enrolling. Students completing this program are prepared for further graduate study at the doctoral level or for employment within the profession. It is possible to be admitted to the MM as a member of an existing chamber group into the Graduate Chamber Ensemble-in-Residence program.
 

Artist Diploma

The Artist Diploma (AD) program focuses on the development of highly- skilled performing musicians. The AD is a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years in length, with a minimum requirement of four recitals.  Students must have completed a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent to enroll in the Artist Diploma. Students completing this program are prepared for further study at the post-graduate level or for employment within the profession. In addition to performance, there is a Chamber Music emphasis within the Artist Diploma to which a student may be admitted. See Graduate Chamber Ensemble-in-Residence for details of this emphasis.
 

Professional Studies Certificate

The Professional Studies Certificate (PSC) program emphasizes professional and pre-professional activities outside of the Colburn School. It is designed for students seeking intensive training in their applied area, often with specific goals in mind (such as preparation for competitions or auditions). Students are not required to have completed a baccalaureate degree but must have completed an undergraduate diploma or certificate to matriculate. Students completing this program are prepared for employment within the profession.

Undergraduate Programs

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Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music (BM) degree program is a four-year curriculum focusing on the development of highly-skilled performing musicians. Academic requirements include courses in music theory, ear training, music history, and the humanities. BM students perform solo recitals in the junior and senior years. Students completing this program are prepared for graduate study at the master’s level or for employment within the profession.
 

Performance Diploma

The Performance Diploma (PD) is a four-year curriculum designed for the student who has not yet completed a bachelor’s degree, but who has a busy pre-professional performance life which requires more flexibility than is possible in the Bachelor of Music program. Academic requirements are limited to courses in music theory and ear training. Students completing this program are prepared for study at the diploma or certificate level, for a Bachelor of Music degree, or for employment within the profession. PD students present solo recitals in the junior and senior years. The PD program also supports students who need extra time to solidify their English language skills prior to enrolling in the BM degree program.

Student and Alumni Accomplishments

We’re proud of the fact that more than 300 students have graduated from the Colburn Conservatory of Music, and are happy to share some of their accomplishments below:

Professional Career Posts

Nicholas Hooks, bassoon (Master of Music)
Principal Bassoon, Billings Symphony Orchestra

Dong Nyouk (Sunrise) Kim, cello (Bachelor of Music)
Member, North Carolina Symphony

Connor Rowe, trombone (Bachelor of Music)
Principal Trombone, New Mexico Philharmonic

Vitor Trindade, clarinet (Artist Diploma)
2nd Clarinet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Competitions, Awards, and Honors

Viano String Quartet (Lucy Wang and Hao Zhou, violins; Aiden Kane, viola; Tate Zawadiuk, cello – Master of Music)
Grand Prize, 2019 ENKOR International Music Competition (chamber music division)
2nd Prize, 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (senior string division)
3rd Prize, 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition
3rd Prize, 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition (strings division)

Nicholas Arredondo, double bass (Master of Music)
3rd Place Laureate, 2015 Sphinx Competition (junior division)

Yanfeng Bai, piano (Bachelor of Music)
3rd Prize, 2018 International Grotrian Piano Competition (experienced division)

Xuesha Hu, piano (Artist Diploma)
1st Prize, 2018 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition

Alyssa Katahara, harp (Master of Music)
Grand Prize, 2018 Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra Hennings-Fischer Young Artists Competition

Martin Mangrum, horn (Bachelor of Music)
1st Prize, 2018 Canada Council for the Arts (Michael Measures Prize)

Cristina Mateo Saez, clarinet (Master of Music)
2nd Prize, 2016 Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition
2nd Prize, 2015 International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition

Lucy Wang, violin (Master of Music)
Winner, 2018 Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition (3-year loan of a 1715 Dominicus Montagnana violin)

Hao Zhou, violin (Master of Music)
Grand Prize, 2019 Concours Musical International de Montréal

Class of 2019

Professional Career Posts

Andy Abel, tuba (Master of Music)
Fellow, New World Symphony

Gianluca Farina, trumpet (Artist Diploma)
Fellow, New World Symphony

Qiele Guo, cello (Artist Diploma and 2016, Master of Music)
Member, Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra

Gregory LaRosa, percussion (Master of Muic)
Member, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Ka-Yeon Lee, violin (Professional Studies Certificate)
Fellow, New World Symphony

Taylor Marino, clarinet (Professional Studies Certificate and 2017, Master of Music)
Principal Clarinet, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

Eduardo Rios, violin (Artist Diploma)
Fellow, Los Angeles Philharmonic Resident Fellows Program

Ruriko Terada, harp (Artist Diploma; 2017, Master of Music; 2015, Bachelor of Music)
Artist Programs Associate, MUSE/IQUE

Kaylet Torrez, horn (Performance Diploma)
3rd/Assistant Principal Horn, Pacific Symphony

Madeleine Vaillancourt, violin (Professional Studies Certificate and 2017, Bachelor of Music)
Member, Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Competitions, Awards, and Honors

Benefic Piano Trio (SunHwa Kim, piano (2019, Artist Diploma); Misha Vayman, violin (2018, Master of Music); Qiele Guo, cello (2019, Artist Diploma and 2016, Master of Music))
Grand Prize, 2018 Enkor International Music Competition (chamber music division)

Dominic Cheli, piano (Artist Diploma)
Member, Concert Artists Guild

Cristina Dougherty, tuba (Bachelor of Music)
1st Prize, International Tuba Euphonium Association (solo tuba-young artist division)

Noah Dugan, trumpet (Master of Music)
1st Prize, 2018 Aspen Music Festival Brass Competition

SunHwa Kim, piano (Artist Diploma)
3rd Prize, 2018 KeriKeri International Piano Competition

Rodolfo Leone, piano (Artist Diploma and 2017, Master of Music)
1st Prize, 2017 International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna

Simone Porter, violin (Professional Studies Certificate and 2017, Performance Diploma)
Member, Opus 3 Artists roster
Recipient, 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant

Eduardo Rios, violin (Artist Diploma and 2016, Bachelor of Music)
1st Place Laureate, 2015 Sphinx Competition (senior division)

Ruriko Terada, harp (Artist Diploma; 2017, Master of Music; 2015, Bachelor of Music)
3rd Prize, 21st (2015) American Harp Society National Competition (young professional division)
4th Prize, 20th (2013) American Harp Society, Inc. National Competition (advanced division)
4th Prize, 2012 Nippon (Japan) Harp Competition

Anthony Trionfo, flute (Bachelor of Music)
Member, Young Concert Artists roster
1st Prize, 2013 Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition (high school division)

Emma Wernig, viola (Bachelor of Music)
1st Prize, 2017 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition

 

Class of 2018

Professional Career Posts

Minji Choi, cello (Artist Diploma)
Member, Minnesota Orchestra

Justin Cummings, bassoon (Master of Music)
Fellow, New World Symphony

Michael Harper, trumpet (Professional Studies Certificate)
2nd Trumpet, Jacksonville Symphony     

Felicity James, violin (Bachelor of Music)
Associate Concertmaster, Minnesota Orchestra

Hannah Ji, violin (Artist Diploma)
Member, St. Louis Symphony

Nate Olson, bass (Master of Music)
Acting Principal Bass, Omaha Symphony

Angelo Quail, clarinet (Artist Diploma)
Fellow, New World Symphony

Charles Rosmarin, percussion (Professional Studies Certificate)
Fellow, New World Symphony

Charles Seo, cello (Bachelor of Music)
Member, Houston Symphony

Joachim Thomsen, flute (Artist Diploma)
Principal Flute, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Associate Principal Flute, Danish National Symphony Orchestra (from August 2018)

Competitions, Awards, and Honors

Albert Cano Smit, piano (Bachelor of Music)
1st Prize, 2017 Naumberg International Piano Competition
Medalist prize, 2016 Hilton Head International Piano Competition

Michael Harper, trumpet (Professional Studies Certificate)
2nd Prize, 2017 Edith Knox competition

Blake Pouliot, violin (Professional Studies Certificate and 2016, Performance Diploma)
Member, Opus 3 Artists roster
Grand Prize Winner, 2016 Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition
Winner, 2015 Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition (3-year loan of a 1729 Guarneri del Gesù violin)

 

Class of 2017

Professional Career Posts

Yewon Ahn, cello (Professional Studies Certificate)
Member, North Carolina Symphony

Michelle Feng, oboe (Bachelor of Music)
Associate Principal/2nd Oboe, Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra

Johanna Gruskin, flute (Professional Studies Certificate)
Fellow, New World Symphony

Patrick Hodge, horn (Master of Music)
Assistant Principal Horn, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Alex Laskey, horn (Professional Studies Certificate)
2nd Horn, Fort Wayne Philharmonic

Julijana Mijalkovic, piano (Master of Music)
Artistic Coordinator, San Diego Symphony

Emerson Millar, violin (Bachelor of Music)
Co-Concertmaster, Naples Symphony

Joshua Rogan, trumpet (Artist Diploma)
Sub-Principal Trumpet, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Mikyung Soung, double bass (Artist Diploma)
Principal Bass, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Hayato Tanaka, trumpet (Professional Studies Certificate)
Principal Trumpet, Tucson Symphony

Josué Valdepeñas, cello (Professional Studies Certificate)
Member, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Hyeree Yu  viola (Artist Diploma)
Member, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra

Afendi Yusuf, clarinet (Professional Studies Certificate and 2015, Master of Music)
Principal Clarinet, Cleveland Orchestra

Karissa Zadinsky, cello (Bachelor of Music)
Member, Pittsburgh Symphony

Julian Zheng, horn (Artist Diploma and 2015, Bachelor of Music)
Principal Horn, Shanghai Philharmonic

Competitions, Awards, and Honors

Calla Quartet (Michaela Wellems and Amelia Dietrich, violins; Aiden Kane, viola; Karissa Zadinsky, cello – Bachelor of Music)
2nd Prize, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (senior string division)

Hyewon Chang, piano (Bachelor of Music)
1st Prize, 2014 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition (college/adult division)

Usha Kapoor, violin (Artist Diploma)
Awarded 2017 Fulbright Grant to study violin in Germany

Julijana Mijalkovic, piano (Master of Music)
1st Prize, Susan Torres Piano Award

Mikyung Soung, double bass (Artist Diploma)
2nd Prize and Prize for Best Performance of a Work by Bottesini, 2015 International Society of Bassists Double Bass Performance Competition (solo division)

Julian Zheng, horn (Artist Diploma and 2015, Bachelor of Music)
1st Prize, 2013 International Horn Society Premier Soloist Competition

Class of 2016

Professional Career Posts

Mariya-Andoniya Andonova, bass (Professional Studies Certificate)
Member, Santa Barbara Symphony

Austin Huntington, cello (Bachelor of Music)
Principal Cello, Indianapolis Symphony

Da Kyung Kwak, viola (Professional Studies Certificate)
Associate Principal Viola, Munich Philharmonic

Elizabeth Lu, flute (Professional Studies Certificate)
Fellow, New World Symphony

Ben Manis, cello (Bachelor of Music)
Resident Conductor, Houston Grand Opera

Tommy Morrison, bassoon (Master of Music)
2nd/Associate Principal Bassoon, Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra (2017-18)

Jacob Thonis, bassoon (Bachelor of Music)
Principal Bassoon, Victoria Symphony Orchestra
Member, Civic Orchestra of Chicago

Jacob Wilder, horn (Professional Studies Certificate and 2013, Bachelor of Music)
Principal Horn, Virginia Symphony

Competitions, Awards, and Honors

Rachyl Duffy, viola (Master of Music)
1st Prize, 2015 International Hugo Kauder Competition for Viola

Austin Huntington, cello (Bachelor of Music)
1st Prize, 2012 MUSICCAS International Young Artists Competition (senior division)
2nd Prize and Audience Choice Award, 2013 Schadt Cello Competition

Da Kyung Kwak, viola (Professional Studies Certificate)
2nd Prize, 2014 Atlantic Symphony Concerto Competition

Michael Marks, bass (Bachelor of Music)
3rd Prize, 2015 International Society of Bassists Double Bass Performance Competition (orchestra division)

 

Class of 2015

Professional Career Posts

Ben Adler, clarinet (Artist Diploma)
Assistant Principal, 2nd and E-flat Clarinet, Milwaukee Symphony

Matthew Cohen, viola (Artist Diploma)
Principal Viola, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Principal Viola, Symphony in C

Joshua Cote, horn (Professional Studies Certificate)
4th Horn, Sarasota Orchestra

Natalie Hoe, clarinet (Bachelor of Music)
Principal Clarinet, Florida Orchestra

Elyse Lauzon, horn (Professional Studies Certificate and 2013, Bachelor of Music)
4th Horn, Pacific Symphony Orchestra

Kevin Lin, violin (Bachelor of Music)
Co-Leader, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Radu Paponiu, violin (Artist Diploma)
Assistant Conductor, Naples Philharmonic
Conductor, Juilliard Pre-College String Ensemble

Jack Pena, bassoon (Bachelor of Music)
Principal Bassoon, Louisiana Philharmonic

John Shawger, horn (Master of Music)
4th Horn, Virginia Symphony

William Wasson, double bass (Professional Studies Certificate)
Member, National Symphony (2017-18)

Teaching Posts

Ambroise Aubrun (Artist Diploma)
Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Benjamin Crofut (Professional Studies Certificate)
Instructor of Double Bass, University of Alabama

Vardan Gasparyan, cello (Master of Music and 2013, Performance Diploma)
Faculty, Colburn Community School of Performing Arts

Jack Pena, bassoon (Bachelor of Music)
Adjunct Professor of Bassoon, Loyola University (New Orleans)

Gabriel Sears, tuba (Professional Studies Certificate)
Adjunct Professor of Tuba, California State University, Long Beach

Competitions, Awards, and Honors

Evin Blomberg, violin (Artist Diploma)
2nd Prize, 2013 Schmidbauer International Young Artist Competition (junior division)

Vardan Gasparyan, cello (Master of Music and 2013, Performance Diploma)
3rd Prize, 2013 Schmidbauer International Young Artist Competition (senior division)

William Hagen, violin (Performance Diploma)
3rd Prize, 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition
2nd Prize, 2014 International Fritz Kreisler Competition
Winner, 2013 Dorothy DeLay Memorial Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and School

Kevin Lin, violin (Bachelor of Music)
4th Prize, 2013 Irving M. Klein International String Competition

Stephanie Ng, piano (Artist Diploma)
2nd Prize, 2017 Waring International Piano Competition
1st Prize, 2013 Virginia Waring International Competition (chamber music category)

 

Class of 2014

Professional Career Posts

Claire Brazeau, oboe (Artist Diploma)
Principal Oboe, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Gregory Cardi, violin (Bachelor of Music)
Fellow, New World Symphony

Luke Fitzpatrick, flute (Artist Diploma)
Principal Flute, Forth Wayne Philharmonic

Natalie Helm, cello (Artist Diploma)
Principal Cello, Sarasota Orchestra

Dana Jackson, bassoon (Professional Studies Certificate)
3rd Bassoon/Contrabassoon, Seattle Symphony
2nd Bassoon, Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra

Xavier Jeannequin, viola (Artist Diploma)
Co-Principal Viola, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire

Emil Khudyev, clarinet (Professional Studies Certificate)
Associate Principal Clarinet, Seattle Symphony

Christine Kim, oboe (Artist Diploma)
Principal Oboe, Sarasota Orchestra (2017-18)

Sang Yoon Kim, clarinet (Artist Diploma)
Principal Clarinet, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

Melody Lee, violin (Artist Diploma)
Member, St. Louis Symphony

Steven Metcalf, double bass (Professional Studies Certificate)
Principal Bass, Colorado Symphony

Joseph Morris, clarinet (Professional Studies Certificate)
Principal Clarinet, Pacific Symphony Orchestra

Arianna Smith, viola (Bachelor of Music)
Artist in residence, Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (Belgium)

Allan Steele, cello (Bachelor of Music)
Principal Cello, Fort Worth Symphony

Ruiqing Tang, viola (Bachelor of Music)
Assistant Principal Viola, Shanghai Opera House Orchestra

Stephen Tavani, violin (Bachelor of Music)
Assistant Concertmaster, Cleveland Orchestra

Mark Teplitsky, flute (Bachelor of Music)
Principal Flute, San Antonio Symphony

Yi Zhou, viola (Artist Diploma)
Principal Viola, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra

Teaching Posts

Claire Brazeau, oboe (Artist Diploma)
Faculty, California State University-Long Beach (Bob Cole Conservatory)

Dana Jackson, bassoon (Professional Studies Certificate)
Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon, Cornish College of the Arts

Cheryl Kim, violin (Artist Diploma)
Faculty, Colburn Community School of Performing Arts

Mindy Park, cello (Artist Diploma)
Faculty, Northwestern University Bienen School of Music: Music Academy (pre-college and community school divisions)
Faculty, Music Institute of Chicago

Andrew Pattison, bassoon (Artist Diploma)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Oberlin Conservatory (2017-18)

Elizabeth Upton, horn (Artist Diploma)
Faculty, Colburn Community School of Performing Arts

Competitions, Awards, and Honors

Calidore Quartet (Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violins; Jeremy Berry, viola; Estelle Choi, cello – Artist Diploma and Professional Studies Certificate)
Recipient, 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant
Member, Opus 3 Artists roster
Member, Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center
Winner, 2016 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition
Former Quartet-in-Residence, Stony Brook University
Grand Prize, 2012 Coleman Chamber Music Competition
Grand Prize, 2012 Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition
Grand Prize, 2011 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition
2nd Prize, 2012 International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg for String Quartet
3rd Prize, 2012 ARD Munich International Competition

Persinger Quartet (Ryan Meehan and Stephen Tavani, violins; Arianna Smith, viola; Allan Steele, cello – Artist Diploma and Bachelor of Music)
3rd Prize, 2011 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition

Luke Fitzpatrick, flute (Artist Diploma)
1st Prize, 2013 Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition (college/adult/professional division)

Sang Yoon Kim, clarinet (Artist Diploma)
1st Prize, 2015 Prague Spring International Music Competition
1st Prize, 2014 UNISA International Clarinet and Flute Competition
1st Prize, 2012 Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition

Joseph Morris, clarinet (Professional Studies Certificate)
1st Prize, 2017 Ima Hogg Competition

Class of 2013

Professional Career Posts

Paul Aksman, double bass (Professional Studies Certificate)
Member, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Samuel Almaguer, clarinet (Bachelor of Music)
Principal Clarinet, North Carolina Symphony

Andrew Brady, bassoon (Bachelor of Music)
Principal Bassoon, Atlanta Symphony

Joseph Brown, trumpet (Professional Studies Certificate)
2nd Trumpet, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra

Ryan Darke, trumpet (Professional Studies Certificate)
Principal Trumpet, Los Angeles Opera

Emily Honeyman, bass (Professional Studies Certificate)
Member, Royal Swedish Opera              

Paul Jenkins, trombone (Professional Studies Certificate)
Principal Trombone, Nashville Symphony

Conrad Jones, trumpet (Professional Studies Certificate)
Principal Trumpet, Indianapolis Symphony

Katherine Munagian, double bass (Professional Studies Certificate)
Member, Nashville Symphony

Avi Nagin, violin (Bachelor of Music)
Principal 2nd Violin, Princeton Symphony
Principal 2nd Violin, Symphony in C
Member, New Haven Symphony

Hugh Palmer, violin (Artist Diploma)
Member, Utah Symphony

Se-Doo Park, cello (Artist Diploma)
Member, Baltimore Symphony

Titus Underwood, oboe (Artist Diploma)
Acting Principal Oboe, Nashville Symphony (2017-18)

Christopher Zack, viola (Artist Diploma)
Member, Munich Radio Orchestra

Teaching Posts

Andrew Brady, bassoon (Bachelor of Music)
Artist-in-Residence, Kennesaw State University (bassoon studio)
Faculty, Luzerne Music Center

Lauren Ewing, trumpet (Bachelor of Music)
Trumpet Professor/Brass Ensemble Director, University of Talca, Chile

Conrad Jones, trumpet (Professional Studies Certificate)
Trumpet Faculty, DePauw University

Chun-Chieh Yen, piano (Artist Diploma)
Assistant Professor, National Taiwan Normal University

Competitions, Awards, and Honors

Ryan Darke, trumpet (Professional Studies Certificate)
Professor of Trumpet, University of Arizona
Adjunct Trumpet Instructor, California State University, Long Beach

David Hagee, trombone (Professional Studies Certificate)
Awarded 2013 Fulbright Grant to study trombone in Germany

Laura Kaufman, flute (Professional Studies Certificate)
1st Prize, 2012 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition

Elicia Silverstein, violin (Bachelor of Music)
Member, Rubicon Classics Label roster
Awarded 2013 Fulbright Grant to study violin in The Netherlands

 

Class of 2012

Professional Career Posts

Kelsey Blumenthal, violin (Bachelor of Music)
Member, Pittsburgh Symphony

Gabriel Campos-Zamora, clarinet (Bachelor of Music)
Principal Clarinet, Minnesota Symphony

Born Lau, viola (Bachelor of Music)
Principal Viola, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Rose Lombardo, flute (Artist Diploma)
Principal Flute, San Diego Symphony

Paul Macres, bass (Professional Studies Certificate)
Member, Louisiana Philharmonic

Sun Joo Park, violin (Artist Diploma)
Member, Baltimore Symphony

Johanna Yarbrough, horn (Professional Studies Certificate)
4th Horn, Detroit Symphony

Teaching Posts

Francesca dePasquale, violin (Bachelor of Music)
Faculty, Rutgers University (Mason Gross School of the Arts)
Faculty, Heifetz International Music Institute
Assistant Chamber Music Faculty, Perlman Music Program
Assistant Violin Faculty, the Juilliard School (college and pre-college divisions)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin, Oberlin Conservatory (from November 2018)

Born Lau, viola (Bachelor of Music)
Faculty, Shanghai Orchestra Academy

Competitions, Awards, and Honors

Francesco Camuglia, flute (Bachelor of Music)
Awarded 2012 Fulbright Grant to study flute in Germany
1st Prize, 2012 U.S. Army Band National Collegiate Solo Competition
3rd Prize, 2012 Jefferson Symphony International Young Artist Competition

Katalin LaFavre, percussion (Bachelor of Music)
Awarded 2012 Fulbright Grant to study percussion in France

Born Lau, viola (Bachelor of Music)
Winner, Astral Artists 2012 National Auditions
3rd Prize, 2011 Schmidbauer International Young Artist Competition (senior division)

 

Class of 2011

Professional Career Posts

Nigel Armstrong, violin (Bachelor of Music)
Concertmaster, Santa Cruz Symphony

Leah Arsenault Barrick, flute (Professional Studies Certificate)
Assistant Principal Flute, National Symphony

Todd Cope, clarinet (Professional Studies Certificate)
Principal Clarinet, Montreal Symphony

Hunter Eberly, trumpet (Professional Studies Certificate)
Principal Trumpet, Detroit Symphony

Jose Gonzalez Granero, clarinet (Professional Studies Certificate)
Principal Clarinet, San Francisco Opera

Zlata Grekov, violin (Professional Studies Certificate)
Member, Santa Barbara Symphony

Benjamin Hanlon, bass (Bachelor of Music)
Member, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Sarah Kienle, viola (Bachelor of Music)
Member, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Wei-Ting Kuo, viola (Professional Studies Certificate)
Member, Chicago Symphony

Min Na Lee, clarinet (Professional Studies Certificate)
Principal Clarinet, China National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra

Matthew Maffett, viola (Professional Studies Certificate)
Member, U.S. Air Force Band

Louise McKay, cello (Artist Diploma)
Associate Principal Cello, West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Eloy Panizo Padrón, trombone (Artist Diploma)
Co-Principal Trombone, National Forum of Music Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra

Jamie Roberts, oboe (Professional Studies Certificate)
Associate Principal Oboe, National Symphony

Hang Su, viola (Professional Studies Certificate)
Member, Detroit Symphony

Jens TenBroek, bass (Professional Studies Certificate)
Member, Utah Symphony

Johnny Teyssier, clarinet (Artist Diploma)
First Solo Clarinet, Danish Radio Symphony

Hyo Joo Uh, viola (Bachelor of Music)
Assistant Principal Viola, Richmond Symphony

Benjamin Ullery, viola (Professional Studies Certificate)
Assistant Principal Viola, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Kristopher Westrich, trumpet (Professional Studies Certificate)
Member, United States Air Force Band

Alex Zdanis, bassoon (Bachelor of Music)
Assistant Principal Bassoon, Alabama Symphony

Teaching Posts

Todd Cope, clarinet (Professional Studies Certificate)
Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet, McGill University

Benjamin Ullery, viola (Professional Studies Certificate)
Faculty, Colburn Conservatory of Music

Competitions, Awards, and Honors

Nigel Armstrong, violin (Bachelor of Music)
3rd Prize and Special Prize, 2017 IsangYun International Violin Competition
4th Prize and winner of the Prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work by John Corigliano, 2011 Tchaikovsky International Competition

Class of 2010

Professional Career Posts

Michael Byerly, clarinet (Artist Diploma)
Principal Clarinet, Virginia Symphony

Silu Fei, viola (Artist Diploma)
Member, Oregon Symphony

Aubrey Foard, tuba (Artist Diploma)
Principal Tuba, Baltimore Symphony

Jack Cozen Harel, oboe (Artist Diploma)
Member, Solaris Quintet

Juan Miguel Hernandez, viola (Bachelor of Music)
Member, Fine Arts Quartet

Luanne Homzy, violin (Bachelor of Music)
Member, Trio Dinicu
Music Co-Director, American Contemporary Ballet

Ning-Ning Jin, viola (Artist Diploma)
Member, Oregon Symphony

Jennifer Johnson, oboe (Artist Diploma)
2nd Oboe/English Horn, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra
Principal Oboe, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra

Ryan Lee, violin (Artist Diploma and 2008, Bachelor of Music)
Member, Oregon Symphony

Martha Long, flute (Bachelor of Music)
Principal Flute, Oregon Symphony

Jeffrey Northman, trumpet (Artist Diploma)
Member, United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”

Marat Rakhmatullaev, bassoon (Artist Diploma)
Principal Bassoon, West Michigan Symphony Orchestra

Cheonho Yoon, trumpet (Artist Diploma)
2nd Trumpet, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra

Ran Zhuang, viola (Artist Diploma)
Member, China National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra

Teaching Posts

Aubrey Foard, tuba (Artist Diploma)
Lecturer of Tuba and Euphonium, UCLA

Jack Cozen Harel, oboe (Artist Diploma)
Faculty, Cleveland Institute of Music (pre-college division)
Associate lecturer, Akron University

Juan Miguel Hernandez, viola (Bachelor of Music)
Professor, Royal Academy of Music (London)

Jennifer Johnson, oboe (Artist Diploma)
Faculty, Pasadena Conservatory of Music

Regulo Martinez, piano (Professional Studies Certificate)
Faculty, Colburn School

Competitions, Awards, and Honors

Juan Miguel Hernandez, viola (Bachelor of Music)
Gold Achievement Award, 2006 Sphinx Competition (senior division)

Luanne Homzy, violin (Bachelor of Music)
1st Prize, 2009 International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg for String Quartet

 

Class of 2009

Professional Career Posts

Timothy Braun, violin (Artist Diploma)
First Associate Concertmaster, Saarland State Theater Orchestra (Orchester de Saarländisches Staatstheaters)

Kevin Businsky, trumpet (Professional Studies Certificate)
Member, United States Navy Band

Rachel Childers, horn (Artist Diploma)
2nd Horn, Boston Symphony

Arnold Choi, cello (Bachelor of Music)
Principal Cello, Calgary Philharmonic

David Fung, piano (Artist Diploma and 2007, Bachelor of Music)
Artistic Director, Bari International Music Festival

Eric Han, cello (Bachelor of Music)
Member, Seattle Symphony

William May, bassoon (Professional Studies Certificate)
Principal Bassoon, Los Angeles Opera

Timothy Michling, oboe (Artist Diploma)
Principal Oboe, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Stan Muncy, percussion (Professional Studies Certificate)
Member, Santa Rosa Symphony

Wesley Precourt, violin (Artist Diploma)
Associate Concertmaster, San Diego Symphony

Marisa Sorajja, violin (Artist Diploma)
Associate Principal, Violin II, Los Angeles Opera
Member, Pacific Symphony
Principal First Violin, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
First Assistant Concertmaster, New West Symphony

Patrick Staples, bass (Bachelor of Music)
Member, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Nicole Sutterfield, viola (Professional Studies Certificate)
Assistant Principal Viola, Milwaukee Symphony

Teaching Posts

Rachel Childers, horn (Artist Diploma)
Faculty, New England Conservatory

David Fung, piano (Artist Diploma and 2007, Bachelor of Music)
Artist-Teacher of Piano, University of Georgia (Hugh Hodgson School of Music)

Timothy Michling, oboe (Artist Diploma)
Faculty, Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance

Stan Muncy, percussion (Professional Studies Certificate)
Faculty, California State University, Stanislaus

Competitions, Awards, and Honors

Ryan McCullough, piano (Artist Diploma)
Recording artist, Innova Records

 

Class of 2008

Professional Career Posts

Jaewon Bang, violin (Bachelor of Music)
Member, Vancouver Symphony

Johanna Borenstein, flute (Professional Studies Certificate)
Principal Flute, Modesto Symphony

Benjamin Jaber, horn (Professional Studies Certificate)
Principal Horn, San Diego Symphony

Peter Myers, cello (Bachelor of Music)
Assistant Principal Cello, San Francisco Opera Orchestra
Music Co-Director, American Contemporary Ballet

Tao Ni, cello (Artist Diploma)
Member, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Teaching Posts

Danielle Belen, violin (Professional Studies Certificate)
Associate Professor of Violin, University of Michigan
Founder, Center Stage Strings
Faculty, Colburn Community School of Performing Arts

Timothy Hagen, flute (Professional Studies Certificate)
Adjunct Professor of Flute, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Alicia Lee, clarinet (Professional Studies Certificate)
Assistant Professor of Clarinet, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Xin Xin, piano (Artist Diploma)
Professor, Central China Normal University

Competitions, Awards, and Honors

Danielle Belen, violin (Professional Studies Certificate)
1st Place Laureate, 2008 Sphinx Competition

Class of 2007

Professional Career Posts

Brittany Boulding, violin (Professional Studies Certificate)
Member, Seattle Symphony

Kathryn Eberle, violin (Professional Studies Certificate)
Associate Concertmaster, Utah Symphony

Katie Kadarauch, viola (Professional Studies Certificate)
Assistant Principal Viola, San Francisco Symphony

Julia Pautz, violin (Professional Studies Certificate)
Member, San Diego Symphony

Ilana Setapen, violin (Professional Studies Certificate)
Associate Concertmaster, Milwaukee Symphony

Teaching Posts

Kathryn Eberle, violin (Professional Studies Certificate)
Faculty, Utah State University

Katie Kadarauch, viola (Professional Studies Certificate)
Faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Competitions, Awards, and Honors

Joann Whang, cello (Bachelor of Music)
Member, Concert Artist Guild (as part of the Argus Quartet)

 

Class of 2005

Calder Quartet (Benjamin Jacobson and Andrew Bulbrook, violins; Jonathan Moerschel, viola; Eric Byers, cello – Professional Studies Certificate)
Member, Pentatone Label roster
Recipient, 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant

 

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