With the safety of our students and community members in mind, the Colburn has made the difficult decision to suspend all in-person instruction, performances, and related social events through May 17.
The learning will continue.
In fact, activity has in many ways increased and funds are vital to support the immediate needs of students and faculty to enable the Colburn School's teaching excellence to continue.
Our faculty and staff have been working tirelessly to ensure our students across all areas of the School can stay connected to the performing arts, and to their faculty and teachers so they may continue their instruction and training through virtual instruction, coaching, and online performances, and we appreciate everyone who is helping make this possible within an incredibly short period of time.
#ColburnConnected Community Response Fund helps make possible:
— Colburn faculty are developing an extensive online curriculum to ensure Colburn's excellence in teaching can continue from early childhood through adult education. Read more in the San Francisco Classical Voice.
— Online performances will be made available to our closest and farthest audience members all around the world.
— Community organizations who rent our halls have been given extensions to when we can re-open or refunds if they needed them.
— Our Jumpstart programs in the Community School, taught primarily by our Conservatory students (Gluck Teaching Fellows) will be able to resume in April by connecting the Conservatory teaching fellows virtually with Jumpstart students in their homes.
— Dance faculty are creating a unique real-time interactive curriculum, with technology that allows them to teach and provide feedback to students as if they were in class. 86 dance classes per week are up and running!
— We have added brand new classes such as Pilates, Gyrokinesis, Strength for Dancers, Feet of Strength, and Yoga/Stretch.
— Colburn Dance has created a new “Colburn Connected Virtual Studio” class schedule for non-Colburn students and Colburn alumni looking for quality dance classes when their individual studios and conservatories have closed.
— All students in degree-granting programs will stay on track and graduating seniors will be able to earn their degrees. Over 100 devices have been purchased to support virtual teaching for faculty in the Community School of Performing Arts, Conservatory of Music, Music Academy, Dance Academy, and Trudl Zipper Dance Institute so that they may continue their teaching online. Conservatory and Academies instruction will begin March 23 and CSPA instruction will begin in early April.
— Over $45,000 of meal, travel, and housing stipends have been distributed to Conservatory, Music Academy, and Dance Academy students who needed to move out of the dorms and are facing extraordinary financial hardship.
— Shopping at home has never been so helpful! Community members have set up Amazon Smile and Office Depot's "Give Back to Schools" programs with Colburn School as a beneficiary to receive percentages of shopping expenses. For Amazon Smile, all benefits for shoppers are the same (prime, for example), but shoppers need to enter through smile.amazon.com and indicate Colburn School to receive their %; on Office Depot, Colburn's ID is 70243309.
— All residential students have been safely relocated and are on their way home, to a friend’s or relative’s house, or staying with generous members of our community who have offered their homes.
— Conservatory pianists, percussionists, and harpists who are away from their instruments are being matched with private instruments in homes in Los Angeles, rental studios, and other creative practice options so their education and training is uninterrupted.
— Colburn is shipping instruments home for those students who were away from their instruments while on spring break.
— Students with international visas have ongoing access to our staff for advice and support, and Colburn will manage the course schedule for 2021 in a way that ensures they can return within the current student immigration laws.
— The School has secured $35,000 of supportive technology to help transition staff to safe work-from-home environments and non-essential personnel are encouraged to work from home.
— Because the Colburn Café closed to the public last week, and suspended service all together this week, we gathered all of the unused food and donated it to our local food bank. We hope this helps give back to our community as well.
We can all continue to turn to the performing arts in this time of uncertainty, and we are grateful for everyone who is helping to support this work.
Thank you so very much. We hope to see you online or in person soon!