Colburn Jumpstart and Concert Band Director

The Colburn School - Los Angeles, California

Job Category: Faculty

Job Type: Paid

Job Term: Part Time

About Our Organization

The Colburn School’s philosophy is that all who desire to study music or dance should have access to top-level instruction. Each year, more than 2,000 students from around the world come to Colburn to benefit from the renowned faculty, unparalleled facilities, and focus on excellence that unites the community.

Colburn traces its beginnings to a small preparatory school established by the University of Southern California in 1950 which offered piano lessons to school-aged children. In 1980, Richard D. Colburn’s California Foundation re-envisioned the school to further its efforts as an independent, not-for-profit institution. This created the Colburn Community School for Performing Arts, which ensured that children and adults throughout Los Angeles had an opportunity for exemplary performing arts education.

The Colburn Conservatory of Music was created in 2003 with a unique all-scholarship model, attracting the highest level of talent from around the world. Each student is admitted on the basis of talent and potential alone, and given full scholarship for tuition, room, and board. Conservatory students graduate debt-free and ready to embark on professional careers.

In 2008, Colburn added the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, a comprehensive dance program from beginning through pre-professional, including a Dance Academy that develops talented young dancers between the ages of 14 and 19 into professional dancers and artistic leaders. Two years later, the Colburn Music Academy was established as a highly selective training program for gifted young pre-collegiate musicians, designed to prepare students for conservatory study and performing careers at the highest levels of achievement.

To help prepare students for sustainable careers and nature the passion and ability to serve their communities, the Center for Innovation and Community Impact was created in 2018. Serving all units of the School, the Center promotes creative thinking among musicians and dancers in a supportive environment that embraces the development of new ideas.

Job Summary

The Jumpstart and Concert Band Director at Colburn will prepare and conduct all rehearsals and concerts and assist with recruitment and management of the ensembles including auditions, placement, student progress and juries in consultation with key faculty and with leadership.  


  • Assist with ensemble auditions, including selecting audition excerpts and recruiting students into the program.
  • Understand the instrumentation needed to fill all ensembles in order to ensure an authentic experience for each student.
  • Work with Community School leadership to track and understand the scholarship process for students throughout the pipeline of learning.
  • Manage attendance.
  • Select and program appropriate repertoire for ensemble rehearsals and performances.
  • Coordinate with supporting departments to ensure timely and accurate logistics for all performances.
  • Work with Community School staff to coordinate sectionals for Concert Band as needed.
  • Hold parent meetings/conferences to address needs of the ensembles when needed.
  • Work closely with the Dean for Community Initiatives and Community School Dean to give support and guidance to students on their musical path.
  • Teach Concert Band, during the fall and spring semesters (Days/Times, subject to change):
    • Mondays from 4 pm - 5:30 pm Sectionals
    • Saturdays 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Sectionals
    • Saturdays from 3:00pm - 6:00pm Concert Band Rehearsal
  • Participate in activities such as, but not limited to, faculty recitals, workshops, and meetings.
  • Other related duties as needed. 

Job Qualifications & Requirements

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in Music Education and/or Conducting. Combined experience/education may be substituted for minimum education.
  • Prior experience teaching middle and high school-aged band students is required.
  • Desire to bring creative thinking to an entrepreneurial environment within an academic setting is essential.
  • Ability and desire to network with faculty and those in the community to recruit students from the greater Los Angeles community for the ensembles.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with very diverse faculty, staff, parents, and students.
  • Ability to contribute to a positive, supportive team environment required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Highly organized.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Knowledge of Spanish (spoken) a plus but not required.  

Additional Details

Please send the following via email to

  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • a link to a video sample of conducting

How to Apply

Apply online at Colburn Jumpstart and Concert Band Director