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Kardan to lead Colburn School

July 10, 2009|Diane Haithman

Sel Kardan, president and chief executive of the Music Institute of Chicago since 2005, has been named president of downtown L.A.'s Colburn School, overseeing the Colburn School of Performing Arts and the elite Colburn Conservatory of Music. Kardan assumes the new post in September.

He replaces Miguel Angel Corzo, who abruptly resigned in October after serving as president since July 2007.

In an interview Thursday, Kardan said that his experience at the Music Institute of Chicago, one of the nation's oldest community music schools, would serve him in reconciling the perceived differences in the goals of Colburn's community and professional programs.

"I think the Colburn School has the potential to have the best of both worlds -- from the standpoint of the community school, having access to faculty, students and resources of an internationally renowned conservatory," Kardan said.

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Diane Haithman

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