ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS CELEBRATED STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AT ITS CULMINATING PERFORMANCE

The annual Season Finale 2017 featured more than 400 student artists from the nationally recognized arts schools 14 arts conservatory programs.

COSTA MESA, Calif. — June 4, 2017 —  Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), a nationally recognized arts school, hosted its Season Finale 2017 on Saturday, June 4 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Celebrating the students’ achievements from the school’s 30th season, the audience witnessed a multitude of arts presentations as well as learn about 40 seniors’ post-graduation endeavors. OCSA’s student artists also had the unique experience of performing in a renowned venue.

Season Finale 2017 featured more than 400 student artists from the school’s 14 arts conservatories, including acting, classical & contemporary dance, classical voice, commercial dance, creative writing, culinary arts & hospitality, digital media, film & television, instrumental music, integrated arts, international dance, musical theatre, production & design, and visual arts. Memorable performances from the evening include: the Ballroom Dance students paying tribute to “The Great Gatsby,” Integrated Arts students performing “What You Want” from “Legally Blonde The Musical,” the Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble playing Frank Ticheli’s “Blue Shades,” and MONTAGE!, OCSA’s celebrated performance ambassadors presenting the original piece, “We Are OCSA!” Attendees viewed a variety of student artwork that was displayed in the lobby as well as watch coffee shop-style performances during intermission. The school honored six parent volunteers, and a community organization who provided tremendous support to the school.

In celebration of the public arts charter school’s 30th anniversary, the school recognized its newly formed Emeritus Board at the event for their work in guiding OCSA to be one of the nation’s premier arts schools.  Emeritus Board members include Julia Argyros, John Daniels, Brad Ellis, J.D., Paul Folino, Carol Green, Mike Mekjian, Jr., James “Walkie” Ray, Judy Sabbagh, Susan Samueli, Ph.D., Janice Frey Smith, Kate St. Clair, Russell Stern, John Vestri, and Lew Webb.

OCSA has hosted Season Finale since 1988 and the event has been held at Segerstrom Center for the Arts since 2006. Every year, OCSA offers more than 200 performing opportunities for its students. Based in Santa Ana, the public charter school serves more than 2,100 students in grades seven through 12. For additional information, visit ocsarts.net

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About Orange County School of the Arts:

The nationally recognized Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) provides a creative, challenging and nurturing environment that offers bright and talented students unparalleled preparation for higher education and a profession in the arts. Established in 1987, the school currently serves more than 2,100 gifted students in grades seven through 12. OCSA offers students the opportunity to focus on one of the 14 arts conservatories offered, including acting, classical & contemporary dance, classical voice, commercial dance, creative writing, culinary arts & hospitality, digital media, film & television, instrumental music, integrated arts, international dance, musical theatre, production & design, and visual arts.  In 2017, OCSA was named the second Best Charter High School in California by Niche Rankings. It is the only specialized arts program of its kind in the region to offer tuition-free academic and arts instruction to students from Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties. The non-profit school relies solely on private donations, totaling more than $8 million annually, to fund the 14 arts conservatories offered. For additional information, visit ocsarts.net.

 

 

Written By Tess Kellogg

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