WHAT IS MONTAGE!?

MONTAGE! features several of the Orange County School of the Arts' most celebrated performance ambassadors. Comprised of talented student artists in grades 7-12 auditioned from the school's fourteen arts conservatory programs, this group has been praised for its high-energy, professional level performances. MONTAGE! combines the talent of singers, dancers, instrumentalists, actors and other aspiring young artists in unforgettable performances. 

MONTAGE! REPERTOIRE

MONTAGE!’s preexisting repertoire includes 15-30 minute variety shows comprised of large group numbers, trios, duets or soloists (a list of current song options can be sent upon request), which can be customized to suit the needs of your event. In addition, MONTAGE! offers a 45-minute scripted holiday performance, contemporary a cappella holiday tunes, contemporary pop tunes, a cappella pop selections, various Great American Songbook options, a contemporary string quartet and coffee house style acoustic set. MONTAGE! can also create original repertoire specifically for your private party or event, including everything from one customized number to a fully staged production. MONTAGE! has been highlighted at a variety of community and private events, including:

MEET OUR ALUMNI

Over many years, MONTAGE! has seen many amazing students come and go. Our celebrated performance ambassadors graduate and move on to very successful fields in and outside of the arts. Learn more about how MONTAGE! has impacted this incredible group of alumni. 

MONTAGE! Schedule and Event Calendar

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can MONTAGE! students participate in outside activities such as shows, sports, etc.?

Participating in outside activities after school hours is a family decision, except when outside commitments interfere with MONTAGE!. When that activity is related to OCSA, it is expected that students of OCSA's MONTAGE! conduct themsleves in a professional manner as they are representing OCSA as performance ambassadors.

What factors are considered in the continued participation of a MONTAGE! student?

You are being evaluated year round at every rehearsal and performance. Your participation in MONTAGE! is not guaranteed from year to year. Auditions will be held yearly in June.

Here is an example of our evaluation rubric:

  • How you contribute to the MONTAGE! team
  • Training/Experience
  • Motivation/Energy
  • Positive attitude
  • Preparedness 
  • Vocal range/singing ability
  • Excessive conflicts
  • Classroom conduct
  • Attendance/academic probation
  • Suitability for the role/production
  • Excessive demerits/detentions
  • Choice of repertoire (appropriateness, thematic integration, how it showcases you as a performer)

 

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

For additional information about MONTAGE! auditions, email our office at montage@ocsarts.net.

Book MONTAGE! for Your Event

Thank you for your interest in booking a performance by the bright and talented students of the Orange County School of the Arts. We appreciate your consideration in featuring our students as part of your upcoming special event! 

Please note that we request an honorarium for our student performance groups. All performance honorariums represent the school’s actual expenses associated with the student performances outlined in the enclosed documents, including on-site staff chaperone(s), staff time for event coordination and student rehearsals, transportation, make-up, costume use and cleaning, and other necessary costs. All additional tax-deductible donations are greatly appreciated and are designated to the students’ arts conservatory program(s) for future enrichment opportunities and/or needed supplies.

To secure MONTAGE! for your upcoming event, please complete the form below and we will be in touch with you in one to two business days to discuss your upcoming event in greater detail.  For additional information, or to book one of our other student performance groups, please contact Cindy Peca, Creative Director at 714.560.0900 Ext. 6810 or montage@ocsarts.net

Thank you, once again, for your support of the next generation of world-class artists. It is community members like you who make it possible for the Orange County School of the Arts to continue to offer bright and talented students unparalleled opportunities in the arts! 

What do I need to know about the MONTAGE! auditions?

Can newly accepted students audition also?
Yes, any current student, and all newly accepted students for the 2018-2019 school year can audition.

Can a student audition for all three areas of focus within MONTAGE! (dance, instrumental or vocal)?
Yes, however, if accepted for MONTAGE!, they will be cast in one area of focus; dance, instrumental or vocal, .  Please make sure that an audition is scheduled for each department of interest.

Is there a particular genre or style of music you are looking for?
The casting directors are looking for students who have a fresh young look and are passionate about their art.  MONTAGE! is made up of OCSA’s bright and talented young artists who captivate audiences with their contemporary, upbeat and pop-styled performances.

Do I need to provide a resume and headshot?
Yes, please provide a current resume and headshot. Please be advised that your resume and headshot will NOT be returned to you.

Can anyone at OCSA audition for MONTAGE!?
MONTAGE! is an interdepartmental performing group consisting of newly accepted and returning OCSA students ranging from grades 7 - 12.  Students with a unique skill sets are encouraged to audition, as the Creative Team often features a wide varity of celebrates student artists throughout the year.  If you have a special skills set, please come to the audition prepared to demonstrate your unique talents.

What is the time commitment for MONTAGE! rehearsals?

ALL Dancers and Vocalists: Fridays from 1:45-4:30 p.m. Friday rehearsals are mandatory throughout the school year.

Vocalists ONLY: Tuesdays from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  We ask that you keep Tuesdays available during our busy seasons: October, November, January, February, March, and May. Also, if you are cast in Gala as a vocalist (lead or choir), you will be required to attend ALL Tuesday evening rehearsals from January to March.

Dancers ONLY: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-8:00 p.m. We ask that you keep Tuesdays and Thursdays available during our busy seasons: October, November, January, February, March, and May.  Also, if you are cast in Gala as a dancer, you will be required to attend Tuesday and Thursday evening rehearsals as requested, from January to March.

Are students required to participate at all MONTAGE! events?
As long as the Creative Team is given enough notice, we will make accommodations for any excused absences.

What is the policy for students having rehearsal or show conflicts?

As a MONTAGE! Student, it is your responsibility to effectively communicate your MONTAGE! rehearsal and performance calendar to any non-MONTAGE! endeavors. Conflicts can and will determine casting.

Are there any financial commitments for MONTAGE!?

ALL male students: $250 fee. This includes:

  • MONTAGE! jacket
  • MONTAGE! shirt
  • Performance attire
  • Parties
    • August – Welcome Party. This will include: admission, food, beverage and games.
    • December – Holiday Party. This will include: admission, food, beverage and games.
    • May – End of the year party. This will include: admission, food, beverage and games.
  • Staffing allocations
  • Administrative supplies

ALL female students: $300 fee. This includes:

  • MONTAGE! jacket
  • MONTAGE! shirt
  • Performance attire
  • Parties
    • August – Welcome Party. This will include: admission, food, beverage and games.
    • December – Holiday Party. This will include: admission, food, beverage and games.
    • May – End of the year party. This will include: admission, food, beverage and games.
  • Staffing allocations
  • Administrative supplies
  • Make-up kit. Make-up kit includes:
  • Make-up bag
  • Set of Eyelashes
  • Eyelash Adhesive
  • Make-up Sponge
  • Lipstick
  • Blush
  • Eye shadows

In addition, we ask each student to pay a $75 performance donation for our annual Gala.  

**If you have concerns regarding any of the financial obligations, please contact Cindy Peca at cindy.peca@ocsarts.net.

MONTAGE! Student Outcomes?

Basic Technique

  • Gain experience in standard repertoire of your chosen emphasis
  • Learn to approach material from technical and emotional standpoints  
  • Be able to comfortably perform material of medium to advanced difficulty
  • Be able to master varied stylistic repertoire
  • Be able to identify stylistically correct performance choices
  • Be able to identify expressive performance choices 

Performing

  • Gain knowledge, skill, and experience in performing a solo, duet, and ensemble settings 
  • Be able to work cooperatively in an ensemble

Work Habits

  • Develop proper work habits to create quality work in a quick manner
  • Understand how to use rehearsal time in an efficient and focused manner
  • Develop practical skills
  • Time management
  • Responsibility
  • Team work

Building Your Résumé

  • Unique performance and media opportunities
  • Valuable work experience
  • Performance alongside and coaching from professionals in the industry
  • As a member of MONTAGE!, you will receive many personal benefits from the training and once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunities.

Creative Team

Cindy Peca

Cindy Peca

Creative Director

cindy.peca@ocsarts.net

Cindy Peca joined the Orange County School of the Arts in 1989 and serves as Creative Director. 

Prior to her role as Creative Director, Ms. Peca served as the Assistant Director of the Commercial Dance Department where she fell in love with the art of teaching. In 2013 she was awarded the prestigious title of “Teacher of the Year” from the esteemed-international arts organization Arts Schools Network at a ceremony in New York City.

Since 2007 Ms. Peca has successfully produced and directed OCSA’s Season Finale, commencement ceremonies, and annual Gala, which serves as the organizations largest fundraising event of the season, bringing in close to 1 million dollars each year in support of arts education. In addition to her role as a producer/director, Ms. Peca facilitates outside requests for performance group bookings and works directly with MONTAGE! – OCSA’s celebrated performance ambassadors to create one of a kind, unique and unforgettable performances serving variety of private, community and corporate event needs.

Ms. Peca began her distinguished career by winning the title of “National Swing Dance Champion” at the age of 11. Her career has encompassed professional performances, dance education, and choreography for film, television, commercials, professional sports teams, and stage. Ms. Peca has worked with celebrities including our very own alumni, Matthew Morrison, Teren Manning, Jon Bond, Susan Egan, Eric Altemus, Allison Ulrich, Krysta Rodriguez, Michael Montgomery and Lindsay Mendez.

Throughout her enchanted career, Ms. Peca has had the honor and privilege of working with entertainment legends, Rita Moreno, Tina Turner, Francis Ford Coppola, Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, Dick Clark, Merv Griffin, and Bob Fosse. Peca has choreographed for Los Angeles Laker Girls, Ram’s Cheerleaders, and LA Kings Ice Crew. Her corporate/industrial credits include, Walt Disney Records, AT&T, CHOC (Children Hospital OC), Edwards Life Sciences, South Coast Plaza, Kaiser Permanente, Matrix and Coca-Cola to name a few. Television/film credits include, Star Search, Dance Fever, The Merv Griffin Show, Breakin ‘n’ Enterin’ and 1984 winner of ABC’s hit TV show American Bandstand where she won her first car at age 13. Her fondest OCSA memory was when she choreographed the stage production of Gidget: The Musical directed by Francis Ford Coppola. 

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Quinn Barraza

Quinn Barraza

Creative Team Assistant

Quinn Barraza excitedly joins OCSA as the new Creative Team Assistant! As long-time fan of the school, Quinn is eager to have the opportunity to be a part of the vibrant OCSA community. Quinn comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising from Chapman University and has a strong creative background in film and television production and creative content development.

 

Quinn’s experience stretches from working on highly-acclaimed television shows including "Jane the Virgin" and "Pretty Little Liars," to serving as a Creative Consultant for various fashion shows, magazines, and media outlets. Quinn is a lover of everything creative and great conversation topics with her include adorable Goldendoodles, the brilliance "Les Misérables," and how delicious vanilla lattes and all-you-can-eat sushi are (but not together!). Quinn is excited to get to know the faculty, staff, and student body of OCSA, so please come say “hi” anytime!

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Kevin Cook

Kevin Cook

Director, Production & Design Conservatory

Mr. Cook joined OCSA in 2008 and previously worked as Technical Director/Lighting Designer for Brite Ideas, Inc., where he provided overall technical direction and lighting and/or sound design for a number of high profile clients and events, including Elton John, Stevie Nicks, Maroon 5, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, J. Paul Getty Museum, Lexus – U.S. Open, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Roberto Cavalli, Variety Magazine, Audi, Samsung, California State University, Fullerton and more.

Mr. Cook spent 19 years as Resident Lighting and Sound Designer for Saddleback College and Saddleback Civic Light Opera. During his tenure, he designed numerous shows and mentored many students who successfully transferred to university programs or into positions within the industry. He was also the project manager for the $1.4 million lighting, audio and rigging system replacement and renovation project. He has served as associate faculty member at Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College and Santa Ana College, where he taught technical theatre and design classes, including stage lighting, theatre production and stagecraft. Mr. Cook has also worked as a freelance designer, production manager or technician for a variety of professional theatre groups, including Utah Shakespeare Festival, Santa Fe Opera Company, Center Theatre Group, Aids Quilt display and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival. Mr. Cook holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Technical Theatre/Design and a Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts from California State University, Fullerton.

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Calvin Anderson

Calvin Anderson

Conductor/Band Leader

Calvin Anderson, a southern California native, earned a bachelor's degree in music from University of Southern California (USC), receiving a scholarship from the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Since graduating from USC in 2009, Mr. Anderson has divided his time between performing, composition, arranging, orchestration, and teaching. He has had the opportunity to work with Lionel Hampton New York Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Rachelle Farrell, Michael Bublé, and many others.Mr. Anderson currently serves as music director for three music ensembles in addition to performing and teaching regularly around Southern California.

 

Patrick Copeland

Patrick Copeland

Producer, Arranger and Orchestrator

As music director/conductor in theater: “The Light in the Piazza” Southern California regional premiere; “Kiss me Kate”, Covina Center; “Enter the Guardsman”, New American Musical Festival; as keyboardist: “Cats’, La Mirada Theater, 2014, “Legally Blonde”, 3­D Theatricals, 2014;

as composer: “A Joyful Noise”, A Spoken Memorie, with Earl Hamner; “Chillerama’, feature film; “Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror”, feature film; “The Odd Couple” & “Wait until Dark”, original music/sound design, Covina Center; “Dracula”, original music, Costa Mesa Center for the Arts: as sound designer: “2001 Maniacs”, feature film; “Chillerama” feature film: as performer: Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, piano/keyboards/music arranger/sound designer, 2007-present; as teacher: Orange County High School for the Arts, musical director/arranger, ‘Montage’ performance group, 2014-present; other: Artistic Director, Covina Center, 2007-2009; technical director, Covina Center, 2007-2009.

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Jamond McCoy

Jamond McCoy

Vocal Director

Jamond is an improvisational jazz and gospel influenced vocalist, pianist, composer, arranger, session singer, and accompanist creating music for various venues and other fellow musicians. He is dedicated and committed to giving each musical endeavor the passion, energy and respect it deserves.

His current endeavors include teaching at studios, and working as an assistant director at the Monterey Jazz Summer Camp, and giving back to the church communities that helped shape him as a music director. Mr. McCoy is looking forward to pushing the limits and carrying on the legacy of m-pact, a music group hailed as "one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world" by the San Francisco Chronicle, for which he now sings baritone. Outside of music, he absolutely loves all things food and puts as much passion into eating and making food as he does music.

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Ziad A. Niazi

Ziad A. Niazi

Technical Director

Ziad Niazi is a California native living in Tustin. He studied in the Production and Design conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA). After graduating in 2013, he attended Fullerton College and received his associate’s degree in Arts and Humanities. While at Fullerton College, he was hired by OCSA as the production coordinator for their premiere performing group MONTAGE and as production support for their performances.

In 2016, Mr. Niazi was accepted into Chapman University as a junior transfer to continue his education with the end goal of receiving his Bachelor's in Theatre/Entertainment Technology with a minor in Entrepreneurship. In addition to attending school and working at OCSA, Ziad works as a free-lance audio/lighting technician who helps various production companies such as Goodman Audio and Brite Ideas. His list of professional events includes The Golden Globes, NBC Executive Meetings, The Emmy's, and OCSA's multi-million dollar Gala fundraiser held at Hotel Irvine. Once Mr. Niazi receives his bachelors in 2017, he hopes to receive a job with a large company such as Cirque Du Soleil, Disney, or Universal Studios.

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Julia Rudge

Julia Rudge

Dance Captian

Julia Rudge, an OCSA Alumni, has been dancing for 14 years and has trained in tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, lyrical, modern and other dance styles. She trained at HBP Dance Extreme for her early stages of training and then added OCSA training in 2012.  Ms. Rudge received the honor of being Co-Valedictorian for the Commercial Dance Conservatory under the direction of Jim Kolb.

She has also been an active company member of LA Dance Magic by assisting convention classes.  Her performing credits include OCSA's annual Gala for four years, KTLA Morning News-Discovery Science Center Coverage, Rochelle Mapes Master Thesis of CSULB, Choreography Conference in Palm Desert, ASN Conference Seattle, and LA Dance Magic’s Summer Intensive Final Cut. She has choreographed many talent show pieces, a piece that was selected to be a part of the Commercial Dance Department’s Student Expressions Showcase, and studio shows. Ms. Rudge is currently attending Cal State University of Fullerton and looking to receive her BA in Business.

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Melissa Tyler Wackerman

Melissa Tyler Wackerman

Muscial Director

Mrs. Wackerman has an extensive entertainment industry background as a performer, event producer, vocal arranger and coach. She has been the vocal arranger for Sesame Street Live and Hello Kitty national tours.

Mrs. Wackerman began her career as a performer at Disneyland, where she played several well­known Disney personalities in shows, parades and as an atmosphere performer throughout the park. In 1985, she was selected to be the Disneyland Ambassador, traveling worldwide as the official spokesperson for media interviews and public appearances, as well as hosting dignitaries at the park. Mrs. Wackerman received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles and performed extensively with the University Chorus. She has performed as a musician, singer and actress throughout the West Coast. Previously, she served as Director of Special Events for Los Angeles Music Center, where she produced the Spotlight Awards and a Tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber. She was a staff producer at the Disneyland Resort and worked on shows and events including the celebrity premiere of Disney’s California Adventure, film premieres and the opening of many lands and attractions. She has also served as Musical Director for numerous shows including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for Music Theatre Orange County and other community productions. She is an avid volunteer and serves as a leadership coach for non­profit youth organizations.

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