Friday, August 5, 2016

First Annual Summer String, Dance and Drum Camp 2016!

We'd like to thank Chamber Music OC for their partnership and contributions to making our first String Summer Camp a success! Chamber Music OC's Director of Community Outreach, Michelle Gasworth, provided interactive music history and appreciation workshops that corresponded to the theme of each week during our camp (music from Mexico, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico). Students were exposed to traditional musical genres from each country, and even had a chance to compose their own music and lyrics in the Plena style - a traditional genre from Puerto Rico! In addition to facilitating these enriching workshops, select advanced students were chosen to be members of their first chamber music ensemble and received daily coaching sessions leading up to their performance at the end of Week 1, where students performed with the Latino Arts Strings Program at the Main Place Mall.We'd also like to thank Sonia Morales-Matos, our commissioned composer, for  the guest master classes in Week 3 of the camp and her phenomenal compositional arrangements. We are looking forward to future events as part of our ongoing partnership with Chamber Music OC!
Advanced String Student Clemente Salgado

 Sonia Morales - Matos, guest lecturer and commissioned composer for Strings, Dance, and Drum Camp.

Luis Alberto Figueroa from
Mata Plata, Argentina playing the piano part from the famous composition, Alma Llanera.

The String Camp students are preparing for the Friday Showcase.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

OCCTAC Welcomes the Latino Arts Strings Program for an Electric Summer Concert!

On Saturday July 16, 2016, the Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center hosted the award-winning Latino Arts Strings Program for a marvelous concert during their nationwide tour! Many people filled up MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana eager to watch these talented, young musicians traveling from Milwaukee, Wisconsin under the direction of Founder Dinorah Marquez. This special musical event began with the Latino Arts Strings Program playing and singing a variety of classic Mariachi songs. Then, the OCCTAC students took the stage to perform a rendition of the famous classic "La Bamba" alongside the Latino Arts Strings Program. As the sounds of guitars, violins, violas, cellos, and bass violins echoed throughout the mall, the crowd was left speechless and in awe. The students from both of these programs did an incredible job showcasing their skills, and giving the crowd a taste of how wonderful Latino culture and music is. Thank you to everyone who came out to support our performers and for making the event a huge success!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

OCCTAC's Marketing Makeover!

From left to right: Ana Mendez, Regan Green, Phoebe Stanciell, Eric Rios, Samantha Lee, Julie Vu (Not pictured: Marion Renk-Rosenthal)

OCCTAC recently started a pilot program to re-vamp our marketing efforts. With four new interns who specialize in marketing and business, we are striving to boost outreach and expand our program beyond the city of Santa Ana. Through our various efforts, we hope to give more families the opportunity to be part of OCCTAC and help continue to build a strong culture of creativity and innovation.

Meet Our Marketing Team!

Marion Renk-Rosenthal
Marion is the Chairman of the Marketing Committee at OCCTAC and owner of EventWorks. With a Masters Degree in Applied Foreign Languages in Business and Law from Universit√© de Nice Sophia Antipolis in France and 30 years of experience in media and public relations, Marion is a valuable asset to OCCTAC. She has been involved as a volunteer and board member since 2001 and she thoroughly enjoys mentoring the youth at the center. Marion's greatest joy there is to see children thrive and realize their dreams as they grow older and turn aspirations into success.

Phoebe Stanciell

Phoebe is the After-School Arts Coordinator at OCCTAC and Executive Director of First Love Ministries. Prior to joining OCCTAC as a volunteer, Phoebe served as the CFO of Piano Play Music Systems, Inc. and worked as a seasoned music educator and registered music therapist. She received her undergraduate training at Howard University located in Washington, DC and MBA from University of Phoenix. Phoebe's true love for children and music along with her experience make her a key component of the marketing team.

Eric Rios

Eric is a senior at Cal State Long Beach majoring in marketing. He is also the Vice President of Corporate Relations for CSULB's American Marketing Association chapter. He joined OCCTAC because he wants to gain marketing skills that are important in order to become successful. Eric really enjoys the friendly staff and work culture at OCCTAC as well.

Julie Vu

Julie is a first year majoring in business administration at Golden West College. She joined the OCCTAC marketing team to obtain valuable work experience in the business field before transferring and is eager to contribute to the community.

Regan Green

Regan is a graduate student at University of Phoenix with a focus in marketing, currently serving coffee at Starbucks while working towards her degree. She is from the Inland Empire and enjoys sunshine and hiking in her spare time. Regan is excited to utilize the skills she learned in school and put forth toward OCCTAC.

Samantha Lee

Samantha is a senior business administration major, with a double emphasis in marketing and finance, and sociology minor at Chapman University. She is from Elk Grove, California and spent the last four months studying abroad in London, England. Samantha is passionate about helping others and thrilled to be part of the OCCTAC family.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

OCCTAC Receives the College & Career Preparatory Academy's Outstanding Partnership Award!

On June 18, 2016, the Orange County Department of Education's College and Career Preparatory Academy recognized the Youth Employment Program at OCCTAC with the first ever Outstanding Partnership Award! The College and Career Preparatory Academy is a new charter school helping young adults obtain their high school diplomas and move towards a secondary education and/or employment. During their first annual graduation ceremony, the College and Career Preparatory Academy awarded the Youth Employment Program for their dedication in assisting at risk youth by providing them with the tools needed to successfully transition into the workforce, further their education and reach their true work potential. We are so thankful for everything the College and Career Preparatory Academy does for the Orange County community and could not be prouder of all the graduates and their wonderful partnership! Congratulations Class of 2016!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Come to a fun and free evening of Art and Music!


In partnership with the Santa Ana Unified School District and Extended Learning Program, OCCTAC is proud to present a Student-Teacher Art Show. OCCTAC is also partnering up with the City of Santa Ana and Chamber of Music OC for special performances by the Classical Music Program. Students will be performing works by Bach, Beethoven, Pachabel, and more. Please join us for a fun and free evening of art and music!

Date: Thursday, June 9th
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Artist Village
Address: 207 West 2nd Street
                Santa Ana, CA 92701

Friday, June 3, 2016

Tomorrow: Chamber Music OC's Young Artist Symposium!

Please join us tomorrow for fantastic performances by Chamber Music OC's Young Artist Program! The Young Artist Program provides exceptionally talented young musicians between the ages of 12-18 with a unique and comprehensive musical education. Students are coached by members of Trio C√©leste. Come listen to these talented students perform alongside Chamber Music OC's directors. All OCCTAC students and families are welcome to attend. You won't want to miss this inspiring event!

Date: Saturday, June 4th
Time: 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center
Address: 2215 N Broadway St.
                Santa Ana, CA 92706

Friday, April 22, 2016

3 OCCTAC Successes featured in OC Parenting Magazine’s April Issue - “The Special Need Issue”.

Our programs’ successes and students have been recognized in the current OC Parenting issue, now available online and in print. We are so proud of Cesar, Tam and Paola and happy to share their success stories with readers. Please find the magazine ONLINE.