Santa Ana High School Music Partnership

UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts is proud to support Santa Ana High School’s Music program, its students, teachers, and the community.

“This collaboration has never been about developing musicians, it has always been about developing young people who have been valued and encouraged in a way that they can now see themselves going to college, continuing their education and taking advantage of opportunities. Music is how we are connecting with them, but this is bigger than music,” said Maestro Stephen Tucker, conductor of the UCI Symphony Orchestra.

Six years into an adoption of the Santa Ana High School (SAHS) symphony orchestra, the UCI Music Department is flooding the SAHS students and teachers with opportunities to learn and grow through music. The emphasis remains the same, youth development, exposing them to college and career pathways, and using music as the tool.

Goals for the collaboration include:

  1. Building students’ awareness of the university experience making it a tangible goal for them
  2. Exposing students to the arts at a college level
  3. Emphasizing the value of music and music education
  4. Cultivating engaged young artists who will become engaged citizens in their communities
  5. Increasing access to the arts resources available at UCI

To achieve these goals each year, the team of educators from both schools plans a combination of events on campus at UCI and in the classroom at SAHS including:

  1. SAHS students travel to UCI to observe the UCI Symphony Orchestra’s rehearsals, rehearse side-by-side with UCI music students, receive guided tours of the Trevor School, and hear from Academic Counselors and current students
  2. Dr. Tucker and other UCI Music Department faculty lead master classes, workshops, and lecture/demonstrations at SAHS
  3. Musicians from UCI coach SAHS students one-on-one
  4. The UCI Symphony Orchestra and SAHS Symphony Orchestra present a combined concert at SAHS

Read more about this collaboration: "In Perfect Harmony" - UCI Magazine, Spring 2018 Issue

This collaboration is made possible by the support of gifts and grants. If you would like to learn more about how you can join us in supporting this great work, contact the CTSA Outreach Department at artsoutreach@uci.edu or 949.824.8976.


Learn more: Instrumental Music Department at Santa Ana High School or 714.567.4900.

Learn more: UCI Symphony at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts or 949.824.6615.

Learn more: Outreach & Community Engagement at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts or 949.824.8976.

As UCI’s creative laboratory, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts explores and presents the arts as the essence of human experience and expression, through art forms ranging from the most traditional to the radically new. Our international faculty works across a wide variety of disciplines, partnering with others across the campus, our national-ranked programs in art, dance, drama, and music begin with training but end in original invention. Our students come to UCI to learn to be citizen-artists, to sharpen their skills and talents, and to become the molders and leaders of world culture.