Santa Ana High School and SAUSD

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.

Santa Ana’s students are underserved. Opportunities like those afforded them by our collaboration impact them more deeply, more meaningfully, because they can begin to see themselves outside of Santa Ana. Through music, young people are valued and encouraged to embrace opportunity.

Beginning in 2012, UCI Symphony Orchestra Maestro Dr. Stephen Tucker adopted the SAHS Symphony Orchestra. The first year included a master class taught by Dr. Tucker and a short concert during which the SAHS Symphony Orchestra played side-by-side with the UCI Symphony Orchestra at Bill Medley Auditorium in Santa Ana.

To develop a deeper collaboration that would serve both SAHS and UCI students as well as the community, Dr. Tucker and the teachers at SAHS established goals for the collaboration including:

  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 plans a combination of events on campus at UCI and in the classroom at SAHS including:

  • 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
  • Dr. Tucker leads several master classes at SAHS
  • Musicians from UCI coach SAHS students one-on-one
  • The UCI Symphony Orchestra and SAHS Symphony Orchestra present a combined concert at SAHS

As a result of this collaboration, SAHS has seen an increase in students applying to college, and for the first time in 2016-17, an SAHS student was accepted into UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts as a Music Major. Because of the success of the Music Department collaboration, we are establishing similar relationships between the Art, Dance, and Drama Departments at SAHS and UCI.

Funds contributed to support this program will be used for:

  • Scholarships for SAHS students to attend programs at UCI
  • Salaries, stripends and transportation for Trevor School students, staff and faculty to connect with SAHS students
  • Access to performances for SAHS students and their families at UCI



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

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

To 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.