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.

At CTSA, our priority is the health and safety of our students and community, including faculty, staff, partners, and supporters. In keeping with the decision released by UCI in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, we have decided to cancel the Triple Jubilee on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

To learn more about UCI’s ongoing response to this crisis, please visit UCI’s dedicated COVID-19 website.

Be safe and healthy, and remember to spread Art, not the virus!

Triple Jubilee
Sunday, April 26, 2020
4-7 p.m.
2nd Street Promenade
Downtown Santa Ana
Free Admission – Community Welcome

Having developed a partnership spanning seven years, and serving hundreds of high school and college students, our team of educators behind the collaboration between the UCI Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Ana High School (SAHS) music program has decided we need to go bigger in 2020. 

But what does bigger mean? Dr. Stephen Tucker, Director of the UCI Symphony Orchestra and Chair of the Music Department at UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA), along with Victor de los Santos and Joseph Kaye, band and orchestra directors at SAHS, return to the question that began the partnership in 2013 – how can we serve our students? This year, the answer is to get out into the Santa Ana community, to show the value of music education, and what can happen when a youth development program uses music as the tool to catalyze students to further their education.

With full support from the City of Santa Ana, in celebration of the city’s 150th anniversary, the UCI Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Ana High School Band and Orchestra programs will perform outdoors on the 2nd Street Promenade. This Triple Jubilee brings together the three music ensembles, and the three organizations (UCI, SAHS, and the City) to honor 150 years (three jubilees) of culture and creativity in Santa Ana.

On Sunday, April 26, 2020 beginning at 4pm, all of the SAHS music ensembles will perform including the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Cadet Band, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Philharmonic Orchestra. The free event will culminate with the annual UCI and SAHS Symphony Orchestras combined concert where future university students from SAHS play side-by-side with UCI’s masterful musicians.

“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 Tucker.

“We work tirelessly to continue serving one another. We didn’t know what this relationship would look like, seven years ago, but it is better, and deeper, and more effective than we could ever have dreamed of,” said Santos and Kaye. 

Join Santa Ana High School Music and the UCI Symphony Orchestra in Celebration of the City of Santa Ana at this year’s combined concert event.

The UCI Music Department is providing 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, including from the Robert and Doreen Marshall Fund for Dramatic Arts and Classical Music - Orange County Community Foundation, the Pacific Life Foundation, and the Richard B. Siegel Foundation. If you would like to learn more about how you can join us in supporting this great work, contact the CTSA Outreach Department at 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 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. 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.