The Arts & Learning Conservatory is dedicated to creating a solid and focused experience on & off stage for each student through its unique musical theater and performing arts programs offering dynamic instruction in drama, voice, instrumental classes, and dance.
Our goal is to promote a hands-on experience in the arts to all children regardless of race, age, income or level of experience. Students in the A&L program receive university-level concepts presented at age appropriate levels, allowing participants to achieve higher levels of excellence in their personal & artistic abilities.
Most importantly, we seek to keep a love of theater and the arts alive while instilling valuable life skills that promote teamwork, articulation, public speaking, and refined social skills.
The Arts & Learning Conservatory is an outgrowth of Artistic Director Debora Wondercheck (Professor of Instrumental Music, Vanguard University) and her desire to envision youth of all backgrounds with a love of the arts through hands-on learning. A&L began in 2004 as a summer performing arts camp with 13 string musicians and 8 actors. The following summer the program had an enrollment of 142, and a successful school year program was launched in the fall. In 2005 Arts & Learning became Incorporated and recognized as a non-profit organization. Today the Arts & Learning Conservatory performs for over 3,500 people yearly and provides arts education to nearly 1200 children of Orange County annually.
About Our Founder and Executive Director
Mrs. Wondercheck is the Founder and Executive Director of the Arts & Learning Conservatory. She serves as an Adjunct Professor of Music at Vanguard University, is currently Director of Music at the Waldorf School of Orange County, and is the founding conductor of the Bellagio Strings youth orchestra of OC. Debora has instructed in the Irvine Unified School District where she was a Master teacher of string pedagogy. She has a B.A. in Music Education and a Masters of Science in Education Administration from California State Fullerton University. While teaching in the Newport-Mesa School District, Debora was a recipient of the Teacher’s of Excellence Award. Debora is a recent recipient of the Links Incorporated Women of Service Award, for Exemplary Community Service to youth. Debora serves on the Cultural Arts Committee for the city of Costa Mesa, she is a member of the Arts Alliance of California, and Orange County Music and Arts Administrator Association.
As Executive Director, Debora has served A&L for the past 9 years and has produced over 60 productions with programs in over 30 schools. She highly values children and loves the process involved in nurturing and developing their talents. Debora counts it a complete privilege to serve the children, parents and staff of Arts & Learning in the capacity of Administrator and Educator.