About The Arts & Learning Conservatory
The Arts & Learning Conservatory is a 501(c)3 Non-profit organization that 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 Arts & Learning 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 Founder 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. Arts & Learning 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 10,000 people yearly and provides arts education to nearly 1500 children of Orange County annually.
Meet Our Founder
Debora Wondercheck (MFA) is the Founder and CEO of the Arts & Learning Conservatory, an inspirational arts education program now celebrating 10 years of influential growth in Orange County. Starting with only four performances a year and growing to over 35 county-wide, Debora expanded Arts & Learning’s reach in just a decade, from 21 students to over 1,500, and its audiences now extend to 10,000 annually. Debora also currently serves as Director of Music at the Waldorf School of Orange County (unanimously superior rated orchestra of SCSBOA).
She is the founding conductor of the Bellagio Strings Youth Orchestra of OC. Debora is an accomplished Master teacher of string pedagogy having taught at Vanguard University, Irvine Unified School District, and Newport Mesa Unified District. As for awards, on behalf of Arts & Learning, Debora is a recent winner of the Outstanding Arts Organization Award from Arts Orange County for the creation of effective arts and education programs to youth. Earlier in 2014, Debora was presented the Distinguished Woman of Substance Award of Orange County.
In 2012, Debora received the Links Incorporated Woman of Service Award, for Exemplary Community Service to youth for her After School Arts Programs. Debora has also received the Teacher of Excellence Award from the Newport Mesa Unified District. Debora embraces her community with participation on various arts commissions like the Cultural Arts Committee for the city of Costa Mesa, the Arts Alliance of California, and the Orange County Music and Arts Administrator Association. Debora always counts it a high privilege to serve children, their families, and our community with inspiring programs that develop confidence and creativity …for life.