Founder & CEO
Debora Wondercheck, M.S., Ed, is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Arts & Learning Conservatory (ALC). Since 2004, Wondercheck has grown the Conservatory from 21 students to entertaining audiences of over 10,000 annually in Orange County. As an accomplished Master teacher of string pedagogy, and Professor of Music, Wondercheck has taught and trained students from the university level to elementary and served as Director of Music and Arts Advocate county wide.
Under Wondercheck’s leadership the Arts & Learning Conservatory is nationally recognized as an award-winning youth arts organization operating in over 40 school and youth institutions in three counties’ (Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernadino). For the past eighteen years Wondercheck has stayed true to her laser focused mission of equitable and accessible arts which sets students up for success in life.
As for accomplishments, in 2022, she was named Woman of the Year by the City of Costa Mesa, and in the same year received the Woman of Distinction award by the California Legislature Assembly. In 2020, the Arts & Learning Conservatory became a Nationally Awarded arts organization, under Debora’s leadership. In the same year, she was nominated for the Women in Business Award by the Orange County Business Journal. In 2019, she received the Orange County Arts Leadership Award, from the Institute of Community Leadership and became a Gianneschi Fellow of CSFU. Additional awarding organizations include: Arts Orange County’s Outstanding Arts Organization of the Year, Farmer’s and Merchant’s People You Can Bank On, Distinguished Woman of Substance Award of Orange County, Links Incorporated Woman of Service Award, for Exemplary Community Service to Youth and more.
Wondercheck embraces her community serving as an Arts Consultant to School Districts as well as participating on various arts commissions and board appointments such as: Philharmonic Society, Orange County Theatre Guild, Arts Orange County, One OC, Orange County Music and Arts Administrator Association. She is committed to use her experience to broaden access to education by supporting innovation, reducing barriers to entry, and building strong communities.
Debora Wondercheck, M.S., ED