ALC News

The Arts & Learning Conservatory Celebrates National Arts in Education Week, Sept 9-15

September 16, 2020

The Arts & Learning Conservatory is proud to join thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation to celebrate National Arts in Education Week, September 9-15. The Arts & Learning Conservatory will recognize and celebrate the transformative power of arts education and how it equips young people to succeed in all areas of life.

Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week that follows the second Sunday of September as National Arts in Education Week. The celebration is intended to bring attention to the cause of arts education for elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students.

For 16 years, the Arts & Learning Conservatory (ALC) has continued to devote itself to the arts education of Orange County students in providing high quality accessible and equitable programs. Some of the ALC students have grown into scholars, artists, professional band members, and engineers, attending universities like MIT, UCLA, Berkley and more.

Today ALC celebrates health and healing through the arts in helping students cope during this tumultuous time. Our successful radio production: “May the Farce Be With You” reunited acting students, giving providing roles on a virtual stage while still creating scholarship opportunities for the cast to shine.

Additionally, therapeutic drumming lessons, promoting health and wellness, taught by professional percussionist Eddie Drayton, were requested by the Orange County Board of Education, providing teachers with a form of teambuilding and relief from the stress of the COVID Crisis.

This week, we take a moment to thank our teachers and community for continuing to support our mission of Arts for All.

How will you be celebrating? For more information on how to find, share, and get involved with celebrations across the country is available at: NationalArtsInEducationWeek

OCC Virtual Book Festival

September 9, 2020

Arts & Learning is proud to be providing entertainment for the OCC Virtual Book Festival. Check out the festival and join our Best of Broadway celebration of favorites numbers past shows on Sept. 25.

A Day of Creative Collaboration: When Art and Community Combine

August 27, 2020

Westminster, CA – A group of LA creatives waits outside of a storage unit in 90 degree heat, equipped with waters, masks, and a desire to give-back.

This balmy Saturday morning, A Hang For Creatives (@ahangforcreatives) has teamed up with the Arts & Learning Conservatory to clear out some set pieces, a seemingly simple activity to drive all the way down from their Los Angeles lives to help a small arts institution with, but that is the where the magic of arts collaboration really shines.

In just two hours, the unit is purged and re-organized. Volunteers walk by carrying shields, yellow-brick roads, one fish, two fish, red fish… you get the idea. Vintage suitcases, long forgotten, are salvaged for end tables. One creative finds old spot-light gels to use in her short film.

The small group of strangers adapt to teamwork like old friends, working together to carry platforms and bookshelves.

In between water breaks, everyone chats, about non-profit work, films, painting, projects, their passions, and lives. In this blue and white alley of cars and garage doors, a small community is coming to life and making a difference.

It may seem like a small act of community service, but in a pandemic world where artists and Arts Institutions are among the hardest industries impacted, this collaboration is a ray of hope for the future. Arts & Learning operates on a mission of cultivating life-long confidence and creativity in it’s students, while A Hang For Creatives shows what good that foundation can facilitate: creatives working together to share their love of art and be the change they wish to see in their communities.

Our Month of Action and How to Help

May 27, 2020

With shows currently closed out of the necessity to distance from the students and families we care about, the COVID-19 crisis has heavily impacted The Arts & Learning Conservatory’s (ALC’s) plans for the year.

However, even with these challenges, we have quickly adapted to ensure that all Orange County children have access to the quality arts education they have come to expect. Within a week of stay-at-home orders, our elementary band and strings programs had migrated to an online platform and classes were back in session.

Our commitment to our students has grown even stronger during this pandemic, but our need has grown with it. Our recent fundraiser facilitated our immediate need for teachers and classes during and in anticipation of our spring and summer online curriculum, however our deficit continues at $31,000.

The families of ALC were more than generous during our Giving Tuesday Now drive, but now we need YOUR help: the help of corporations and individuals in a position to make life-changing differences to the non-profits that cater to the well being of their communities. Below is a breakdown of all the things Arts & Learning has accomplished in the last month and with your help, we can do so much more.


ALC’s May Events and Programs:

  • Hosted our second Free Monthly Master Class: Mindfulness for Creative Kids and Grown Ups
  • Began online instruction in Voice Acting and Broadway Dance classes
  • Created a virtual Talent-A-Thon featuring the talent of our students and staff
  • Successfully completed school-year band and string classes online and began hosting end-of year virtual recitals
  • Offered weekly Digital-Drive in screenings of past productions to provide a sense of continued community for our students and families
  • Continued to provide classes and private music lessons, now online


Your gift today will ensure the future of The Arts & Learning Conservatory as we continue to provide for the artistic educational needs of Orange County’s youth in this time of crisis. Thank you for standing with us.


“Arts education supports the social and emotional well-being of students, whether through distance learning or in person.” Arts are Essential, backed by National Education and Arts Organizations

Free Resources For ALC Families

April 16, 2020

Food Resources for Families (Information from Orange County Business Council)

Tustin Drive Through Food Drive
  • Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Families Together of Orange County Community Health Center, 621 West First St., Tustin CA, 92780
  • Fresh and nonperishable grocery items, packages contain 5 days worth of food
  • Families may receive assistance once every 30 days
  • Locations: Anaheim, Irvine South, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Rancho Capistrano, San Clemente
Second Harvest Food Bank Drive Through
  • Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Honda Center parking lot: 2695 E. Katella Ave. Enter off South Douglass Road.
Christ Cathedral: Food Bank
  • Pre-bagged food distribution: Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: 13280 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840 by front gate of the property
Salvation Army Orange County: Drive Through Food Distribution
  • Canned foods, produce, frozen goods
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • For residents of North and Central Orange County – Bring ID
  • May receive food once monthly
  • Must meet low income guidelines (TEFAP)
  • Location: 1515 W. North Street, Anaheim, CA
Families Forward: Drive Through Food Bank
  • Drive-thru service including food and diapers
  • Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m
  • Location: 8 Thomas, Irvine, CA 92618
Food for Christ at the Rock: Drive Through Food Bank
  • Hours: Drive-thru will be 7:00 am – 9:00 am on Saturday.
  • Phone: (714) 331-6311
  • Location: 101 East Orangethorpe Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92801
Southwest Community Center
  • Hot Meals 12:00 pm Monday-Sunday, but the meal must be consumed off-site. The food pantry is offered 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.
  • Phone: (714) 547-4073
  • Location: 1601 West Second Street, Santa Ana CA 92703
South County Outreach: Appointment Online Food Pantry
  • Food distribution will be by appointment only. Any shopper coming without an appointment will be directed to call the hotline.
  • Phone: Pantry Hotline at 949-380-8144 ext. 207
  • Location: 7 Whatney, Suite B, Irvine, CA 92618

Food Resources for Children (Information from Orange County Business Council)

OC School Grab and Go Meals: Comprehensive list of all OC Schools
  • Orange County Department of Education has prepared a master list of all school locations in Orange County where families can pick up food.
Tustin Community Foundation: Grab and Go Food
  • Grab and Go lunch and breakfast at no cost to children 18 and under
  • Children must be present at pick up
  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. weekdays
  • Robert Heideman Elementary School, 15571 Williams Street
  • A.G. Currie Middle School, 1401 Sycamore Avenue
  • Tustin High School, 1171 El Camino Real

Mental Health Services (Information from Orange County Business Council)

  • Tools and information on anxiety; resources for immediate response; how-to articles; webinars and workshops; articles specifically for parents, caregivers, older adults, domestic violence survivors, LGBTQ+ individuals, and veterans.
Girls Scouts of Orange County: Girls Scouts at Home
  • Online resource to serve all K-12 girls at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The resources include access to Girl Scouts of the USA’s new online platform, featuring free, self-guided activities for K-12 girls and local activities from Girl Scouts of Orange County.
Active Minds: Resource Supporting Mental Health
  • Resources for students, young professionals and parents
Sanvello: App Offering Free Premium Access
  • On demand help with reducing stress and anxiety.

Free Theatrical/Musical Resources

National Theatre Live

The Globe Theatre

Andrew Llyod Webber Musicals: The Show Must Go On

Berliner Philharmoniker

Metropolitan Opera

ALC Free Masters Class: College Audition Prep

ALC Free Teaser of Kids: Arts & Music Class

  • Our Instructor: Brianne Pantalone provides an introduction to musical theory in a fun and Frozen-centered way.



Teacher Highlight: Roz Esposito

March 20, 2020


This week we would like to take the time to highlight one of Arts & Learning’s talented instructors. Roz Esposito is a vocal coach, playwright, composer, and lyricist, who teaches vocal classes at the Conservatory.  We are proud to have her on our team and excited to have her teach one of our first ZOOM classes, coming soon.


“I believe that all things are possible and that progress is made easily in a supportive, fun, creative environment!”


Roz graduated the Mannes College of Music in New York City as a voice major and went on to sing professionally as a soloist and background singer for national TV and radio commercials, including, I Love New York, which she sang with the late Luther Vandross. Her voice and original songs have been featured on national TV, on the Lifetime channel, in daytime drama and in Off-Broadway productions.

Studying with the top vocal coaches in New York City gave Roz a deep understanding of how sound is produced and how to break through our inhibitions and allow our “true voice” to emerge. She’s been teaching children and adults, both privately and in schools and centers, for 30+ years. While still living in New York City, she coordinated the music program at The Jewish Guild for the Blind and The Bridge, a halfway house for adults with mental challenges. After moving to Los Angeles in 1998, Roz became the music teacher at the Frances Blend School for visually challenged elementary children. Roz approaches everything with enthusiasm, encouragement and patience. She believes that self-expression is vital to us all, and can be easily accessed in a safe supportive space.

Currently, Roz’s original musical, Living Over the Rainbow, is being ushered to Broadway by a two-time Tony nominated Broadway producer. She is ecstatic about bringing her talents to Arts and Learning and looks forward to collaborating with the team to make magic happen!

Be on the look out for her new Singing for Musical Theatre (4th grade and up) online class!


ALC presents a beloved family musical, Disney’s “Mary Poppins”

November 3, 2019

When the seasons change, the winds change too — reminding us to be a bit more carefree.

See You at Pretend City

October 10, 2019

Please join us for eight weeks of fun at Pretend City for an Exploratory Theatre workshop.  Your child will learn about singing, acting, stage direction, and choreography and will perform scene work within their own group.

Corporate Sponsorships

September 6, 2019

Sponsorship is a rewarding way to support Arts & Learning Conservatory!

Support ALC Today.

2020 Conservatory Classes

July 14, 2019

Year-Round After-School Theater Arts and Voice Classes this Winter

Voice students will increase and sharpen their skills in vocal production, rhythm, intonation, balance, vocal style, performance practice, signing techniques and ensemble sensitivity.  Acting student will learn to take direction, learn script reading, build skills for camera and stage performance, demonstrate creativity, create a desire to perform to an audience, reduce public speaking timidity, become skillful at natural and expressive gestures and portray and interpret various roles with a relaxed and natural flow.

Winter 2020