Orange County, CA Non-Profit Performing Arts School

About Us

About Orange County Music & Dance

 

OC Music & Dance is a nonprofit community performing arts school, with a diverse student body of over 400 children, ranging in ages from 5 to 18. Through our financial assistance program, we aim to make the arts accessible to every child, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Nearly 54% of our students are on scholarship, ranging from 15% to 90%. We have more than 40 instructors, most with advanced degrees and professional performance experience, including members of the Pacific Symphony.

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to nurture, inspire and empower the children of Orange County and beyond to achieve their dreams and provide a path for them to follow their passions.

 

Our Vision

Our vision is that every child, regardless of his or her financial circumstances, will have the opportunity to develop his or her innate talents, learning from the most accomplished professionals, encouraged by peers, family and community, and with access to instruments and facilities that enable each student to reach his or her personal best.

Meet Our Founders

Founder, Charles Zhang

 

Mr. Zhang is the founder of Zion Enterprises and a celebrated entrepreneur and success story. With only $20 US dollars in his pocket and unrelenting determination, Charlie create the food brand called Pick Up Stix. Within a decade, Charlie had built an empire with more than 100 Pick Up Stix locations, and a commissary that streamlined the preparation of each menu item.

He then established Zion Enterprises, a real estate development company that has been involved in over $200 million dollars worth of commercial, retail and residential projects in the Western United States. Revitalizing communities and adding value at every level are among Zion Enterprises’ core tenets to this day.

Among his awards are “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young and the “Spirit of Life” award from the City of Hope. In addition, he received the “Distinguished Business for Science and Technology” award, and “Beijing International Entrepreneur of the Year.” Managing capital for the greater good occupies 100% of his passion and attention.

 

CEO, Douglas Freeman

 

Mr. Freeman comes to this role after a long career as a lawyer, businessman, civic leader and philanthropist. He served in a variety of capacities within the nonprofit field, including Board Chair of the Pacific Symphony, where he is now a Lifetime Trustee, and Board Member, now Trustee Emeritus, at the California Institute of the Arts.

During his long career, Doug provided strategic planning and organizational management advice for business, nonprofit, foundation, and family clients throughout the United States. He’s received a number of awards and recognition, including being listed by the Orange County Business Journal on its inaugural 500 Most Influential People in Orange County (2016). In 2019 he was the recipient of the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which recognizes individuals whose mission is to generously share their knowledge, compassion, unique talents and gifts with those less fortunate. Doug is the founder of National Philanthropy Day, proclaimed by Congress, signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, and celebrated throughout the United States.

 

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Contact Us

Call us at 1-949-386-8336

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17620 Fitch Ave Ste. 160, Irvine, CA 92614 GET DIRECTIONS

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Saturday – Sunday 9am – 6pm

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