September 9, 2022


Student photos taken by Lifetouch at On-Campus Registration will be distributed to students in the Tower breezeway during Lunch next week on the following dates:

  • Grades 7-8 – Monday, September 12
  • Grades 9-10 – Tuesday, September 13
  • Grades 11-12 – Wednesday, September 14

Parents/guardians: Please remind your students that they must pick up their pictures on their scheduled day, as these will be the only distribution dates for photos taken at On-Campus Registration. Those who ordered pictures will receive their picture packages, and those who did not place an order will receive proofs, which include a portrait ID and access code to order. All photo-related questions should be directed to Lifetouch at or 866.955.8342.

Please note that students who did not take pictures at On-Campus Registration will take their photos and receive their ID cards at Make-Up Picture Day on Wednesday, October 5 from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. in Symphony Hall. Make-up school photos will be distributed at a later date.


Today, Friday, September 9, is your final opportunity to submit ad forms, artwork, and payment for OCSA’s 2022-2023 yearlong performance program. Unlike in previous years, additional ads or changes to ads will NOT be accepted after this deadline. Ads submitted by Friday, September 9 will be printed in advance for the entire school year, and ads cannot be added to the yearlong performance program at a later date.

Additional details, including the ad form, can be found on our website at If you have questions, please contact Becky Parsons, Family Liaison, at or 714.560.0900 ext. 5535.


Don’t miss out! Today, Friday, September 9, is the last day to participate in the Encore Conservatory Challenge. Join Encore before midnight tonight and your student's conservatory could win a grant of $2,500 to support a master artist or an arts enrichment program of the conservatory director’s choice! The conservatory with the highest percentage of families represented in Encore for the 2022-2023 school year will win the challenge.


Sophomore and junior families: Don’t forget to register on MySchoolBucks for the PSAT and PreACT before the deadline on Sunday, September 11 at 9 p.m.!

It is recommended that students in grades 10 and 11 take both of these practice college entrance exams in order to discover which test they prefer. Both tests will be administered on the OCSA campus. The PSAT is scheduled for Saturday, October 15, and the PreACT is scheduled for Saturday, October 22. Please note that these practice tests are for OCSA students only.


Attention all students who are interested in creating or renewing a club: Be sure to submit your application before this Monday, September 12 at 11:59 p.m. To fill out an application, please join the 2022-2023 Club Classroom with code vbxmj6l for more information and to access the application link. Please note that all existing clubs must reapply!


Hey students, don’t forget! If you are interested in auditioning for Orange Records, be sure to submit your audition materials by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13. The required materials include an introduction video and a video demonstrating your music. Both of these videos must be unlisted YouTube video links.

As a reminder, Orange Records is a student-led record label based in the Popular Music Conservatory that is looking for artists to feature at an end-of-year showcase and to promote their artistry outside of OCSA. Whether you are a solo artist, a trio, or a band, your application is welcome as long as you are a current OCSA student and perform original material.

If you need any help with submitting your materials or have additional questions, please email Ms. Jessica Lipman at


Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) is a community partner that is offering free Parent Education opportunities around mental health. Click here to visit the CHOC website and explore the various webinars being offered this year, starting as early as Thursday, September 15.

September is also National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Below are a few parent resources to help support your child and provide additional information in regards to mental health support and suicide prevention.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please reach out directly to their OCSA Counselor for additional support:


As previously announced, Season Premiere 2022 has been postponed and will now take place on Saturday, October 1. To coincide with this new date, we are pleased to share that the Season Premiere Opportunity Drawing has been extended! Regardless of whether you are planning to attend the event, all are invited to participate and show support for our outstanding student artists. Please click here to learn more about this “Ultimate OCSA Experience” and to purchase tickets. The Opportunity Drawing will remain open until 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, and the winner will be notified on the morning of Monday, October 3.

Additionally, you can support our talented students by giving a tax-deductible donation. All proceeds will go to OCSA’s Master Artist Series, which creates meaningful and often life-changing experiences for our students. Click here to donate now.

Thank you in advance for your generous support!


Calling all aspiring artists! Now is the time to register for CSArts Academy’s Fall 2022 session. This fall, CSArts Academy invites students from throughout the community to experience a variety of arts disciplines through unique classes, offered on Saturdays right here on the OCSA campus. Be sure to register before special early bird pricing ends on Monday, September 26.

Click here to browse the impressive offering of courses. Spread the word to family and friends who may be interested in this unique and educational arts experience!


The health and safety of our students, staff, and community remain at the forefront of our efforts. OCSA will continue to follow all guidance set by the California Department of Public Health. At this time, mask wearing on the OCSA campus is optional. Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and/or are exhibiting symptoms should remain at home and fill out the COVID-19 Reporting Form. For more information on OCSA’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, please click here.


Season Premiere: Saturday, October 1

Homecoming Dance, Grades 9-12: Saturday, October 8

Halloween (No Conservatory): Monday, October 31

Veterans’ Day (School Closed): Friday, November 11

Thanksgiving Break (School Closed): Monday, November 21 – Friday, November 25

Last Day of Conservatory, First Semester: Thursday, December 15

View Complete List of 2022-2023 Important Dates


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