17620 Fitch Ave. Irvine, CA 92614
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Our Board of Directors

Our Founder

OC Music and Dance was created by Charles (“Charlie”) Zhang.  A talented clarinet musician, he came to the U.S. at the age of 23, with $20 in his pocket and acceptance to the Pasadena music conservatory. After one semester, dropped out because of lack of money, and worked as a dishwasher. A work related injury caused him to lose his ability to play. Soon afterward, Charlie bought one Chinese restaurant, then another, and next thing you know he created Pick Up Stix, building it to more than 100 locations. He eventually sold the chain, created another food company, which he sold as well. With his financial success came a strong desire to give back, and as a result, he created OC Music and Dance to Nurture, Inspire and Empower students of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay for instruction.

Our Board of Directors

Our board includes the president/executive director of the leading performing arts organizations, including the Pacific Symphony, The Wooden Floor, Orange County School of the Arts, and Arts Orange County. We have strategic partnerships with the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, at UC Irvine, Chapman University, Backhausdance Company, and YAYA Dance Academy. Also with South Coast Chinese Cultural Association and the major Tai Chi training organization in Southern California.

Charles
Zhang
Co-Founder and Chairman
JoAnne
Tang
Chief Financial Officer
Richard
Stein
Board Member
Ling
Zhang
Co-Founder
Dawn
Reese
Board Member
John E.
Forsyte
Board Member
Douglas K.
Freeman
Board Member, CEO
Ralph S.
Opacic, Ed.D
Board Member
Mario
Rodriguez
Board Member
Richard
Alessandro
Secretary
Jo Ellen
Chatham
Board Member

Our Strategic Partners



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Our mission is to nurture, inspire and empower Orange County’s most committed and talented youth to achieve their dreams and provide a path for them to follow their passions.

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