Clara J. King Elementary School

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Orange County Pacific Symphony - Class Act

King Elementary School is a Class Act School!  Founded in 1994, the Frieda Belinfante Class Act Partnership is Pacific Symphony’s flagship youth education program.  King is one of thirty Orange County schools to partner with two Pacific Symphony musicians.  These talented Teaching Artists work with over 16,000 students each year, sharing the life and music of a Composer of the Year through standards-based music curriculum.

Class Act serves as an entry point to other Symphony activities for students, parents, and teachers, encouraging participants to further explore their interest in music.   Pacific Symphony is the largest US symphony orchestra to be formed in the last 40 years and the third largest in California.  Pacific Symphony is the resident orchestra of Orange County, making its home at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.  The orchestra’s core purpose is to enrich the human spirit through superior performances of symphonic music and community engagement.

Class Act schools are selected through a competitive application process. Each year students form a relationship with a new Class Act teaching artist (a Pacific Symphony musician) through activities including classroom lessons, ensemble performances, assemblies, and concerts.

This year King celebrates its nineteenth year as a Class Act School and the Pacific Symphony celebrates its thirtieth year in the Class Act Program.  Our composer for the 2023/24 school year is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and our theme is "Musical Balance!".   This year’s program will consist of class lessons, a Family Night Concert, an interactive music experience for students in TK, kindergarten and first grade.  All students in grades 2 through 6 will attend a performance by the Pacific Symphony held at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.  To culminate the year, all students will perform at our Bravo Assembly which is held in early May.

Classroom volunteers are welcome and needed to participate in the classroom lessons.  Please talk to your child’s teacher if you are able to help.