Orange County Music & Dance is now the new home of Zechter Music Center!


What is Orange County Music & Dance (OCMD)?

It’s an extraordinary new community performing arts school ( offering a wide range of musical instruction plus dance, musical theater and more.  There’s piano, violin, guitar, and wind/brass PLUS voice, percussion, cello, viola, theory, composition, and more.

Is my Zechter Music Center teacher still available?

YES!  Our Zechter faculty – Kevin Bachelder (wind/brass), Lee Ann Leung (piano), Jonathan Gerrard (guitar), and  Rachel Kim (violin) – are all on the faculty at OCMD. Other faculty at OCMD include members of Pacific Symphony.  

When are the classes?

Year-round, whenever both your child and the instructor are available!  Group classes and private lessons are available. OCMD’s Registrar will work with you to find mutually convenient lesson times.

At what age can my kids start?

Instruction in many instruments begins around age 6 or 7. Piano lessons are available to students as young as 4. OCMD also has 2 dance classes for students ages 4 and up.

Where is OCMD?

It’s conveniently located near the Irvine Business Complex, at 17620 Fitch Ave. (off MacArthur, between Red Hill and the 55 Freeway).

Is there a cost? Are there scholarships?

Yes, and YES! Thanks to the generosity of the Zechter family, combined with matching support from OCMD’s scholarship fund, we can offer scholarships to our Jewish community’s students as needed. OCMD’s Registrar will give you all the info!

How do I get started?

It’s so easy! Go to

Scroll down to “New Customers” and create your parent account. Choose “I am a parent registering my child”. 

IMPORTANT: In the field “How did you learn about OCMD?” — select Zechter Music Center from the drop-down menu. 


Questions? Want to visit the school?

Contact OCMD Registrar Lindsay Peckham: or 949.386.8336. 


The Zechter Music Endowment Fund was created by Sol z”l and Bunny Zechter through Jewish Federation & Family Services and the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County.