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A once-in-a-lifetime experience...

Arts-X-press is a summer arts immersion program offered by Pacific Symphony.  Attending arts-X-press is a rare privilege—just 150 students from throughout Orange County are selected each summer. 

During this 5-day, residential program, students sleep overnight in the dorms and eat meals in the campus cafeteria at Concordia University in Irvine. Our dedicated staff lives on campus with the students, leading them in workshops and attending performances. While at camp, everyone gets a chance to try music, art, theater and dance in a supportive, non-competitive environment.


Arts-X-press 2019 Dates

Session 1: July 6-10, 2019
Session 2: July 13-7, 2019
Session 3: July 20-24, 2019

Applications will be available February 1!


Financial aid is available to all students, based on need, and we are committed to making it possible for all accepted students to attend. The full tuition for arts-X-press is $750, which covers all costs for the program including room, board and performance tickets. Applications for financial aid will be sent with acceptance letters. NO accepted student will ever be turned away from arts-X-press for financial reasons. 

How to apply

Applicants must currently be in 6th or 7th grade. No previous arts training is necessary.

We had an amazing summer 2018! Stay tuned for 2019 dates and applications!


arts-X-press is a summer arts immersion program for 7th and 8th grade students, created by Pacific Symphony in 2001 in celebration of Cole Carsan St.Clair. 150 students are nominated by teachers throughout Orange County to come together for 5 days of creative exploration each summer.

arts-X-press is designed to produce a comprehensive, yet nurturing environment in which participants may foster their creativity, grow as individuals and discover ways in which the arts can enrich their lives. Local artists and arts educators of the highest caliber serve as faculty and staff, and outstanding high school and college arts students act as counselors for the program.

arts-X-press began with Music Director Carl St.Clair's passion for arts education. To honor the memory of his son Cole, Maestro St.Clair sought to establish an arts-based program having a lasting and major impact on the community, as well as making a real difference in the lives of young people. arts-X-press is the result of his vision. St.Clair continues to play an integral role in the formation and realization of this project.

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