OPA (Orchestra Parents Association)

OPA’s Mission is:

to promote and support the pursuit of musical excellence for all Santa Monica High School Orchestra students.


The OPA aims to maintain a quality music program through fundraising, concert organization, communicating with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and the Santa Monica High School administration, and other duties performed in conjunction with the Orchestra Director.

If your child is enrolled in an Orchestra class at Samohi, then you automatically are a member of the Orchestra Parents Association. Participation at meetings and volunteering is greatly encouraged!


OPA Meetings

We meet regularly to keep the OPA humming!

General Membership Meetings: Held three Mondays per school year, at 7:00 p.m. in the Samohi Orchestra Room (M101). Check our Calendar for details.

Executive Board Meetings: Held directly before the general membership meeting, or by special arrangement. Meeting notifications are sent to the Samohi Orchestra Parents email list. All OPA members are welcome at Exec Board meetings.

Nov. 7, 2016 Exec. Board Mtg. Draft Agenda

FY2017 Budget


OPA Fundraisers

Fundraising for the OPA is an essential component of our activities. We put on a host of fun fundrasing events throughout the year.

Fall Fundraiser (October): Samohi Orchestra students, guest musicians, conductors and vocalists, along with four of the Samohi program’s student orchestras perform “something different” to kick off the year’s fundraising efforts.

Charitybuzz (Winter): This online auction hosted at www.charitybuzz.com features “extraordinary experiences” and luxury items.

Spaghetti and Strings Silent Auction, Dinner and Show (January/February): Orchestra students don their concert dress to serve up a catered pasta dinner and perform. Plus a silent auction and raffle.

Concerts (Ongoing): Our Winter and Spring Concerts (December, March), Pops Concert (May) and Senior Gala (May/June) are fundraisers. Suggested donation is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Please see our Calendar for dates.

Direct Donation Campaign (Ongoing): The Samohi Orchestras gratefully accept donations throughout the year. See the Fundraising tab on this website.


OPA Executive Board

The OPA functions as a non-profit organization — under the umbrella of SMAPA, a 501(c)3– governed by a duly elected Board of Directors:

President Dorie Meek
Vice President Karen Safrit
2nd Vice President Amy Hedstrom
Secretary/Communications Lori Nafshun
Treasurer Cynthia Pinkos
Member at Large Barbara VanArsdell
Member at Large Yolanda Lewis
Member at Large Pala
Member at Large Caroline McCormick

To contact the OPA, please email us at the address listed in the footer.

OPA Volunteers

The OPA could not function without the generous efforts of our many volunteers. Volunteers are needed and welcome at all of our fundraisers and concerts — please join us!

Concert Photographer Angela Cotter
Concert Recording Yolanda Lewis
Concert Ticket Chair Diane O’Brien
Concert Ushers Chair Ron Rothstein
Concert Flowers Teodora Trentchev
Concert Bake Sales/Hospitality Brenda Benson
Concert Food and Beverage Mimi Chung
Concert Program Advertising Ann Hoover
Concert Raffle Coordinator Carolyn Hammersly
Direct Donation Campaign Ann Hoover
Fall Fundraiser Chair Lori Nafshun
Public Relations/Community Relations Liz Hartge
Rehearsal Meals Thuy Duppel
Tuxedo Coordinator Amy Spiegel
Volunteer Coordinator SCSBOA Barbara Van Arsdell