South Orange County School of Arts

Music and Color Guard Mattress Fundraiser July 30-31 at DHHS 10am-5pm

Dana Hills High School Music and Color Guard are having their 4th Annual Mattress Fundraiser this weekend.

Come support our students and get rid of that old mattress.  Up to 50% off retail on all mattresses.

Join us on Saturday July 30th, and Sunday July 31st. 

The students will be ready to take orders at Dana Hills High School 10am-5pm both days.


SOCSA PICNIC – Saturday August 20th 12-4pm

Summer is almost over.  And that means it is time for the annual SOCSA Summer Picnic.  We will be getting together for fun and games at Sea Canyon Park on Saturday August 20th from noon until 4pm.  Parents, students, siblings and pets are welcome.  This is a wonderful way to meet students, teachers and parents if you’re new and reconnect with friends if you’re returning to SOCSA in 20016-17.  Bring beach chairs and blankets, but there is plenty of shade.  This is a potluck event and based on the first letter of your last name we have assigned either Dessert, Main Dish or a Side Dish.

A-J Dessert,  K-T Main Dish, U-Z Side Dish.

We hope to see you all, this is a big event and lots of important information will be provided, along with a chance to purchase SOCSA gear.



2016 President’s Welcome Message

SOCSA Friends!

I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new president of Friends of SOCSA

(FOS) and to let you know about all of the exciting opportunities ahead for the talented kids in the SOCSA program.  As we begin the new school year – I am grateful to my predecessor Pia Patrick for her steadfast commitment to FOS.  Over the past year, her leadership is characterized by innovative ideas, strategic thinking and, most valuable, her tireless efforts to establish FOS as a true collaborative partner with the SOCSA Academy.  I am very fortunate to have the knowledge base of Pia, which will be a valuable asset in assisting me and my fellow Board members navigate the coming year.

I am thrilled by the energy, enthusiasm, and expertise that the new Board brings to Friends of SOCSA.  Lisa Fry is serving as our new Executive Secretary and Kathryn Takach is our new Treasurer.  Both of these amazing women bring a wealth of non-profit volunteer experience and business savvy as it relates to the performing arts.

Lisa Fry is one of the founding members of the Friends of SOCSA Booster Club and will continue dedicating her time by serving on the Board as Executive Secretary AND helping fuel fundraising efforts.  Last year she brought in some incredible opportunities for SOCSA students, such as coordinating SOCSA’s participation in Musical Theater Competitions of America and a Broadway Master Class series with real working Broadway performers – all enriching the student performing experience while contributing to our FOS fundraising goals.

Kathryn Takach brings to the table a strong finance background along with a passion for community volunteerism.  She is excited to be a part of the Friends of SOCSA Booster Club and partner with the SOCSA Academy where we can combine our interests in the arts in Orange County and help provide students exceptional access to the arts in education.

I am also excited to welcome the following new and former board members:

Pia Patrick – Past-President Advisor

Scott Green – VP PR/Marketing

Tammy Plett – Vocal Music Liaison

Walter Avillanoza – Theater Arts Liaison

Heather Bonani – Dance Liaison

Lisa Wright – Corporate/Community Sponsorships

Susan Hahn – Volunteer Coordinator

Maria Casareto – Snack Cart Manager

Amy Betonte – Community Outreach

Gina Andraos – Spirit Wear Manager

I’m so honored to be teaming with this amazing group of dedicated parents and continuing the positive momentum that FOS launched a year ago.  As a Board member last year, I really saw the fruition of hard work and dedicated time that every person has made in support of the Friends of SOCSA Booster Club and the SOCSA program! We accomplished extraordinary things and I am so impressed with how we have come together as a community.

Continuing our mission is very simple.  We will remain committed to raising critically needed funds to support the students and teachers of SOCSA Academy. Because SOCSA is funded solely by donations, enrollment donations are sought from every student registering in the SOCSA Academy. But know that no child is turned away from SOCSA based on their ability to donate. Not everyone may be aware that SOCSA begins each year with a deficit between what is collected at registration and what is needed to fully fund the SOCSA program. For the coming year, we are focusing on raising project-based funds and we need everyone’s help in obtaining funding for the needs of the SOCSA program.

Lastly, I am honored and humbled to be serving as the new President for the Friends of SOCSA Booster Club and to be working alongside the many dedicated teachers and parents who keep the lights on for SOCSA.  We want you to know we are listening and would appreciate any comments, ideas, and constructive feedback you might have.

If you want to be a part of this amazing, dedicated team – we have the following positions open; please contact me directly if one of these positions are of interest to you – we would love to have you on our team!

  • Visual Arts Liaison – great for parents that have a child in the Visual Arts program!
  • Hospitality Manager – Coordinates concessions with department liaisons and/or chairpersons upon request. Coordinates teacher appreciation, other specialty events, and FOS hosted events/shows.


With appreciation,

Sonal Mehta

Friends of SOCSA – President

Jazz Workshop – August 8-12th 7:00pm


SOCSA Academy Vocal Music presents The 2016 Summer Workshop.  Students can register for an in depth, fully immersive vocal jazz experience now.  Learn the techniques and stylings of Jazz with professional instructors and coaches.   This week long workshop will begin on Monday August 8th and combine 4 nightly sessions of instructor led workshops culminating with a vocal jazz concert on Friday August 12th at 7:00pm.   This workshop will include Jazz history and forms, rhythms and styles, Jazz harmony, improvisation, and of course optional solo opportunities for the concert.  Download the form here now or email Mr. Woods at for more information.

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A (Really) Funny Evening with Rita


SOCSA is proud to announce a benefit concert with world renown comedian Rita Rudner.  The Porthole Theatre will host “A (Really) Funny Evening with Rita” on Saturday September 17 at 7:00pm.  You will be rolling with laughter as Rita Rudner brings her comedy to  SOCSA’s stage.  Rita Rudner has been on several HBO comedy specials, Broadway stages and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.  A hilarious comedian and a huge supporter of the arts, Rita will perform to benefit The South Orange County School of the Arts Academy.  Get your tickets now, this show will sell out!!!

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