Arts Alliance

Last year's Arts Alliance Welcome Social - 2018

The Arts Alliance, Giving Wings to the ARTS at SMCHS


The Arts Alliance is a parent-led organization whose mission is to raise visibility and to support the Visual and Performing Arts Programs at Santa Margarita Catholic High School.
  • We coordinate volunteer opportunities that support Performing Arts and Visual Arts events.
  • We fund-raise to provide arts enrichment activities for students.
  • Meet and socialize with fellow arts families.

For more information please contact ArtsAlliance@smhs.org


Each discipline in the Performing and Visual Arts has a representative who serves as a liaison between the program director, Committee Chairs and Parents Volunteers to plan and support events, fund raising, publicity, spirit and communication.


President: Semra Nogueira
Secretary: Trudi McKenzie
Past President and Parliamentarian: Valerie Boyd and Paula Webb
Past President: Karla Chavez
Non-Voting Members: Amy Luskey-Barth and Annette Melosini

Join the Arts Alliance

Chair and volunteer positions and descriptions:

General Volunteer for visual/performing arts events - Concessions, set up/tear down, assisting Chairpersons with various tasks (hanging locker posters, decorating, student supervision, etc...).

Christmas Program/Arts Alliance Bake Sale Chair - Plans and manages bake sale fundraiser and concessions for the Christmas Production on Friday evening, November 30th, 2018.

Golf Tournament Support - Helps with various tasks related to fundraising activities for the Golf Tournament which directly supports the Performing Arts Department.

Hospitality Chair - Coordinates hospitality for Arts Alliance events, receptions, and meetings.

Publicity/Sponsorships Chair - Promotes SM Arts programs and their events, solicits sponsors and program advertising.

Photographer/Historian Chair - Takes and/or collects photographs for arts programs and maintains digital photo archives of events.

Box Office Assistant - Assists Performing Arts Manager with ticket fulfillment for Performing Arts events.

Program Coordinators - Meets with Program Director to establish needs for the year and coordinates, communicates with, and manages all parents and volunteers involved (similar to team/room parent). They are as follows: Talon Theatre, Tech Theatre, Dance, Choir, Visual Arts, Steel Drums, Handbells, and Instrumental Music

Sponsored Enrichment

The Princeton Nassoons
Collegiate ensemble performance and Q & A

Kristen Kiehr
Professional Percussionist, Arts Marketing

Carnegie Hall Concert
Provided funding for instrument and rehearsal space rentals in New York City for
SMCHS Instrumental Music.

Danny Von der Ahe
Speaker on An Artist’s Career Path and his personal experience from SMCHS high school student to now as Illustrator, Painter, Writer.

Yeko Ladzekpo-Cole
Master Teacher in West African Drumming & Dance
Master Class workshop and performance focused on cultural and rhythmic aspects of drumming and dance.

Matthew Godfrey
International Schools Theatre Association Artist/Educator
Presented Interactive master class focused on character development using
Godfrey’s “Acting Six Pack” and masks.

The Yale Whiffenpoofs
Collegiate a cappella group performance and Q & A

Arts Alliance List of Performing and Visual Arts Events for 2019-2020 - coming soon
Arts Alliance Organizational Chart - coming soon

For more information about The Arts Alliance,
Email: artsalliance@smhs.org