FACES of Orange County 2021

Face of Arts Education – Teren Shaffer

The Face of Arts Education

Teren Shaffer has officially assumed his role as president and CEO of Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) following the retirement of Ralph Opacic, Ed.D. Shaffer is a lauded arts leader and educator who is uniquely equipped to carry on the school’s mission, having dedicated himself to serving students for the past decade. He began his tenure at OCSA as conductor of the acclaimed Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble. He was quickly recognized for his leadership and was promoted to director of the Instrumental Music Conservatory and then to dean of arts. Prior to his appointment as president and CEO, Shaffer worked alongside Opacic as the executive vice president of the Foundation for OCSA and its sister campus, California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley, where he led the marketing and development teams and expanded several educational initiatives. Shaffer looks forward to leading OCSA into its 35th anniversary year.





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