Prior to his appointment as president & CEO, he served as executive vice president of the Orange County School of the Arts Foundation for four years, overseeing a team of development, marketing, public relations, special events, and graphic design personnel. Mr. Shaffer is also involved in strategic management of OCSA’s arts conservatory programs, CSArts Academy extracurricular classes, and special projects. Launched in OCSA’s 30th Anniversary Season, Mr. Shaffer assists in facilitating a Master Artist Series of collaborative performances, master classes, and residencies with internationally acclaimed artists, such as: Wynton Marsalis, Deborah Voigt, Joshua Bell, Lythgoe Family Productions, Ali Stroker, and Matthew Morrison.
Prior to his appointment as Executive Vice President, Mr. Shaffer served as OCSA’s Dean of Arts and Music Director of the internationally acclaimed Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble. He led the ensemble to become a finalist in The American Prize for Wind Ensemble Performance and to present a concert at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival. In 2014, the ensemble was the first band from Southern California to perform at the Midwest Clinic. This is the largest annual music conference of its kind, hosting nearly 20,000 educators and performers from more than 30 countries.
Mr. Shaffer serves on the national board of directors for Arts Schools Network, and he held the role of General Manager for the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra for 10 years. Mr. Shaffer earned a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and bachelor’s degrees in instrumental conducting, bassoon performance, and music education from Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music.