Upcoming Events

Becoming… The Queen 2.0.  A cabaret.

Date:  Monday, October 21st, 2019
Time:  7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location:  SOTA Ensemble Theatre


Internationally recognized vocal artist, Regina Zona will debut Becoming… The Queen 2.0 – When One Coronation is Not Enough at School of the Arts this fall.  Regina’s new cabaret show celebrates her sensibilities about being “Queen” in her career, life and love.

Ms. Zona is a proud SOTA alumna, and is premiering her show in Rochester as a fundraiser for Friends of School of the Arts before it opens in New York City in December.  This performance helps Friends of SOTA’s mission come full circle as the money raised goes to support SOTA students as they pursue their academic, artistic and humanistic passions.

Becoming… The Queen 2.0 showcases vocal styles from opera to Broadway to jazz.  It takes the audience on a journey through Regina’s life as an opera Diva, her desire to be a Fosse dancer, her fulfilling career as a voice teacher, and growing old gracefully.  Join us for a night of laughter and song, and help us raise funds to continue connecting SOTA students with opportunity.  The performance is followed by a free cookies-and-cider reception.

Tickets are $10 each.  All purchases benefit Friends of School of the Arts and the students of School of the Arts.  We thank you for your support!

A Taste of Friendship

Date:  November 23, 2019
Time:  TBA
Location:  Home of former Friends of SOTA Board President, Nan Elliott

A Taste of Friendship is an elegant wine tasting event hosted at the home of one of our Board Members each year. Our members look forward to this annual fundraiser and it is well attended by Parents, Staff, Alumni, and supporters. A Taste of Friendship features Wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, performances by SOTA staff, and more!

More details to follow soon…

We ARE School of the Arts!

SOTA is the leader in public education for the Greater Rochester community. Chosen as one of America’s Best High Schools by Newsweek, The Daily Beast and US News & World Report, SOTA is a beacon of hope and source of pride for our city. For more than 30-years, it has been the top performing school in the Rochester City School District boasting the highest attendance and graduation rates and the lowest drop-out rate of any local urban secondary school. More than 90% of SOTA’s graduates further their education after graduation. SOTA’s mission is student success… academic, artistic and humanistic. Our arts-based educational philosophy melds the electricity of the creative arts and energy of academic learning together!

Learn more about SOTA and upcoming student performances at www.sotarochester.org.

Interested in learning more about Friends of SOTA?

Potential volunteers are welcome to attend any of our business meetings. Friends Board meetings are open to the public and held monthly per the schedule below. All meetings are held in the SOTA Main Office Conference Room from 6:30-8:00 pm. If you would like further information or want to let us know you plan to attend, please contact us.

Meeting Dates

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