The Columbia High School Music Parents’ Association, Inc., better known as CHSMPA, was officially incorporated in 2006, and received nonprofit status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2007. The Columbia High School Music Parents’ Association (CHSMPA) has been in existence since 1994. Prior to 1994 Columbia High School had a Band Parents’ Association. With the creation of CHSMPA, the Band Parents’ Association was expanded to include all areas of the music department. With school budget crises throughout the state of New Jersey, and a general reduction in funding for the arts, the role of CHSMPA has become increasingly important to the CHS music department. Our mailing address is CHSMPA, Inc., PO Box 36, South Orange, NJ 07079

CHSMPA parents are busy throughout the year supporting and promoting the activities of the Columbia High School music department’s curricular and extra-curricular music ensembles. We do this in many ways, including fundraising, encouraging participation in music activities, and providing physical support at music events. From the beginning of Marching Band Camp in August to our spring concerts in June, CHSMPA parents fill a variety of volunteer roles.


In addition to our active support and promotion of the music department, CHSMPA is an important financial contributor to the department and its music programming.


Co-President Barbara Cokorinos bac2@nyu.edu
Co-President Brad Kalos Bradley.kalos@gmail.com
VP Band Lorry Ripley LRipley@optonline.net
VP Band Karin Heston hestonka@gmail.com
VP Color Guard Michelle
VP Orchestra Crystal Glynn crystalglynn@gmail.com
VP Orchestra Jonathan Poor JPoorRandP@aol.com
VP Choir Nancy Friedman NancyFriedman@verizon.net
VP Choir Marcy Thompson marcythompson@me.com
VP Fundraising Devyani Guha dkgelm5@gmail.com
Treasurer Ernie Goff  Ernie.goff@gmail.com
Recording Secretary Ellen Dreyer ellen@ellendreyer.com
Corresponding Secretary Yvette Holowczak yvettewh@gmail.com
VP Communications Deb Gaines deborah.gaines@gmail.com