Who We Are

Homer OPUS Staff

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String Program Director
Designated the Bronwyn and Jeffrey Lamont Longy Fund Scholar, Abimael began his musical studies in El Sistema, the community-based music program that began in Venezuela and has since inspired programs all over the world. In Venezuela, Abimael received a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the National Experimental University of the Arts and a Doctorate in Educational Sciences from the Bicentennial University of Aragua. Abimael went on to receive his Master’s in Music Education from Bard College’s Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and comes to Homer OPUS after teaching in an afterschool music program in Boston public schools. Abimael continues his studies in orchestral conducting with maestro Eduardo Portal at Passion for Conducting Academy and continues to support young musicians in his home country by working with the Foundation for the Promotion and Development of the Arts in Venezuela.
Jessica Williams
String Program Manager
Jessica Williams has accepted the role of Program Manager and will be assisting Homer OPUS with administrative tasks and community connections. She holds a Master’s in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky and resides in Homer with her husband and son.
Who We Are

Homer OPUS Board Members

Board Member
Lindsay is trained as an engineer and brings arts administration and nonprofit experience to the OPUS board. Lindsay is a Chapman Eagle Ensemble parent and is excited about bringing the communities together through the shared creative process of making music.
Board Member
A retired Fireweed teacher and a founding member of Fireweed Frescoes, Kim Fine is enamored to say the least to be a part of OPUS and the growing youth ensemble movement taking place in Homer. As the Frescoes liaison, Kim is thrilled that OPUS offers group music lessons to Fireweed K-2 students and is delighted that Frescoes has joined the growing ranks of youth ensemble programs in Homer. Placing a violin in the hands of every one of their K-2 students has proved transformative and hugely rewarding for the Fireweed community.
Board Member
Lyn Maslow, a retired teacher, helped start Paul Banks Preludes in 2016. She is delighted by the formation of OPUS, which has allowed the expansion and coordination of violin instruction in more local elementary schools and has provided continuity between the school programs and HYSOC. As the board liaison to the Paul Banks Preludes, she is committed to providing opportunities for every child to experience the joys and benefits of learning a string instrument. Lyn also enjoys playing with CODAS and learning to fiddle.
Board Member
Olympia is a former rock and jazz singer, and music brought her joy and solace throughout her youth. Olympia has been involved with Fireweed Frescoes since its founding year when her son was in kindergarten. She understands the power music can play to foster resilience, inspire creative thinking, and nurture lifelong enjoying. She brings finance and administration skills to the OPUS board.
Board Member
Daniel, an accomplished violinist, performs with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra. He has concertized with many orchestral groups and well-known performers. He has also taught violin privately for over 20 years. In his spare time, he is a naturalist and sea kayak guide in Kachemak Bay.
Treasurer
Linda was a founder of Paul Banks Preludes. She plays violin and viola and is an enthusiastic proponent of modern brain science which indicates that every student’s social and behavioral skills, as well as their academic ability, can be significantly improved by early instruction in playing a non-fretted string instrument.

Board Member

With a Master’s degree in Music Education and extensive Suzuki method teacher training on both violin and cello, Lisa Schallock has been teaching strings for over 40 years and currently has a small private studio in Homer. Lisa was the music director of the Homer Youth String Orchestra Club for 10 years, co-founded the Anchorage Talent Education Association, helped organize and run Southcentral Suzuki Institute, and taught at various summer camps. As a cellist, Lisa has performed with many chamber groups and community orchestras throughout Alaska.
President
A science and nature writer, Miranda Weiss is a parent of two OPUS students, a violinist and a cellist. The cellist is also a Frescoes violinist! Miranda has seen firsthand the ways music can change kids’ lives–helping them learn in new ways and see themselves in a new light. And she’s seen how the experience of playing in ensemble lets kids be part of something larger than themselves–and, through busking on the Homer Spit–earn some ice cream money too! As a kid, Miranda was a Suzuki piano student, and she loves that her children play portable instruments, and that they get the opportunity to play with the regional orchestra and other ensembles through OPUS programs.