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Lillian Yaross, DSA recipient, passed away on March 24, 2018

Lillian Yaross, wife of the late Dr. Irving Yaross and mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away March 24, 2018. A native of Chicago, Yaross was a contributor in earliest days of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, recipient of the AOSA Distinguished Service Award, and served as president of the organization in 1979-1980. Her first experiences with… Read more »

Tossi Aaron, early leader in AOSA, passed away on March 20, 2018

Tossi Aaron, AOSA Distinguished Service Award Recipient and servant leader, passed away March 20, 2018. Survived by her husband Leon, and daughters Rachel and Ellen, Tossi was a leader in the growth of Orff Schulwerk in the United States since early in the development of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. An accomplished folk singer, recording artist,… Read more »

AOSA Seeks National Conference Chair

The American Orff-Schulwerk Association announces a search for the position of National Conference Chair(s). This position will be comprised of planning and overseeing all aspects of program and local volunteer management of the 2020 AOSA Professional Development Conference, held in November of 2020. This position will begin July 1, 2018 through March 2021. Please  see… Read more »

AOSA National Board of Trustees Election Results Announced

AOSA is pleased to announce the following results for the 2018 AOSA National Board of Trustees election. Regional Representatives: Region I – Aaron Hansen Region II – Malia Walter Region IV – Mandy Gunter Region V – Nick Wild We are pleased to welcome these new trustees to the National Board beginning July 1, 2018 for… Read more »

AOSA Announces 50th Anniversary Conference in 2018 in Cincinnati, OH

The American Orff-Schulwerk Association is excited to announce the date and location for our 50th Anniversary Conference in 2018. We will be singing, saying, moving, and playing our way through 4 days of amazing sessions, events, and activities in Cincinnati, OH on November 7-8-9-10, 2018. Join us at the Duke Energy Convention Center to enhance… Read more »

Orff Echo seeks articles on Contemporary Recorder Pedagogy

The Orff Echo editorial board is seeking submissions for our Fall 2018 issue, Contemporary Recorder Pedagogy. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2018. The recorder is an essential part of Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education courses, as well as a central focus in the Music for Children volumes and supplemental materials. As ethnomusicologist Curt Sachs… Read more »

The Orff Echo Editorial Board Accepting Applications

Have you considered serving AOSA? Do you have a passion for writing and editing? Join our dynamic team of editors on The Orff Echo editorial board. Applications for new editorial board members are being accepted. Deadline for applications is February 16, 2018. The Orff Echo Editorial Board Job Description      Online Application  

Vote: 2018 National Board of Trustee Elections

The following members have been nominated as candidates for servant leadership on the AOSA National Board of Trustees. Voting is open from January 5, 2018 to February 5, 2018. You can access the ballot form in the member side of the site. Click on any name below to view a picture of the candidate and… Read more »

AOSA Congratulates 2017 Scholarship and Grant Recipients

In 2017, eighteen AOSA members were awarded over $25,000 in scholarships and grants to assist with professional development or the purchase of classroom instruments for teachers who work with low-income populations. Visit the Scholarships and Grants page to see pictures of the recipients and learn how they used the money. Thanks to the many individual… Read more »

Awards Given at the 2017 Conference

AOSA  congratulates the following people who were honored with awards at the 2017 Professional Development Conference in Fort Worth. Please click on the links below to learn more about these people who have given so much to AOSA. The Distinguished Service Award for 2017 was given posthumously to Avon Gillespie. Avon’s daughter Robin was in… Read more »