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AOSA Congratulates 2018 Scholarship and Grant Recipients

In 2018, twenty-five AOSA members were awarded over $35,000 in scholarships and grants to assist with professional development or the purchase of classroom instruments for teachers who work with low-income populations. Thanks to the many individual members and local chapters who contribute these funds that help AOSA fulfill its mission to “…to support the professional… Read more »

Echo Editorial Board Seeks New Members

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 from now until February 1, 2019. To apply, first read the Job Description and the following APPLICANT CHECKLIST, and when… Read more »

The Orff Echo seeks articles for Fall 2019 on the “Soul of the Schulwerk”

The Orff Echo Editorial Board is seeking submissions for the Fall 2019 issue, “Soul of the Schulwerk.” Submission deadline is February 15, 2019. In the context of music making, the term “soul” has many meanings. It can refer to the way music connects with our students emotionally, or the fact that for many teachers, the… Read more »

Candidates for 2019 National Board of Trustees Election Announced

The following members have been nominated as candidates for servant leadership on the AOSA National Board of Trustees. Voting will open from January 4, 2019 to February 4, 2019. Click on any name below to view a picture of the candidate and read their bio and responses to the following topics: The role of Orff… Read more »

Richard Gill, music educator and conductor, dies at 76 years old

Richard Gill, world-renowned Australian conductor and music educator, passed away on October 28, 2018 just two weeks shy of his 77th birthday. Born and raised in Sydney, Gill attended Marist College Eastwood becoming a music teacher at Marsden High School. In 1969, he was founding conductor of the Strathfield Symphony Orchestra, a position he held… Read more »

Betty Jane Lahman, AOSA DSA Recipient, Passed Away October 26th

AOSA reports with great sadness that honorary member and 2001 Distinguished Service Award recipient, Betty Jane Lahman passed away October 26, 2018. A member of AOSA for its entire 50 years of existence, Lahman was instrumental in the spread of the Schulwerk across the United States. A co-founder of the Cleveland Area Chapter, she is… Read more »

The Orff Echo is soliciting articles for the Summer 2019 issue, “Orff Schulwerk and Inclusivity.”

The Orff Echo Editorial Board is soliciting articles for the Summer 2019 issue, “Orff Schulwerk and Inclusivity.” Submission deadline is November 15, 2018. As opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds and developmental levels to interact with each other increase, flexibility within approaches to general music is key to facilitating the development of lifelong music learners…. Read more »

AOSA Announces the 2018 Distinguished Service Award Recipients

The following Distinguished Service Awards will be presented at the Cincinnati Professional Development Conference, November 8, 2018. Congratulations to our 3 recipients: Peggy McCreary Read about Peggy McCreary     Steven Calantropio Read about Steven Calantropio     Doug Goodkin Read about Doug Goodkin    

AOSA Confirms Core Values Statement

The American Orff-Schulwerk Association is a professional organization of educators dedicated to the creative music and movement approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. Our Mission is: To demonstrate the value of Orff Schulwerk and promote its widespread use To support the professional development of our members To inspire and advocate for the creative… Read more »

Performing Group Applications for the 2019 Conference in Salt Lake City

The 2019 AOSA Profesional Development Conference will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah from November 20-23, 2019. Applications for children and adult performing groups are due January 15, 2019. Please use the Performance Group Application for either children’s or adult groups.