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2018 AOSA Professional Development Conference Schedule Change Announced

AOSA is saddened to report that Richard Gill is not able to present at the 2018 AOSA  Professional Development Conference. Gill has recently been diagnosed with a recurrence of colorectal and peritoneal cancer. He is unable to travel, but is still making music from his hospital bed in Australia. He sends his congratulations for a… Read more »

Applications to be an AOSA Digital Mentor Due September 1

The objective of the Digital Mentor Program is to pair experienced Orff Schulwerk teachers (mentors) with newly trained Orff Schulwerk teachers (mentees) for the purpose of improving the practice of those who request mentorship. You must be an AOSA member to participate in this program. Visit our Digital Mentor Program page  for details on how… Read more »

Karen Benson named AOSA Professional Development Director

AOSA is pleased to announce the addition of Karen Benson as Professional Development Director. Karen, a long time AOSA member, brings an extensive background in Orff Schulwerk and experience with AOSA to the position. She served the organization in local chapter leadership roles as well as in the national leadership positions of Regional Representative, Vice… Read more »

Long-time AOSA industry supporter Will Schmid passed away Sunday, July 1st

Long-time AOSA industry supporter, former NAfME (MENC) president, and prolific author, composer, and presenter, Will Schmid passed away Sunday, July 1st after an illness. Will held a B.A. from Luther College and a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music. His public school teaching included general music, choral music and band, and he taught at… Read more »

Shirley W. McRae, AOSA Distinguished Service Award Recipient, passed away.

Shirley W. McRae, AOSA Distinguished Service Award Recipient and Professor Emerita at the Rudy E. Scheidt School of Music, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018. Ms. McRae was a widely known specialist in Orff Schulwerk, and had taught certification courses at the University of Wyoming, Central Connecticut State… Read more »

Session proposals for the 2019 Conference in Salt Lake City, UT now being accepted

Session proposals for the 2019 AOSA Professional Development Conference – November 20-23, 2019 – in Salt Lake City, Utah are now being accepted. Applications are due August 6, 2018. Please use the online form to submit your application. Download PDFs of the  Session Proposal Form  along with Session Proposal Directions. Prepare your materials before you… Read more »

AOSA Hiring Professional Development Director

AOSA seeks applications for the position of Professional Development Director. This position will work with AOSA staff, board committees, and other volunteers to coordinate all aspects of the professional development activities of the organization including AOSA Teacher Education Courses, AOSA Teacher Educator apprenticeships and renewals, AOSA Teacher Education Curriculum, teacher education-related conference programming, AOSA Digital… Read more »

Co-Founder and President Arnold E. Burkart Passes Away

Arnold E. Burkart, 90, passed away on Saturday evening, April 21, 2018 at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, Indiana. Arnold was born in 1927 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada and moved to California in 1945 where he entered Fresno State College as a Music Education major. After graduating, he became a music teacher and… Read more »

AOSA Education Director Retires

With appreciation for his service, AOSA announces the retirement of Steve Calantropio. He has completed his last day of work as Education Director but foresees continued involvement with AOSA as a servant leader with AOSA subcommittees and consulting opportunities. Steve has been a member of AOSA for more than 40 years. He is a master… Read more »