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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 »

Digital Poster Submissions for the 2018 Conference

Digital Poster submissions are sought for the 2018 American Orff-Schulwerk Association Professional Development Conference. The submission deadline is April 1, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be made to the primary author by April 15, 2018. Details: AOSA Call for Digital Posters

Echo seeks articles about “Shades of the Schulwerk”

The Orff Echo Editorial Board is soliciting articles for the Winter 2019 issue, “Shades of the Schulwerk.” Submission deadline is May 15, 2018. “Shades of the Schulwerk” will highlight the diversity within the Orff Schulwerk practice and the questions that arise as a result of different contexts, applications, and interpretations of the approach. How do… Read more »

International Orff Institute Salzburg Announces Courses

The International Orff Institute Salzburg is pleased to announce the following courses: “Elemental Music and Dance Pedagogy – Orff Schulwerk” Location: The Carl Orff Institut Salzburg July 15-21, 2018 Directors: Andrea Ostertag and Doris Valtiner Faculty: Werner Beidinger, Estevano Marquez, Andrea Ostertag, Reinhold Wirsching, Raul Cabrera, Astrid Griesbach, Monika Kionka, Barbara Tisschitz and Doris Valtiner… Read more »

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 »