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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 »

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 »