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February 6th, 2021: CHAPTER SHARE

If you would like to present great ideas at this workshop, please email FVOSC before January 19th!

For Registration, Membership & Payment Click Here

All workshops:

9:30 Registration | Workshop 10am-1pm | CPDUs provided

$20 for members | $40 for non-members | Free for undergraduate students with ID

Annual membership $40| Four workshops plus annual membership $90

If you have any questions please contact us at

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October 10th workshop with Christa Jones

Christa Jones
Christa Jones

Students and music educators alike benefit from a culturally responsive classroom environment which affirms students’ backgrounds and links students’ home and school communities. A folk song collection within a school setting is one effective method of connecting students’ home and school musical traditions. Participants of this workshop will explore issues of cultural responsiveness, learn how to conduct their own song collection, and discuss how to respectfully integrate music of student cultures into the Orff Schulwerk music classroom. Participants will leave this session with a toolbox of songs and games from the United States and around the world!

Christa Jones teaches General Music at Concord West Side Elementary School in Elkhart, Indiana. She is an active teacher education clinician and has presented at state conferences and workshops in Indiana, Illinois, and Tennessee. She graduated with a Master of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL where she also completed all three levels of Orff Schulwerk teacher education. 

At her school, she is the Team Leader for the student academic and behavior Strategies Team and Chairperson for “Anne’s Kits for Kids”, an after-school educational workshop series for kindergarten students and their caregivers. In her community, she teaches Music Together family classes through the Goshen College Community School of the Arts, and is a member of the Goshen-based treble choir, Notable Women. 

She is passionate about bringing high-quality music education to her students and is committed to providing a positive, engaging classroom environment where students can grow personally and musically. She facilitates exciting hands-on lessons, integrates traditional folk music from many different cultures, and works to inspire students to become strong and confident individuals through the avenue of music education. Christa is a member of the National Association for MusicEducation (NAfME), Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) Board Member, American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA), Indiana Orff-Schulwerk Association (IOSA) Board Member, and the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME).

For Registration, Membership & Payment Click Here

All workshops:

9:30 Registration | Workshop 10am-1pm | CPDUs provided

$20 for members | $40 for non-members | Free for undergraduate students with ID

Annual membership $40| Four workshops plus annual membership $90

If you have any questions please contact us at

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Online Mini Presentations

September 12, 2020


Andrea Donahoe has taught music and movement to preschool through junior high students for the past 13 years. She is currently teaching elementary music at Head-Royce School in Oakland, CA. She earned her BA in music education at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, Orff Certification at the San Francisco International Orff Course, and now is on the faculty at SFIOC. She is the Vice President of the Northern California American Orff-Schulwerk Chapter and has presented Orff workshops and sessions at the local, state and national level.

Lessons Re-imagined

This year is going to require some careful creativity! Andrea will lead activities that will work in different scenarios: in-person with social distancing and safety in mind, online synchronously, or online asynchronously. She will address modifications or adaptations in addition to moving and making music together.

Thom Borden has a B.S. in Music Education and a M.A. in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction focused in Reading. He completed Orff Levels at UNLV and an Orff Master Level at the University of Memphis under Jos Wytac. Advanced studies include music and movement in Paris as well as Kodaly training and certification through CSU with Sr. Lorna Zemke. He is the founder and president of the Las Vegas Urban Chapter of Kodaly Educators and past-president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter. Thom has presented at numerous AOSA and OAKE Conferences. He has presented in Australia, Canada, and China and presents at Orff and Kodaly chapters across the United States each year. Currently teaching PreK-5 in Vegas, Thom served as the Vice President of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association and was chair of the AOSA Diversity Committee. Thom has published Orff arrangements in the McGraw-Hill series, Spotlight on Music and Music Studio and has published materials on using manipulatives in the music classroom and using children’s literature to address music concepts and skills. His most recent publications include FILE FOLDER FUN! Interactive Singing Games.

Virtual Participatory Storytelling

Thom will take the listener into the world of storytelling both aurally and vocally. Join the group as we travel from Tondo to the city for the great wedding of the civet cat and his friends. What wonders await them…what joys will they find…what consequences will they pay? We explore the idea of virtual storytelling through the story with follow-up discussion as to tips and tricks to engage students in the digital platform.

Charissa Duncanson has taught K-5th grade general music in the Metro Detroit Area for six years. Born and raised in Michigan, Charissa began her musical journey in elementary school. Throughout her childhood Charissa participated in choirs, bands, and theatre within her community and schools.  She earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Education from Wayne State University and currently teaches at McDonald Elementary School in Dearborn.  As a professional, Charissa has performed and presented throughout the Metro Detroit Area ranging from state conferences to local PD workshops. Being an avid advocate for music education, Ms. Duncanson has served on multiple boards for music education associations. In her spare time  Charissa loves to craft, sew, and go on walks with her husband and dog, Maizey.

Create Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors through Literature in the Music Classroom 

You’ll hear and understand the differences between creating mirrors, windows, and sliding doors when Charissa takes you through children’s lit and uses this to encourage social and emotional learning through understanding.  You’ll walk away with 4 book recommendations for your classroom written or illustrated by Black & Indigenous People/Persons of Color (BIPOC). You will also walk away with 4 lessons to teach musical concepts to go along with the book recommendations given.

Mary-Lynn Doherty:

Teaching in the Affective Domain: SEL and comprehensive musicianship.”

For music educators, social emotional learning is a critical pathway to maintaining student engagement, providing outlets for students under stress or experiencing trauma, and motivating students to look beyond themselves and their environment to better understand others and the world. A comprehensive music education supports learning in the psychomotor, cognitive and affective domains.   Rather than an add-on to the “curriculum”, affective outcomes can be transformational for students and teachers alike. This short session will encourage reflection and assist teachers with looking at current short and long term goals through the lens of the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance model of teaching.

For Registration, Membership & Payment Click Here

All workshops:

9:30 Registration | Workshop 10am-1pm | CPDUs provided

$20 for members | $40 for non-members | Free for undergraduate students with ID

Annual membership $40 I  Four workshops plus annual membership $90

If you have any questions please contact us at

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2020-2021 Workshops

**Please note, all workshops will be online this year unless otherwise noted. We will continue with online workshops until school and Illinois Phase Guidelines deem it possible to meet in person.

Click here to register for this year’s membership/workshops.

September 12: “Out of the Box with Online Mini Presentations”
  • Andrea Donahoe:  “Lessons Re-imagined (remote learning)
  • Thom Borden: “Virtual Participatory Storytelling
  • Charissa Joy Duncan: “Create Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors through Literature in the Music Classroom
  • Mary-Lynn Doherty: “Teaching in the Affective Domain: SEL and comprehensive musicianship
October 10: Christa Jones:  “Celebrating the Music and Culture of Your School’s Families”
February 6: Chapter Share

If you are interested in presenting at our Chapter share in February or have any questions, please email

April 10: Ben Torres –  TBa
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April Workshop Update

Posted on March 15, 2020 by foxv3475

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 situation, our April 4th workshop with Meg Tietz has been cancelled.  The health and safety of our presenter and members is a top priority, so we will not be having a final workshop for this school year in light of that concern.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.  We will be sending out more information soon to those who paid for the whole year concerning reimbursement for the last workshop.

We hope that the rest of your school year is safe and healthy and we hope to see you for the 2020-2021 school year!

~Fox Valley Orff-Schulwerk Chapter Board

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Meg Tietz to present April 4, 2020

Posted on March 8, 2020 by foxv3475

Our last workshop of this school year is the amazing Meg Tietz.  She will present “Planning Programs with Purpose” on April 4, 2020 at Kaneland John Shields Elementary school in Sugar Grove, IL.  Save the date, more information to follow.

Chapter Share Feb. 8th 2020

Posted on December 1, 2019 by foxv3475

Our Chapter Share meeting will be 10 am-1 pm, February 8th, 2020 at Kaneland John Shields Elementary School; 85 S. Main Street, Sugar Grove, IL.  Registration begins at 9:30 am.  If you are interested in being a presenter for our Chapter Share or being on our email list, email  Please allow a few extra days for a response.

Josh Southard presents at FVOC in October

Posted on September 13, 2019 by foxv3475

Fox Valley Orff is proud to announce our next workshop October 5, 2019 with Josh Southard.

Orff Schulwerk: Children’s Literature in the Music Classroom

J.K. Rowling said “I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a book.”  Come experience the magic that can happen in the music room using children’s literature! This workshop will feature several children’s books that can be used for grades K-6 in a lesson or concert setting.   It will inspire you to use the ideas and processes learned with your own favorite children’s books!

Please come visit us at our new location:

Kaneland John Shields Elementary School

85 S. Main Street, Sugar Grove, IL

9:30 Registration, 10am -1pm Workshop

Matt McCoy presents September 7, 2019

Posted on August 10, 2019 by foxv3475

From Beginning Steps to Leaps and Bounds: Recorder Pedagogy in the Orff Schulwerk Classroom

Bring your energy and enthusiasm as we explore many possibilities for integrating recorder with an Orff Schulwerk approach to general music instruction. Participants will experience process-based lessons emphasizing the development of recorder technique, improvisation, composition, and ensemble playing combined with a variety of elemental media (e.g., speech, singing, percussion instruments) and movement. Participants should bring a soprano recorder to this workshop and other voices (alto, tenor, bass) are welcome.

**please note our new location:  Kaneland John Shields Elementary School; 85 S. Main Street, Sugar Grove, IL (10 am-1 pm, registration at 9:30)

Come and join us for the 2019-2020 School Year!

Posted on July 9, 2019 by foxv3475

We had a wonderful time this past school year learning and experiencing so many things with each other and are looking forward to the exciting things to come in our 2019-2020 line up!  Not only do we have exciting new presenters and topics, but we are also in a NEW LOCATION this coming year!  Come and join us at Kaneland John Shields Elementary in Sugar Grove, IL.

2019- 2020 schedule:

  • September 7:  Matt McCoy  – “From Beginning Steps to Leaps and Bounds: Recorder Pedagogy in the Orff Schulwerk Classroom”
  • October 5:  Josh Southard – “Orff Schulwerk: Children’s Literature in the Music Classroom”
  • February 8:  Chapter Share

April 4:  Meg Tietz – “Planning Programs with Purpose”

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Ready or Not Here We Come…

Posted on August 6, 2018 by foxv3475

The new school year is right around the corner and the Fox Valley Orff  Chapter has a fantastic line-up of workshops this year to refresh your classroom.  We will be meeting again at Country Trails Elementary School just outside of Elgin.  Here is our schedule of workshops and presenters. For more specific information on each presenter or session please clink on the workshop tab above.

2018-2019 Schedule

September 8th, 2018: Diana Hawley- “The Innovative Orff Classroom”

October 6th, 2018: Cynthia Seputis- “Uketoberfest”

February 2nd, 2019: Chapter Share

April 6th, 2019: Lisa Sullivan- “Playing with Improvisation”

Also, the AOSA National Convention is a drivable distance this year and has a wonderful selection of sessions for every topic imaginable.  Their information can be found at

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Next Workshop- Saturday, November 18th 2017- Preschool Music: Building the Foundation through Exploration and Play

Posted on November 13, 2017 by foxv3475

The excitement of the beginning of the school year is passed.  I don’t know about your classroom but it seems every pencils eraser has disappeared. It is about this time each year that a lesson idea refresher is due to put some life in those lesson plans while gear up for the holidays. So what a great time to attend a Fox Valley Orff Schulwerk Chapter workshop. We are please to welcome Cathy Dunafin on November 18th, 2017.  Cathy will be leading a workshop in early childhood music from birth through 1st grade. And then as a bonus she will be leading our Orff Moment on great resources for your classroom. So if you have a resource you can’t live without, please bring it and Cathy will be sharing some of her favorites as well. Please join us for our next workshop- Preschool Music: Building the Foundation through Exploration and Play.

2017-2018 Workshop Schedule

Posted on September 9, 2017 by foxv3475

School has begun. The weather has begun cooling down. It is time to refresh yourself with a some professional development.  We have had a schedule change so this year our first workshop will be October 14th. We are welcoming Dr. Jui-Chang Wang for a multicultural workshop  A “Musicking” Classroom: Singing, Playing, and Dancing around the World. We will be visiting a number of countries around the world including Korea, China, and a closer to home place as well.

And while you are marking your calendar you can add the dates of the remaining workshops for the year:

November 18th, 2017- Presenter TBA

February 3rd, 2018- Chapter Share

April 14th, 2018- Nick Wild

CPDU’s will be provided at all workshops.

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Orff Schulwerk ‘Round the School Year.

Posted on March 13, 2017 by foxv3475

Mona Mann Picture

The warm weather and crocus bulbs signal that spring has arrived. And with the coming of spring we look forward to our last Fox Valley workshop of the year.  We have had a couple of changes for the April workshop and the first is the date, which is now Saturday, April 8th.  The second is that we will be join by Mona Mann, presenting Orff lessons that can be used throughout the year. Kevin Brady will join us in September for his insights in working with early childhood students.

Sing, play, and move through the school year with a variety of Orff-Schulwerk based lessons for your classroom. Participants will have fun playing recorders, composing, and working in the meter of five as we travel the calendar from September to June.

Join us on Saturday for Movement with Peter Hinch!

Posted on October 7, 2016 by foxv3475

Saturday, October 8th will be our next workshop with Peter Hinch, presenting “Adventures in Movement.” The workshop begins at 10 a.m. at Country Trail Elementary School in Elgin.

Several years ago, while doing some spring cleaning, Peter found a collection of records “Adventures in Music”and decided to take a closer look at what this is all about. These are wonderful recordings of some great music that appeal to children. We will explore these gems through dance, rhythmic exercises and creative movement.

Peter is an active presenter and has presented several times at the AOSA national conference. He teaches in West Chicago and is a member of the Greater Chicago Chapter.

Doug Goodkin this Saturday!

Posted on September 12, 2016 by foxv3475


This coming Saturday, September 17th, is the workshop with Doug Goodkin that is being held jointly with Greater Chicago Orff Schulwerk Association. It will be at Concordia University in River Forest. There is a free parking garage (Visitors lot #5) on campus for you to park in off of Bonnie Brae Place. The Workshop will be in the Chapel. The address is 7400 Augusta St., River Forest.

Doug Goodkin is an internationally known presenter with many published music education resources. He is known as a fierce advocate for children’s needs in education. He has taught in The San Francisco School for the past 42 years. He is a frequent teacher at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria and you can find his TEDx Talk on YouTube.

He is asking that if you play a band or orchestral instrument that you bring it to the workshop.

Start the School Year Off Right with the Creative Betsy Kipperman!

Posted on August 27, 2016 by foxv3475


Playing with Pieces

August 27,2016

Broaden your pedagogical understanding through the Schulwerk-singing, saying, dancing, and playing. Betsy Kipperman teaches general music class and children’s choirs in the D.C. area. She has attended the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria and is a presenter and teacher trainer throughout the United States. She was recently a Region IV Representative on the AOSA national board.

Don’t forget! We have moved our workshops to the nearby Country Trails Elementary School- 3701 Highland Blvd., Elgin.

Come join us for the 2016 – 2017 school year in our new location at Country Trails Elementary School in Elgin.

Posted on August 17, 2016 by foxv3475

The following workshops are scheduled for the 2016-2017 school year:

• August 27, 2016 – Betsy Kipperman presents “Playing with Pieces”

• September 17, 2016, in a co-sponsored workshop with GCAOSA –

Doug Goodkin presents “Orff for All Ages”

• October 8, 2016 – Peter Hinch presents “Adventures in Movement”

• February 4, 2017 – Chapter Share

• April 1st, 2017 – Kevin Brady presents “Orff and Early Childhood”

All workshops: 9:30 Registration | Workshop 10am-1pm | CPDUs provided Country Trails Elementary School | 3701 Highland Woods Blvd. Elgin, IL

$20 for members | $40 for non-members | Free for undergraduate students with ID Annual membership is $40

If you have any questions please contact us at foxvalleyorff@gmail.comOr check our website at

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Rachel Aupperle, April 23: Movement and Dance for Lower and Upper Elementary

Posted on March 31, 2016 by foxv3475

rachel au

As we enter Spring and the last leg of the school year, we invite you to join us for our fourth and final workshop of the year!!

RACHEL AUPPERLE has been working with children in grades K–8 for the past ten years. She received her master’s degree in music education from Illinois State University, and her bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: she has earned all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk Certification. Aupperle has presented at ILMEA festivals, Illinois Music Education Conference, and Illinois State Orff Levels Courses. She has taught Orff Schulwerk movement levels at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and Illinois State University.

Chapter Share 2016!!!!

Posted on January 28, 2016 by foxv3475

Come one, come all!

Join us on Saturday, February 6, 2016 for our annual chapter share.  We will sing, dance, play, speak,  and more!  Specifically speaking we will explore meter through movement, play a few recorder pieces (bring yours along),  and explore lessons inspired by children’s literature.  All led by our very own chapter members and leaders.  If you still would like to share email us at

Hope to see you there!

Workshop #2: Saturday, October 3, 2015

Posted on September 20, 2015 by foxv3475

donahoe pic

Our next workshop is in just under two weeks away!

Andrea Donahoe, our Vice President, is presenting!

Creating Cross Curricular Connections in the Music Classroom

Making cross curricular connections in the music classroom is an exciting opportunity for students to  experience content from their general classroom in an aesthetic environment; with their mind, their bodies, and their hearts.  Join us for this workshop where participants will explore inventive music lessons that are additionally connected to classroom content and support common core and 21st century learning objectives.  We will also explore tips and tools for finding authentic opportunities for integration and advocacy of our work.  See you on October 3!

Additionally, our featured Orff Moment will be Stations.  Bring your cameras to take pictures as we participate and play, exploring station examples you can create in your own classroom!

First Workshop of the 2015-2016 School Year

Posted on August 31, 2015 by foxv3475

Paul Weller

Our first workshop for the 2015-2016 school year is right around the corner and will be a great way to start the year. On Saturday, September 12th, Paul Weller is joining us and will be presenting a session titled:

 Assessment, Advocacy & Accountability: creating independent musicians through elemental music

This workshop will focus on the similarities between many different methodologies and how an Orff focused classroom can achieve literacy based concepts and foster

student independence. Participants will experience strategies to create successful improvisation and composition experiences, assessment tools to help propel students quicker towards musical independence, as well as how to use less repertoire to achieve more literacy.

All Fox Valley Orff Schulwerk Chapter Workshops meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Prairie View Elementary School, 10N630 Nesler Road in Elgin.

Please join us for lunch after the workshop for some face to face social networking time at Al’s Cafe and Creamery!

Upcoming Events 2015-2016!!

Posted on July 3, 2015 by foxv3475

We hope that everyone is enjoying their summer so far with family, friends, and some well deserved relaxation!!  Now that we’ve all had a moment to breathe this is the perfect time to update your calendar with some exciting workshops for next year!  See below for our schedule of events, we can’t wait to see you there!

2015-2016 Workshop Series

September 12: Paul Weller, Assessment, Advocacy, and Accountability: Creating Independent Musicians through Elemental Music

October 3: Andrea Donahoe, Creating Cross-Curricular Connections in the Music Classroom

February 6: Chapter Share

April 2: Rachel Aupperle, Know that One? Movement and Dance for Lower and Upper Elementary

Please contact with any questions!

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Next Workshop on April 11th!

Posted on April 8, 2015 by foxv3475

Our next workshop is on Saturday, April 11th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Prairieview Elementary School. Join us for a fantastic workshop with Dr. Kate Webster from Minnesota. Be prepared to move while imitating, exploring, and creating your way to better process in your classroom. In addition, we will be making a singing puppet and a lunch of soup and salad is provided! We can’t wait to see everyone there!

We will also be electing some new board members. We currently are looking for a Vice President, whose duties include planning and contracting our workshop presenters. They also help publicize all of the chapter events. The Vice President moves into the President’s role after a year as Vice President. We are in need of a new secretary. The secretaries responsibilities include keeping minutes at meeting, sending out workshop information and reminders, and helping maintain accurate membership information and roster. The final position we are looking for is the hospitality chair. The hospitality chair coordinates volunteers to bring the delicious treats for the workshops. All board members are required to be national members of AOSA. If you are interested in becoming part of the local leadership please contact Kristine Mertens at

February 7-Chapter Share!

Posted on January 10, 2015 by Andrea Donahoe

Our chapter share is coming up very soon on Saturday, February 7 and we are looking for volunteers to present!

Anyone is welcome to participate. A presentation can be just a few minutes or a longer lesson and can relate to any of a variety of topics, for example: Choral Pieces or Canons, The Volumes, Process, Recorder, Dance, Creative Movement, Improvisation (Instrument, Vocal, or Body Percussion), Literature or Poetry, Technology, Multicultural Music, etc.We encourage everyone to consider presenting whether it is your first year of Orff or your thirty first:-)  If you have any questions at all or would like to participate please contact our Vice President, Andrea,  at  Let her know what you will be sharing and how long your presentation will be, as well as any additional information we should know.

English Language Learners in the Classroom

Posted on October 3, 2014 by foxv3475

This month we are pleased to have our presenter be our very own Vicki Derybowski! She is will be incorporating bilingual teaching strategies into the Orff classroom. Come and lean new ideas and strategies to meet the needs of your English Language Learners in your music classroom while still providing an active and child-centered learning environment through Orff methodology.

It was a dark and joyful Orff Workshop…

Posted on September 7, 2014 by foxv3475

Composing with seed packets.

Composing with seed packets.

The lack of light did not dim the enjoyment of our Saturday workshop with Sarah Guterman. Under the shared workshop tab there is a list of all of the folk dances that Sarah taught during the the Orff Moment with source information or a description of the dance if it is not published. We look forward to seeing everyone in October for Vicki Derybowski’s presentation on English language learners.

With a new school year comes…

Posted on August 12, 2014 by foxv3475

  • New Fox Valley Orff-Schulwerk Chapter Workshops! We are very excited to announce the workshops for the 2014-2015 school year. We are covering a wide variety of music education areas and issues this year!
  • 2014-2015 Workshop Dates and Presenters
  • September 6- Sarah Guterman, “Treasures in Literature and Song: Old and New”
  • Orff Moment: A special Folk Dance Reading Session led by Sarah Guterman with materials available for purchase from West Music.. Please consider joining us for lunch after the workshop and reading session at Al’s Cafe and Creamery.
  • October 4-Victoria Derybowski, “English Language Learners in the Music Classroom” Orff Moment: New National Core Arts Standards
  • February 7: Chapter Share
  • April 11: Kate Williamson, “Exploration and Improvisation Through Movement” Orff Moment: Pinterest Make-‘n-Take with Soup Lunch
  • 9:30 Registration, Workshop 10am-1pm
  • Prairie View Grade School | 10N630 Nesler Road, Elgin, IL
  • Annual membership is $40
  • $20 for members, $40 for non-members, free for undergraduate students with ID.
  • CPDUs will be provided.