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Holy Family College, formerly Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, is known around the world as a center for Graduate Music Education and its Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program. Building upon this success, Holy Family College is launching its Orff Schulwerk Certification Program – Level I in the summer of 2020. 

Holy Family College’s Orff Schulwerk Certification Program – Level I will be held July 13-24, 2020 in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Throughout these two weeks, educators will develop an understanding of the teaching and learning process using the Orff Schulwerk approach to music and movement. Conducted in a joyful and upbeat atmosphere, students will study technique and improvisation, analysis and arranging, pedagogy, movement and recorder as required by the American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA).

Students have the option to enroll in the Orff Schulwerk Certification Program – Level I for graduate credits or noncredit. Those who enroll for graduate credit will earn three graduate credits. All students who successfully complete the two-week course will be awarded the AOSA level certificate acknowledging participation and number of course hours. (NOTE: This certificate is not the Orff Schulwerk Certificate from AOSA – this is awarded upon completion of all three levels of Orff Schulwerk levels of training.) Scholarships are available for students who enroll in the program for graduate credit and intend to complete all three Orff Schulwerk Levels and meet all eligibility requirements.  


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The Holy Family College Orff Schulwerk Certification

Holy Family College’s Orff Schulwerk Certification Program – Level I will be held July 13-24 in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.  

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Dan Gullick – Pedagogy

Dan Gullick teaches kindergarten through fifth grade music at Liberty Ridge Elementary, part of ISD 833, in Woodbury, Minnesota. He co-directs a fourth and fifth grade extra-curricular choir and has founded a fourth and fifth grade Orff ensemble at his school. He holds a BA in music from Luther College and an MA in music education with an emphasis in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas. He is the department leader for elementary music teachers in ISD 833 for which he develops and presents professional development, and has supported the implementation of standards based grading. He has taught Orff Level 1 basic pedagogy at NDSU, an AOSA approved teacher education course. Dan is the current President of Minnesota Orff, is an AOSA digital mentor, and is an AOSA approved teacher educator.

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Aaron Hansen– Movement

Aaron Hansen is a K-6 Music Specialist at Cedar Heights and Aldrich Elementary Schools in the Cedar Falls School District. Aaron earned both the Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa.  Aaron is an Orff Certified educator with the completion of three levels of Orff Teacher Training at the University of St. Thomas.  In addition, Aaron has completed an Orff Master Class and studied for one week at the Orff Institute in Salzburg.  Aaron has presented workshops for local AOSA Chapters and taught Movement for Orff Teacher Training programs at Drake University and the University of Northern Iowa.  Aaron’s Elementary Orff Ensembles have performed three times for the National AOSA Professional Development Conference in Omaha, Milwaukee, and St. Louis.  Aaron is an active handbell soloist and has recorded three solo handbells CDs.

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John Barnes

John Barnes is a member of the faculty at Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC, where he teaches general music to students in grades two through eight.  Previously, he taught for nine years at Sully Elementary School in Loudoun County, Virginia.  While at Sully, John served as chair of the district’s All-County Chorus Festival, contributed to the district’s research newsletter, Stride, and was a finalist for Shenandoah University’s Teacher of the Year award.  Outside of the classroom, he has served in several capacities on the board of the Middle Atlantic Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association where he currently holds the position of past-president.  John has presented workshops for various state MEA conventions and local chapters of AOSA in addition to teaching recorder at the University of Kentucky Orff-Schulwerk Certification Program.  He completed his Orff-Schulwerk certification and Level IV coursework at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, apprenticed for recorder at The University of St. Thomas, and has been a participant in additional masterclasses throughout the US.  John earned a bachelor of science degree in music education at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, and a masters degree in saxophone performance at the University of Florida. 


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About the Zemke Endowment

Sister Lorna Zemke is an internationally recognized Kodály Music Educator who is Emeritus of Music at Holy Family College. Early in her career, Sister Lorna worked alongside Katinka Daniel on a Kodály pilot program in Santa Barbara and also spent six months collecting primary source materials on the Kodály Concept in Hungary. Sister Lorna went on to become one of the founders of organizations including OAKE, MKMEA, and AWAKE. Sister Lorna was the director of the Kodály Graduate Summer Music Program for more than 40 years. Sister Lorna is perhaps best known for being a mentor and role model to countless master teachers.

A gift to the Sister Lorna Zemke Endowed Fund would allow Sister Lorna’s legacy of exemplary music education to live on by way of an Endowed Chair of Music Education.

To make a gift, contact Lori Yeager at 920-686-6273 or click the button below to give online. In appreciation for your gift, Sister Lorna Zemke has requested that she be given the names of all who have donated so that she may personally send her thanks.



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