Winter Events 2017-18

February 3, 2018- Emily Phillips

PLEASE NOTE!!!   This session will be held at Crane Elementary School in Henrietta

– 85 Shell Edge Drive, Rochester New York 14623

Session Title: Together In Harmony: Finding a Place for Every Student

Session Description: Sometimes a small change can make a big difference.  In this workshop we’ll explore different ways to integrate and challenge students at all ability levels within classroom ensembles. We’ll be incorporating recorder, barred instruments, classroom percussion, movement, and more.  Bring your recorder and join in the fun!

Biography: Emily Phillips has been an elementary music specialist for more than 15 years.  She currently teaches at Canandaigua Primary-Elementary School in Canandaigua, NY where she leads general music classes for students in grades 3 through 5 as well as a Fifth Grade Chorus of over 150 voices.  She is a graduate of Ithaca College where she received both her bachelors and masters degrees in music education.  Emily is actively involved with the Greater Rochester American Orff Schulwerk Association, serving most recently as vice president.  Her Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training Levels I-III were completed at the Eastman School of Music.  She has led teacher education workshops sponsored by GRAOSA, Nazareth College, Houghton College, Greece Central Schools, and the Finger Lakes Music Educators Association, among others.  In 2015 she directed the Elementary All-County Chorus for the Genesee-Wyoming Music Educators Association.  When not making music, Emily lives in Fairport, NY with her husband and son.

March 3, 2018      Cyndee Giebler: Mining the Volumes

In this workshop, we will uncover the hidden gems found within the covers of the Music For Children volumes.  We’ll explore ways to make these pieces fun, artistic and joyful for today’s students. Bring a soprano recorder and a sense of adventure!

PLEASE NOTE!!!   This session will be held at Crane Elementary School in Henrietta

– 85 Shell Edge Drive, Rochester New York 14623



Cyndee B. Giebler (born July 7, 1958) is a Wisconsin Elementary School Music Educator teaching in the Menominee, Michigan Elementary Schools whose student’s are a constant inspiration for her music composition. From 1992-1998 while teaching at Holy Family School in Marinette, Wisconsin, “Away in a Manger,” “Gloria Deo,” “Il Est Ne,” “I Heard a Bird Sing” and “The Bullfrog’s Song” were born. Here she taught classroom music, chorus, orchestra and directed an annual musical. Before teaching at Holy Family School, she had a private Suzuki violin and piano studio. Cyndee studied composition at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota from which she has received her master’s degree in 2004. Cyndee is active member of the American Orff Schulwerk Association and frequently presents workshops around the country. As a composer, Cyndee writes sturdy singable melodies for children’s voices with accessible harmony parts. Lively and appealing accompaniments support the singing with rhythmic and aural interest.


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