Special Weather Alert for January 19 Workshop!

Updated weather reports indicate possible heavy snow for this week-end. In case of bad weather on Saturday either here or in Buffalo (where our presenter James DesJardins lives), please look for an email alert Saturday morning. We will also update this website and our Facebook page with any changes. Rochester and January- and old story, but we’re hoping the weather will cooperate and we will see you at the workshop!

January 19 Workshop to Feature James DesJardins

Buffalo composer, conductor and educator James DesJardins will present, “The Process-Driven Life: Engaging students in an active, purposeful, musical environment” on January 19. This workshop promises that “Participants will experience an active journey through materials for general music class and chorus, focusing on engaging pedagogical process.”

This workshop will held from 9AM until 2PM on Saturday, January 19, at Crane Elementary School, 85 Shell Edge Drive, Henrietta NY 14623.

Mr. DesJardins is in his 13th year of teaching music in the Frontier CSD, and is highly involved in the Western NYS music community as an Orff-Schulwerk clinician, adjudicator, conductor, and composer. He offers resources at http://www.ElementaryMusicTeacher.com

Come join us for a day filled with joyous learning the Orff-Schulwerk way- engaging our students through music, movement, speech and drama.

Workshops for School Year 2018-19

Mark your calendars NOW for an extraordinary season of workshops sponsored by GRAOSA!

You won’t want to miss the excellent line-up of presenters, beginning with the very popular Mary Alice and  Peter Amidon. The Amidon’s workshops include traditional dance, music, and movement that are easily and very successfully adapted to the classroom. Since the Amidon’s are curtailing their very busy schedule, you will want to make a special effort to attend this workshop.

The fall/winter line-up:

September 22, 2018       Peter and Mary Alice Amidon

January 19, 2019           James DesJardins    …..James is an elementary music teacher in the Buffalo area, as well as a composer and ORFF clinician. Take a look at his website  www.elementarymusicteacher.com

March 2, 2019             BethAnn Hepburn….. BethAnn teaches 4-6 grade students in Ohio, as well as Orff training at several universities. She published Purposeful Pathways, Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom, Volumes 1 and 2

**All workshops  will be held at Crane Elementary School, 85 Shell Edge Drive, Henrietta NY 14623 

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/R4Z5B1wMJKx

All workshops are from 9AM to 2PM. In-service credit(5 hours)  is available to all who sign in by 9AM and stay for the entire workshop. Come early (8:30) and enjoy bagels and more!



Looking Ahead: Amidons to Present on September 22, 2018

Peter and Mary Alice Amidon are versatile and widely respected performing and teaching artists who for the past twenty years have dedicated themselves to traditional song, dance, and storytelling. They have presented at numerous National AOSA conferences, along with their many other appearances. You will receive a wealth of material to share in your classroom as well as a workshop celebrating the best of traditional music and dance.


Summer 2018 Orff Levels at Eastman School of Music

      This summer, the Eastman School of Music will again offer  Orff-Schulwerk teacher education courses taught by world-class instructors. What a great opportunity to obtain this training at the renowned Eastman School of Music in downtown Rochester during a two-week session. From July 16-27, Orff levels l and ll will be taught by Mary Helen Solomon, Jim Solomon, Karen Medley, and Janet Robbins. 

Visit  http://summer.esm.rochester.edu/ for details or contact program director Donna Brink Fox at  dbfox@esm.rochester.edu. This is a not- to -be- missed opportunity!


Cyndee Giebler and Mining the Volumes

On  March 3rd our members braved a heavy snow left behind from the day before. We were well rewarded by a workshop which presented several pieces from the Schulwerk volumes 1-4. Cyndee joked that the volumes are her nightly reading material kept close by her bedside. We created several of the accompaniments and were delighted to hear the rich arrangements.