Carl Orff Canada’s first National Virtual Conference “Intersections” was held on Saturday, April 30, 2022, and the Alberta Orff Chapter held an in-person watch party at the U of A in conjunction with the conference. Sessions were scheduled to be broadcast live throughout the day, and over 40 teachers came together to watch sessions together. Everyone enjoyed a great lunch provided by the Chapter and prepared by the Upper Crust Cafe. It was our first in person event since COVID began, and everyone was so excited to gather together in person to make music and enjoy sessions together.
After the watch party, the Alberta Orff Chapter hosted an evening reception at the Muttart Conservatory where teachers had a chance to socialize, have some drinks and appetizers, enjoy music by Keri Lyn Zwicker and guests, and explore the pavilions.
Our chapter also honored one of our lifetime members, Diane Shieron, as she was presented with a Special Certificate from Carl Orff Canada. The certificate was originally supposed to be presented at the Visions 2020 conference, and then with the 2022 conference going virtual, our chapter wanted to make sure we honored Diane in person. Part of the presentation to Diane included the presentation of a song written specially for Diane by Sherryl Sewepagaham.
It was a wonderful evening where we were able to celebrate music, friends and being together!
On Saturday, September 24, we hosted our first in-person workshop in over two years with local Edmonton drum facilitator Lucas Coffey. We started off the day with a community drum circle. It was so great to see teachers, children and community members all drumming together. Lucas shared his 4 elements of improv, games were played, laughs were had, and so much music made.
“Wash it away, next time bro, I’ve got your back” were just a few of Lucas’ reminders that improv is for everyone and mistakes are happy accidents. He spoke about how to engage with students and encourage students while meeting them where they are.
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