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In Memoriam

Birthe Kulich 1928-2020

The BC Orff Chapter would like to acknowledge the passing of Birthe Kuliche on April 11, 2020. A long-time champion of the Orff method and a driving force in the Orff world for many years, her memory will live on in her publications: Windsong Recorder Series& Growing with Music: Friendly Bear's Song Book. She will also be remembered in the awarding of the Birthe Kulich Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually by the BC Orff Chapter to undergraduate or newly graduated members for either Introduction to Orff or Orff Level 1. To read more about this wonderful

Good Teaching in Hard Times with Doug Goodkin

Carl Orff Canada presents 3 FREE online workshops! Saturday May 2, 16 and 30 at 2:00 pm. RSVP now at New to Orff? To become a member, sign up here



“Sharing the Good Stuff” workshop RESCHEDULED FOR Saturday, February 8


Due to the continuing poor weather, we have decided to reschedule our Saturday, January 18 workshop, “Sharing The Good Stuff” with Patty Bourne. The new date for the workshop will be on Saturday, February 8. Same time and place. (9:30-3, K.B. Woodward Elementary, Surrey).


We recognize that there may be people who were pre-registered who may not be able to make the new date and we will be crediting them for a workshop next season. For those who do not want a credit, a refund is possible, but may take some time.


Two for One Special for Newbies

This special is for our September workshop and is only for those who have never attended a BC Orff workshop. Registration at least one week in advanced is required. Please contact:

New Rates for Members Outside the Lower Mainland

Due to rising costs, the BC Orff Chapter has had to change its policy of offering free workshops to members living north of Squamish, east of Abbotsford, on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands or the Sunshine Coast. Non-local COC members from those regions will now have a special rate of$35.

Students! One Free Workshop

The BC Orff Chapter invites post-secondary students to come and experience the world of Orff. Please contact at least one week in advance of the workshop to register.

Registration is OPEN

Summer courses 2019 - Level I is now full but there are still spaces available in the Introduction to Orff and in Level II. For more information, please go to our Teacher Education Courses page. To register, please contact Pam Hetrick at

Scholarships Available for 2019 Orff Levels Courses

Go to the Scholarships page of our website to see what scholarships you are eligible for! There are funds just waiting for you! Taking a Levels Course will expand your skills, your professional network and likely change the way you teach. Application deadlines are coming up in mid April. Don't miss out! 

Reflection from August 2018 Masterclass

2, 4, 8, 16...An Orff Circle, presented by Debra Giebelhaus-Maloney
The Orff masterclass experience this past summer was incredible. Debra Giebelhaus-Maloney created an inclusive and collaborative environment where we were invited into the making, performing and even creating of music, followed by meaningful reflecting on what we had just experienced.

Start the New Year the Orff Way!

On Saturday, January 19th, Russell Wallace and Wenonah Justin will lead us through an engaging day with First People's Principles of Learning in the Music Classroom. During this workshop we will use materials that respect and address the nine principles, including authentic First Nations music and activities that can be used by music teachers. Come, learn, have fun and be ready for a new year with the new curriculum!

Essential Learning in Music...Clarifying the Curriculum: Joe Berarducci Workshop - by Lori Jane Froese

Having grown up as a music teacher with Joe Berarducci’s resources and inspiration, I was excited to be able to be a part of this BC Orff workshop. Even after teaching music for so many years, I still came away with exciting new ideas and song material to bring to my music classes the following week. For me, however, the most meaningful part was being able to share my love of these workshops and of the Orff philosophy in general with my daughter, Ellie, who is now a first-year music teacher, joining me in the life-long journey of inspiring children through music and movement.

Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to this year’s Birthe Kulich scholarship recipients! Delia Major, Rebecca Visser and Lucy Chang.

President's Message Spring 2018

2018 is an exciting year for Orff in Canada! The 25thNational Conference in Niagara Falls was a whirlwind of workshops and opportunities to connect with ‘Orffans’ from across Canada and beyond. It was inspiring to see what other chapters are doing to keep their members engaged and what other teachers are doing to motivate their students. I hope that at the next conference in Edmonton we will have many more participants from BC.

Children's Day Arrangement

Here is the arrangement of Pout Pout Kiss Kiss Fish as used during the Children's Workshop last week. We've also included the choreography for your viewing pleasure!

Thanks to everyone who participated for making it a wonderful day!

A Salzburg Sampler Debriefed

After a year in Salzburg, James Jackson came back to teaching with the need to share. Bringing us back as teachers in September to the experience of being a student is always so valuable as we begin the year, and this workshop was just that.


Finding the space for improvisation within the classroom gives back the fun to the students, laying the groundwork for their interest and involvement. Building community and inclusion is so important and giving children in music class a chance to find their place.

One way James took this further was by asking us to reflect regularly in between

Orff Level 1 Graduates

Congratulations to all of the graduates of this year's Level I Orff Teacher's Training Courses. It was another memorable summer full of inspiring students. Best wishes to all of you!! Our scholarship recipient for Level One, Julia Walmsley, wrote this fabulous piece about experience with the Orff process this August:

My time in Orff level 1 at Vancouver Community College

Orff Schulwerk has always been important to me.

President's Message Fall 2017

September has arrived and so has a new school year for all working teachers in B.C. I am gearing up, as most of you are, to greet my students again for a new school year.  I am steeling myself for the challenges of this coming year and the intense energy that the job of a music teacher entails. There are few positions in the school that need to be so “on” as we do all day.

I hope everyone had a restful summer, but also one of learning and discovery.

17/18 Brochure

17/18 Orff Brochure is up! Check it out for all our upcoming workshops and courses. Link is at the bottom of every page on the website.

Keith Terry Workshop Highlights

Many BC Orff teachers first encounter Keith Terry’s body music during their Level I training with Pam Hetrick. I did, and I loved his Rhythm Block approach to teaching rhythm, and have used it with my students for several years.

So I was stoked to hear that Keith Terry would be coming to BC and giving a workshop for our Orff chapter – a chance to study with the source!

On a beautiful Saturday in April a number of us gathered in New Westminster to spend the day using our bodies and voices to make music.

President's Message Spring 2017

Spring President’s Message

There is definitely a shift in the air as we transition fully into spring here in B.C. With such a snowy winter behind us, the flowers and trees all in bloom is fresh and exciting. April is a busy time of year for any music teacher with festivals and concerts upon us. We had a workshop in the midst of this busy month, which was actually very well attended for a long weekend in April. Thank you to everyone who came out to experience Keith Terry’s Body Music and brilliance. He is certainly an inspiring percussionist. We will be bringing him back to BC soon.


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