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First Nations Songs For the Classroom

As we entered the room on this clear, mild January morning we were welcomed into a circle of seats, creating a warm sense of openness and calm. After acknowledging the peoples on whose traditional territories we were on, Sherryl sang us a welcoming song in which we had to face East, then South, then West and North back to East. The power of Sherryl's high-reaching voice and the drum beating like the heart beat of Mother Nature had us all ready and keen to learn songs from the First Nations, embracing what the songs mean to people of the nations that they come from.

Read on for more description and links to lesson plans!

President's Message Winter 2017

This school year is a big change for me both personally and professionally. My daughter has begun attending Kindergarten in September, and I began a Master’s program through SFU. We joke about how we are both starting school at the same time.

President’s Report – AGM 2016

Welcome to our new BC Orff Board Members Krista Dugdale, Adrian Clift and Christy Wu!
We had a wonderful year of workshops and courses this past year. It began with our 40th anniversary workshop and celebration.

Judith Hirsch Workshop September 24 - Energized!

There we were, on a wet September morning, gathered in a school gymnasium. Immediately the room was filled with the energy of Orff.

2016 Scholarship Recipients Give Thanks

The Level One Orff Schulwerk was an amazing experience. The teachers were inspiring and taught me so much.

Susie Green - BC Orff Chapter Honorary Life Member

We are very pleased to award Susie Green an Honorary Life Membership to the BC Orff Chapter. Susie has been instrumental to the growth and development of the BC Orff Chapter for decades.

Into the Woods - Summer Master Class 2016 with Catherine West

So many interesting topics, so many and varied songs and activities, so much information and new ideas to ponder, yet Catherine managed to direct it all at a pace that allowed us to fully absorb the materials and enjoy the process. And amidst all this intense learning were moments of true beauty that will continue to resonate in us and in our teaching in ways that are less easy to describe but perhaps even more important.

2016 Graduates of Level I and II

Congratulations to all of the graduates of this year's Level I and Level II Orff Teacher's Training Courses. It was another memorable summer full of inspiring students. Best wishes to all of you!!


Change of Workshop Location

BC Orff Workshops have a new home for this school year. Starting on September 24th, we will be at Queen Elizabeth Elementary at 921 Salter Street, New Westminster. Thank you Queen Elizabeth Elementary for welcoming us and helping to make our workshops possible!

Orff Can Come to You!

Are you interested in hosting an Orff workshop in your region?  Get in touch with the BC Orff Chapter to see how we can help support you.  Spread the word! 
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Free Workshops for Members Living Outside the Lower Mainland

The BC Orff Chapter has created a new policy to assist our members who live outside the Lower Mainland and encourage them to attend our workshops:

National Conference 2016

Carl Orff Canada National Conference 2016
April 28 - May 1
Saskatoon, SK

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BC Orff Chapter Celebrates 40 Years!

On September 19th, 2015, the BC Orff Chapter celebrated it’s 40th birthday. The day was kicked started with an exciting full day workshop with master teachers, Joe Berrarducci, Leanne Roy and Susie Green.