2020-2021 Workshop Presenters

2020-2021 Workshop Presenters

August 29, 2020 : Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan teaches at Clear Creek Elementary School in Shawnee, Kansas.  She is a past president of the Kansas Orff Chapter and has served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees as Region III Representative and Treasurer.  Jennifer was the National Conference Chair for the 2016 AOSA Conference in Atlantic City and is chairing the 2020 Conference.  She was on the Kansas Teacher of the Year team in 2009 and 2018.  Jennifer was the 2012 recipient of the World Village Wildcard scholarship and attended the JaSeSoiRy World Village in Valkeala, Finland.

Workshop Title:  Active Music Making In the COVID-19 Era

Workshop Date/Time:  Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST on Zoom.  


September 19, 2020 : Kate Bright 

Kate Bright is a music teacher at Lincoln Charter School in York, PA, where she teaches approximately 700 students from kindergarten thru fifth grade. She received her Orff Schulwerk certification at the Philadelphia University of the Arts in 2010 and has completed three years of Kodály training at the American Kodály Institute. She has presented at Orff chapters around the country and has presented twice at the American Orff Schulwerk Association’s National Conference. In 2015, she received the Spotlight Award from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement and in 2017 she received her school’s first-ever Staff Member of the Year award. Along with participating in her local international folk dance community, Kate also directs the Hummelstown Community Singers. She currently serves on the board of Greater Baltimore Area Orff, ACEMM, and the Harrisburg Area Contra Dance Association.

Workshop Title:  Nurturing the Unexpected 

Workshop Date/Time:  Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST on Zoom.  


October 17, 2020 : Eric Young

Eric Young teaches general music, band, choir, and guitar at Auburn Middle School and is adjunct faculty at Radford University. Previously, Mr. Young taught PK-5 music for 15 years. He has a MAed from Virginia Tech and a BMed from Radford University. Eric has presented workshop and clinics all over the US and China. He served as a Regional Representative on the AOSA National Board of Trustees and currently serves as the chair of the Social Media Committee.  Eric lives in Christiansburg, VA with his husband, Joe, and boxer, Luna.

Workshop Title: Zoom or Room: Music Activities for Your Classroom 

Workshop Date/Time:  Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST on Zoom.  


February 13, 2021 : Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson trained at the Children’s Theatre in Minneapolis, attended St. Olaf College and worked as an actress for many years.  She is Montessori certified and studied Orff through the University of St. Thomas. During the school year, Sarah directs choirs and teaches music and drama for grades 1-8 at Lake Country Montessori School in Minneapolis. She taught movement in the Orff Levels Course at the University of Kentucky for many years, has presented at many national conferences, and is an active clinician.

Workshop Title: Elemental Drama: Theatre in the Orff Classroom 

Workshop Date/Time:  Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST on Zoom. 


March 13, 2021 : LeslieAnne Bird  

LeslieAnne Bird is a music and movement educator in North Olmsted, Ohio. She teaches general music for grades K to five as well as fifth grade band, orchestra and choir. LeslieAnne is a national presenter. She has served as vice president and membership chair for the Greater Cleveland Orff Chapter and is currently serving as the content curator for the Teaching With Orff community. She earned Orff Certification from Baldwin Wallace University in 2014, and has completed Music Learning Theory General Music Level One, Level One World Music Drumming training, Level One Google Certification and has earned the Ohio Master Teacher designation.

Workshop Title: Elemental Drama: Planning in a Void; Adapting and Adjusting in the time of Covid

Workshop Date/Time:  Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST on Zoom.