Due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings, we are planning for all of our workshops to be delivered virtually this year. Workshops will be two hours in length, from 9:00-11:00AM. We are committed to continuing to provide excellent professional development (and professional fellowship) to our colleagues as we all navigate these uncertain times. We anxiously await the time that we can make music together in person again!
Andrea Donahoe currently teaches K-5 music and movement at Head-Royce School in Oakland. She is the vice-president of the Northern California AOSA Chapter. Andrea completed her levels at the San Francisco International Orff Course in 2010 and since then has participated in SFIOC materclasses, the International Music Village in Finland, Orff España’s Curso Internacional de Verano, and was in the inaugural class of SFS Orff Interns. Before moving to the Bay Area, Andrea taught and choreographed in the Chicago suburbs and served as Vice President for the Fox Valley Orff Schulwerk Chapter for six years.
BRANDI WALLER-PACE Founder, Executive Director, Co-Editor of Decolonizing the Music Room
Brandi taught elementary music for ten years in Fort Worth, Texas where she served as a mentor teacher, wrote lower elementary music curriculum, and was awarded the 2018 Bayard Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performance Arts. Brandi holds a BM and MM in Jazz Studies from Howard University and is pursuing her PhD in Music Education at the University of North Texas. She has completed Orff Schulwerk certification, Kodály level I, and Music Learning Theory levels I & II. An educational equity advocate, she has been a member of the Fort Worth ISD racial equity committee since 2018 and in 2019 completed a Campus Voices Fellowship with Leadership ISD, focusing on educational equity. Brandi is an active musician and performs various styles, most often jazz and early American Roots music. She is an active presenter on topics ranging from decolonizing and anti racist philosophies in music education to the Black history of early American music, and incorporating these into classroom activities.
LORELEI BATISLAONG, Deputy Director, Lead Editor of Decolonizing the Music Room
Lorelei is a 14-year veteran of the elementary music classroom. She received a BM in Music with teacher certification from Southwest Texas State University and a MM in Instrumental Conducting from Texas State University. She served on the American Orff Schulwerk Association National Board of Trustees as Region III Representative and is a former chair of the AOSA Diversity and Inclusion committee. Lorelei is the State Director of the Texas affiliate of the National Association for Music Education. Along with presenting local, state and national clinics, Lorelei is completing a Ph.D. in Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include: Teacher noticing and decision-making, inclusivity in the music classroom and the teaching profession, and generally wondering why everything is the way it is and how it could be better.
CYNDEE GIEBLER lives and teaches in northeast Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and completed her master’s degree at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. She has presented workshops for American Orff-Schulwerk Association chapters around the country as well as state, regional, and national conventions. In her spare time, Cyndee enjoys composing and arranging music for classroom use, children’s chorus, and elementary strings.