Orff-Schulwerk Certification Workshop

June 17-28, 2019.  Orff-Schulwerk certification will be offered June 17-28, 2019 at UMSL in conjunction with the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA). Levels 1, 2, and 3 will be offered this summer. This course of study is for anyone with music training who wishes to acquire basic knowledge and pedagogic skill in the Orff-Schulwerk philosophy.  Included are rhymes and poetry, movement and singing games vocal and instrumental development, soprano recorder, elemental forms, major-minor pentatonic scales and improvisation. 

Instructors for the 2019 Levels are Donna Massello-Chiacos (Level I) Brian Burnett (Level II) and Roger Sams (Level III).  Teaching movement will be Kate Webster and teaching recorder will be Julie Blakeslee.

For more information, contact Prof. Kim Warger (kimwarger@umsl.edu) and visit this webpage.

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E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative Invitational Music Festivals

The E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative Invitational Music Festivals are held annually during the first week of February.  The middle school music festival includes a 200-voice choir, a 110-piece concert band and a 110-piece string orchestra.  The high school festival includes a 180-voice choir, a 110-piece symphonic band, and a 110-piece string orchestra.  The all-day festivals conclude with free evening concerts open to the public at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.  The clinicians and guest conductors are UMSL music faculty and most recently included Gary Brandes, Jim Henry, Jennifer Mishra, James Richards, Gail Fleming and Robert Nordman.

The E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative Invitational Showcase Concert features individual Des Lee school ensembles—choirs, orchestras, bands, jazz ensembles—in a showcase performance at Powell Symphony Hall.  This annual event is scheduled for late November or early December.


UMSL Junior Honor Band

December 5, 2018. The University of Missouri-St. Louis Music Department is proud to announce the second annual UMSL Junior Honor Band. This one day event will provide 11th grade band students the opportunity to experience the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus and the UMSL Music Department through interaction with our faculty and current students. The day will include full band rehearsal and sectionals with the UMSL Wind and Percussion faculty. We will feature this Honors Ensemble with the UMSL Wind Ensemble on a concert December 5, 2018, in the Lee Theater of the Touhill Performing Arts Center. This concert is open to the public and we encourage parents, family members, and band directors to attend.

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