Orff Schulwerk Program

Cancelled for June 2021.  Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, UMSL's Orff Schulwerk program is cancelled for summer 2021. While we are sorry to do so, it is imperative that we prioritize the health and safety of all potential participants at this unprecedented time. UMSL has had a vital and vibrant Orff program for years, and will be returning to our regular annual course offerings with great enthusiasm in summer 2022. We hope you will join us then!

For more information, contact Dr. Julie Beauregard (jwbtbf@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.