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Ellen Koziel – Basic, Level I; Recorder, Level III

ellenEllen Koziel is currently a music teacher with Shelby County Schools (formerly Memphis City Schools) at Cordova Elementary School. A Nationally Board Certified Teacher, Mrs. Koziel holds a Master of Music degree in Orff Schulwerk from the University of Memphis as well as Orff certification through the Masters level. She has taught Level I and recorder for the summer Orff Levels courses at the University of Memphis and Dekalb County, Georgia. She was the first General Music Chairperson for the Tennessee Music Education Association where she proposed, developed and chaired the first Tennessee Treble Choir event. Mrs. Koziel is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and has served as president of the West Tennessee General Music Association and the Memphis Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. In the fall of 2005, she was awarded the Endorsed Trainer Certificate from the Music and Movement division of the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation.


Dr. Carol King  - Recorder, Levels 1 and 2

caroleA native of Tennessee, Carol King received her Orff certification from Memphis State University (University of Memphis) and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Her 32 years of experience in the Memphis City Schools Orff Program included serving as acting supervisor of that program, writing curriculum and mentoring other teachers in the program.   Carol has presented sessions at national music conferences in the United States and Canada and taught numerous workshops for chapters of the American Orff–Schulwerk Association. Over the years, she has served as the recorder instructor for Orff Certification courses in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Tennessee and Texas. Carol’s student recorder ensemble performed at the 2001 AOSA conference in Cincinnati, and her publications include a guide to teaching beginning recorder and arrangements for recorder ensemble. 


Brent Holl –  Basic, Level II

brentBrent Holl lives in Bridgewater, Virginia, and taught middle school general music and choir in Augusta County, Virginia for 33 years. He has done adjunct teaching in music education for James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Blue Ridge Community College, and Radford University. He currently teaches summer courses in Orff Schulwerk and is a national clinician and consultant in the areas of music education and children’s choirs. He received a B. S. degree from Bridgewater College, an M.M.Ed from James Madison University, and has completed all levels of Orff Schulwerk Certification at the University of Memphis with further study at George Mason University and Hamline University.


Vivian Murray Caputo – Basic, Level III

vivianVivian Murray Caputo is an Orff specialist and has taught in public and private schools for many years.  She has presented workshops for AOSA chapters and for NAfME and AOSA National Conferences, and she is an instructor for Levels I, II, and III Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education. She served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees as Region V Representative and as Co-Chair of the 2005 AOSA National Conference in Birmingham.  She was Co-Chair of the International Orff Symposium in Rochester, NY, in 2000.  She has been an instructor for IAJE Teacher Training Institutes, and she sings with various jazz ensembles.  She has recorded with Phil Woods and the Gregory Caputo Big Band.  She continues to explore and delight in the many possibilities offered by Orff Schulwerk. 


Andrew Ellingsen, Movement, Levels I, II, III

andrewAndrew Ellingsen teaches elementary music at John Cline Elementary and General Music Methods at Luther College in Decorah, IA.  He earned his B.A. at Luther College and his M.A.M.E. at the University of St. Thomas with a dual concentration in Kodály and Orff Schulwerk.  He has served on the OAKE national board, is a Past President of both the Midwest Kodály Music Educators of America and the Kodály Chapter of Minnesota, and was on the board for Minnesota Orff.  Ellingsen also teaches in the SMU Orff Course in Dallas and has presented at both OAKE and AOSA national conferences.

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