Sessions and Presenters


Mini-Conference with Dr. LÁSZLÓ NEMES
Choral Repertoire in Creative Ways
Thursday, 1 – 4 pm
$75/Members, $100/Non Members
This workshop will provide practical ideas for teaching choral repertoire in creative ways, both in the music classroom, as well as in choral rehearsal. Repertoire will be selected from a wide range of musical genres which exhibit great variety in terms of difficulty.


Sunday Spotlight Session with JILL TRINKA
Children’s Singing Games in the North American African Diaspora
Sunday, 10 am – 12 pm
Participants in this extended session will learn children’s singing games from West Africa, The Caribbean, South and North Eastern United States, and the Deep South as they investigate potential use in music literacy-based curricula, from elementary through collegiate ear training levels of instruction. Performance style and notational issues will be considered.

OAKE Participant Choir
Directed by Dr. LÁSZLÓ NEMES
The Participant Choir is a unique experience for conference participants to sing together in a choral setting. Dr. Laszlo Nemes, Director of the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music, will be conducting the Participant Choir and has selected Three Shakespeare Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams and An Ode for Music by Zoltán Kodály for the choir to perform. Because of the difficulty level of the music, those who register for the Participant Choir before the Early Bird deadline will receive their music in the mail prior to the conference. Those that register after the early bird deadline will have to pick their music up at the conference. Music packets are an additional $25; this fee is non-refundable.

Rehearsal Schedule: 
Friday 10:30-11:45 am
Saturday 10:00-11:15 am.
Both of these rehearsals are during the long morning break and therefore do not conflict with any other sessions and/or meetings.

The Participant Choir will perform on Saturday at 1:15 pm as one of the Midday Concert groups.


Conference Sessions

Centers and Manipulatives
Jenny Authier and Jenna Williams – Manipulatives for You and Me: Organizing Successful Make and Takes
Sarah Oyler – Kindergarten Stations: Practice Concepts, Engage Students, Rest Your Teacher Voice
Emily Richardson – This Stuff is Your Stuff, This Stuff is My Stuff

Katherine Chipman – A Window into a Great Musical Heritage: Applying Partimento and Folk Song to Build a Chorale’s Musicianship
Jason Dove – Kodály Practices in the Choral Warm Up
Eva Floyd – Soul-fége: Journey from Soulful Genres to the Classics
Alyson Shirk – Songs from Our Land: Choral Arrangements of Classic American Folksongs

Classroom Connections
Amy Abbott – Music Made for Upper Elementary: Catching the Attention of Your Older Students
Katherine Hickey – Discovering the Concept: Choose the Best Song!
Jo Kirk – Making Music with JOY and Purpose: 5th-8th Grade
Sandra Mathias – Teaching Children to Read, Sing, and Play (sponsored by Capital University)
Tom Michalek – Help! They Won’t Listen! Strategies and Routines for Effective Lessons
Aileen Miracle and Karla Cherwinski – Data Made for You and Me: Data-Tracking in the Kodály-Inspired Classroom
Joy Nelson – 6/8 Meter: You Can Do This!
Constance Price – The Older Beginner: Connecting Pedagogy to Artistic Expression

Community Connections
Beth Berridge, Mandy Algate, Kelly Lynch – Art Music for You and Me: A Community Approach
Cathy Ward – The Family Folk Song Project

Cultural Connections
Anne Cohen and Craig McGorry – Scat Goes Fiddle-I-Fee: Kodály Sings the Blues
Manju Durairaj – Dance Around the World (sponsored by Hal Leonard)
Kelly Foster Griffin – This Land is Our Land: Expanding America’s Musical Mother Tongue
Rachel Gibson – Living Traditions: Children’s Songs and Singing Games from Central America
Gail Needleman and Anne Laskey – This Land is Our Land: 50 Songs from 50 States
Andrew Paney – Songs and Games from Latin America
Meredith Riggs – Listening in the Urban Setting: Games, Literacy and Connections
Julie Scott, Manju Durairaj, Aileen Miracle – Enriching Classroom Musical Culture Through Active Music Making Approaches (sponsored by the Alliance for Active Music Making)

Differentiation/Special Learners
Elaine Bernstorf, Amanda Vanausdall, Samantha Kaser – Circling the Wagons: Inclusion at Every Level
Lucia Schaefer – Teaching Self-Regulation the Kodály Way

Chris Judah-Lauder – Drum, Dance and Play the American Way! (sponsored by West Music)
Diane Engle and Lamar Robertson – Play and Play with Lamar
Kristin Vogt Moore – Don’t Forget to Sing! (sponsored by West Music)
Ran Whitley – Interactive Recorder Instruction: Take Your Recorder Class into the 21st Century (sponsored by Macie Publishing Co)

Miriam Factora – A Music Educator’s Venture into Fieldwork Research: Kodály’s Scholarly Influence
Deana McLoud – Woody Guthrie Center Presentation (Invited Presenter)
Jill Trinka – A Woody Guthrie Tribute: Songs Old and New

Amy Abbott – Passed from You to Me: Passing Games for the Kodály Classroom
Lauren Bain – Come Sing with Me: From Story to Song
Susan Brumfield – First, We Sing! More Songs and Games for All (sponsored by Hal Leonard)
Marla Butke – Blending Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the Kodály Classroom (sponsored by Music is Elementary)
Kathy Kuddes – Home on the Range: Traditional Songs of the Western Plains
Valerie Diaz Leroy – Building Human Connections through Folk Song and Movement (sponsored by Quaver)

Eva Floyd – Conducting Gestures Made Simple for You and Me!
János Horváth – Memorization, Dictation and Improvisation: Completing the Circle of Learning
Logan McKinney – Roll on Columbia: American Art Music in the Kodály Classroom
Georgia Newlin – Personal Musicianship Refresher
Jennifer Wassemiller – We Got the Beat: Body Percussion Strategies to Address Creativity


Annual Conference Offerings
Administrator Program Address – Linda Hulsey
Choir Parent Session – Kevin Pearson
Choral Reading Session – Susan Brumfield
Community Dancing led by Trish Ranson and Ladies at Play
Morning Sing – Donna Menhart (Friday)
Morning Sing – Caroline Johnson (Saturday)
Newcomer Session
President’s Forum: National Core Arts Standards – Mary Epstein Secondary Choral Reading Session – W. Bryce Hayes

Educating the Teachers of Teachers (ETT)
The following sessions will be facilitated by members of the Teacher Education Committee:
Choral Conducting
New Initiatives for Education (NIFE)/Mentoring

Secondary Choral Track – Friday, March 23, 2018
Secondary Choral Track Flyer
James Bowyer – Anatomy of the Choral Rehearsal
DEMO – Matthew Hanne – This Choir is Our Choir: Collaborative and Creative Rehearsal Techniques
Sarah Martinez – Using Folk Songs and Art Music to Teach Sight-Singing
Georgia Newlin – Part-Singing/Sight-Reading Sequence for MS/HS Ensembles
Secondary Choral Reading Session – W. Bryce Hayes

Instrumental Track – Saturday, March 24, 2018
DEMO – Susan Harvey – Music Made Together: Developing Musicianship Skills in Orchestra Using Kodály
Steve Oare – We’re Arrangers! Collaborative Arranging in the Band Setting
Discussion Panel: Transitioning from the Kodály Classroom to Ensemble Classes


Annual Conference OfferingsOrff instruments

Invite your administrator to attend the conference for free! Show your administrator what the Kodály approach is all about. Look for a registration and nominations announcement for recognition of outstanding administrators.

Graduate credit will be available at the conference. If interested, please check the Graduate Credit box located on the conference registration form.

First time attendees to our conference will be linked with a mentor and have the opportunity to discuss OAKE, the conference, and the workshops, and to attend sessions together.

Designed for conference participants who teach or are interested in teaching in OAKEendorsed programs, in-service programs, workshops, or wishing to expand their knowledge base.

Designed for instrumental educators of all levels, these sessions explore the application of Kodály approach and philosophy to band and string instruments to foster greater literacy and learning.

These sessions are designed for Middle and High School choral educators to explore a Kodály-inspired skills based approach to music literacy, rehearsal techniques and repertoire.

Important Contacts and FAQ

Scheduling concerns and inquiries should be addressed to the National Conference Business Director, Nancy Johnson.  OAKE typically releases the final conference schedule in mid-February preceding the conference.  

Equipment inquiries should be addressed to the Equipment Coordinator, Nick Mercier.

Materials Upload inquiries (pictures, biographies, agreements, handouts) should be addressed to the Administrative Coordinator, Colleen Graves.