Orff & Kodaly Faculty





Fleetwood_headshot2011Donna Fleetwood
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Donna Fleetwood is the artistic and curriculum director of the Orff Schulwerk Certification Program at George Mason University, where she received her training. She has also taught in Orff Certification Courses in Florida, Massachusetts and Utah. She recently taught music at the Bilingual Montessori School in Paris, France and has presented sessions in France, the UK, Hong Kong and Korea. In the U.S. she has experience as a general music and choral teacher at the Oak Knoll School in Summit, New Jersey, the Saint Albans School for Boys in Washington, D.C., and 23 years in the public schools of Prince William County, Virginia. Donna has been an AOSA national conference and chapter presenter, and has completed studies at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. She is a founding member of the American Center of Elemental Music and Movement.


Stephansky_headshot2011Joyce Stephansky
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Joyce Stephansky teaches music and movement in the Fairfax County Virginia Public Schools and Undergraduate Music Methods at George Mason University. She has experience as a choral, music, and movement teacher in kindergarten through sixth grade in the Prince George’s County, Maryland public schools and the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia. She completed her Master of Arts Degree and Orff Certification at George Mason University, with additional work in Orff studies and a Master Class at St. Thomas University. Stephansky has presented at AOSA National Conferences, and for Orff chapters in the areas of integration and Orff process.


BetsyKipperman_headshotBetsy Kipperman
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Betsy Kipperman has taught general music classes and directed children’s choirs since 1998.  She has taught early childhood, elementary, and middle school students in public and private schools in Maryland and Virginia.  Ms. Kipperman has served on the board of the MAC-AOSA chapter in many capacities. She serves on AOSA’s National Board of Trustees as one of the Region IV Representatives. She presents workshops for local chapters, national conferences, and teaches Orff Levels I and II.  Ms. Kipperman spent the 2010-2011 school year at the Carl Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria studying Advanced Topics in Music and Movement Education.  She currently teaches in Washington D.C.


MattMcCoy_headshotMatt McCoy
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Matt teaches elementary music and choirs at the Emerson School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Prior to his time at Emerson, Matt worked in various educational contexts including public and independent schools, children’s choir organizations, and universities in both the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions of the United States. As a clinician specializing in process-based teaching, Matt is a frequent presenter at AOSA National Conferences and at local chapters around the United States.


Shoshanah Drake, Orff trainingShoshanah Drake
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Shoshanah Drake comes to us as the newest member of the Orff at Mason staff. She teaches general and choral music for Montgomery County Public Schools, working with students in Pre-school Education Program through fifth grade. Shoshanah recently worked as a Consulting Teacher, coaching and supporting new and underperforming teachers to help them meet standards for Montgomery County Public Schools. She completed her Masters of Arts degree and Orff Certification at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. A past-president of the MAC-AOSA chapter, she has presented nationally at AOSA Conferences as well as for local Orff Chapters.


Redfearn-Cave_headshotVictoria Redfearn Cave
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Victoria currently teaches at the St. Anne’s –Belfield School in Charlottesville, VA. In her 20 years of teaching music, movement and choral studies to children, she has also worked in Washington, D.C. in independent schools and with the Levine School of Music and the Washington Opera. Victoria completed her Orff Schulwerk certification at Mason and received a scholarship to study at the Orff Institute’s Special Course in Salzburg, Austria. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Indiana University and her Masters Degree in Education Leadership from Mary Baldwin College. Victoria also teaches in the University of Northern Colorado’s Orff Certification Program. A presenter at the national and local level, Victoria has written articles for the Orff Echo on creative movement topics for children. Victoria is the Artistic Director of the Mosaic Children’s Choir in Charlottesville, VA.


Crandall_headshotJohn Crandall
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John teaches 6th and 7th grade choir and general music at Amelia and Glen Este Middle Schools in suburban Cincinnati, OH. In addition, John serves as assistant organist at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Cincinnati and directs one of the Satellite Choirs of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir. John has completed all three levels of Orff Schulwerk training at both the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and at Anderson University in Indiana.






Robbin Marcus, Kodaly trainingRobbin Marcus
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Robbin Marcus resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is the Kodaly program director at George Mason University. Additionally, she teaches piano lessons to students of all ages, is an ATI certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and serves on the OAKE board as a Member At Large. She is the editor of “Quench” for Well For the Journey in Baltimore. Previously, Robbin spent twenty-five years as the lower school music specialist at St. Paul’s School in Baltimore, Maryland and has served four terms in various offices on the OAKE board. She is a well-known traditional dance leader and an advocate for accurate performance styles in the music classroom. She has conducted numerous workshops for OAKE national conferences and local chapters. Robbin served on the Kodaly faculties of Webster University, the American Kodaly Institute and the Children’s Chorus of Maryland.


dohrmann_headshotVicki Dohrmann
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Vicki Dohrmann is certified in Orff and Kodaly and completed 3 levels of Choral Music Experience with Doreen Rao in Toronto. She studied at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, and attended Orff workshops in Vienna and Choral Music Institute in London. Dohrmann taught music for 29 years in Jefferson County, Missouri and was the Associate Director of the St. Louis Children’s Choir from 1990-1999. She is the Artistic Director of Young Voices Northwest from 2002-present and teaches at the Kodaly Certification Course at Webster University, where she also teaches Elementary Music Methods classes.


ward_headshotIvy Rawlins Ward
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Ivy Rawlins Ward has a diploma from the Kodaly Musical Training Institute. She has taught vocal music in the public schools of Washington, D.C., Boston, Hartford, and Baltimore. As a faculty member of the Kodaly Musical Training Institute, Holy Names College, and the Harrt College of Music she taught methodology, materials, and solfege, and supervised student teachers. She is a co-author of the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill basic series Share the Music and Spotlight on Music. Ivy has given numerous workshops throughout the United States and has been a clinician in Australia and Canada. She specializes in American folk music, especially African American children’s songs and singing games.


Ginger Albertson, Kodaly trainingGinger Albertson
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Ginger Albertson teaches a Kodály inspired program at Eagle View Elementary, ​in​ the Fairfax County Public School system. She teaches Kindergarten through 6th grade General Music, and directs ​5th and 6th grade choruses.​ Ginger holds a BS in Music Education from West Chester University in Pennsylvania, where she was a voice major. She earned her MA in Music Education from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Ginger earned her Kodály certificate at George Mason University. ​ She serves on the board of the Virginia Organization of Kodály Educators as a member-at-large, is a certified teacher mentor, and a member of NAfMe. Outside of her teaching, Ginger is an active member of Sweet Adelines International, and sings with the Vienna-Falls Chorus in Fairfax. She is the Associate Director for her barbershop chorus, and sings in a competing quartet.


Beth Anne Young, Kodaly trainingBeth Anne Young
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Beth Anne Young, is a Choral and Classroom Music Specialist at the John T. Nichols Middle School in Middleboro, MA, where she teaches Grades 6-8 Classroom Music and conducts the 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Choruses. She has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA and a Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Connecticut with an emphasis in Choral Conducting. She completed both her Orff and Kodaly Certification at George Mason University. She is a member of OAKE and NaFME. She has been a middle school choral/classroom music specialist much of her 33 years as a teacher.






Keith Hudspeth, Orff TrainingKeith Hudspeth
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Keith Hudspeth is a general and choral music educator at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC, where he currently teaches lower and middle school general music and directs the lower and middle school choruses. In 2007, he completed his Orff Schulwerk Certification at George Mason University and took a Level IV Master Class with Steven Calantropio. Keith is a vocal specialist, receiving his Bachelor of Music in Voice and K-12 Teacher Certification from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Rice University. Keith was a member of various American operatic young artist programs and sang professionally for regional companies before turning his focus toward music education. In 2009, he taught a Supplemental Course at George Mason with a focus on choral programming and performing. In 2016, Keith presented a middle school reading session at the ACDA Voices United.


Kris Olson, Orff TrainingKris Olson
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Kris Olson has taught music and movement for 24 years in urban, rural, public and private settings. She holds an MA with a Master Certificate in Orff-Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas. Kris teaches workshops across the country and has taught summer movement courses at St. Thomas University, George Mason University and the University of Steven’s Point. She has also written articles for the Orff Echo on movement integration. Kris studied dance at Zenon Dance Company in Minneapolis and is currently a member of Flatlands Dance Theatre and Caprock Morris, a border morris dance ensemble. She lives in Lubbock, TX where she teaches early childhood music, leads a children’s percussion ensemble and is a children’s storyteller.


Elaine Larson, Orff TrainingElaine Larson
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Elaine Larson is a music and arts integration specialist in the Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science in Kenai, Alaska, a public charter school which she helped to found. Her speciality is the integration of language arts with music and movement and has taught classes and workshops in this area at numerous AOSA national conferences, AOSA chapters, Trevor Day School, University of St. Thomas, University of Alaska, and George Mason University. She has taught Level I at George Mason University since 2000 and has also taught in Orff certification programs in Alaska and Michigan. Elaine recently presented sessions in Hong Kong and is a founding member of the Hong Kong Orff Schulwerk Association.


RachelGrimsby_headshotRachel Grimsby
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Rachel Grimsby has 13 years experience in elementary music education. She holds a B.M.Ed. from East Carolina University and a M.M.Ed from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. She has obtained certification in all Orff levels as well as all Kodály levels. Rachel is a teacher trainer for FAME, holding certifications for First Steps and Conversational Solfege. Rachel is a frequent clinician at the local, state and national levels. Most recently she presented her “Conversational Recorder” session at both the AOSA conference in Denver, CO and the inaugural FAME conference in Hartford, CT. Rachel is a member of the National Association of Music Educators, Organization of Kodaly Educators, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and is a current and founding member of the Feierabend Association of Music Education. Rachel is also blessed with an amazing family; her husband Greg, daughter Annabelle and son Benjamin.


Donna Fleetwood (see above)

Betsy Kipperman (see above)

Robbin Marcus (see above)

Ivy Rawlins Ward (see above)

Ginger Albertson (see above)

Beth Anne Young (see above)