The voices, rhythm and dance of students representing all 15 elementary music programs brought the Waco High Performing Arts Center stage to life for the 2015-2016 Waco ISD Children’s Music Festival Orff Ensemble. The guest director this year was Lorie Crowder, a longtime music educator who currently serves as president of the Heart of Texas Orff-Schulwerk Association. It was obvious that the students and their music teachers worked very hard to prepare for this wonderful event!
About Guest Director Lori Crowder
Lori Crowder has been a music educator for 33 years. She taught band in grades six through 12 in Robinson ISD for 22 years, where her bands at middle and high school earned multiple sweepstakes honors. She was an elementary music specialist in Waco lSD, teaching at Brook Avenue Elementary and at Parkdale Elementary schools. While at Parkdale Elementary, Ms. Crowder was honored as a finalist
For Waco ISD’s “Elementary Teacher of the Year” award in 2011-12. She is currently the kindergarten through fourth-grade music teacher at Woodway Elementary School. Ms. Crowder holds a bachelor of music education in instrumental music and conducting from Baylor University, and has completed all levels of certification in Orff-Schulwerk from Southern Methodist University. She currently serves as president of the Heart of Texas Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and is the handbell director at Seventh and James Baptist Church in Waco.
What is Orff-Schulwerk?
Releasing creativity that extends far beyond the music classroom, Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman conceived an approach to building musicianship in every learner through the integration of music, movement, speech, and drama. In Orff-Schulwerk classrooms, children begin with what they do instinctively: play! Imitation, experimentation, and personal expression occur naturally as students become confident, life-long musicians and creative problem solvers. The Orff approach to teaching is a model for optimal learning in 21st Century classrooms.
2015-2016 Waco ISD Children’s Music Festival Committee
Cheryl Mcilwain, Chair, Brook Avenue Elementary
Theresa Juris, Co-chair, Parkdale Elementary
Katie Forbis, Provident Heights Elementary
Anna Poe, Kendrick Elementary
Larry Carpenter, Waco ISD Fine Arts Director