Welcome to the Treasure State Orff Chapter! 

!!!! March Workshop Date Change !!!!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 3rd

Our presenter moved out of country, so we needed to make a quick change. We are thrilled to welcome

Diana Hawley

January Chapter Sharing – January 20, 2018
Featuring Dorothy Morrison and the Lewis & Clark Peace Choir
Drumming with Dorothy
Ukuleles with Brandon Ensley

Dorothy Morrison teaches K-5 general music at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Missoula, MT.   She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in oboe performance, and a M.A. with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology from The University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Dorothy has a Level III certification in Orff Schulwerk and was a Regional Representative for AOSA.  Since 1994 she has been an active student, teacher and performer of the djembe drum tradition.

Workshop participants will learn several West African rhythms and their accompanying songs for use in the general music classroom.


The Lewis and Clark Peace Choir was formed in 2007-08 under the direction of L&C teachers – Jane McAllister, Dorothy Morrison and Kathy Dungan.

It is an extra-curricular activity open to any child K-5. Through the repertoire of music, the choir strives to empower children in developing positive relationships, thinking strategies and to help in character building.  The inclusive nature provides a vehicle for students to expand their relationship web within the school and the music exposes the singers to national and international cultures of song, helping to form global citizens. Through community and school performances the students have additional opportunity to make music and perform.

The Peace Choir directors will share the unique history of the group with TSO, perform some of their favorite pieces and share a piece of music for the participants to take away.

All workshops are held at Paxson School in Missoula.
A map is available HERE >>
Workshops are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Please bring snacks to share during our breaks!

OPI and graduate credit are available

OPI (Recertification):

  1. Go to pd4montana@hrmplus.net
  2. Login or register.  You will automatically go to “course registration”
  3. Click on September 23.
  4. Find and Register for #9887, Orff Schulwerk Under Construction.
  5. Complete all pages.  If you get a critical error report after the last page, don’t worry.   You’ll still show up on the roster.
  6. Be sure to sign the roster at next week’s awesome workshop!

A few days after the course, you will receive an e-mail inviting you to evaluate the course.   Log into pd4montana.hrmplus again, finish the evaluation then click on “My records” to print the OPI page for your records.  This needs to be done before June 4.

Please let Brenda Griggs know if you have any problems.  🙂

Graduate Credit through the University of Montana

Attendees of all three workshops can sign up for 1 university credit. The fee is $135. Shane Robertson will have the registration forms at the January chapter sharing workshop. Interested people will need to fill out the form, pay the fee, and return to Lori at some point during the workshop. Payment can be made with a credit card or a check. If taking for graduate credit (which everyone with a completed bachelor’s should do), each person will need to write a 5-page paper after completing the three workshops. Papers should address the three workshops and need to be turned in to Shane Robertson by April 14th (do not stress about the papers…it is just a formality for UM).

Spring Workshop
March 3, 2018



Treasure State Orff is an affiliate of AOSA.  For more information about the
American Orff-Schulwerk Association please visit aosa.org

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“The American Orff-Schulwerk association strongly encourages members to be positive and discreet when discussing our organization, specific courses and/or teachers, and the Orff movement. The very nature of the Orff Schulwerk philosophy embodies a broad spectrum of expressions exploring different paths to arrive at artistic and educational goals. Members are encouraged to recognize and remain open to varied approaches and to celebrate both our differences and our similarities.”