October 1, 2016

SDAOSA letter from new president, Dawn Zurcher:

Dear fellow SDAOSA members,

I am excited to step up and take on the role of President for our chapter in the wake of Marci’s exciting news. Marci has put so much effort into this organization over the past few years and made great progress in getting our processes as a chapter refined and collecting and organizing the chapter history. She is going to be a tough act to follow and she will be greatly missed these next 18 months while she is overseas.

As incoming President I plan to continue the work that past presidents started of bringing in quality professional development and building our community. With this in mind we hope you join us for an amazing workshop with Lynn Kleiner and spread the word to your classroom or early education teacher friends that we are offering a one time discounted walk-in rate of $25 for this high quality PD opportunity. Also stay on campus during lunch by purchasing a Chick-fil-a sandwich or enjoying our snack foods for donation. I look forward to our time together!

Dawn Zurcher

October 1, 2016

SDAOSA president’s letter from Marci Romney:

Dear SDAOSA Friends,
Welcome to our 40th Anniversary Year! “Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future.”
From the living room of Janet Cherif in 1977 to Skyline Elementary today and on to a new site in 2017 and beyond, our chapter has grown in both experience and membership.

Learning from the Past …
2015-2016 was a truly historical year for SDAOSA. For the second time in our chapter’s history, San Diego hosted the AOSA National Conference. The theme was: “Waves of Learning” in November of 2015. Two years of diligent preparation was spearheaded by local chairs Sheryl Lloyd and Linda Lungren and supported by committee chairs and members from San Diego and our co-hosting chapters in Orange County, Los Angeles, Inland County and Las Vegas. Many of our members were called out of “retirement,” having served the chapter for many past years.

As Conference hosts, we shared the unique opportunity for two outstanding all-day Pre and Post-Conference workshops with our co-hosting chapters. In September we danced and sang with internationally acclaimed Peter and Mary Alice Amidon. In February we drummed our way through excellent Orff processing with Jim Solomon.

Working and learning side by side on so many occasions created the big bonus of new relationships and bonds among the co- hosting chapters.

Our third workshop of the season found us enthusiastically daring to create with national presenter Colleen Vernon.

Looking ahead to the final workshop of the year, Historian Dianne Park and myself took on the monumental task of gathering, sorting and reading through 30 plus years of chapter documents and notebooks. Beginning with our original charter as an official AOSA chapter, constitution and by-laws in November of 1979 to present day, we set out to compile a concise History of the evolution of our Chapter.

During that process, I became more and more impressed with the level of dedication, expertise and talent of past and present members. It became clear that a high caliber of local, national and international presenters at workshops and levels training has been the hallmark of SDAOSA from the beginning and has remained consistent. SDAOSA is a truly remarkable group of educators and people to be associated with.

The project culminated in an exciting day of Chapter Sharing interspersed with Chapter History presentations highlighting our honored guests: fourteen of our sixteen Past Presidents and many past Board Members attended who have served the chapter so faithfully through the years. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to meet, reconnect and honor their service during the workshop and during the luncheon following.

Looking to the Future …
Change seems to be the key word! It is exciting to watch how one group of people can change the way children in our area experience music.

The “face” of SDAOSA is in a season of change. Many past members and leaders are now officially in retirement, or will be in the near future. The chapter’s future will depend on the willingness of “the next generation” of members to continue the tradition of serving, in both small and large capacities. We ask that all carefully consider ways you can contribute as lives and circumstances allow.

My own future has changed sooner than anticipated. My husband and I will be living outside of the country for 18 months on a service mission. This necessitates a change in our Executive Board. Our Vice President / President Elect Dawn Zurcher has agreed to step in to take on the duties as President of the chapter, with three-year-old Alice and three-month-old Lucy in tow. Our capable Board will be there to support her, and we know we can count on our other willing members to shoulder many of the responsibilities. A good place to begin is to sign up for Chapter Sharing in January.

I cannot wait to see what will be accomplished in the coming year by our strong, talented group of musicians. The future of San Diego AOSA is bright and full of promise.

It has been a pleasure serving.

Musically yours,
Marci Romney
Immediate Past President 2014-2016

September 25, 2016

This just in! The walk-in fee for Lynn Kleiner’s 9am-3pm (longer!) workshop on October 15 has been reduced to $25 (same as the regular walk-in fee for those in affiliated organizations) so be sure to let all your colleagues know who might be interested (especially interested might be anyone you know who wants to use more music with their early childhood students!). Also, in addition to the regular munchies offered (paid for via donations from those who munch), there will be Chick-fil-A sandwiches available for order ($5 gets you a sandwich, drink, bag of chips, and cookie). Oh and please bring your soprano recorder if you have one. Hope to see you on October 15!

August 8, 2016

2016-2017 Workshop School Flyer


Above is our new publicity outreach flyer. Would you please help get the word out by:

– printing off and posting the flyer in a prominent place in your schools and education venues
– forwarding electronically to colleagues, friends, administrators, etc.

Thanks so much for helping make our 40th Anniversary Year an awesome one!

Our motto: “Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future.”

August 3, 2016

Here’s a note from our President, Marci Romney:

Happy August, SDAOSA Friends! Hope you have had, are having, and will continue to have a refreshing summer. Some of you are already back to school, and most others will be by the end of this month.  So…

It is time to think about our revitalizing San Diego AOSA (SDAOSA) 2016-2017 year ahead:

•    celebrate our SD Chapter 40th Anniversary Year:
“Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future”
•    learn from excellent national presenters
•    take ready-to-use materials for your classroom
•    receive Orff Schulwerk training
•    network and socialize with high-caliber colleagues

Three important reminders:

1.  EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT for Membership Dues
available Aug 1-Sept 6.
SDAOSA Membership Form 2016-2017

with presenter THOM BORDEN from Las Vegas:
“Pathways To Process –
Using Children’s Literature To Address Music Concepts”

8:45am  Registration opens
9:00-1:30pm  Workshop
@ Skyline Elementary School,
606 Lomas Santa Fe, Solana Beach

Workshop details at  https://sdorff.org/workshops/
More about Thom at http://thomborden.blogspot.com

October 15, 2016 – Lynn Kleiner
– exciting FULL-DAY workshop!  9:00am-3:00pm
January 28, 2017 – Chapter Sharing  9am-1:30pm
April 22, 2017 – Tim Wiegand   9am-1:30pm

July 24, 2016

We hope to see you all at our local San Diego AOSA (SDAOSA) workshops this school year but this is just a reminder that registration is now open for the upcoming AOSA National Conference in Atlantic City if you’re going.

November 2-5, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Click here for more info: 2016 National AOSA Conference in Atlantic City

Popular conference sessions fill up early, so register soon! Also, it’s less expensive to register early!

Early Registration July 1 to Aug. 31 $279 (Non-Member $560)
Pre-Registration Sept. 1 to Oct. 2 $299  (Non-Member $601)
On-site Registration Nov. 2‐5 $390  (Non-Member $750)

Membership in AOSA or Carl Orff Canada is required to qualify for the national conference registration member discounts. Remember, membership in SDAOSA (local chapter membership) does NOT automatically give you AOSA membership (national membership). Click here to join or renew AOSA (national) membership.

April 25, 2016


Registration 8:45 with Morning Snacks, donations accepted. Workshop 9:00am to 1:30 pm

BOUTIQUE OPENS EARLY! Bring your checks (preferred) or cash for our final Boutique Blow-out Sale of the Season! Some exciting treasures left. All proceeds go directly to our Chapter. Retired Teacher Sale too!

Potluck Luncheon and Meet & Greet. If you didn’t sign up to bring anything for the Potluck and wish to, please feel free to bring whatever you would like to contribute. We do have lots of desserts and could use more main dish salads or finger foods, but bring what you are comfortable with. If you can’t bring anything that’s ok too!!!! (Note: there is no heating or refrigerating capability at Skyline so please plan accordingly.)

Chapter Sharing with 8 wonderful lessons, some 2015 National Conference favorites, presented by chapter members. Ideas ready to take home and use in your classrooms!

Featured 2015 National Conference Presenter: Marilyn Shepard
PLEASE BRING: soprano/alto recorders and ukuleles if you have them

Chapter History and Recognition presentation highlighting our 18 Chapter Presidents and their Board Members from our 39 YEARS as the San Diego Chapter of AOSA. 14 of those Presidents will be attending! Come meet or reconnect with delightful friends from years past and present!

Please Invite any Past Members you may know to join us.

Location: Skyline Elementary
606 Lomas Santa Fe Dr.
Solana Beach, CA 92075

Usual Walk-In Fees apply: Guests ($35) Affiliates ($25) Students ($10)

Please remember to bookmark and check our official website if you haven’t already: https://sdorff.org/

And “Join” (or just bookmark) our facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1021888791238650/

March 9, 2016

From Marci (our chapter president):

Come and get your CREATIVE juices flowing (this Saturday). . .

THIS Saturday, March 12 will be our next outstanding San Diego AOSA workshop with Colleen Vernon from Baltimore, Maryland:

– improvisations
– compositions
– a DIY musical production at any scale, for any group of students
– a Savoy-Style jam circle in your classroom
– well-rounded lessons that you’ll love to teach and that will give your students a creative voice
– take home ready-to-use lesson ideas that will inspire you to create your own lessons!

PLEASE BRING A SOPRANO RECORDER if you have one. We will also need a few alto and tenor recorders.

Registration begins at 8:45. Workshop 9:00am-1:30pm. Snacks and drinks available. See here for details on location and fees.