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ALL-STATE CONCERT: All-State Elementary Orff Ensemble

Friday, January 14, 2022
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Tampa Convention Center
Ballroom A
Grade Levels
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Literature will be selected from:

Sing, Sing Together, Traditional Folk Song (Traditional)

O, Desayo, Angolan Folk Song/ vocal arr. by Elliot Z. Levine/ Instrumental arr. by M. Chandler (Plymouth Music Co., Inc.)

Good, Better, Best! , Traditional Text/arr. by Ben Torres (Self)

Sur le pont d’Avignon (Music for Children, Vol. III—Murray—p. 36), Gunild Keetman (Schott)

Andante leggiero, no.20 (Spielbuch für Xylophon III pp. 22-23), Gunild Keetman (Schott)

Tranquillo (Music for Children, Vol. I—Murray—p. 106, no. 20), Gunild Keetman (Schott)

Simple Simon (Music for Children, Vol. II—Murray—p. 42), Guild Keetman/Text by M. Chandler (Schott)

Rhythmische Übung (p. 13, no. 52), Gunild Keetman (Schott) Body Percussion for transitions between pieces

Four Seasons, Cecil Frances Alexander (1818–1895) (Traditional) Poem for transitions between pieces

Michael Chandler 

Michael Chandler is an Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music education and supervises student teachers. Michael taught music and movement to children in Texas public schools for 16 years—mostly in the Lewisville Independent School District—and was named Teacher of the Year at two elementary campuses in that district. His student ensembles have performed by invitation at the Texas Music Educators Conference in San Antonio in 2013, 2007, and 2005. Michael has taught workshops and conference sessions in 38 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Australia and has taught all three levels of Orff Schulwerk basic and recorder in AOSA-approved teacher education courses across the United States. He is the author of Everyday Recorder, Recorder Everyday! a classroom resource for introducing the recorder in Orff Schulwerk classrooms. Michael’s publications have appeared in The Orff Echo, The Southwest Musician, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education.

Benjamin Torres 

Ben Torres teaches K–5 general music at Woodlawn Elementary in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, where he was named teacher of the year for the 2020-2021 school year. Prior to this, he taught K–6 general music at Brentfield Elementary in Dallas, TX where he was chosen as teacher of the year and where both his choral and Orff ensembles were selected to perform at Texas MEA conventions and the national AOSA Professional Development Conferences. Ben received his bachelor’s degree in music education from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX and his Orff training and master’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He is a certified AOSA-approved teacher educator in movement and recorder and teaches all three levels of movement in the Orff Schulwerk teacher education courses at Trinity University in San Antonio and VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Ben presents workshops for Orff chapters and school districts across the country.

Session Coordinator:
Mrs Lisa Hewitt

The FMEA Professional Development Conference and All-State Ensembles are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
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