Drue’s primary role at ACEMM is that of Secretary on the Executive Committee. His secondary role is head of the Communications Team. Working with this multi-talented, and highly skilled team of volunteers on a weekly basis to bring fresh new ideas to our community of avid supporters and creators of elemental music and movement opportunities is exciting and energizing!
Becky currently teaches grades K-4 at the Abington Heights School District. Her goal is for each student to be joyful in the act of making, expressing, and creating music. Her classroom pedagogy blends together the elemental patterns and movement basis of Orff-Schulwerk with the vocabulary of patterns presented in the Kodály method; she is certified in both approaches. Becky believes that students can be capable musicians when allowed the guided freedom to explore all areas of musicianship.
She is an active member of several music education organizations: AOSA, PAOSA, PMEA and NAfME. Becky was the the Boutique Chair for the National AOSA Conference in 2016. Currently she serves the Philadelphia chapter as Vice-President.
She has served as a clinician for local and state PMEA professional development, local Orff chapters, and the National AOSA Conference. She has humbly been named the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement Roster of Excellence.
In addition to her active role as a school educator, Becky also accompanies both soloists and choirs. Becky conducts two of the youth choirs of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania. Summer teaching includes the Performing Arts Institute, and the Pocono Mountain Music Festival Camp.
Ardith Collins teaches string orchestra and general music at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City, and is adjunct faculty at Montclair State University Cali School of Music. Ardith has completed both Orff Schulwerk and Kodály certifications, and was the 2014 ACEMM Beacon Scholar.
Ardith serves as Vice President of the Northern New Jersey Orff Schulwerk Association (NNJOSA), and is a member of PAOSA, NJMEA, NYSSMA, OAKE, and AOSA. She performs with the MSU Balkan Ensemble, is a folk dance and rounds enthusiast, and is an active writer and workshop presenter.
Ardith serves as content curator and editor on the ACEMM Communications Team.
Mrs. Sempsey graduated with honors from Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Science in Music Education in May 2001. She completed her Kodály Level I through West Chester University of Pennsylvania and Kodály Levels II and III through New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, granting her full Kodály certification. In 2005 and 2006, New England Conservatory awarded Mrs. Sempsey full merit scholarships for her continued excellence in teaching and scholarly record. In 2008, she completed Orff Level I through the University of the Arts in collaboration with Villanova University’s graduate summer music education programs and Orff Levels II and III in 2009 and 2010 at George Mason University and is an American Orff-Schulwerk Association Certified teacher.
Mrs. Sempsey is an active clinician and workshop presenter in south-central Pennsylvania covering topics including classroom management, choral reading sessions, technology in the music classroom, movement and music curricular connections, Kodaly philosophy, curriculum development, and lesson planning, and Orff-Schulwerk philosophy, curriculum development, and lesson planning.
Mrs. Sempsey has taught kindergarten through sixth grade general music, elementary choruses, as well as elementary and middle school strings in Lower Dauphin and Conestoga Valley School Districts, as well as been the Artistic Director and Prelude Choir Director for the Children’s Choir of Lancaster from 2005-2012. Currently, Mrs. Sempsey teaches kindergarten through sixth grade general music, choruses, and Orff&Drum Ensembles in Columbia Borough School District. She is also the K-12 Art & Music Curriculum Coordinator.
Mrs. Sempsey lives in Lititz with her husband and son.