Steven Calantropio retired from an active career in public education in 2004. He taught music and movement in the River Edge, NJ public schools for 31 years prior to his retirement. During that time, Mr. Calantropio presented workshops and lectures in elemental music at many colleges and universities in the United States and internationally as well. His two most recent books Pieces and Processes and Lessons in Elemental Style have been well received by music educators and are published by Schott Music Comp. Steve’s innovative Master Class in Elemental Music was presented over 25 times during his years of teaching at various institutions of higher learning. In his retirement,
Mr. Calantropio continues to serve as the Education Director of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, a position he has held for the past 10 years. Steve is also the president and a founding member of the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement (ACEMM). He lives in New jersey’s scenic Sussex County.
Donna Fleetwood is the Director of the Orff Schulwerk Certification Program at George Mason University where she completed her studies. She has also taught in Orff Certification courses throughout the U.S.
Donna has teaching experience at the Bilingual Montessori School of Paris, the Oak Knoll School in New Jersey, St. Albans School for Boys in D.C., and 23 years in the public schools of Prince William County, VA.
An active American Orff-Schulwerk Association national conference and chapter presenter, Donna has presented internationally in France, the U.K., Hong Kong and South Korea, and completed studies at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. She served nationally on AOSA’s Board of Trustees and has chaired AOSA’s International Outreach Committee, as well as the Curriculum Oversight and Review Subcommittee(CORS). She has written for the Orff ECHO, Reverberations and the AOSA blog, Sharing Wisdom. Locally, Donna served as president of the Middle Atlantic Chapter– AOSA.
She currently resides in Central Virginia where she enjoys (for the most part) the renovation process of an old tavern where she hopes her family and friends will be able to gather.
Drue Bullington teaches elemental music and movement at Brownstown and J.E. Fritz Elementary Schools at Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster, PA. Drue has a rich and varied background in choral music as a conductor of children’s choral music, private studio instructor and professional choral singer. He is twice a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania having received a B.S. in Music Education and a M.M. in Music Education with a certification in Orff Schulwerk. He has done extensive post graduate study as well through masterclasses and an apprenticeship program at George Mason University.
Drue has taught in several Orff Schulwerk Certification programs around the U.S. and offers numerous professional development and workshop sessions on elemental music and movement through the Orff Schulwerk approach, incorporating technology, and integrating the soprano ukulele into the K-12 music classroom.
Michelle Brady is the President of MMB Music, Inc., the exclusive U.S. distributor for Studio 49 Orff Instruments. Before coming to MMB, she worked for ten years in non-profit arts administration as a general manager, fundraiser, and public relations director. Michelle holds an Executive MBA degree from Washington University in Saint Louis, and Master and Bachelor of Music degrees in violin performance from Duquesne and Central Michigan Universities, respectively. She also has extensive experience as a private music instructor. Michelle lives in Saint Louis with her husband and two daughters, and enjoys serving on non-profit boards and committees both in and out of her industry.
BethAnn Hepburn teaches 4th-6th graders at Henry Defer Intermediate School in Streetsboro, Ohio. She has the distinction of Master Teacher from the Ohio Department of Education. She is a teacher education instructor for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and is on faculty for Orff certification courses at Trinity University in Texas, The University of Hawai’i, The University of the Arts Pennsylvania at Villanova, New York City ETM, and Baldwin Wallace. BethAnn is a frequent presenter for Orff chapters throughout the United States, and has led professional development for teachers in China, Scotland, Singapore, and India. She is the past PD chair for AOSA, and current PD chair for General Music for Ohio Music Educators Association. She is the co-author of Purposeful Pathways, Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom Books I-III.
Brian Hunter teaches Music and Movement to Grades 2 through 5 and band at Constable Elementary School, in South Brunswick, New Jersey. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The College of New Jersey, a Masters of Music in Music Education degree from Rutgers University, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Education at Rutgers University. His research interests are creativity and improvisation in the elementary general music classroom.
Prior to teaching music Brian was a Sergeant and euphonium player in the United States Marine Corps, stationed at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, CA. Brian is currently doing his Orff Certification training at Villanova University. He is an active member of the Philadelphia Area Orff Association, Northern New Jersey Orff Association, AOSA, NJMEA, and NAfME. Brian lives in Hamilton, NJ with his wife Karen, and their two children, Joshua and Ashley.
Michelle Fella Przybylowski, B.S, M.Ed., NBCT, Orff Schulwerk Certification, AOSA teacher certification, Choral Music Experience Teacher Education, and Kodaly Certification.
Michelle teaches music at Cheltenham Elementary School, Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, Program Chair for the Philadelphia Area Orff Schulwerk Association serves the Editorial Board for The Orff Echo, Course Director for the UArts @ Villanova Orff Program, and Teacher Educator for both UArts and the Baldwin Wallace University Orff AOSA Teacher Education Program Levels II & III Basic Instructor, and Professor of Music Education for the University of the Arts and Chestnut Hill College.
Michelle’s major instrument is harp.
Lissa Ray is in her 8th year of “retirement” after a teaching full time for thirty years. Her teaching experience spans preschool the to adults. She is now teaching music to children three to six years old at Mercy Montessori Center. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University and a Master’s Degree from Indiana University. She has completed her Orff Certification as well as Master Classes and Orff Curriculum. She attended the summer course at the Orff Institut in Salzburg, Austria. Lissa is a Movement and Recorder Instructor for OS Teacher Training.
Lissa has been active member of the Greater Cincinnati American Orff-Schulwerk Chapter since 1987. She is currently one of the Local Conference Chairs for the 2018 AOSA Professional Development Conference in Cincinnati. She has served on nationally on the AOSA National Board of Trustees as a Region Representative and member of Technology, Advocacy, and 50th Anniversary Conference Committees. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Children’s Choir and taught Musicianship Through Movement at the CCC Summer Festival for many years. Lissa has presented at several AOSA national conferences and chapter workshops.
Lissa is the Handbell, Youth, and Children’s Music Director at Northminster Presbyterian Church. She is a flute player an she rings handbells in the Cincinnati Collaborative Ringing Project, of which she is a founding member.
Kristin Smith has been teaching music and movement to children for over twelve years. She is active as an elemental music and movement educator and clinician in the region of her home chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, the Middle Atlantic chapter. Her experience includes teaching general as well as choral and instrumental music.
A native of Pennsylvania, Kristin received her bachelor’s degrees in music education and flute performance from Lebanon Valley College. She completed her Orff Schulwerk certification through the University of the Arts, as well as the Master Class in Orff Schulwerk through George Mason University.
Kristin has educational experience in several states, including Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia, and Maryland, where she currently lives and teaches. She serves the Maryland General Music Teachers’ Association of MMEA as an advisory board member and presenter. As an advocate for creativity in child development, she is a published contributor for The Orff Echo, the scholarly journal for AOSA. In addition to teaching, Kristin performs as a flutist and maintains a private lesson studio for flute and piano.