Orff & Kodály Faculty




Stephansky_headshot2011Joyce Stephansky
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Joyce Stephansky teaches music and movement in the Fairfax County Virginia Public Schools and Undergraduate Music Methods at George Mason University. She has experience as a choral, music, and movement teacher in kindergarten through sixth grade in the Prince George’s County, Maryland public schools and the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia. She completed her Master of Arts Degree and Orff Certification at George Mason University, with additional work in Orff studies and a Master Class at St. Thomas University. Stephansky has presented at AOSA National Conferences, and for Orff chapters in the areas of integration and Orff process.


BetsyKipperman_headshotBetsy Kipperman
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Betsy Kipperman has taught general music classes and directed children’s choirs since 1998.  She has taught early childhood, elementary, and middle school students in public and private schools in Maryland and Virginia.  Ms. Kipperman has served on the board of the MAC-AOSA chapter in many capacities. She serves on AOSA’s National Board of Trustees as one of the Region IV Representatives. She presents workshops for local chapters, national conferences, and teaches Orff Levels I and II.  Ms. Kipperman spent the 2010-2011 school year at the Carl Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria studying Advanced Topics in Music and Movement Education.  She currently teaches in Washington D.C.


MattMcCoy_headshotMatt McCoy
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Matt teaches elementary music and choirs at the Emerson School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Prior to his time at Emerson, Matt worked in various educational contexts including public and independent schools, children’s choir organizations, and universities in both the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions of the United States. As a clinician specializing in process-based teaching, Matt is a frequent presenter at AOSA National Conferences and at local chapters around the United States.


Shoshanah Drake, Orff trainingShoshanah Drake
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Shoshanah Drake teaches general and choral music for Montgomery County Public Schools, working with students in Pre-school Education Program through fifth grade. Shoshanah recently worked as a Consulting Teacher, coaching and supporting new and underperforming teachers to help them meet standards for Montgomery County Public Schools. She completed her Masters of Arts degree and Orff Certification at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. A past-president of the MAC-AOSA chapter, she has presented nationally at AOSA Conferences as well as for local Orff Chapters.


Redfearn-Cave_headshotVictoria Redfearn Cave
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Victoria currently teaches at the St. Anne’s –Belfield School in Charlottesville, VA. In her 20 years of teaching music, movement and choral studies to children, she has also worked in Washington, D.C. in independent schools and with the Levine School of Music and the Washington Opera. Victoria completed her Orff Schulwerk certification at Mason and received a scholarship to study at the Orff Institute’s Special Course in Salzburg, Austria. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Indiana University and her Masters Degree in Education Leadership from Mary Baldwin College. Victoria also teaches in the University of Northern Colorado’s Orff Certification Program. A presenter at the national and local level, Victoria has written articles for the Orff Echo on creative movement topics for children. Victoria is the Artistic Director of the Mosaic Children’s Choir in Charlottesville, VA.


Crandall_headshotJohn Crandall
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John teaches 6th and 7th grade choir and general music at Amelia and Glen Este Middle Schools in suburban Cincinnati, OH. In addition, John serves as assistant organist at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Cincinnati and directs one of the Satellite Choirs of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir. John has completed all three levels of Orff Schulwerk training at both the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and at Anderson University in Indiana.






Robbin Marcus, Kodaly workshopsRobbin Marcus
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Robbin Marcus resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is the Kodály program director at George Mason University. Additionally, she teaches piano lessons to students of all ages, is an ATI certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and serves on the OAKE board as a Member At Large. She is the editor of “Quench” for Well For the Journey in Baltimore. Previously, Robbin spent twenty-five years as the lower school music specialist at St. Paul’s School in Baltimore, Maryland and has served four terms in various offices on the OAKE board. She is a well-known traditional dance leader and an advocate for accurate performance styles in the music classroom. She has conducted numerous workshops for OAKE national conferences and local chapters. Robbin served on the Kodaly faculties of Webster University, the American Kodaly Institute and the Children’s Chorus of Maryland.


Ginger Albertson, Kodaly trainingGinger Albertson
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Ginger Albertson teaches a Kodály inspired program at Eagle View Elementary, ​in​ the Fairfax County Public School system. She teaches Kindergarten through 6th grade General Music, and directs ​5th and 6th grade choruses.​ Ginger holds a BS in Music Education from West Chester University in Pennsylvania, where she was a voice major. She earned her MA in Music Education from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Ginger earned her Kodály certificate at George Mason University. ​ She serves on the board of the Virginia Organization of Kodály Educators as a member-at-large, is a certified teacher mentor, and a member of NAfMe. Outside of her teaching, Ginger is an active member of Sweet Adelines International, and sings with the Vienna-Falls Chorus in Fairfax. She is the Associate Director for her barbershop chorus, and sings in a competing quartet.


Beth Anne Young, Kodaly trainingBeth Anne Young
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Beth Anne Young, is a Choral and Classroom Music Specialist at the John T. Nichols Middle School in Middleboro, MA, where she teaches Grades 6-8 Classroom Music and conducts the 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Choruses. She has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA and a Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Connecticut with an emphasis in Choral Conducting. She completed both her Orff and Kodaly Certification at George Mason University. She is a member of OAKE and NaFME. She has been a middle school choral/classroom music specialist much of her 33 years as a teacher.


Sarah Meadows, Kodaly CoursesSarah Meadows
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Sarah Meadows currently teaches preschool music at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She has also taught in public schools in Maryland and Virginia, as well as Kodály musicianship classes for the National Children’s Chorus in NYC. She holds a Master of Music degree in Music Education from Peabody Conservatory and a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Spanish from the University of Virginia. She completed her Kodály Certification at George Mason University and served on the board of the Virginia Organization of Kodály Educators. She currently serves as secretary for the Kodály Organization of New York. Sarah performs as both an accompanist and a choral singer. She sang as a member of The Washington Chorus in Washington, D.C. and The Oratorio Society of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.






David Reynolds, Orff WorkshopsDavid Reynolds
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David L. Reynolds, Jr. has served as a professional educator at Vienna Elementary School for 17 years. From flash mobs and National Anthem engagements, to performing at the Verizon Center, Vienna Elementary students have demonstrated success on multiple levels under his direction. His tradition of an annual farewell song for the sixth grade class has been ongoing since 2001.

Reynolds is also the founder and artistic director of the Vienna Jammers, a non-profit group of over 120 students in six different ensembles representing over 25 area schools. Starting out on homemade marimbas, the group now plays a variety of percussion instruments ranging from marimbas to steel pans. He is also an active participant in OneVoice, a charity that connects children around the world through music, and has traveled twice to Africa and once to Nicaragua as part of this group. Thus far in his career, Reynolds has been nominated for Teacher of the Year Award in Fairfax County, recognized as the Teacher of the Year by the Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce, has been recognized for his volunteer contributions to the Vienna community by the Mayor of Vienna, and is a Grammy Semifinalist for the Outstanding Music Teacher.


Rachel Grimsby Early Childhood MusicRachel Grimsby
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Rachel Grimsby has 13 years experience in elementary music education. She holds a B.M.Ed. from East Carolina University and a M.M.Ed from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. She has obtained certification in all Orff levels as well as all Kodály levels. Rachel is a teacher trainer for FAME, holding certifications for First Steps and Conversational Solfege. Rachel is a frequent clinician at the local, state and national levels. Most recently she presented her “Conversational Recorder” session at both the AOSA conference in Denver, CO and the inaugural FAME conference in Hartford, CT. Rachel is a member of the National Association of Music Educators, Organization of Kodaly Educators, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and is a current and founding member of the Feierabend Association of Music Education. Rachel is also blessed with an amazing family; her husband Greg, daughter Annabelle and son Benjamin.


David Jernigan, Orff classesDavid Jernigan
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Coming soon!


Matt McCoy (see above)

Robbin Marcus (see above)

Beth Anne Young (see above)

Sarah Meadows (see above)