Holly Mullenix

Upcoming Workshop: April 6th, 2019

Holly Mullenix

Discover the power of children’s literature as we travel through the Schulwerk using speech, elemental rhythms, body percussion, improvisation, movement, and composition to create meaningful musical experiences. 


Looking to take Orff Levels this summer?  Your very own Central Florida Orff Chapter will be hosting Levels I and II this summer.  We will have time for questions and answers about what to expect when taking a Levels course, as well as samples of recorder lessons.


Holly Mullenix discovered a passion for education in the music classroom over 25 years ago. She earned the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Ball State University; Master of Science in Music Technology, Indiana University; and Certification in Orff-Schulwerk, Anderson University. Holly’s numerous achievements include: Teacher of the Year, Hamilton Southeastern School District; Teacher of the Year, Curlew Creek Elementary; and the Teaching Excellence Award, Indiana School of Music at Indianapolis. In 2009, Holly was bestowed the honorable Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation National Award at Carnegie Hall. She currently teaches in Pinellas County Schools, is the FMEA All-State Orff Ensemble Coordinator, teaches recorder classes through AOSA for certification of Orff Levels and is the Past-President of the Greater Tampa Bay Area Orff Chapter

Meg Tietz & Andrew Ellingsen

Meg Tietz & Andrew Ellingsen


Playing with Body Percussion

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While many associate the Orff approach with the playing of instruments, there are so many ways for children to be creative musicians. This workshop will highlight a host of ways that teachers can utilize body percussion in their classrooms. This allows teachers with a small budget to incorporate the Orff approach. Additionally, it enables students to make music on their own, meaning the walls of the music room are no barrier to making music.

Meg Tietz teaches K-5 music at Bay Elementary School in Seabrook, TX. Meg completed her Masters Degree with a concentration in Orff Schulwerk at the University of St. Thomas in 2009. She is an active presenter for local and national workshops and conferences and teaches Orff Levels at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Meg is the current president of the Texas Gulf Coast Orff Chapter.

Andrew Ellingsen teaches elementary music and works as an instructional coach in Decorah, IA. He earned his B.A. at Luther College and his M.A.M.E. at the University of St. Thomas with a dual concentration in Kodály and Orff Schulwerk. He has served on the OAKE national board, a committee for AOSA, and has held leadership positions in state and regional organizations for both Orff Schulwerk and Kodály. Ellingsen teaches in the Orff Courses in at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and has presented at both OAKE and AOSA national conferences.

Chapter Share


It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Chapter Share is here! 


Join us this Saturday , October 20, 2018
9:00a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Hidden Oaks Elementary 
9051 Suburban Dr, Orlando, FL 32829

Meet our Presenters

Our fabulous scholarship recipients have created some amazing lesson that are jam packed with exciting new ideas straight from their Level III course. As a BONUS these lessons have been created to help you prepare for those upcoming observations in your classroom. 

Erin Coatney:   “Today I Feel…”

Lisa Mauro: The Great Big Block of Chocolate: Practicing Skills, Strategies, and Processes.

 Lisa Langston: Letting them drive when they’re still learning how.

 Special Bonus Presenter

 Lisa Hewitt be sharing Melodies and Strategies from The Orff Institute International Summer Course. 

Eric Young Workshop – 9/29/2018

Let us welcome Eric Young, our first Central Florida Orff Clinician of 2018!

Meet our presenter Eric Young

Eric Young teaches elementary music and beginning band at Monterey Elementary School in Roanoke, VA with Roanoke City Schools. Previously, Eric worked for for Lynn Kleiner’s Music Rhapsody as manager of Lynn Kleiner’s Music Box and content developer. In addition, Eric taught K-5 music at Price’s Fork Elementary in Blacksburg, VA with Montgomery County Public Schools for 12 years. Eric holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Radford University and a Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Music Education from Virginia Tech. He completed his Levels I, II, and III in Orff-Schulwerk from Appalachian State University from Maribeth Yoder-White and Lisa Runner and master classes with Konnie Saliba and Susan Ramsay. He has taught elementary music workshops throughout the United States and China. Eric served as the Region IV Representative to the National Board of Trustees for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association from 2015-2018. He is past president of the Virginia Highlands Orff Chapter. Eric placed second in the National Sonor-Orff original composition contest in 2011. In 2015, Mr. Young was named the Price’s Fork Elementary Teacher of the Year.


Workshop Topic

Discover your inner child. We will spend the day reconnecting with what makes Orff-Schulwerk such an engaging in process. This action packed day will consist of taking classic Orff-Schulwerk techniques and giving them a fresh new spin. We will use popular music, games, dancing, playing, moving, singing and dramatic play to help you rediscover the art of child’s play. You will leave the workshop with new ideas to incorporate into your music room!

Eric Young
Mastering the Art of Child’s Play

  • September 29, 2018
  • 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
  • Join us in our new location
  • Hidden Oaks Elementary
  • 9051 Suburban Dr, Orlando, FL 32829


Click here for notes:  Workshop Notes 9/29/18

Scholarship Application

Each year that Central Florida offers the Teacher Education trainings, our CFOC Chapter awards scholarships to deserving members to attend.  These scholarships are in honor and memory of Mary Gibson. We are fortunate this year to be able to offer a scholarship for each of the three levels courses this year. 

Congratulations to Mary Anhalt for winning the 2016 Level I Mary Gibson scholarship! 

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Level I, II, and III Mary Gibson Scholarships. Please be sure to submit yours by Thursday, April 6 to be considered!

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Mary Gibson Scholarship Fund

The Mary Gibson Scholarship Fund was established to honor the years of devoted service Mary contributed to the Central Florida Orff Chapter. Mary was passionate about offering a scholarship to CFOC members who wished to take the Orff Levels Courses of the AOSA Teacher Education program.

Fundraisers such as the boutique, raffles and donations make it possible for us to support this mission.


Donation Amount

Why should I join?

This is the best deal in professional development!

Membership in the Central Florida Orff Chapter gives you access to an unbeatable professional development bargain. For a mere $12.50 per workshop, you receive training specifically designed to empower music teachers and their students. (Individual workshops are $30 each and $40 for the state conference)