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All-Virginia Orff Ensemble 



Event Chair

Final Performance

Date & Location

Nov. 16, 2023

Richmond, VA

Congratulations to the students who performed in the inaugural All Virginia Orff Ensemble Event which happened November 16-17 at the Richmond Convention Center. Our talented guest directors were Betsy Sebring and Mary Evans.


In 2023, we welcome Patrick Ware. The main theme of the program will be created around the book, Ben's Trumpet with a jazz emphasis. 


Rehearsals begin as a whole group on November 15, 2023 with the performance on November 16.  Registration forms will be out in August and will be accepted until September 15, 2023.  


Teachers who would like to participate in the future will be able to choose up to 6 students who are able to play Orff instruments on the beat with excellent hand position, and keep their part when playing in an ensemble.  Students should be able to sing on pitch and be willing to move or dance with or without a partner. We are hoping to have a group of 40 + students.


Patrick Ware

2023 Elementary Orff Ensemble Conductor

Patrick Ware is an internationally known Orff Schulwerk clinician and choral conductor.  With a service to education spanning more than 25 years, he holds a B.A. in Music from Westfield State University, an MS.Ed from Radford University and a DMA from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University.


Dr. Ware is a National Board Certified Teacher in Music/Elementary and Middle Childhood. He is an AOSA Teacher Educator for all levels of movement and recorder as well as Levels I and II Basic Pedagogy. Patrick is published through Beatin’ Path Publications including works for treble choir with Orff Ensemble.


Patrick teaches K-5 General Music and Chorus in Prince William County Virginia.

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