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The annual convention of the International Orff-Schulwerk Forum will take place

online and in-person at the Orff Institute in Salzburg

17-19 July 2023


Addressing and Exploring Diversity and Inclusion in Orff Schulwerk

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Diversity and Inclusion lie at the heart of the Orff Schulwerk philosophy and its practices.

They co-exist but are often in tension, creating challenges for our work as teachers and mentors. 

Our theme applies to all the ways in which we may be different from each other: age,
gender, cultural and social background, race and identity, abilities, interests and aptitudes.  
But diversity is less about what makes people different — and more about understanding,
accepting and valuing those differences. Inclusion leads to feeling a sense of belonging and

The Convention aims to offer a place where ideas and experiences of creating inclusive and
equitable conditions for music and dance education can be discussed. It will also provide
opportunities to enrich our practice, even challenging our own approaches, as we come to
understand other perspectives.

Registration opens here in early June

Convention Times for In-Person and Streaming Participation

All times are UTC+2

Monday 17th July: 9AM-8PM

Tuesday 18th July: 9AM-8PM

Wednesday 19th July: 9AM-6PM

All Presentations will be filmed and made available on the Convention 2023 website from August until October 31st 2023.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Sezgin Inceel (Germany/Turkey)

Dr. Stella Louis (UK)

Royston Maldoom (UK/Germany)


Christa Coogan (Germany/USA)

Felipe Cuevas (Chile) 

Erik Esterbauer (Austria)

Marion Haak-Schulenburg (Germany)

Angelika Holzer   (Austria)        

Karen Howard (USA)

Sandra Kaetsu  (Brazil) 

Markku Kaikkonen (Finland)

Mona Manoochehri (Germany/Iran)

Jane Nicolas (Australia)

Soili Perkiö & Elisa Seppanen (Finland)

Shirley Salmon (Austria/UK)

Barbara Tischitz & Christine Schönherr (Austria)

Johannes Th. van der Sandt (South Africa/Italy)

Patrick Ware (USA)

Manuela & Michel Widmer (Austria)

Presentations from Associated Schools and Institutions:

Carl Orff-Grundschule Altenerding (Germany)

Scuola Popolare di Musica Donna Olimpia (Italy)

Eton Farm Primary School (Australia)

IMMEA (China)

International School of Bergamo (Italy)
Jittamett Kindergarten (Thailand)
San Francisco School (USA)
NOMI (South Korea)

As of 28 March 2023.

All information subject to change.

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