History of NKE: 1993-1994

In 1993, Seattle’s chapter of The Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE) was reactivated at a meeting in November after several years of dormancy.  Several People, including Christopher Maddock, Lauren Abernathy and Kelly Foster Griffin, put in tons of work to get NKE off the ground again.  Here are the workshops from that year:

November 15, 1993: Reactivation Meeting

Several active OAKE members met in November at Sacred Heart School in Bellevue and decided to reactivate the previously dormant chapter.  Officers were elected, and their terms of service agreed upon.  Lauren Abernathy and Jim Taylor provided a brief account of the chapter’s history.  A workshop was planned, then the meeting was concluded with canon singing and refreshments.

Here are the results of the officer elections:  Christopher Maddock was elected President, Kelly Webb-Bamford was elected President-Elect, Ann Erickson was elected Secretary, and Theresa Simons was elected Treasurer.

February 12, 1994: “A Midwinter Sharing”

NKE held a workshop entitled a “Midwinter Sharing” at Meridian Park Elementary North Seattle (listed as Meridian Point Elementary).  Ann Erickson hosted this event which attracted almost 30 enthusiastic participants.  Membership rose to 17 at this workshop.  A variety of activities included many singing games, a sample strategy for teaching early rhythmic elements with a discussion following on how the method worked, part-work exercises at all levels, intonation techniques for choirs, a preview of Jim Taylor’s video demonstration of a high school Kodaly music class and a brief discussion of the philosophies and characteristics of the Kodaly Movement.

(adapted by Chris Stroh from the NKE Annual Report 1993-1994, by Christopher Maddock)

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