Workshops

Betsy Kipperman Sebring and Laura Bercaw Petersen
September 21st, 2019 : 9 AM – 1 PM @ Ruebush 128

Betsy IIIBetsy Kipperman Sebring teaches preK through Grade 5 at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington, D.C., as well as Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Basic Levels I and II. Betsy served on the board of her local chapter, MAC-AOSA, as well as on AOSA’s National Board of Trustees. In 2010-2011 she studied Advanced Topics in Music and Movement Education at the Carl Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria.

LBPheadshotLaura Bercaw Petersen teaches Nursery through Grade 5 music at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington, D.C. She has completed three levels of Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education and Master Class and has studied at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. Laura teaches movement in AOSA-approved levels courses and presents locally and nationally. She recently completed her term as Region IV Representative on AOSA’s National Board of Trustees.

Christine DeSantis Hoffman
November 9th, 2019 : 9 AM – 1 PM @ Ruebush 128

Christine DeSantis Hoffman teaches music in the Lower School of Collegiate School in Richmond, VA. She earned her degrees in music education from Virginia Commonwealth University (BM) and Northwestern University (MM). After receiving her master’s degree, Christine taught music and English in Tomioka-shi, Gunma-ken, Japan.  Upon returning to Virginia, she taught music for 10 years at Beaverdam Elementary School in Hanover County. During that time, she also co-directed the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir and founded the Western Hanover Art & Music (WHAM) Camp. In 2011, Christine was named Teacher of the Year, and in 2012 she achieved National Board Certification in Early/Middle Childhood Music.  She is an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and a lead teacher for SPARC’s (School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community) LIVE ART program. Christine has performed as a vocal soloist with ensembles such as the Richmond Symphony, the Chicago Sinfonietta, and the Bermuda Festival Orchestra. She frequently guest conducts honors choirs, presents at music education workshops and conferences, and is an active member and past president of the James River Virginia chapter of AOSA.

Music of the Valley Chapter Share
February TBD : 9 AM – 1 PM @ Ruebush 128

Members of MoV come together to share their favorite songs, lessons, games, and processes. It’s what WE can do for each other! Let us know if you are interested in sharing.

Eric Young
April 18th, 2020 : 9 AM – 1 PM @ Ruebush 128

We are excited to welcome back the amazing Eric Young.  More information about Eric is coming soon!


The Music of the Valley Orff Chapter is based in the heart
of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia.

Workshops occur at Shenandoah Conservatory.
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“Where the river carries its song to the valley.”