Board members

 

Jimmy Zenger

President

Jimmy Zenger has taught elementary and middle school general music in Harlem and Bushwick since 2013. He received his bachelors of music education from Ball State University and completed his Orff certification at DePaul University. When not in the classroom, Jimmy loves performing saxophone, percussion and guitar with his band and feels the influence of Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman in most of the music he creates.

Liban Gomez

Vice-President

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Adrianne Prosini

Co-Secretary

Adrianne Prosini found her love of music at age 9. She received her undergraduate degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Ms. Prosini completed her MA in Music Education at Montclair State University.

 

Adrianne has taught band, orchestra and general music in New York and New Jersey public schools over the last 13 years. She began using the Orff-Schulwerk approach two years ago and has completed levels I and II. The elemental nature of the Schulwerk has enabled Adrianne’s students to acquire musical scholarship through improvisation, composition, and folk dance.

 

She’s very excited to serve as co-secretary for the NYCCAOSA! 

Megan Moncrief

Co-Secretary

Megan teaches elementary music and middle school rock band at Blue School, in the Seaport neighborhood of NYC. She holds an Orff certification from George Mason University, and is an NYU alum as well. Megan has worked and partnered with arts education organizations around the city for the past decade and a half, including Play Music NYC, Play On! Studios, Sonic Arts for All, Brooklyn Acting Lab, Global Arts to Go, and Carnegie Hall's Music Educators Workshop. She is fond of composing for theater, synchronized swimming (holding a bronze medal in the trio event at Masters Nationals in 2016), and hanging out at home with her two very good cats.

Rebecca Tarby

OCP Treasurer

Rebecca Tarby teaches Pre-K through 5th grade general music at PS 128 in Washington Heights. She holds a Bachelor of Music and an MEd from Vanderbilt University. Rebecca has completed her Orff certification, having studied with Susan Ramsey, Katie Traxler, and Roger Sams. Rebecca comes from a Schulwerk family-her mother is an Orff certified teacher in Colts Neck, New Jersey.

Kate Phillips

Membership

Kate Phillips teaches general music to grades PK-5 at Grant Avenue Elementary School (PS 449X) in the Bronx. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education (Wartburg College), a Master of Arts in Music Education (Teachers College), and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention in Schools Certification in addition to oodles of professional development hours with NYCCAOSA. Her 10-year teaching career has spanned across several schools in the New York City Department of Education including two years as a facilitator of professional development for the Department's Arts Monday initiative. Kate is an avid musical theatre lover, having written and produced multiple musicals for her 5th grade performers and collected nearly 100 playbills as an NYC theatergoer.

Bob Goldberg

College Liason

Bob Goldberg first encountered Orff as a child, and has felt its influence ever since, as a composer, performer and teacher.  

Bob has taught elementary music in four out of five boroughs, including the Greene Hill School, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, and as a Brooklyn Conservatory Music Partner throughout Brooklyn and Queens, he currently teaches elementary music at Harlem Village Academies.  He has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an Advanced Certificate and MA from Brooklyn College, and has studied Levels I and II in the NYCCAOSA Orff Certification Program.  

Bob has performed and recorded with the Corner Store Dance Company, Washboard Jungle, Le Nozze di Carlo and the Famous Accordion Orchestra, and has written music for film, dance, theater and television. 

(photo: Abby Krim)

Sheri Gottlieb

At Large Member

Recently “retired” from teaching the little ones, Sheri continues her work as Associate Director of the Music Partners Program and is the Early Childhood Specialist for Community Music School at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

She offers a regular series of workshops through the Conservatory (Play Practice ~ Practice Play) designed for Music Educators and Classroom Teachers. 

A past-president of NYCCAOSA, Sheri is currently working on a project with the DOE, creating and teaching early childhood music materials for UPK teachers and leaders. 

She is co-author of “Melodic Weavings – A Soprano Recorder Approach for Teachers” and her article on Music and Urban Education can be found in the Orff Echo.

Judy Lasko

At Large Member

Trained first as a modern dancer, Judy Lasko has been teaching dance for children, teens and adults in New York City for more than forty years.  She runs her own studio for children, teens, and adults at Symphony Space in Manhattan. Ms. Lasko has had extensive experience teaching both Movement and Orff music classes in NYC public and private elementary and nursery schools.  She has taught the Movement component of the Orff Teacher Training program (Levels 1, 2 and 3) in over twenty-five courses around the country.Judy Lasko graduated as the first Music/Dance major from Oberlin College, OH. She completed her Orff Levels I and II at Bloomingdale School of Music, NYC, and Level III  from University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.  She is also certified in Labanotation. She has danced in various N.Y. based dance companies, and has performed in N.Y. and around the U.S.

Katie Traxler

Past President, OCP Liaison and Instructor

Katie Traxler teaches Pre-K through 5th grade music class, 4th and 5th grade Recorder Ensembles, Orff Ensemble, and Chorus at P.S. 51 in Manhattan. She also teaches ukulele for the Abundant Waters after school program and manages the arts partnerships for both PS 51 and AW. She received her Orff Certification from Belmont University and the Trevor Institute, completed her AOSA Apprenticeship at the San Francisco International Orff Course, and has also studied Dalcroze Eurhythmics at Diller-Quaile and Kodaly Level 1 at NYU. She is currently serving on AOSA committees after just finishing a 3-year term as Region V Representative. She is the Basic Pedagogy Instructor for both Levels 1 and 2 for the NYC Orff Certification Program. To learn more about her music education adventures, visit her website at www.katietraxler.com

Jacob Kramer

Past-President

Jacob Kramer teaches general music at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School. He received his Orff certification from the San Francisco Orff Course, and has also taken Kodaly Levels 1, 2, and 3 at NYU’s Kodály Summer Institute. Prior to 2012, Jacob taught general music, parent-participation music classes, and guitar lessons in San Francisco.

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