Danai Apostolidou Gagné 


Danai Apostolidou Gagné is an Orff and movement specialist throughout NYC and also directs the Orff Certification Program.  She studied with Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman in the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria, the first year the Orff Institute was established.  She conducts workshops and seminars in the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia, and has been on the faculty of numerous certification programs in Universities and Institutes in the US and abroad, most recently at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.  


Danai’s publications include A Seasonal Kaleidoscope (Schott), The Raccoon Philosopher (Schott), Greek Myths in Modes (Magnamusic Baton), A Collection of Greek Dances (Phaliron Press), Singing Wind, Breathing Drums (Beatin’ Path Publications), and a choral octavo entitled Sounds of the City (Beatin’ Path Publications).   She has been a contributing author for the Silver Burdett/Scott Foresman music education series, and produced a CD for movement entitled It Moves Me.   


Most recently Danai was the recipient of the “Distinguished Service Award” by the American Orff Schulwerk Association.



Katie Traxler teaches elementary music at PS51 Elias Howe, a public school in Manhattan, NY. In addition to her daily music classes, Katie leads an after school chorus, recorder ensembles, Orff ensemble, and guitar and ukulele classes. Committed to collaboration among the arts, Traxler works very closely with both the visual arts and dance teacher at PS 51 to maintain an arts-rich curriculum integrating music, movement, drama, and visual art across all grade levels.

Katie Traxler regularly works as a consultant and clinician for various education organizations in New York City including the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall, and Abundant Waters. She conducts workshops and seminars for various Orff chapters and universities across the United States.

A native of Thibodaux, Louisiana, Katie earned her BME and MM from Louisiana State University. She completed her Orff training at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, the Trevor Institute in NYC, and her apprenticeship at the San Francisco International Orff Course. She has also studied Dalcroze Eurhythmics at Diller-Quaile and Lucy Moses, and received her Level 1 Kodaly training at NYU.

She just completed serving her term as Region V Representative of AOSA.  


Laura Koulish


Laura has been a recorder and Orff teacher in New York City for many years.  She is currently the recorder instructor for the NYC Orff Certification Course and has previously taught recorder for certification courses at universities and community music schools. Laura has been a guest clinician for Orff chapters, for three National Orff Conferences, and organizations such as the Music Educators’ Association of NYC, Hunter College, the China Institute and the NYC Dept. of Education.  As a cooperating teacher for the New York University music education program, she supervised student teachers for many years. A co-author of A Seasonal Kaleidoscope and Melodic Weavings: A Soprano Recorder Approach for Teachers, Laura has also contributed original songs and arrangements to Music and You, Share the Music, and articles for Music K-12 and the Children’s Music Network magazine, Pass it On!  She is currently collaborating on a book of Spanish songs and poetry. Laura is a past president of the NYC Chapter AOSA.