Orff Orchestra Side by Side Concerts

Orff-Orchestra Partnership

A Shelby County Schools Partnership

Launched in our 2015-16 Season to support SCS Orff activities, the Orff-Orchestra Partnership takes the full orchestra into elementary schools for a public side-by-side concert in which every grade participates in content creation and performance. In partnership with MSO, participating Orff music teachers have established a high-functioning network to support integrated learning, student performance, and professional development. Following a competitive application process and high demand, twelve SCS elementary schools will be chosen for the upcoming concert season participation. The selected schools will represent a good cross-section of the district geographically and demographically.  

2019-2020 Orff Concert Season Schools:

  • Westhaven Elementary
  • Crump Elementary
  • Snowden Elementary
  • Downtown Elementary
  • Idewild Elementary
  • Cordova Elementary
  • Shelby Oaks Elementary
  • Kingsbury Elementary
  • Germantown Elementary
  • White Station Elementary
  • Balmoral-Ridgeway Elementary


Orff Background

Carl Heinrich Maria Orff ((1895-07-10)10 July 1895 – 29 March 1982(1982-03-29)) was a German composer, best known for his cantata Carmina Burana (1937). In addition to his career as a composer, Orff developed an influential approach toward music education for children called the Orff approach. This dynamic approach to learning music offers active and creative musical experiences through a combination of speech, body percussion, singing, instruments, and movement. The Orff approach emphasizes the values of exploration, discovery, and critical thinking in the music classroom and encourages students to be creative and collaborative!