Claudia Bigler currently is retired from 30 years of teaching choral music in Utah Schools, including 24 years at Box Elder High. She also directed a 100 voice children’s choir, The Music Company, in Brigham City for 6 years. She has served as a state officer for both ACDA and UMEA. In 2012, Ms. Bigler was recognized with the Superior Accomplishment Award, from UMEA. In the 2014-15 school year, Mrs. Bigler was named Outstanding Music Educator by the Utah Music Educator's Association. She was also given the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the Utah High School Activities Association, and went on to receive the same award for Section 7, which includes California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and Hawaii. She is a published composer, with several pieces in print. She and her husband Jeff are both former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Jill DeVilbiss teaches music at Edith Bowen Laboratory School, a K-5 charter school at Utah State University. Jill conducts the Cadet Choir and is the Associate Artistic Director for Cache Children’s Choir. She also works with the Cantate Choir. Jill holds two degrees from USU in Vocal Performance and Choral Education. She has completed three levels of training in both the Kodàly and Orff-Schulwerk methods of teaching music. She also completed two summer courses at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. Jill currently serves on the National Board of Trustees for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. In February 2014, she was named Outstanding Elementary Music Teacher for the state of Utah. She was also named the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year for Edith Bowen Laboratory School.
Delpha Hall is the Music Specialist at Wellsville Elementary School in Cache Valley. She finds great joy in sharing music with children through the Orff Schulwerk approach. Delpha is nationally certified in Orff Schulwerk. A former member of the BYU International Folk Dancers, Delpha has loved folk dancing for years and delights in giving children and adults the opportunity to expand their cultural understanding and reap the social and physical benefits of this rewarding way to explore movement and music. She received the Cache County School District 2011-2012 Paraprofessional Classified Employee of the Year award. In 2014 she received the Outstanding Arts and Education Educator of the Year Award, Cache School District, sponsored by Artistic Resource for Teachers and Students, Inc. Delpha is a Past President of the Utah Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association.
Melody Francis is currently a director of Caprice Cache Children’s Choir. She is graduate of Utah State University and certified public school teacher. Melody has completed all three levels of the Kodaly Course for Children’s Music Education and Level 1 of Orff-Schulwerk Teachers Education Workshop.
Mika Inouye is the founding president of the Four Corners Orff Chapter, a certified Orff Schulwerk teacher and an AOSA teacher educator of movement. She has a private piano studio and is an independent teaching artist in Durango 9-R elementary schools in Durango, Colorado where she actively performs as a pianist and harpsichordist. Mika is artistic director of 3rd Ave. Arts Chamber Music Festival, co-director of Piano Academy at Fort Lewis College, and faculty on 3rd Ave Arts. Young Musicians Camp.
Ewa Wilczynski has a Masters degree in Music Education from Marie Curie University in Poland. She has obtained Orff-Schulwerk Teachers Training Certification (Levels 1-3) from Utah State University and completed the International Summer Course 2014 in Carl Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. Ewa is an experienced preschool music teacher and has taught flute, piano, and music theory for over 30 years in Poland, New Jersey, and Utah. She is currently on the faculty of the Youth Conservatory at Utah State University and serves as director of the Cadenza Choir at Cache Children's Choir. Ewa teaches music classes in the Stokes Nature Preschool, Wee Friends Preschool, USU DDE Center for Early Care & Education and offers private lessons in her studio. She is also a founder of the program "Music for the Small and Tall" where she teaches early childhood music and movement classes. Ewa is a member of the Utah Flute Association and serves on the board of the Utah Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association.