“Let the children be their own composers”
– Carl Orff
What We Do
Practice every Tuesday or Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:30 at:
Grace Presbyterian Church
1705 Gattis School Rd., Round Rock, TX
- You can choose whether you come on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Two major performances per semester. The week before a performance, the Tuesday and Wednesday groups practice together on both days.
Other minor performances as called for
What is “Orff?”
Orff is an approach to learning music that involves singing,
speech, instruments, and movement in a creative,
natural, music experience. This revolutionary approach
(“Orff-Schulwerk”) was developed in Germany by the
composer Carl Orff and other collaborators in the mid-
20th century and has spread worldwide since that time.
Who and What We Are
Round Rock Orff Ensemble is for 4th, 5th, and 6th
graders who are interested in playing and singing together
and will commit to weekly practices and several
public performances. There is something for everyone,
and everyone’s role is unique, important, and
varies with each musical selection.
We are basically…
A choir that accompanies itself
Rather than have an pianist or a recording to support
the children’s voices, in Orff Ensemble, the kids do it
all. We sing, speak, dance, and play specially designed
instruments in a community music-making experience.
In a children’s choir, everyone usually sings
the same part, or at most two or three-part harmony,
but a song in Orff Ensemble may have 6 or more
different instrument parts, vocal parts, movement, and
improvisations that change with each performance!
Sometimes our selections are purely instrumental,
sometimes just singing; it’s all about the variety.
That’s also why our material represents a multitude of
languages and folk cultures.