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The BC Orff Board

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From left to right: Angie Lundin, Laura Jefferson, Lindsay Mellor, Dawn Haylett, Pam Hetrick, Faith Veikle (past member), Krista Dugdale, Jennifer Escueta, Sonja Karlson, Denise Fawcett (past member), Jilly Tiffin


Amy Johnston - President

Dawn Haylett - Vice President

Dawn Haylett teaches an Orff program and Band at York House School in Vancouver.  She is passionate about the possibility within the Orff process for students and teachers to develop their skills and creativity.  She plays French Horn professionally in the Greater Vancouver area.

Sonja Karlson - Past President

Sonja has been teaching in the public school systems for seventeen years. She taught piano since she was fourteen years old. Sonja has a Bachelor of Music Degree and Bachelor of Education degree from UBC. She is currently enrolled at SFU in the Masters of Arts Education degree. Sonja has her Orff Level three and is the Past President of the BC Orff Chapter.

Lindsay Mellor - Secretary/Instruments

Lindsay left her hometown of Victoria in 1998, and subsequently taught Strings and Music in North Vancouver for a few years before she was hired in New Westminster, where she currently lives.   She teaches Music K-4 at Queen Elizabeth Elementary.  She has also been the conductor/music director of the Fraser Valley Symphony since 2000

Angie Lundin - Membership

Jennifer Escueta - Treasurer

Jennifer Escueta teaches K-5 Music at Yennadon Elementary School in Maple Ridge. Originally from Manitoba, she did her Level 1 Orff in Winnipeg with Marceline Moody and then completed Level 2 with Joe Beraducci after moving to BC. Using the Orff approach is making one of her professional dreams come true--she sees creativity blossom in her students!

Laura Jefferson - Librarian

I have been with the Burnaby School District for 18 years , six of those I was an Educational Assistant and 12 years as a teacher. I graduated from the Music Therapy Program several years ago when Capitano was a College. This is where I was first introduced to the Orff process by Joe Beraducci which sparked my passion to become a music teacher. I feel so fortunate to be able to work with children in this specialized area in which I love. 

Krista Dugdale - Social Convenor

I teach grade five classroom and music at Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts. After a long break, I am back playing my trumpet in a community concert band, The Fraser Valley Winds. Aside from my family, Music brings me the most joy!


Pam Hetrick - Levels Liason

Pam has taught music for over 30 years and is excited about every new school year, always inspired by Orff. She is currently teaching music at Suncrest School in Burnaby. Pam  presents Orff Schulwerk workshops in the U.S. and Canada, is Past Co-President of the BC Orff Chapter and served on the American Orff Schulwerk Editorial Board for 10 years. She has enjoyed performing with steel drum bands, Gamelan Sekar Jaya with whom she toured Indonesia twice, Keith Terry Body Music Ensemble, and currently Adanu Habobo, an African music and dance ensemble. Pam is Course Director and Level I Instructor for the Orff Teacher Training Program at Vancouver Community College. 

Marysia Bulanowski - Social Media

Marysia Bulanowski teaches K-7 music at Stride Avenue Community in Burnaby. A graduate of Queen’s University, Marysia moved from Ontario to BC to begin her teaching career a year ago. She is passionate about music education, and loves the sense of community it creates in her classroom. When she isn’t teaching, she is away travelling or hiking, or playing her ukulele!

Curtis Mathewson - Member at Large
Curtis Mathewson is a percussionist, composer, and educator. He currently teaches K-7 music with the Vancouver School Board and is the music director and composer for Eastside Story Guild, a children’s interdisciplinary performing arts ensemble in East Van. Curtis was the music director and performer with SWARM, an action drumming ensemble that mixed movement with music, using invented instruments. He has given workshops on using marimbas in music education and is a Level III certified Orff specialist.

Elizabeth Berwick - Member at Large

Elizabeth Berwick has been performing since she was a young child. Growing up in the church, she was a part of choirs from a young age, and continued with that throughout elementary and high school. Elizabeth attended Vancouver Community College as a Jazz voice student, and later went on to receive her education degree at SFU. Over the past 10 years, she has taught both private piano and voice, in public schools, and led numerous choirs around the city. She received her Orff Level 1 training in August 2017, and is thrilled to be apart of the Orff board!