Doug Goodkin (Level III, Course Director) recently completed his 44th year teaching music at The San Francisco School to children from three years old through 8th grade. He is the author of ten books and publisher of other’s books through his company Pentatonic Press. He is a guest teacher for the Orff Institute’s Special Course and has given Orff workshops in over 45 countries worldwide. Doug received the Orff Pro Merito Award in 2000 and AOSA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2018.
James Harding (Level II) teaches children from preschool through middle school at The San Francisco School, where he has taught since 1990. James was local co-chair of the 2007 Orff National Conference, gives workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada and has also taught in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand and at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. He studied classical clarinet at Yale University and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, played Balinese music in Gamelan Sekar Jaya and studied Mexican harp. James is the author of the highly-acclaimed From Wibbleton to Wobbleton and co-author of Music From Five Continents.
Paul Cribari (Level II) works in the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado where he is an Instructional Facilitator for the K-12 Performing Arts. Paul received his Master of Arts in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas, and his Doctorate in Music Education from Boston University. In addition to his work with children Dr. Cribari teaches levels I, II, and III of Orff Schulwerk at Southern Methodist University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the San Francisco International Orff Schulwerk Course. Dr. Cribari is a regular clinician for local chapters of the AOSA and has presented sessions at state and local conferences as well as numerous National Conferences of the AOSA. Internationally, Dr. Cribari has presented for Orff SIMEOS in Verona, Italy and in Hong Kong.
Sofía López-Ibor (Level I) studied flute, recorder and music education at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, Spain and is a graduate of the two-year course at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. She is past-president of Orff España, co-directs their summer course and teaches seminars and courses throughout the world. She is the co-author of Quien Canta Su Mal Espanta and author of the groundbreaking Blue is the Sea: Music, Movement and Visual Arts in the Orff Schulwerk and co-author of Music From Five Continents. With over 35 years of experience teaching children of all ages, Sofía completed her 22nd year at The San Francisco School. She has received the Herbst Foundation award and the Medallion of Honor from the Orff Forum in recognition of her work in training teachers throughout the world.
Judith Thompson-Barthwell (Level I) is an Orff music educator of 44 years teaching general/vocal music, dance, and choir, Kindergarten through 12th grade. Now retired, she continues to work with young children in a Detroit Public School and senior citizens in Florida. 2012 Michigan Music Educator of the Year, she has taught in many Orff courses in the U.S., two in Europe, and continues to clinician at chapter workshops. Judy completed the one-year Special Course at the Orff Institute, and apprenticed at the San Francisco Orff Course. She now directs and teaches in the Michigan Orff Collage Course. Judith is the current Treasurer of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.
Christa Coogan (Movement Levels I, III) is on the faculty of the University for Music and Theater in Munich, Germany and is their outreach coordinator for activities with refugees. Her work with young people includes teaching dance and creating dance/music performances in schools and theaters throughout Germany. Christa has been teaching at the Orff Institute since 1993 and has been with the SF International Orff Course since 2003. She has taught Master classes at SMU, St. Thomas and George Mason universities, given numerous chapter workshops throughout the USA and has been a keynote presenter at AOSA national conferences. Christa teaches in Europe, Asia, North and South America as a movement specialist in Orff-Schulwerk. She received her BFA degree in dance from the Juilliard School and her Masters Degree in Dance Studies from the University of Salzburg.
Estevao Marques (Movement Level I, II) is a percussionist, dancer, author and educator from Sao Paulo, Brazil currently living in Barcelona, Spain. A graduate of the San Francisco International Orff Course, he has given numerous courses and workshop in Brazilian folklore and percussion throughout Brazil and in Colombia, Argentina, Turkey, Spain and the U.S.A. He is the author of two books Colherim and Historias que Cantam and the co-author of Brincadeiras e Brincadeirinhas Musicais Palavra Cantada. all of which have received recognition for their innovative ideas for arts education. He performs regularly with various groups in Sao Paulo and teaches both children and adults.
Annette Bauer (Recorder, Levels I, III) has been enamored with the call of the recorder since she played her first few notes at the age of 5. Following her love for music, this path has led her to a diploma in medieval music from the Schola Cantorum in Switzerland, an MA in performance practice from UC Santa Cruz, in-depth study of classical Indian music at the Ali Akbar College of Music, a passionate interest in Brazilian percussion, and to her current job as a musician with TOTEM, one of the internationally touring shows of Cirque du Soleil. A graduate of the SF Orff Course herself, she has taught students from 0-92 years old in various settings. She currently has fun volunteering music classes once a week for the circus kids on tour.
Eloi Fuguet (Recorder, Levels II, III)studied recorder in Barcelona and Amsterdam with Josep Maria Saperas, Walter van Hauwe and Pedro Memelsdorff among other teachers. Graduate of the SF International Orff Course, he is currently the recorder teacher at the ECMM Vilanova i la Geltrú and director of the amateur recorder orchestra Consort Pere Serra. He performs in the Renaissance ensemble Fortuna d’un Gran Tempo and the recorder quartet Windu. He is also the music programmer of the Eduard Toldrà Auditorium and co-founder of the independent label of classical music Beltempo Records.
Kit Abele (Registrar) is a Music Specialist at Alta Vista Elementary School in Los Gatos, CA. She is a graduate of the SF International Orff Courses (2007-2009) and attended the Special Course at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria (2010-2011). She has been the SFIOC Registrar since 2011.
Rachel Knight (Assistant Registrar)is a music teacher at Encinal Elementary School in Menlo Park, CA. She is a graduate of The San Francisco International Orff Courses (2013-2015) and attended the Orff-Afrique Master Class in 2016. She is the current treasurer of the Northern California American Orff Schulwerk Association. She has been the SFIOC Assistant Registrar since 2016.