Committee

 

President
Andrea Stewart
 
Vice President

Eboney Nheu-Leong

 

Secretary
Eboney Nheu-Leong 

 
Treasurer

Caitlyn Harrison

 

Level's Coordinator
Kailee Marshall

 
Orffwest Editor

Kailee Marshall

 
Publicity Officer
Natalie Tran
 
Memberships Officer
Michelle Welschbillig
 
Southwest Liason Officer

Scott Pearce

 

Book Sales Officer

 

General Committee Members

Silvana Ferrara

Mary Walton
Jane Nicholas

Daniella Bertacchini

 

Student Representatives

 

Andrea Stewart

Andrea is overseeing WAOSA in the capacity of President, having served on the committee previously as the Orff West Editor. She is a qualified Primary School Teacher and Early Childhood Specialist. She began her teaching career as a generalist teacher in Africa where she took on additional responsibilities in her passion for music, directing and choreographing school productions, choir, marimbas and classroom music. Andrea is a pianist, flautist and vocalist with a passion for dance and creative movement. Since arriving in Australia, Andrea has been teaching Pre-Kindergarten and Music as well as taking choir and band rehearsals for Years 4 to 7. She has her Orff Level Three accreditation and is looking forward to completing Level Four in the near future. Andrea now holds the position of Early Childhood Music and Creative Movement Specialist at All Saints’ College.

Eboney Nheu-Leong

Eboney graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education (First Class Honours) from the University of Western Australia. Eboney is a pianist and the Vice President, Secretary, Book Sales representative and Orff West Editor for WAOSA. She is enjoying teaching Year 2-6 Music at All Saints’ College as the Junior School Music Teacher. Eboney discovered the Orff Schulwerk approach during university, where she became a student representative for WAOSA. She believes that the Orff approach is imperative in providing a quality Music Education for students, and is an adaptable and engaging way of teaching.

Natalie Tran

Natalie is currently a music specialist at Canning Vale Primary School. She graduated with a double degree in Music (Vocals) and Education from WAAPA/ECU. She began her journey with Orff Schulwerk as a student representative with the WAOSA committee in 2011. By the next year, she'd taken on the role of treasurer and gained her position at SVACS through committee networking. Natalie enjoys using the Orff approach in her classroom and hopes to continue expanding her knowledge of effectively teaching and engaging students in music. 

Michelle Welschbillig
Michelle is a qualified Music Specialist Teacher. She graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Music Education (Honours) and spent the first two years of her career teaching music at Subiaco Primary School. She has recently moved on and is now teaching full time music at The Quintilian School in Mount Claremont. Michelle was introduced to the Orff approach in her second year of studies at UWA and since then, has completed Orff Levels 1 and 2. She enjoys using Orff in the music classroom and can see how engaging this approach is for students of all ages. Michelle currently serves WAOSA as the Memberships Officer and hopes to continue her training by completing Level 3 in the near future.
Caitlyn Harrison

Caitlyn has been a student representative on the WAOSA Committee since 2014, and at the beginning of 2017 stepped into the role of treasurer. She teaches Years 7-9 Specialist Music at Kelmscott Senior High School, started their Year 7 General Music program and conducts the area's Junior & Intermediate Bands. When she's not in the classroom, Caitlyn can usually be found taking photos at WAOSA events or teaching piano. 

Kailee Marshall

Kailee completed her Bachelor of Music Education (Hons) degree at UWA. She is currently working as the music specialist at Bannister Creek Primary School teaching music to Years P-6, choirs and instrumental music. Kailee was first introduced to Orff through her studies at UWA and has completed Levels 1-4. She is currently serving on the committee as Levels Coordinator. Kailee enjoys seeing the power Orff has in making music education accessible to all student. 


Mitchell Shaw

Mitchell is currently a Music Teacher after graduating from WAAPA/ECU in 2015. Since graduating, Mitchell has been working as a primary classroom music teacher in two schools, implementing Orff strategies and ideas in the classroom. In 2016, Mitchell became a general committee member and has been actively attending as many PD’s as he can (including Orff Level 2) to find new ideas and activities to use in the classroom. 

 

Daniela Bertacchini

Daniela first engaged with the Orff approach in Italy ten years ago while she was completing her degree in Music Therapy and it has been love at first…beat! Since then she has been teaching music in private and public Italian primary schools, childcare centres and kindergarten in addition to her activities as a Music Therapist, flutist and private music school Director and Educator. Upon completion of Personal Development workshops and the first Orff Level in Italy, she specialised in Early Childhood Music Education with the Musica in culla/Music in Crib methodology. Daniela completed the second and third Orff level in Perth and is currently studying Early Childhood Education and Care at Kingston International College while running music education workshops integrating Orff and alternate approaches for 0 to 6-year-old children and young adults with disabilities.

Silvana Ferrara

Silvana has been part of the WAOSA committee since 1998. She held the position of Treasurer for many years. She was a WAOSA committee representative for the ANCOS meetings and was the ANCOS Treasurer from 2008-2010. Silvana is currently teaching at Illawarra Primary School in Ballajura.  Silvana really enjoys being part of the talented and enthusiastic WAOSA Committee.

Jane Nicholas

Jane has been teaching as a Music Specialist for more than 10 years in both the secondary and primary settings, in state and independent schools. She is currently enjoying full time teaching at Willandra Primary School. Jane has also worked with adults with disabilities, providing singing and movement activities. The Orff Schulwerk philosophies have heavily influenced how Jane delivers musical experiences to her students. After discovering Orff in her first year of music teaching, she immediately realised this was just what her students needed. Jane has completed Level 4 Orff accreditation. She plays piano and ukulele and loves to sing. She has has a particular interest in incorporating Indigenous Australian culture and music in teaching programs using Orff Schulwerk ideas. She has presented at state-based and national conferences, as well as at ISME Glasgow.