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Public invited to Dinner, Dedication and Concert

Posted On June 27, 2016


The public is invited to the Sister Lorna Zemke Endowment Fund Dinner and the Zemke-Daniel Rehearsal Hall Dedication Ceremony on July 7 at Silver Lake College, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., the program — including the dedication of the Zemke-Daniel Rehearsal Hall — starts at 6:15 p.m., and the choral concert begins at 7 p.m. A reception will follow. 

Cost for the family-style dinner and program is $25 per person. To make a dinner reservation, contact Tammy Reigel at 920-686-6150 or tammy.reigel@sl.edu.

Those who do not plan to attend the dinner are welcome to attend the free concert, which will feature the premiere of “The Cornerstone,” a commissioned choral piece by Dr. Franklin Gallo of Champaign, Ill., in honor of Sister Lorna. Dr. Gallo, a faculty member for the summer music program at Silver Lake College, is a conductor, clinician, conference presenter and composer. 

All alumni and past participants of the program are invited to perform this work.  To confirm participation and receive music, contact Tammy Reigel. Rehearsal will begin at 5 p.m.

Sister Lorna Zemke is an internationally recognized Kodály Music Educator who is Emeritus Professor of Music at Silver Lake College. Early in her career, Sister Lorna worked alongside Katinka Daniel on a Kodály pilot program in Santa Barbara and also spent six months collecting primary source materials on the Kodály Concept in Hungary. 

Sister Lorna went on to become one of the founders of organizations including Organization of American Kodály Educators, Midwest Kodály Music Educators of America, and the Association of Wisconsin Area Kodály Educators.  Sister Lorna was the director of Silver Lake College’s Kodály Graduate Summer Music Program for more 40 years.  She is perhaps best known for being a mentor and role model to countless master teachers.

Hungarian-born Katinka Daniel (1913-2010) pioneered the Kodály curriculum in the United States and trained hundreds of music educators as a lecturer at colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada.

The dinner is in recognition of the start of the Sister Lorna Zemke Endowment Fund. A gift to the fund would support a new faculty position in music education, allowing Sister Lorna’s legacy of exemplary music education to live on by way of an Endowed Chair of Music Education. To make a gift, contact Katie Runnoe at 920-686-6273 or katie.runnoe@sl.edu.