Franciscan Sister Lorna Zemke at International Kodaly Anniversary

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

August 18, 2023

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sister Lorna Zemke and Sister Carol Ann Gambsky attended the 26th International Kodály Society Symposium honoring its golden anniversary  which was held in Los Angeles, California (USA)at the Colburn School of Music from July 31 – August 4, 2023.  The Symposium is a biennial international event, serving as a platform to educate, engage, support and foster connections for aspiring and experienced music educators, ethnomusicologists and musicians internationally.  

This Symposium celebrates 50 years of support for the International Kodály Society, which is active in 34 countries and has Affiliated National Organizations in 16 countries.  The theme for the 2023 Symposium is “Golden Anniversary: Connecting Humanity Through Music.” Sister Lorna was recognized as a Golden Honoree as well as served as a panelist.

Keynote presenters were Dr. Shinji Inagi from Japan, Connecting Roots and Heritage to Our Present Communities Through Music and Dr. Anna Dalos from Hungary Connecting the Application of Kodaly Ideas and Principles.

In addition to Morning Sings, Morning Tea, Paper and Workshop Presentations, there were Noon and Evening concerts. Performers included: Chanticleer, a GRAMMY® Award-winning vocal ensemble hailed as “the world’s reigning male chorus known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its wide-ranging repertoire and dazzling virtuosity; The Gumamela project, born out of Cascada de Flores’ (a.k.a. Arwen Lawrence and Jorge Liceaga) and Florante Aguilar’s passion for traditional music of their respective countries Mexico and the Philippines; the world-renowned Takács Quartet is now entering its forty-ninth season. Edward Dusinberre, Harumi Rhodes (violins), Richard O’Neill (viola) and András Fejér (cello) are excited about the 2023-2024 season and the GRAMMY Award-winning Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the world’s preeminent youth choruses.

Article Comments:

Sister Anne Marie Lom 08/18/2023 @ 6:10 am

Living with both Sister Carol Ann and Sister Lorna, I was able to share their eager anticipation for this event and their joy upon returning! Sister Lorna is full of stories about the beginnings and developments of the Kodaly method of music. At St. Francis Convent we have enjoyed many guests who visit her here! What a blessing she is to all of us!


Sister Jan Villemure 08/18/2023 @ 6:40 am

So happy you were able to be there. No one deserves the honor as much as you, Sister Lorna. Over many summers at Silver Lake, I saw you in action, I got to know your students in the Grad program and attended concerts, I saw the multitude of thesis projects you directed!!!!!! You were are a Master teacher and loved every minute of your profession. You were an inspiration to me as I was a student at SLC, a volunteer there and eventually a colleague on the faculty. God bless you abundantly.


Jeanne Conant 08/18/2023 @ 7:42 pm

I was a student (postulant) at SLC 42-43 years ago when Kodaly was just in its beginning years. I loved the wisdom Sr. Lorna shared at the time. Sr Carol Ann (at the time, Bobbie) Gambsky was in school with me at Silver Lake College. I am glad that you were both able to celebrate the 50 year anniversary together!


09/19/2023 @ 2:47 pm

Hi, Jeanne,

Just want to tell you how much I appreciated receiving your very nice message regarding the International Kodaly Symposium held in July. It meant a lot for me to read your kind words, thank you. It was truly an incredible experience interacting with participants from all over the world. They came from 15 countries (5 continents) and I learned a lot listening to their presentations.

Again, thank you for all! Hope life is treating you well.

God’s blessings,
Sister Lorna


Sister Sharon Paul, O.S.F. 08/22/2023 @ 11:38 am

CONGRATULATIONS to you Sr. Lorna. So happy that you & Sr. Carol Ann were privileged to attend the 50 year celebration. Your hard work is seen in many parts of our world. I’m proud to be called “your Sisters.” THANK YOU!


09/19/2023 @ 2:10 pm

Dear Sister Sharon,

Thank you so much for your kind words regarding the International Kodaly Symposium. It was truly an amazing event with participants attending from 5 continents (15 countries). As always, we learned a great deal about Kodaly Music Education in different parts of the world. It was an honor to be present.

Many thanks, again, and blessings on all you are doing in service to others.

Best regards,
Sister Lorna


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