Silver Lake College Honors Sister Lorna Zemke

Posted On July 08, 2016

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Sister Lorna Zemke was honored by Silver Lake College on Thursday evening with the creation of the Sister Lorna Zemke Endowed Faculty Fund for Music Education and a dedication of the Zemke-Daniel Rehearsal Hall in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance.The fund was established through an initial gift from Katinka Daniel’s daughter, Alexa Maland, and her husband, Lynn, of Salt Lake City, Utah. Alexa attended the ceremony accompanied by her daughter, Sarah. Pictured are Sarah, from left; Dr. Chris E. Domes, President of Silver Lake College; Sister Lorna and Alexa. The plaque will be placed inside the Zemke-Daniel Rehearsal Hall. Photo by Suzanne Weiss

 

Silver Lake College honored Sister Lorna Zemke on Thursday evening with the creation of the Sister Lorna Zemke Endowed Faculty Fund for Music Education and a dedication of the Zemke-Daniel Rehearsal Hall in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance.

Sister Lorna Zemke is an internationally recognized Kodály Music Educator and Emeritus Professor of Music at Silver Lake College. 

“Sister Lorna serves as a great example for students, faculty and staff of excellent teaching and compassion no matter what our life’s work is. She continues to bring the idea of being a servant leader into a world that desperately needs them. I hope we all follow in her footsteps,” said Dr. Chris E. Domes, President of Silver Lake College.

Sister Lorna was honored and humbled by the evening’s turnout and recognition. About 130 people were in attendance, including former students.

“This is almost too much to absorb. I’m just overwhelmed with the support that people show for our music program. This is amazing. I didn’t expect anything like this really,” said Sister Lorna, who also expressed her gratitude for Silver Lake College’s support of the music and visual arts at the College.

A highlight of the evening was a Summer Choral Concert featuring “The Cornerstone,” a piece written by Dr. Franklin Gallo and commissioned by Silver Lake College in honor of Sister Lorna.

Sister Lorna was the Director of the Kodály Graduate Summer Music Program for more than 40 years and is perhaps best known for being a mentor and role model to countless master teachers.

Early in her career, she 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 the Organization of American Kodály Educators, Midwest Kodály Music Educators of America, and Association of Wisconsin Area Kodály Educators. 

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 Sister Lorna Zemke Endowed Faculty Fund for Music Education was established through an initial gift from Katinka Daniel’s daughter, Alexa Maland, and her husband, Lynn, of Salt Lake City, Utah. Alexa attended the ceremony accompanied by her daughter, Sarah. To make a gift to the fund, contact Katie Runnoe at 920-686-6273.

To view photos from Thursday evening's event, please click here.