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Silver Lake College’s Sister Lorna Zemke Named to Ecmma Hall of Honor

Posted on March 06 2014

Sister Lorna Zemke, DMA, of Silver Lake College was named to the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association’s Hall of Honor. The induction ceremony will take place June 23 at the association’s convention in Atlanta.

The honor recognizes “a lifetime of achievement with worldwide influence in early childhood music and movement or a closely related field.”

“I’m honored to be a recipient of this award,” Sister Lorna said. “I firmly believe music should be offered to children as early as possible because of all the benefits. The cultural, emotional, cognitive, social and developmental levels are enhanced through music.”

Sister Lorna is in her 43rd year at Silver Lake College, where she’s the Director of the Kodaly Programs and Director of Graduate Music Studies. In the 1960s, Sister Lorna worked with Katinka Daniel in piloting one of the first Kodaly programs in the United States. Sister Lorna also developed two other well-known programs: Music For Tots and Lovenotes: Music For The Unborn.

Last year, Sister Lorna was nominated for the International Katalin Forrai Award, which is based in Hungary. It’s presented through the International Kodaly Society, of which Sister Lorna is an honorary life member. She’s also an honorary life member of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators.

Sister Lorna earned her MM and DMA degrees in Music Education from the University of Southern California. She has given presentations at more than 100 colleges and educational institutions throughout the United States, and has published numerous articles and books.

For more information about Sister Lorna and the music programs at Silver Lake College, visit our music page.