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Further to our previous announcement, this is a reminder about the approaching deadline, 1st of November 2022 of the Katalin Forrai Award nomination.

 The Committee of the INTERNATIONAL KATALIN FORRAI AWARD is delighted to announce the sixth Presentation of the International Katalin Forrai Award. 




Committee: Mary Place – Chairman (UK), Helga Dietrich (Hun), Gail Godfrey (Aust), Betsy McLaughlin-Moll (USA), Mary Stouffer (Can)

Under the auspices of the International Kodály Society


March 2022

The Committee is delighted to announce the sixth Presentation of the International Katalin Forrai Award.

Naomi Chinen [Japan], and Christiane Pineau [France] received the Award at the first Presentation, Dr Ilona Gróh Gállné [Hungary], and Sr. Lorna Zemke [USA] received the Award at the second Presentation, Ewa Krzatala [Canada] received the Award at the third Presentation, Gail Godfrey [Australia] received the Award at the fourth Presentation and Anne Lindeberg-Piiroinen [Finland] was the recipient of the Award at the fifth Presentation.

Further information about these events and about the Award maybe found by visiting the Newsletter on the website of the International Kodály Society.

The sixth Presentation will take place during 2023. The successful nominee will be offered the choice of where the Award Ceremony will take place. The options are: 1, during the 26th International Symposium; 2, at a suitable occasion in Hungary and 3, at a suitable occasion in the recipient’s own country.

The purpose of the Award is to commemorate the worldwide contribution to the Music Education of young children made by Katalin Forrai during her lifetime. It is also to encourage, inspire and reward teachers in Early Years, Nursery and Kindergarten settings throughout the world who are contributing to her legacy through their work with children and teachers today.

The Award will comprise a certificate and an ornamental owl which symbolises Kati’s great wisdom.



Nominees will:

  • Be nominated by two people
  • Have a minimum of 10 years teaching experience
  • Show commitment to, and evidence of, success in implementing and practising the beliefs of the late Katalin Forrai
  • Have experience of working in different nursery/kindergarten/pre-school/Early Years/Foundation stage settings and/or different age groups within the same setting.

The Committee reserves the right to request additional information if necessary. Closing date for receiving nominations is 1st November 2022. Nominations should be sent by registered post to Mary Place, Chairman of the International Katalin Forrai Award Committee, 11, Cotland Acres, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6JZ  United Kingdom; or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..