IKFA 6th Call for Nominations


Committee: Mary Place – Chairman (UK), Helga Dietrich (Hun), Gail Godfrey (Aus),
Betsy McLaughlin-Moll (USA), Mary Stouffer (CAN)
Under the auspices of the International Kodály Society

March, 2022


The Committee is delighted to announce the fifth Presentation of the International Katalin Forrai Award. The Award is under the auspices of the International Kodály Society.

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 may be found by visiting the Newsletter on the website of the International Kodály Society [www.iks.hu].

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, UK or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Award Committee would be very grateful if you could publicise this call as widely as possible by including it in Newsletters, on your website and circulating it to members.
The Committee would also greatly appreciate donations to the Award, and ask you to consider arranging a Concert or other suitable Fundraising Event.