Calendar of Events - American Recorder Society
The American Recorder Society provides this calendar as a convenience to our members. Event information is provided by the event sponsors, and any questions should be submitted to the contact in the event listing.

June 2020
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FREE Online Recorder Class for Beginners with Jamie Allen (alto recorder), November 2022
11/29/2022 - 12/20/2022
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Second Level Beginners' Class with Jennifer Carpenter: Tone and Phrasing (Soprano/Tenor)
12/4/2022 - 12/14/2022
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Events in the month of June 2020
6/1/2020 - 7/20/2020
Phil Neuman ("Fantasia on Faithless Nancy Dawson") is offering a class culminating in four part writing, "Counterpoint for Four" in 8 weekly lessons conducted via email starting Monday June 1st.  It will consist of an introduction to 16th century style modal counterpoint in two parts increasing to four parts, and include short weekly writing exercises
that will be individually analyzed and returned.  There will also be some introductory information, fun and interesting "historical thoughts for the week," and answers for all your questions. If you would like to take the class let me know at

Musique de Joye: Moderne Musique from Renaissance France with Lawrence Lipnik
Saturday, June 6, 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (10:00 am Pacific Time)

Play your bass viol, or other bass instrument, along with me in a sampling of exquisite Phantaisies, Ricercars, Dances, and Chansons for two, three, and four instruments featured in mid-16th century published collections by Attaingnant, Moderne, Phalèse, Gardane, and Susato.  Works by Lassus, Sermisy, Willaert, Crecquillon, and others. Open to: Intermediate to upper intermediate viols and recorders, some opportunities for tenor lines to be played on bass viols, tenor viols/recorders.  Pitch: A=440


HORS D'OEUVRES  Studies as Musical Nourishment! with Alison Melville
Sunday June 7, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (12:00 pm Pacific Time)

Focused work on studies can do a world of good for your technique and your focus, but oh, how often we avoid them! Hors d'Oeuvres is my offering of tuneful études for alto recorder and I'm touched by the enthusiastic response they've received. Join me for a sampling, in which we explore ideas on tone production, tricky fingerings, articulations and such, all with the main goal of music in mind. Thanks to the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology and the American Recorder Society for their support of my work on this collection. Selected études will be available here for download.  The entire publication can be purchased at  Pitch: A=440 Open to: these études are geared toward upper intermediate - advanced alto recorder players, but all are welcome to audit.

This class will make use of exercises to buff up our musical imaginations. Music on the page, off the page, above and below the page – we’ll practice intervals, scales, modes, singing, rhythm, your own instrument, improvisation (no experience necessary), and using your ears in a deep and purposeful way. Pitch: A=440, Open to: all instruments and singers.

Air is the soul of a wind instrument, including the recorder, and where a player breathes shapes a melody’s essential narrative clarity. A lesson for recorders on where to breathe in 15th- and 16th-century melody, with music by Binchois, Busnoys, Hayne van Ghizeghem, Gardane, and Lassus. Pitch: A=440, Open to: SATB recorders; Renaissance recorders welcome.

Explore a work of Hildegard’s from an instrumental point of view. We will work on a symphonia and talk about the art of improvisation: the rules and creative ideas. We will execute what we have learned in an arrangement of one of her compositions.
Pitch: A=440 Open to: any instrument (harps, lutes, vielles, flutes, viols, and recorders).

We will learn to record ourselves for the purpose of study or to create ensemble performances by ourselves or with others.  We will talk about setting up a recording area, the basics of recording lines of ensemble music, combining the lines, and sharing the files.
6/29/2020 - 7/8/2020
We will discuss and read through many of the dances in Tielman Susato's 1551 publication Danserye.  This will be a crash-course in dances and will be appropriate for musicians wishing to improve Renaissance dance style, musicians looking for some concentrated ensemble playing, or upper intermediate musicians looking to branch out to different sizes of recorders.  This class should help intermediate musicians with few chances to play with others or musicians who are new(er) to the recorder and need to learn some basic Renaissance performance practice.

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The American Recorder Society provides this calendar as a convenience to our members. Event information is provided by the event sponsors, and any questions should be submitted to the contact in the event listing.