Calendar of Events
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.

September 2023
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Second Level Beginners' Class with Lewis Baratz
6/3/2024 - 6/22/2024
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FREE Online Recorder Class for Beginners - Learn to Play Soprano/Tenor Recorder with Teresa Deskur
6/11/2024 - 6/20/2024
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Events in the month of September 2023
9/2/2023
Local ARS chapter Carolina Mountains Recorder Society monthly meeting plays music of the Bassano family.
9/4/2023
Monday and Thursday mornings: 9:30-10 AM, ET
 
Add structure to your practice routine! After doing the warm ups together, you will be inspired to practice on your own.
 
Each half-hour class will feature 15 minutes of breathing, tone, tonguing, or coordination warm ups for all levels; as well as 15 minutes of advanced technique taken from excerpts in baroque repertoire.
 
Cost: 5 Classes for $100
 
Contact Sarah at cantornote@icloud.com to register.
9/5/2023
These hour-long classes provide a live, play-along opportunity for players to experience the great fun of recorder solos and duets accompanied by classical guitar.
Music by Dowland, Playford, Purcell, Mozart, and various folk traditions written/arranged for recorder and guitar.
 
F and/or C fingerings, A=440.
Cost: $15 for each class
 
For more information, payment details and Zoom link contact Barbara Kaufman/Paul Sweeny at bpsimplegifts@earthlink.net
9/7/2023
Monday and Thursday mornings: 9:30-10 AM, ET
 
Add structure to your practice routine! After doing the warm ups together, you will be inspired to practice on your own.
 
Each half-hour class will feature 15 minutes of breathing, tone, tonguing, or coordination warm ups for all levels; as well as 15 minutes of advanced technique taken from excerpts in baroque repertoire.
 
Cost: 5 Classes for $100
 
Contact Sarah at cantornote@icloud.com to register.
9/9/2023
Chapter representatives are invited to join us as we discuss best practices to help you run your respective chapters. This is an opportunity for you to meet your peers in chapters throughout the ARS. We believe that the people best qualified to help you with your chapter's challenges are your fellow chapter reps.
9/10/2023 - 10/21/2023
Join the quest to make practicing recorder a part of everyday life for six weeks. Our theme is “Sharpening Our Musical Ears”. For our paid tier we’ll use our play-along videos to help you learn to discern good sounds from bad, addressing issues including articulation, tone, intonation, and rhythmic skills.
Or choose our free tier and discover a supportive and friendly community of practicers.
 
Cost: Paid tier is $32; other tier is free!

To learn more, email Tish at tishberlin@sbcglobal.net
9/11/2023 - 9/22/2023
Making the act of practicing our instrument part of daily life can be a challenge, but once it becomes habit, it is much easier to keep going. The first 30 minutes will be devoted to practicing technical exercises – getting our skills in order and limbering up. The final 10minutes will feature a different piece each time.
 
Cost: $125 (includes all six sessions plus materials)

To sign up, write to francesblaker@sbcglobal.net
9/11/2023
Monday and Thursday mornings: 9:30-10 AM, ET
 
Add structure to your practice routine! After doing the warm ups together, you will be inspired to practice on your own.
 
Each half-hour class will feature 15 minutes of breathing, tone, tonguing, or coordination warm ups for all levels; as well as 15 minutes of advanced technique taken from excerpts in baroque repertoire.
 
Cost: 5 Classes for $100
 
Contact Sarah at cantornote@icloud.com to register.
9/11/2023 - 9/28/2023
ARS introduces our next Free Online Beginner’s course in Soprano and/or Tenor Recorder with accomplished teacher Lewis Baratz. An ideal instrument for people looking forward to the social experience of playing with others, the recorder is also a flexible instrument for playing music from the Middle Ages to the present day. Most people can learn the basics and start playing in a relatively short time.

Dates: 
Monday, September 11 at 8:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) (7:00 CT, 6:00 MT, 5:00 PT)
Monday, September 18 at 8:00 PM ET (7:00 CT, 6:00 MT, 5:00 PT)
Saturday, September 23 at 3:00 PM ET (2:00 CT, 1:00 MT, 12:00 PT)
Saturday, September 30 at 3:00 PM ET (2:00 CT, 1:00 MT, 12:00 PT)
 
The instructor will provide materials in PDF derived from a variety of sources as well as original material. And if you don’t already read music, no problem, as basic music-reading skills will be discussed as well. This course will guide you through basic sound production, hand position, finger technique, and tonguings, and give you the opportunity to see what the recorder can do and personally experience its appeal. The course is geared to students of all ages, but children 12 and under should be joined by an adult during the class.
 
Do you need to purchase an instrument? You cannot go wrong with a good plastic recorder—they can actually sound better than a poor wooden one! Yamaha and Aulos make very good plastic sopranos. For tenors: Yamaha provides an exceptional tone, while Aulos is lighter-weight with a smaller reach. Consider purchasing an instrument from one of our business partners:

Honeysuckle Music: 651-644-8545 
Von Huene Workshop (The Early Music Shop of New England): (617) 277-8690
Lazar’s Early Music: (770) 366-8596
Recorder Forge: (503) 206-6212

Yamaha “Rottenburgh” and Aulos “Haka”plastic sopranos:
https://www.recorderforge.com/Shop-by-brand/Aulos/?order=name-asc&p=1&properties=178283053f904129bb4aa8e3e9bd9fd8
http://www.honeysucklemusic.com/show3.php?cat=Soprano
https://www.vonhuene.com/p-114-yamaha-rottenburgh-plastic-soprano.aspx
https://www.vonhuene.com/p-125-aulos-plastic-haka-soprano.aspx
https://lazarsearlymusic.com/collections/beginners-collection?constraint=soprano

Yamaha and Aulos plastic tenors:
https://www.recorderforge.com/Yamaha-Tenor-in-c-baroque-double-hole-with-double-key-plastic/YRT-304BII-YAM
http://www.honeysucklemusic.com/show3.php?cat=Tenor
https://www.vonhuene.com/p-116-yamaha-rottenburgh-plastic-tenor.aspx
https://lazarsearlymusic.com/collections/beginners-collection/products/yamaha-abs-resin-recorder-tenor?variant=38071881367749

 
9/12/2023
Rounds Workshops for fiddle, viola, cello, soprano recorder, alto recorder, tenor recorder, and bass recorder.
 
The Workshops will be on Tuesday, September 12, 7 PM, Central Time, Wednesday, September 13, 10 AM, Central Time, and Friday, September 15, 7 PM, Central Time.
 
Different tunes will be played at each session. 
 
We will read, play, and discuss various survival skills for these charming pieces.  A treble clef version of the sheet music for the tunes being played will be displayed on the screen during the workshop.
 
There is limited enrollment, and pre-registration is required.  The cost for each workshop is $10.00. The cost of each optional book is $10.00 (includes shipping if ordered with workshop registration). 
 
For more information, and to register: 
 
https://greenblattandseay.com/workshops_rounds.shtml
9/12/2023
Take all four or many as you like. Each individual class is $25.
 
This class will continue our work using the 1986 edition of Helmut Mönkemeyer’s bass recorder method, as well as supplementary materials provided in advance of each class.

Anyone wishing to improve their bass recorder playing who can read bass clef and can play at least the low F up to the high D is welcome.

Please email Tish at tishberlin@sbcglobal.net to receive registration and payment information.

9/12/2023

Take all four or many as you like. Each individual class is $25.
 
We’ll use the second suite (in a recorder-friendly key) from Hotteterre’s Opus 6, a collection of duos for equal instruments, to work on French Baroque style and ornamentation, and to play together. Learn how to add a well-turned tour de chant, an elegant port de voix, and more essential ornaments to your French Baroque playing. Geared toward upper intermediate to advanced recorder players.

Please email Tish at tishberlin@sbcglobal.net to receive registration and payment information.

9/12/2023
These hour-long classes provide a live, play-along opportunity for players to experience the great fun of recorder solos and duets accompanied by classical guitar.
Music by Dowland, Playford, Purcell, Mozart, and various folk traditions written/arranged for recorder and guitar.
 
F and/or C fingerings, A=440.
Cost: $15 for each class
 
For more information, payment details and Zoom link contact Barbara Kaufman/Paul Sweeny at bpsimplegifts@earthlink.net
9/13/2023
Rounds Workshops for fiddle, viola, cello, soprano recorder, alto recorder, tenor recorder, and bass recorder.
 
The Workshops will be on Tuesday, September 12, 7 PM, Central Time, Wednesday, September 13, 10 AM, Central Time, and Friday, September 15, 7 PM, Central Time.
 
Different tunes will be played at each session. 
 
We will read, play, and discuss various survival skills for these charming pieces.  A treble clef version of the sheet music for the tunes being played will be displayed on the screen during the workshop.
 
There is limited enrollment, and pre-registration is required.  The cost for each workshop is $10.00. The cost of each optional book is $10.00 (includes shipping if ordered with workshop registration). 
 
For more information, and to register: 
 
https://greenblattandseay.com/workshops_rounds.shtml
9/13/2023 - 10/4/2023

This class is geared toward authentic copies of 16th-c instruments with historical fingerings.

The skills, both technical and musical, that we will work with in this class will contribute to your daily musical satisfaction as you play your renaissance recorders.

We’ll play famous renaissance tunes and consort pieces.

Pitch: A = 440. It is not required but will be very helpful if you have A f , T, B.

Cost: $100

To sign up, write to francesblaker@sbcglobal.net
9/14/2023
Monday and Thursday mornings: 9:30-10 AM, ET
 
Add structure to your practice routine! After doing the warm ups together, you will be inspired to practice on your own.
 
Each half-hour class will feature 15 minutes of breathing, tone, tonguing, or coordination warm ups for all levels; as well as 15 minutes of advanced technique taken from excerpts in baroque repertoire.
 
Cost: 5 Classes for $100
 
Contact Sarah at cantornote@icloud.com to register.
9/14/2023
We want to play recorder with you whether in person or virtually! And we meet on the first Thursday of every month! We're that committed to recorder! Join us virtually or in person.
9/15/2023
Rounds Workshops for fiddle, viola, cello, soprano recorder, alto recorder, tenor recorder, and bass recorder.
 
The Workshops will be on Tuesday, September 12, 7 PM, Central Time, Wednesday, September 13, 10 AM, Central Time, and Friday, September 15, 7 PM, Central Time.
 
Different tunes will be played at each session. 
 
We will read, play, and discuss various survival skills for these charming pieces.  A treble clef version of the sheet music for the tunes being played will be displayed on the screen during the workshop.
 
There is limited enrollment, and pre-registration is required.  The cost for each workshop is $10.00. The cost of each optional book is $10.00 (includes shipping if ordered with workshop registration). 
 
For more information, and to register: 
 
https://greenblattandseay.com/workshops_rounds.shtml
9/18/2023
Monday and Thursday mornings: 9:30-10 AM, ET
 
Add structure to your practice routine! After doing the warm ups together, you will be inspired to practice on your own.
 
Each half-hour class will feature 15 minutes of breathing, tone, tonguing, or coordination warm ups for all levels; as well as 15 minutes of advanced technique taken from excerpts in baroque repertoire.
 
Cost: 5 Classes for $100
 
Contact Sarah at cantornote@icloud.com to register.
9/18/2023
The poem Dueil angoisseus (“Anguished grief”) by Christine de Pizan and the anonymous Comme femme desconfortée (“Like a woman inconsolable”), set the text in the voice of a woman whose lover has been taken by Death. Gilles Binchois’ popular rondeau Comme femme desconfortée, is one of the most famous 15th- century chansons, and was given an elaborate setting by Alexander Agricola and a Mass by Henrich Isaac. We will explore and play portions of this music. This will be presented by Rotem Gilbert, PH.D., Professor of Practice, Early Music and Musicology, Vice-Dean, Research and Scholarly Studies Division, USC Thornton School of Music.

Click HERE for more info and to register.
9/19/2023
Take all four or many as you like. Each individual class is $25.
 
This class will continue our work using the 1986 edition of Helmut Mönkemeyer’s bass recorder method, as well as supplementary materials provided in advance of each class.

Anyone wishing to improve their bass recorder playing who can read bass clef and can play at least the low F up to the high D is welcome.

Please email Tish at tishberlin@sbcglobal.net to receive registration and payment information.

9/19/2023

Take all four or many as you like. Each individual class is $25.
 
We’ll use the second suite (in a recorder-friendly key) from Hotteterre’s Opus 6, a collection of duos for equal instruments, to work on French Baroque style and ornamentation, and to play together. Learn how to add a well-turned tour de chant, an elegant port de voix, and more essential ornaments to your French Baroque playing. Geared toward upper intermediate to advanced recorder players.

Please email Tish at tishberlin@sbcglobal.net to receive registration and payment information.

9/19/2023
These hour-long classes provide a live, play-along opportunity for players to experience the great fun of recorder solos and duets accompanied by classical guitar.
Music by Dowland, Playford, Purcell, Mozart, and various folk traditions written/arranged for recorder and guitar.
 
F and/or C fingerings, A=440.
Cost: $15 for each class
 
For more information, payment details and Zoom link contact Barbara Kaufman/Paul Sweeny at bpsimplegifts@earthlink.net
9/20/2023

Music from Escorial MS V.III.24 (ca. 1430-1445)

Four Wednesday Sessions
September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 2023 from 5:30-6:45pm EST

This early-fifteenth century source commissioned by the Duke of Burgundy, Philip the Good (1396-1467, reigned from 1419 to his death) features predominantly French secular repertoire of the first few decades of the fifteenth century. Striking is the use of black mensural notation with red color on a red staff system.
9/21/2023
Monday and Thursday mornings: 9:30-10 AM, ET
 
Add structure to your practice routine! After doing the warm ups together, you will be inspired to practice on your own.
 
Each half-hour class will feature 15 minutes of breathing, tone, tonguing, or coordination warm ups for all levels; as well as 15 minutes of advanced technique taken from excerpts in baroque repertoire.
 
Cost: 5 Classes for $100
 
Contact Sarah at cantornote@icloud.com to register.
9/21/2023

AEM ONLINE Sessions

Ensemble Play Along with Tish Berlin - You Can Do It!


Four Thursday Sessions
September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 2023 from 5:30-6:45pm EST

A class for lower intermediate players to better their ensemble playing skills. Each 75-minute class will move from very easy pieces to an intermediate level of difficulty. Music will be available in advance, and in class you’ll play along with Tish, or her recordings. The class will include plenty of playing interspersed with practical tips, and time for questions. 

For lower intermediate players of recorder, viol, and other like instruments, A=440. Play-along recordings will be on soprano, alto, tenor, and bass recorders, at an octave above written pitch. Music, sound recordings, and (after class) the class recording will be available on the class website for the four sessions. 

9/23/2023 - 9/24/2023
With Sarah Cantor and Claudia Gantivar
United Church in Strafford, Vermont

$275 fee, includes two meals.

​Saturday Sept 23 Ensemble Playing
9:00-10:30              Recorder Orchestra -all workshop participants
10:45-12:15            Small Ensembles  
12:30-1:30              Lunch
1:30-3:00                Small Ensembles

Sunday, Sept 24 Rehearsal and Performances 
9:00-9:50              Recorder Orchestra 
9:50-11:00            Recorder Orchestra Performs in church service
11:00-12:00          Coffee Hour, ice cream, lunch
12:30-1:30            Cantornote Studio Recital
2:00-3:00           Faculty Concert with continuo

For more information and to register: 617-669-4292 or cantornote@icloud.com
9/23/2023 - 9/24/2023
With Sarah Cantor and Claudia Gantivar
United Church in Strafford, Vermont

$275 fee, includes two meals.

​Saturday Sept 23 Ensemble Playing
9:00-10:30              Recorder Orchestra -all workshop participants
10:45-12:15            Small Ensembles  
12:30-1:30              Lunch
1:30-3:00                Small Ensembles

Sunday, Sept 24 Rehearsal and Performances 
9:00-9:50              Recorder Orchestra 
9:50-11:00            Recorder Orchestra Performs in church service
11:00-12:00          Coffee Hour, ice cream, lunch
12:30-1:30            Cantornote Studio Recital
2:00-3:00              Faculty Concert with continuo

For more information and to register: 617-669-4292 or cantornote@icloud.com

 
9/23/2023
When: Saturday, Sep 23, 2:00 - 3:30 PM, EDT

Cost: NAVRS Membership is $20 and each playing session is $15; membership is not required for your first meeting but there is a charge of $15.
 
1623: A single year, a world of contrasts: Exactly four hundred years ago, England lost three important musicians - William Byrd, Thomas Weelkes, and Philip Rosseter. Between them, their compositions are among the finest of England's Golden Age, and represent almost every compositional genre of the period. 1623 marked the beginning of life for Johann Schmelzer, who was to become the finest Austrian composer of instrumental music of his generation. We will be playing his joyful “Sonata a 7 flauti”, composed specifically for seven recorders, in a version that includes recorders from soprano down to contrabass.  
 
For more information and to register, visit the NAVRS website
9/24/2023
Sarah Cantor, Claudia Gantivar and Lisa Willems present and afternoon concert of sonatas and trio sonatas for recorders and harpsichord
Suggested Donation $25
 
9/25/2023
Monday and Thursday mornings: 9:30-10 AM, ET
 
Add structure to your practice routine! After doing the warm ups together, you will be inspired to practice on your own.
 
Each half-hour class will feature 15 minutes of breathing, tone, tonguing, or coordination warm ups for all levels; as well as 15 minutes of advanced technique taken from excerpts in baroque repertoire.
 
Cost: 5 Classes for $100
 
Contact Sarah at cantornote@icloud.com to register.
9/26/2023
Take all four or many as you like. Each individual class is $25.
 
This class will continue our work using the 1986 edition of Helmut Mönkemeyer’s bass recorder method, as well as supplementary materials provided in advance of each class.

Anyone wishing to improve their bass recorder playing who can read bass clef and can play at least the low F up to the high D is welcome.

Please email Tish at tishberlin@sbcglobal.net to receive registration and payment information.

9/26/2023

Take all four or many as you like. Each individual class is $25.
 
We’ll use the second suite (in a recorder-friendly key) from Hotteterre’s Opus 6, a collection of duos for equal instruments, to work on French Baroque style and ornamentation, and to play together. Learn how to add a well-turned tour de chant, an elegant port de voix, and more essential ornaments to your French Baroque playing. Geared toward upper intermediate to advanced recorder players.

Please email Tish at tishberlin@sbcglobal.net to receive registration and payment information.

9/26/2023
These hour-long classes provide a live, play-along opportunity for players to experience the great fun of recorder solos and duets accompanied by classical guitar.
Music by Dowland, Playford, Purcell, Mozart, and various folk traditions written/arranged for recorder and guitar.
 
F and/or C fingerings, A=440.
Cost: $15 for each class
 
For more information, payment details and Zoom link contact Barbara Kaufman/Paul Sweeny at bpsimplegifts@earthlink.net
9/28/2023
Monday and Thursday mornings: 9:30-10 AM, ET
 
Add structure to your practice routine! After doing the warm ups together, you will be inspired to practice on your own.
 
Each half-hour class will feature 15 minutes of breathing, tone, tonguing, or coordination warm ups for all levels; as well as 15 minutes of advanced technique taken from excerpts in baroque repertoire.
 
Cost: 5 Classes for $100
 
Contact Sarah at cantornote@icloud.com to register.
9/30/2023
Marilyn Boenau: Bass Instincts bass recorders and bass dulcians

Click HERE for more info and to register!
9/30/2023

Burns Night: Every year, Scotland celebrates their beloved poet Robert Burns (1759-96) on his birthday with evening festivities that include reciting and singing poetry from the bard during "Burns Night". Come explore the poetry of Robert Burns, his settings found in The Scots Musical Museum, and in collections such as James Oswald’s Caledonian Pocket Companion. See how the poetry influences our musical decisions as instrumentalists who perform these Scottish folk tunes and variations. This beautifully expressive poetry and music will spark your interest in a rich set of repertoire that is very accessible to recorder players!

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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.