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.

February 2024
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Play-the-Recorder Day 2024, with composer Jamie Allen
3/16/2024
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Second Level Beginners' Class with Greta Haug-Hryciw
3/19/2024 - 3/30/2024
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FREE Online Recorder Class for Beginners - Learn to Play Alto Recorder with Susan Richter
4/2/2024 - 4/11/2024
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Events in the month of February 2024
2/3/2024
Guest Professional Coach Phil Hollar will lead our group with a jumping or leaping theme in his program, Jumping for Joy - A Leap Year Celebration!
2/5/2024
Does the thought of adding ornaments to your music feel daunting and intimidating? If so, this is the workshop for you! Learn simple ornaments and where to apply them to enhance your musical experience.This workshop is an opportunity to learn, review and practice your ornamentation skills with a detailed approach. Recommended for adults with a basic knowledge of the fingerings on alto recorder.

These sessions will focus on:
Defining ornamentation
Basic ornaments
Where and how ornaments are applied
Practicing adding ornaments to music
Resources for further study

Please contact instructor Marea at marearecorder@gmail.com with any questions.
See the VSO School of Music website for more information.
2/6/2024
Tuesdays, January 30, February 6, 13, 27 (note no class on February 20): 10 - 11:30 AM, PT

Take all four or many as you like. Each individual class is $25, or $30 if you want to be able to download the recording.

Anyone wishing to go to the next level with their bass recorder playing who can read bass clef and can play a chromatic two-octave scale from the low F is welcome. We will use some material from the 1986 edition of Helmut Mönkemeyer’s bass method, work with Eric Haas’ books of duets for the bass, and movements from J. S. Bach’s cello suites in recorder transcription. Some work on improvising over ground basses will be included. Pitch: a=440.
2/6/2024
Tuesdays, January 30, February 6, 13, 27 (note no class on February 20): 1:30 - 3 PM, PT

Explore a sampling of the wealth of recorder duos from the 18th, 20th, and 21st centuries by Georg Philipp Telemann, Hans Ulrich Staeps, and Frances Blaker. Geared toward upper intermediate to advanced alto recorder players but all are welcome.

Take all four or many as you like. Each individual class is $25, or $30 if you want to be able to download the recording.

For more information and to register, contact Tish at tishberlin@gmail.com
2/10/2024
Recorder and early music instrument workshop will feature Jody Miller and Anne Timberlake in " A World of Music Opposites."  Includes large group playing and also breakout sessions for intermediate and advanced players with each clinician.  Other early music instruments, e.g. viols, lutes, etc. are welcome. See www.sarasotarecorder.org for more information and registration form.
2/10/2024
If you are a good sight reader, you may wonder if there is any advantage in learning to play by ear. While you may not be interested in tossing the sheet music away, adding the ability to play by ear is a great addition to your musical toolbox.

Knowing the music you are playing by ear gives you the freedom to look up from the page to connect with your ensemble partners and your conductor. It provides security in case you get lost in a score and, in addition, not needing to follow the score as closely, your mind is free to put attention into the phrasing, articulations and musicality of your playing. It also provides the mental headspace necessary to creating your own ornamentations.

In this 8 session class, certified Suzuki teacher, Andrea MacDonald, will get your feet wet in learning to play by ear. Using functional ear training, and a step by step approach to recognizing intervals and working out melodies, you will quickly progress from simple folk songs to Mozart and Bach.

Students will need to purchase practice recordings and to download a free app from either the Apple or Android store. If you have questions or wonder if this class is appropriate for you, please call Andrea at 604-339-3375 or send an email to recorderwithandrea@gmail.com

Details:
 
Recorder by Ear Online Course with Andrea MacDonald
Dates: Saturdays from February 10 to March 30 (8 weeks)
Time: 11:00am to 12:30pm PT
Fee: $160 CDN payable by etransfer
 
- The course may be done with either soprano or alto recorder
- Informational handout will be provided upon registration as recordings must be purchased before the first class
- Homework and supplemental information materials will be provided each week
 
To register go to:   https://recorderwithandrea.weebly.com/recorder-by-ear---online-course.html
 
2/12/2024
Does the thought of adding ornaments to your music feel daunting and intimidating? If so, this is the workshop for you! Learn simple ornaments and where to apply them to enhance your musical experience.This workshop is an opportunity to learn, review and practice your ornamentation skills with a detailed approach. Recommended for adults with a basic knowledge of the fingerings on alto recorder.

These sessions will focus on:
Defining ornamentation
Basic ornaments
Where and how ornaments are applied
Practicing adding ornaments to music
Resources for further study

Please contact instructor Marea at marearecorder@gmail.com with any questions.
See the VSO School of Music website for more information.
2/13/2024
Tuesdays, January 30, February 6, 13, 27 (note no class on February 20): 10 - 11:30 AM, PT

Take all four or many as you like. Each individual class is $25, or $30 if you want to be able to download the recording.

Anyone wishing to go to the next level with their bass recorder playing who can read bass clef and can play a chromatic two-octave scale from the low F is welcome. We will use some material from the 1986 edition of Helmut Mönkemeyer’s bass method, work with Eric Haas’ books of duets for the bass, and movements from J. S. Bach’s cello suites in recorder transcription. Some work on improvising over ground basses will be included. Pitch: a=440.
2/13/2024
Tuesdays, January 30, February 6, 13, 27 (note no class on February 20): 1:30 - 3 PM, PT

Explore a sampling of the wealth of recorder duos from the 18th, 20th, and 21st centuries by Georg Philipp Telemann, Hans Ulrich Staeps, and Frances Blaker. Geared toward upper intermediate to advanced alto recorder players but all are welcome.

Take all four or many as you like. Each individual class is $25, or $30 if you want to be able to download the recording.

For more information and to register, contact Tish at tishberlin@gmail.com
2/13/2024
The Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska will be streaming three on line Women’s Compositions Workshops for violins, violas, cellos, basses, mandolins, soprano recorders and alto recorders.

The Workshops will be on Tuesday, February 13, 7 PM, Central Time, Wednesday, February 14, 10 AM, Central Time, and Friday, February 16, 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 $15.00 (includes shipping if ordered with workshop registration).

For more information, and to register:

https://greenblattandseay.com/workshops_women_composers.shtml
2/17/2024
Cathedral Village, 600 East Cathedral Road, Philadelphia, PA
Playing begins at 10:00 AM.

We're gathering in Cathedral Hall, which is located across from the entrance to the main building. Please arrive in plenty of time to find suitable parking, greet friends, and set up your instruments so we can start playing promptly at 10 AM. Visitors are welcome.
For those who can't join in person, we'll be streaming our playing session over Zoom. The Zoom meeting will open at 9:30 AM and we'll start playing at 10 AM. Members will receive a Zoom link via email, usually one day before we meet.

The Good Morning, Herr Senfl playlist is built around three German songs by Ludwig Senfl. They all celebrate the early morning hours. At the same time, they are part of the playlist's three quodlibets in which Senfl combines the morning songs' melodies with other well-known tunes of the time. A beautifully conceived Fantasia à 3 is Senfl's instrumental contribution to this month's playlist. And triumphant Intrada plus playful Gagliarda from Hans Leo Hassler's Lustgarten collection form the bookends of it.
2/17/2024
“That Old Song and Dance”

In the February meeting, Suzanne Ferguson will continue our exploration of mid-16th century vocal music from the Franco-Flemish/Italian tradition she began a year ago, but with the addition of a set of Italian Dances by Francesco Bendusi published in 1553.  Sopranos and altos, have you been practicing the Renaissance-style ornamentation given out by Sierra Norris a month ago?  Here’s your chance to try it out!  We’ll have fun putting together “arrangements” of the music and learn a little more about the composers and musical traditions of the late Renaissance.

NOTE: The Consort Book will NOT be required, but if you want to practice ahead, we will be including #20, “Io son mi giovanetta” by Domenico Ferrabosco.

Suzanne Ferguson studied recorder in classes with Erich Katz in the 1960’s; and with Michael Lynn at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute in the 1980s and 90s. She was on the National Board of the American Recorder Society in the early 1980s and has been active in recorder society chapters in Santa Barbara, Columbus OH, Detroit, and Fort Myers, FL. She frequently reviews new recorder music for American Recorder.

Held at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 602 N Wilmot Road at 5th Street. There is plenty of parking in the NW parking lot under the solar panels. Park and walk around the north end of the church to the east, and meet in the Smith Parish Hall.
2/18/2024
We look forward to making music with you on Sunday, February 18 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2012 West Dickens, starting at 1 PM.  Lisette Kielson will lead us again.  Nancy Chabala will direct for the first hour. 
 
You will find the music for the February 2024 meeting on the Chicago chapter web site.  Please download the PDF files, print a copy of each piece, and bring it with you.  The password is “ccars20”
2/21/2024
A retreat for intermediate to advanced recorder players Interested in working intensively on technique and musical skills.

Instructors: Miyo Aoki, Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker, Vicki Boeckman

Location: Hidden Valley Institute of the Arts in Carmel Valley, California

The Jeanne Lynch Scholarship pays full tuition for one participant or half-tuition for two participants. Please inquire for more information.

Morning classes address technique for articulation, finger facility, and tone. Afternoon classes include special topics.  Evening activities include ad hoc playing sessions, faculty concert, and open mic.

Click HERE for more info.
2/24/2024
La Nuit - a collection of pieces celebrating the night and all its many facets. Music by Biber, Vivaldi, Debussy, and more.

NOTE: All sessions begin at 2:00 PM, EDT.  The Zoom link will be “open” at 1:30 PM, EDT
2/26/2024
Sonatas are an important part of instrumental repertoire. This workshop will focus on G.F. Handel’s Sonata in F Major, Op.1, No.11 (HWV 369) and address aspects of approaching a Baroque sonata.

Recommended level: Intermediate and above
Cost: $75 per 3-week session

These sessions will focus on:
Style
Articulation
Trills and ornamentation
Form, keys
Strategies for practice

This sonata fits the range for alto recorder (in F), flutes and oboes. There are also parts available for C soprano recorder.

Please contact instructor Marea at marearecorder@gmail.com with any questions.
See the VSO School of Music website for more information or to register.
2/27/2024
Tuesdays, January 30, February 6, 13, 27 (note no class on February 20): 10 - 11:30 AM, PT

Take all four or many as you like. Each individual class is $25, or $30 if you want to be able to download the recording.

Anyone wishing to go to the next level with their bass recorder playing who can read bass clef and can play a chromatic two-octave scale from the low F is welcome. We will use some material from the 1986 edition of Helmut Mönkemeyer’s bass method, work with Eric Haas’ books of duets for the bass, and movements from J. S. Bach’s cello suites in recorder transcription. Some work on improvising over ground basses will be included. Pitch: a=440.
2/27/2024
Tuesdays, January 30, February 6, 13, 27 (note no class on February 20): 1:30 - 3 PM, PT

Explore a sampling of the wealth of recorder duos from the 18th, 20th, and 21st centuries by Georg Philipp Telemann, Hans Ulrich Staeps, and Frances Blaker. Geared toward upper intermediate to advanced alto recorder players but all are welcome.

Take all four or many as you like. Each individual class is $25, or $30 if you want to be able to download the recording.

For more information and to register, contact Tish at tishberlin@gmail.com

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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.