Welcome to SRS

COVID update:  We are currently meeting via Zoom.  We also encourage participation in online classes held by ARS and SFEMS.  Please consider supporting professional recorder players and teachers affected by the pandemic by contributing to the Recorder Artist Relief Fund.

The Sacramento Recorder Society is a chapter of the American Recorder Society and an affiliate of the San Francisco Early Music Society. We welcome recorder players of all ages and abilities as well as players of other early music instruments such as lutes, viols, sackbuts, shawms, curtals, krummhorns, and percussion.  When we are able to meet in person safely, we meet monthly September through June, from 6:45-9:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, at the Friends Meeting House, 890 57th St., between H and J. We always welcome visitors to our meetings.  Map

For regular announcements, please follow the blog and be sure to read our monthly newsletter. You’ll get an email when new announcements are posted, generally only a few per month.

Questions? Contact Susan Titus at  susanlee448@att.net or any board member on the Contact page.

November 2021 Newsletter

Dear Early Music fans,

Happy Halloween! Our pumpkin is out but no trick-or-treaters yet. I hope you are all doing well. We are still hopeful that we will be able to meet in person again in the next few months. And we are planning to have a Spring or Summer Party since the traditional Winter Party doesn’t seem to be possible.

Please note that we will be sending links to SRS members this time. It’s a joint meeting with our San Francisco friends, so if you are an SFRS member you are also good to go! We currently have 16 members and I am once again attaching a membership form. If you’ve been procrastinating, it’s time to get going on this!

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone on November 17th. It should be a great meeting!

Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

SRS memb form 21-22.pdf

November 2021 newsletter.pdf

Amherst Early Music Online Weekend Classes in November and December


See below for class schedule, and click here for complete class descriptions for November and December Classes  (Class times are Eastern Time)

NOVEMBER 6, 7 (Eastern Time)

Saturday, November 6
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ❦ Double, Double, Toil and Trouble: An Introduction to the Witchery of Double Tonguing on the Recorder with Tabea Debus, recorder
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ❦ BACH MEETS BACHIANAS— New Lute Duets from Douglas Freundlich, lute

Sunday, November 7 (*Clocks “Fall back” 1 hour!)
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ❦ Playing the Dots with Alison Crum, viol
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ❦ The B List: A Sampler of Petrucci’s Canti B (1502) with Wendy Powers, recorder

NOVEMBER 20, 21 (Eastern Standard Time)
Saturday, November 20
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ❦ Two Sides to Every Story: Baroque Trio Sonatas from Above and Below with Miyo Aoki, recorder, and Jonathan Oddie, harpsichord
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ❦ Lawes, Lawes, and Lawes with Loren Ludwig, viol

Sunday, November 21
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ❦ The Singer’s Toolbox: J. S. Bach Wants to Change Your Life! – Interpreting Bach Cantata Arias with Pamela Dellal, voice
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ❦ Secular Lieder of Heinrich Isaac with Frances Blaker, recorder

DECEMBER 4, 5 (Eastern Standard Time)
Saturday, December 4
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ❦ Bicinia 1642 – 2012 with Tom Beets, recorder
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ❦ Favorite Flute Duets! with Na’ama Lion, flute

Sunday, December 5
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ❦ The Holly and the Oak: Nature Images in Medieval and Renaissance Music with Shira Kammen, vielle
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ❦ The Viol that Sings: Playing the Fantasies of Giovanni Coperario with Mary Springfels, viol

DECEMBER 11 (Eastern Standard Time)
Saturday, December 11
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ❦ Tis the Season for Polyphony with Amy Bearden, voice
Letitia Berlin
Amherst Early Music Festival
AEM Online Team

Alison Melville’s Online Classes

DOUBLE-DARE – Baroque and Neo-Baroque Duets

Playing duets can be wonderful and there are lots of them for recorder players to enjoy, though for many of us this repertoire isn’t a major focus. Here’s an opportunity for change! In this series of classes we’ll divide our time between Baroque and Neo-Baroque duets to explore questions on musical structure and expression, technique, rhythm, listening skills, when to lead and when to follow, and other ideas to bring the music off the page and enhance your enjoyment of this repertoire.

The music: selections from Bach’s Two-Part Inventions and duets by Telemann, Michael Tippett, Harald Genzmerand Hans-Ulrich Staeps.

Music and accompaniment mp3s of both parts provided, so you’ll ‘appreciate the view’ from each side.

Designed for recorder players at an intermediate level or higher. Mostly for alto recorder, though a couple of the pieces ask for soprano on one part.

Flutists and other treble instrument players are welcome if they wish to explore the repertoire.

Pitch A-440.

Four one-hour classes on Zoom, on November 10, 17, 24 and December 1, 2021.

Classes at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. (Eastern).

Course fee: Cad $45 or US $40

Contact alison and indicate which class time(s) are possible for you.

New Recorder Shop in Portland, OR

Hello recorder friends!

Recently, you may have received a mailing from Katze at Blockfloetenshop.de announcing a partnership with a new recorder shop in the US. That new webshop is http://www.recorderforge.com and is based in Portland, Oregon. My name is Jamison Forge, owner and operator of the Recorder Forge. It is my goal to bring you fast, friendly service, while providing easier access to hard to get brands such as Paetzold by Kunath, FEHR, and many others.

Being located in the US, I am able to provide great service with Katze, but also keep a good stock of sought after instruments close to home. I keep a full compliment of Paetzold basses from tenor to Sub Great bass IN STOCK so I can get the instruments in your hands quickly. I want to bring these new brands and fun instruments to my customers in weeks rather than months, and the full range is available at http://www.recorderforge.com.

Thank you all for supporting the recorder world with your playing, and I greatly look forward to working with you on all of your recorder needs. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about the new shop, or the services we provide. I am best contacted by e-mail, but will always return or schedule a phone call when needed.

Welcome to the Recorder Forge!!!


Jamison Forge- He/Him

Owner/Recorder Guru

Recorder Forge

tel: 503-509-2003

mail: info

url: http://www.recorderforge.com

13203 SE 172nd Ave

Ste 166-770

Portland, OR 97086

Amherst Early Music Online classes in October


There’s something for almost everyone in the Amherst Early Music Online October schedule. I hope to see you in my Zoom window this month!


October 9, 10, 17
and on October 23 & 24 for the CityRecorder 2021 Workshop!

Register now for AEM ONLINE WEEKEND Classes!
Click this link for full class descriptions: https://www.amherstearlymusic.org/weekend_online_classes

Click here for a printable list of all the OCTOBER class descriptions
For more information about the CityRecorder Workshop (October 23 & 24) click here!
About AEM Online Classes
Registrants will receive an email with a link to a webpage for each class. Visit the webpage for music and class materials, (available in advance!) and at class time for the Zoom link. Miss a class or want to see two at the same time? Class recordings will replace the Zoom links after the class, and be available for seven days. Classes run 90 minutes, with the first 10 minutes for introductions and last-minute tech help.
(Class times are Eastern Time)

Saturday, October 9
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ❦ Brazilian music from Colonial Brazil to Modern Day with Cléa Galhano, recorder
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ❦ Dulcian Tales with Marilyn Boenau, dulcian

Sunday, October 10
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ❦ Old Music Meets New Music with Martha Bishop, viol

Sunday, October 17
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ❦ The Singer’s Toolbox: Language as Style: Early Singing Styles and Performance Today, with Anne Azéma, soprano

Saturday and Sunday, October 23 & 24 CityRecorder! Workshop
Three class periods a day! With a free discussion with Eric Haas, and a concert with FRQ2. Classes are $25, concert is $10. Click here for more information, and click here to register!

Letitia Berlin
Amherst Early Music Festival
AEM Online Team

Zoom classes with Tish Berlin in October


I hope you can join me for classes in October. To register, please scroll to the bottom of this message to find the registration form and information on how to pay.

You may enroll for as many or as few classes as you wish.

1. Magnifying Glass on Ensemble Skills IV

10:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific/1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern.
October 12 and 19, 2021
Take both or just one. Each individual class is $25.00. Participation in previous Magnifying Glass on Ensemble Skills classes is not a prerequisite for enrolling in this class.

This class will focus on rhythm skills, especially those in Medieval and Renaissance music. You’ll play along with me on duos, and with my GarageBand recordings of 13th-, 14th-, 15th-, and 16th-century motets, chansons, tenor lieder, and madrigals.

October 12: 13th- and 14th-century motets from the Montpellier Codex and chansons by Machaut

October 19: 16th-century madrigals and tenor lied by Arcadelt and Isaac

Geared to intermediate players but all who would like to develop stronger rhythmic skills are welcome. The difficulty level of the music is a bit harder each week. Pitch: A=440.

2. Italian Madrigals

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Pacific/4:30 – 6:00 pm Eastern. Take both or just one. Each individual class is $25.00.

This class will focus on four major madrigal composers of the 1500s, spanning the early decades to the later part of this century that laid the groundwork for the birth of the Baroque.

October 12: Works by Verdelot and Arcadelt

October 19: Works by Monteverdi and Wert

For upper intermediate to advanced instrumentalists. Play-along recordings will be on recorders at 4-foot pitch, an octave higher than viol and dulcian consort so those instruments may want to play lower parts. Pitch: A=440.

IN-PERSON WORKSHOP! Full Vaccination Required

Hidden Valley Early Music Road Scholar in Carmel Valley CA. Week 1 starts October 24 and Week 2 starts October 31. Visit https://www.hiddenvalleymusic.org/event-road-scholar-recorder-early-music-workshop-week-1_371.htm to learn more.


Payment: $25 per individual class. Example: if you take one session of the Ensemble Skills class, pay $25. If you take two, pay $50, etc.
Electronic payment is preferred, but if paying by check please send to 806 Washington Ave Albany CA 94706. Please make Canadian checks out in US dollars and have a US bank name and address printed on the check. Electronic payment options: Venmo, Zelle, ApplePay, or PayPal. If using PayPal, please add $2.00 to your payment (per class), unless you have a

bank account linked to your PayPal account and can use the “sending to a friend” option. Use this email address for all electronic payments: tishberlin.
Please register by filling out this form and returning it to me by email at tishberlin.

Please write “October class registration” at the beginning of your subject line.
1. Name:
2. Email address:

3. Mobile phone #:
4. Classes you want to take – please list by title and date:
5. How you intend to pay:
6. Recorder sizes you play:
7. Do you play alto up an octave?:
8. Are you planning to play another instrument besides recorder? If so, what?

Letitia Berlin



Letitia Berlin

EBRS Workshop

Monday, Oct 11, 2021 • 10 am – 2:30 pm
Hillside Church, 1422 Navellier St. in El Cerrito,
Outdoors in the Upper Parking Lot

Coming soon – a wonderful workshop with Greta Haug-Hryciw and the added pleasure of playing together live in an outdoor setting. Proof of vaccination is required.  Please go to the EBRS website at www.eastbayrecorders.org and click on Special Events for information and to register via PayPal.  Since the slowdown of mail delivery, if you register by mail please email Merlyn Katechis at merlyn@berkeleymusic.com so that you can be added to the music distribution list.


Workshops with John Tyson, Miyuki Tsurutani

Dear ARS Chapters,

We are very happy to announce that Miyuki and I will be continuing our popular online-Zoom chamber music classes this Fall. We hope also to be able to see you in person sometime!

Yours sincerely,

John & Miyuki

617 460 4653

For Advanced amateur and Professional players

Brilliant and Sublime Polyphony. Works of Josquin des Prez, Vincenzo Ruffo, Costanzo Festa and polyrhythmic Dances This class will also provide practical experience in understanding the Renaissance modal system through playing French and English Psalms composed to demonstrate the character of each Mode. Most pieces will be available in both modern and Renaissance facsimile notation – your choice! ~

For Intermediate level players who are comfortable with most of the notes on their instruments. Advanced players are welcome to join the fun!

Elegant Renaissance Songs and sparkling, polyrhythmic Dances, Spanish Villancicos, Italian Frottole and a few modern surprises.

(See attached PDF for information).

Season of Chamber Music, Fall 2021.pdf

October 2021 Newsletter

We are sad not to be able to meet in person this month, but so happy to be conducted by Glen Shannon, an SRS favorite!  Please note that music will be sent to all recent SRS members, please disregard the previous message.  Do please join, if you haven’t already.  The board would also like to ask that you think about friends who might enjoy SRS.  We’d be happy to have them join us on October 5th, just let us know who they are and what their email address is.  The more the merrier!

Patty Johnson,  SRS newsletter editor

October 2021 newsletter.pdf

SRS memb form 21-22.pdf