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.

2021-2 Conductors

September 15, 2021 Derek Tam (with the San Francisco chapter)
October 5, 2021 Glen Shannon
November 2, 2021 Arthur Omura
December 7, 2021 Greta Haug-Hryciw
January 4, 2022 Greta Haug-Hryciw
February 1, 2022 Lee Lovallo
March 1, 2022 Hanneke van Proosdij
April 5, 2022 Tracia Barbieri
May 3, 2022 Kate Canan

The San Francisco Chapter of the American Recorder Society is also offering meetings on Zoom until it is advisable to meet in person. Please visit their website at https://arssanfrancisco.org/.

SRS membership reminder

Dear Early Music Enthusiasts,

Our next meeting will be a Sacramento Recorder Society exclusive, since we are on our own in October. We will be conducted by the fabulous Glen Shannon who recently received a Presidential Special Honor Award from the American Recorder Society. Glen will bring his upbeat and enthusiastic spirit to our meetings via Zoom, along with excellent music choices, including his own award-winning compositions. If you have been putting off joining SRS, now’s the time to do it! Music for the October chapter meeting will be sent to this season’s members only. Please send your form and dues to our treasurer, Doris Loughner, by September 28th. I am attaching a membership form for your convenience.

Thanks to all! Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

SRS memb form 21-22.pdf

June 2021 Newsletter

Dear Early Music Friends,

Here’s the latest. We do have one final meeting with the San Francisco Recorder Society on June 16th at 7:30 pm conducted by James Chaudoir. Plan to arrive a little early so as to iron out any internet glitches before the meeting starts. Looking forward to next season and some summer music making!

Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

June 2021 newsletter.pdf

May 2021 Newsletter

Dear Early Music friends,

Here you go!  Mark has already sent the music and link for our next meeting. A tribute to Michael Praetorius is a great idea!  And here’s the newsletter, with some other great early music suggestions and some information about next season. Looking forward to seeing you on the 19th,

Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

May 2021 newsletter.pdf

April 2021 Newsletter

Dear Early Music Friends,

Here it is! Please note that the SRS Board will be meeting this Thursday. I am hearing from various sources that some early musicians are enjoying the access to more conductors via Zoom. Please let us know if you might be interested in having a chapter meeting or two continue to be by Zoom as the rest of our meetings start up again in person.

See you on the 21st! Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

April 2021 newsletter.pdf

March 2021 Newletter

Dear Recorder Friends, Attached you will find this month’s newsletter. I’m looking forward to playing with John Tyson and Miyuki Tsurutani. I’ve had a couple of workshops with him and heard him in concert…should be great! Those of you who have gone to the SFEMS summer recorder workshops will recognize the picture under the announcement for SFEMS spring Zoom classes. Hoping to get back there! See you on the 17th, Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

March 2021 newsletter.pdf

February 2021 Newsletter

Dear Recorder Lovers!

I debated writing “Lovers,” but it is February after all! Be sure to check out the information in the newsletter about Play the Recorder Month and online workshops and classes. There are quite a few interesting choices. In my letter from the editor I included links to some short and delightful recorder YouTube videos. Our conductor this month is “our” conductor, recruited by SRS, Alexa Haynes-Pilon. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you on February 17th.

Stay safe! Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

February 2021 newsletter.pdf

January 2021 Newsletter

January 2021 newsletter.pdf

Dear Early Music Friends,  

I hope this finds you all well! I am doing fine myself (fingers crossed!).  In reference to yesterday’s events, I saw a post that said, “This seven day free trial of 2021 is not working out for me.  I want to cancel my subscription!”  Fortunately, the elector count is now done.  On to more cheerful musical things! I have included quite a few online musical resources in this newsletter. And I just received the following description from Vicki Boeckman for next Wednesday’s music and thought I’d share it here.

“I am honored to be on the impressive lineup of guest conductors, and excited to lead your January 13th session. My intent is to share joyful music that uplifts and enlivens. We will start with a simple yet lovely Danish hymn to ring in the new year: “Vær Velkommen Herrens År”, roughly translated as “We Welcome you, Year of the Lord”. If there are any Danes out there, I encourage you to sing along at the top of your voices! Of course anyone may sing, but the text flows best in Danish. 

We will then play one of my absolute all-time favorite pieces for the new year; the gorgeous Andante Festivo by Jean Sibelius, tastefully transcribed by Charles Coldwell. Originally written for string quartet in 1922, Sibelius re-scored it in 1938 for orchestra and timpani (for a grandiose flourish on the final 4 measures), and conducted the premier in a direct radio broadcast on New Year’s Day 1939.

After all that gorgeousness we’ll need to pep things up a bit, so I have chosen a delightful arrangement of a medieval Saltarello by Seattle Recorder Society’s director emeritus Peter Seibert. I’m sure you all will recognize the familiar tune, and I guarantee Peter’s clever harmonies will bring a smile to even the weariest of souls.

For skiers and snow lovers out there we will end with the zippy “Down the Piste” from Benjamin Britten’s picturesque Alpine Suite, enabling players oodles of opportunities to practice double tonguing diddles or duhguhs. 

Pitch for the evening will be 440 or thereabouts (!) Please choose any size recorder that you like. I will be sharing sound files so you will have the experience of playing in a virtual ensemble, but due to the varying degrees of latency there is no way that scrolling or page turning will ever be ‘just right’ for everyone, so I find it most successful if folks print and read from their own parts. (or download to a separate device).”

Sounds great, right?  I’m looking forward to seeing you (in your square!) next Wednesday,  

Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor