Welcome to SRS

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.  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 Mark Schiffer or any board member on the Contact page.

2016-17 Season

SRS looks forward to a fabulous new season!

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 welcome our guest conductors:

September 6, 2016: Hanneke van Proosdij

October 4, 2016: Glen Shannon

November 1, 2016: Frances Feldon

December 6, 2016: Jerry Schwartz

January 3, 2017: Jerry Schwartz

February 7, 2017: Judy Linsenberg

March 7, 2017: Greta Haug-Hryciw

April 4, 2017: Louise Carslake

May 2, 2017: Shira Kammen


The very basics:

 American Recorder Society Instructional Videos

Many of our guest conductors are happy to teach lessons when they come to conduct the Sacramento Recorder Society, or whenever several  students wish to take lessons on the same day.  Contact the teachers directly if interested.

 Local recorder teachers:

Kathryn Canan, kacanan@yahoo.com. Kathryn teaches adults and children, all ages and levels, at her home in Grass Valley or in Sacramento by arrangement. She performs with Baroque and Beyond, the New Queen’s Ha’Penny Consort, and Early Music Maui. Her CD of 13th century English music with Briddes Roune is available at www.magnatune.com. Kathryn also tutors Latin.

Bay Area Teachers:

Letitia Berlin, Albany. Letitia Berlin received a master’s degree in early music performance practices from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor of music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She performs with Frances Blaker, Louise Carslake, and Annette Bauer in the Farallon Recorder Quartet.

Frances Blaker, Albany. Frances Blaker received her Music Pedagogical and Performance degrees in recorder from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen where she studied with Eva Legêne.  She also studied with Marion Verbruggen in the Netherlands.

Louise Carslake, recorder and early flutes. Louise holds the graduate teaching diploma from Trinity College of Music, London, and the diploma for baroque flute performance from the Arnhem Conservatory in the Netherlands, where her teacher was Wilbert Hazelzet. She also studied baroque music performance practice with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In addition to her performing activities, Louise teaches on the faculty at Mills College, and is an active teacher at her home studio in Oakland. She is co-director of the San Francisco Early Music Society’s Medieval Renaissance Workshop.

Frances Feldon, recorder and early flutes. Ms. Feldon received her Doctor of Music degree in Collegium Directing from the Early Music Institute, School of Music, Indiana University.  She performs with Flauti Diversi, a chamber music group recreating baroque music on a variety of early winds, and The Odhecaton, which plays early renaissance music on a variety of winds and strings. Frances is interested in giving recorder lessons each month in Sacramento if 4 or more people are interested. Contact Elsa at lsamore@earthlink.net or Doris at dglc@frontiernet.net

 Greta Haug-Hryciw

Want to improve your ensemble skills? Or your articulation, intonation, and ability to stay in tune with other players? San Francisco Bay Area teacher, Greta Haug-Hryciw, who has come to conduct and is now a member of SRS, has offered to travel to Sacramento to teach. She is available for private as well as group lesons. Individual (private) lessons are $50 / hour, with a minimum of two and up to four students scheduled consecutively on the same day. Group or ensemble lessons are $100 / 90 minutes, with no requirement to schedule additional lessons on the same day.

Contact Greta: gr8asf@yahoo.com or (415) 377-4444.

Judith Linsenberg will come to Sacramento on weekends once a month if at least 4 students are interested.(510) 444-4113 or judyl@sbcglobal.net. A Fulbright scholar to Austria, Ms. Linsenberg holds a doctorate in early music from Stanford University and has been a visiting professor at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute and the Vienna Conservatory. She is co-director of the baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica.

Hanneke van Proosdij. Hanneke studied harpsichord and organ with Jacques Ogg at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Netherlands, where she also studied recorder and composition. She received her DM (teaching diploma) in 1992 and UM (solo diploma) in 1995. She performs with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the American Bach Soloists, Magnificat, Parnassus Ave, Chanticleer, Orinda and Farallon Recorder Quartet. Hanneke is the Director of the San Francisco Early Music Society Medieval Renaissance Summer Festival.

If you would like to be listed on this page, please send bio and contact information to kacanan@yahoo.com .


Early Music Calendar Has Moved!

The Northern California Early Music Planning Calendar is a bare-bones calendar used to avoid conflicts for workshops and concerts. Please check it when planning your events.That way we won’t make people choose what to attend!

The new Google Docs format makes it possible for those who frequently use the calendar to edit their own events. Anyone with the link can see the calendar; if you would like permission to add your own events, please contact kacanan@yahoo.com.





Hi fellow SRS members:

It may still be summer, but it’s time to plan for recorder playing in the fall, and this is always a fun workshop! If you go you’ll have a great time, so think about adding this workshop on September 10 to your calendar now. Louise Carslake directs this workshop for recorders and viols at the Occidental Center for the Arts .


June Newsletter

June 16 Newsletter.pdf