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COVID update:  For the time being SRS is sharing online meetings with the San Francisco Recorder Society on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. 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 Mark Schiffer or any board member on the Contact page.

May 9 Boulder/Denver Chapter Meeting w/ Lisette Kielson

From the Denver chapter: 

As I mentioned during our April Denver Recorder Society meeting, Trudy Wayne, of the Boulder Chapter of the American Recorder Society is offering us the opportunity to join Boulder’s May 9th meeting, featuring Lisette Kielson!!

This meeting is free of charge for our membership, and those who have experienced Lisette’s talent, energy and enthusiasm know what a treat we are in for! I hope you can join us for this unexpected extension of our musical season.

Our thanks go out to the American Recorder Society for providing the grant that made this possible, to Trudy and the Boulder Chapter for inviting us to join, and to Woody Colahan for providing the connectivity and hosting the Zoom session for both chapters. As a thanks to the American Recorder Society, we encourage those who are not members to join the ARS. If you are not a member or have not been a member recently, the cost is only $25 for a year! Check them out at https://americanrecorder.org/join_or_renew_now.php.

Following is the information about this session and about Lisette Kielson. More specific information about the Zoom connection, times and music will follow soon.

Thanks everyone, and stay well,

Sharon Bolles
Denver Recorder Society,
A Chapter of the American Recorder Society

The Dance of the Musette: Duos by Chèdeville and CorretteLisette Kielson leads the joint Boulder and Denver Recorder Societies in a virtual playing session of duets by Chèdeville and Corrette. These 18th century dances for the popular musette (or equal instruments) provide a wonderful point of departure for work on articulation and technique as well as musical style and expression. You’ll have the opportunity to play the same part with Lisette, the alternate duet line, or both (as there will be time to switch parts)! Geared toward intermediate and above SAT recorders and treble instruments. Pitch: A=440

Based in Central Illinois Lisette Kielson performs as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the Midwest. Past President of the ARS and former Director of Bradley University’s Collegium Musicum, Lisette teaches on the faculty of the Whitewater Early Music Festival, serves as Music Director of the ARS Chicago Chapter, and leads workshops and masterclasses throughout the country (via her new best friend, Zoom)! Lisette holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in flute performance from Indiana University and a post-master’s Diploma in recorder performance from The Royal Conservatory of The Hague. She has recorded with Centaur Records as well as with her own label. Read more at LisetteKielson.com.

Mountain Collegium

Dear Friend of Mountain Collegium,

We are pleased to announce 2021 Mountain Collegium Early Music & Folk Music Workshop. This summer’s offerings are outstanding and we hope you will join us for our virtual workshop Tuesday, June 29 through Saturday, July 3. Multiple class options each day, along with the John Trexler Folk Lecture and the Faculty Concert, make for a week full of fun music-making! Classes will be presented online through Zoom.

This year we will offer a special program for emerging recorder players. This is perfect for folks who picked up the recorder over the past year or two, or for those who have taken a break from playing and need to dust off some cobwebs. These classes are full of great technique and playing tips that benefit recorder players on ALL levels, so others can also select these classes. Anne Timberlake, Gwyn Roberts, Jody Miller, and Phil Hollar all team up to help nudge you to the next level!

Keyboard players should also check out Barb Weiss’s Harpsichord Lab, which will cover dynamics, articulation, figure reading, and more!

And, as always, renowned viol, recorder, brass, and folk teachers who have put together a great mix of class topics!

You can find ALL the fine faculty by clicking HERE.

Check out our website for the class offerings and special package discounts for the Weeklong Pass, Emerging Recorder program, and Harpsichord Lab. Visit us at www.mountaincollegium.org.

We hope you join us this summer!

Jody Miller, Director
Mountain Collegium Early Music & Folk Music Workshop

Jody Miller

1029 Hedge Lane NE
Marietta, GA 30066 USA


MC Course Offerings 2021.pdf

May Day Waltz Party-Dance-Play Along

North Bay Country Dance Society presents a

May Day Saturday Evening Waltz Party-Dance-Play Along with Shira Kammen & Jim Oakden

Monday, May 1, 2021 7-8 pm PT ONLINE Dance & Concert – A Triple Event

  • It’s a Dance! Shira & Jim will play lots of dance music, mixing in coupledances and danceable surprises.
  • It’s a Concert! Songs and Tunes from East to West, with appropriatecommentary.
  • It’s a Play-Along! The program and “dots” (written music) will be availablebeforehand. Musicians are encouraged to download and play along.

    Everyone is welcome!
    Please invite/forward this email your friends you miss dancing with.

Saturday Evening May Day Party with Shira Kammen & Jim Oakden

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Coming up:
5/8 Genticorum
5/15 Elsie Gawler & Ethan Tischler 5/22 Box and String Trio
5/29 Peregrine Road

April 2021 Meeting

Until it’s safe to play music in person, we continue to collaborate with the San Francisco chapter of the American Recorder Society, holding chapter meetings online.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 21 at 7:30 PM Pacific time. We are thrilled to have Peter Maund as our guest director. For more information about Peter and accessing the meeting and music, please see the SFRS website:


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

San Francisco Recorder Society Workshop April 25

Colorful rivers of music by Gilles Binchois, Guillaume de Machaut, Magister Egidius, Francesco Landini, Henry Purcell, Johann Schop, and Benjamin Thorn… all flowing under the direction of Rotem Gilbert and Hanneke van Proosdij

Sunday, April 25, 20219:00 am to 12:30 pm Pacific Time
(10:00 Mountain, 11:00 Central, 12:00 Eastern).

Online, via Zoom. Check-in begins 15 minutes before.

$40 for the whole workshop, $25 for half day (9:00 to 10:45 or 11:00 to 12:30)

Click HERE for the registration form and further information.

MPRO Meeting 4/14

You are invited to join with the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra at its online meeting and playing session on Wednesday evening, April 14. The session should open at about 7;15 pm and Fred Palmer will start conducting the music at 7:30. We will be playing five new pieces at this meeting. 

We hope that you will be able to join us.

For question about joining the Zoom session contact:

Amherst Early Music classes

Greetings friends,

Tish Berlin would like to let you know about some great music Zoom events coming up this weekend.

First, the Amherst Early Music Spring Break Workshop, normally held in person in Washington, D.C., will be held online this year. We have a great line-up of classes for recorders, viols, and lutes with faculty including Frances Blaker, me, Saskia Coolen, Valerie Horst and Wendy Powers, Tom Beets, Brent Wissick, Patricia Ann Neely, John Moran, Chris Morrongiello, and Douglas Freundlich. You can see the classes at the link just below, and you’ll be able to register starting at 5:00 pm Eastern today:


As part of the AEM Spring Break workshop, you can attend the following free events:

Saturday March 20 at 5 pm Eastern: attend a forum with composers Frances Blaker, Melika Fitzhugh, and Eric Haas, moderated by me. I look forward to talking with these composers and hearing some of their music for recorders, and will welcome your questions as well.

Sunday March 21 at 6:00 pm Eastern: AEM Spring Break faculty concert! Sit back and relax while listening to the faculty play music by Bach, Sieg, Telemann, Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde, and much more!

Second, the American Recorder Society is celebrating Play the Recorder Month with a very special event on Saturday – an interview and Q&A with Melika Fitzhugh (big day for her!) and a play-along of her ARS PTRM piece, Transparent Letters Across the Sky. This will be an hour-long event starting at 2 pm Eastern. The webinar will be recorded in its entirety, and posted to the ARS YouTube channel for future viewing. Register by going to the link here:


Best wishes to all,


Letitia Berlin



Workshop Series -Improvisation with Emily O’Brien

Hello Everyone,
I hope you’re enjoying the beginnings of spring weather!
I’d like to invite you to join me for my next online workshop series, all about various aspects of playing what *isn’t* on the page in front of you. We are often convinced that the talent for improvising is something you have to be born with. But that’s not the case!
”Improvising” actually encompasses a wide variety of skills and styles, and you can most definitely learn and improve at them. And while you’re at it, you also learn more ways of thinking about the music that *is* on the page, too!  
Register Online
In this series, we’ll take a systematic look at various aspects of improvising. These skills are often overlooked, but they’re a really important aspect of ornamenting Baroque sonatas, understanding diminution pieces such as those by Van Eyck or in the Division Flute, playing in English Country Dance bands, and understanding pieces with ground basses such as chaconnes or passacaglias. They’re also really helpful in writing your own arrangements or creating your own duets with a friend.


If you joined me for the Theory series, the exercises we’ll go through in this series are a great way to put some of those concepts into practice.

You can enjoy this workshop at any skill level, but you’ll get the most out of it if you have at least an intermediate level of proficiency at some instrument or voice.

Please let me know if you have any questions, or requests for future topics!

I hope to see you in person sometime soon!
Emily O’Brien


☘️ Meeting 3/17/21 with John Tyson and Miyuki Tsurutani!

Dear SFRS and SRS Members,

Hello, and welcome. Below are the details for our upcoming chapter meeting on Wednesday, March 17. This month we have a very special pair of teachers: John Tyson and Miyuki Tsurutani who will play live with us from their home in Cambridge, MA. Please go to the SFRS webpage linked here and read their biographies: This Month’s Conductor

John and Miyuki will play two lines of the repertoire on recorder and for some pieces on harpsichord – giving us a very unusual opportunity to play in virtual consort with these talented professionals.


Remember, this is for you! Play like no one’s listening (because we aren’t!). Selections 1 and 2 are from Serpent Publications and are notated without barlines. This may be a delightful challenge (and not as difficult as you might think). If you play only soprano, you may read the tenor voice on any piece and get just as much enjoyment from it.

  1. Fowre armes, two neckes, one wreathing – Thomas Weelkes (c. 1576-1623) AAT of SST: 1-pg parts
  2. Amy souffrez – attributed to Pierre Moulu (1484-c.1550))STB: 1-pg parts or 3-pg score (+ STB parts with divisions)
  3. Sinfonia und Gagiarda “Narciso” – Salomon Rossi (1587-1628) – SSATB: two 1-pg scores (print both)
  4. Umlanjana (Small Stream) – Sören Sieg – AT: 3-pg score
  5. Aria – Giovanni Battista Bononcini (1670-c.1750) – AA or AT + harpsichord: 1-pg score
  6. Jenny’s Babee – trad. Irish melody arr. by Clark Kimberling – ATT or AAT: 3-pg score (for St. Paddy’s Day ☘️)

Please note: John and Miyuki will have adjusted their audio levels so they can be heard clearly while you are playing. You may need to adjust the volume on your device according to your preference.

Print all the parts you’d like to play at the meeting. John and Miyuki will not be screen sharing. Attached is all the music for each piece – in score and/or contiguous parts.

The usual details of when and where for Wednesday’s meeting:

When: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM

Where: In the comfort of your own living room, den, garden shed, office, house boat, kitchen, garage, camper van, or studio! Please visit the San Francisco chapter website for the link and payment information. 

When you visit our SFRS website, you will find information about our conductors, chapter news, the membership application form, and more. Be sure to refresh your screen so you are not seeing an old page (devices have cache memory and often bring up what’s stored from your previous visit): arssanfrancisco.org You’ll be glad to know that the SFRS website is certified with an SSL and is secure.

Very Special Thanks to all who continue to support our chapter, for your membership and participation, and for your love and enthusiasm for the recorder. We are eager to see you Wednesday online, but we really can’t wait to see you in person again, and meet at our San Francisco home, Christ Church Lutheran on 20th Ave at Quintara. We miss playing at Sunday services there very much and send our fond regards to the congregation and Pastors Tom McQueen and Lyle Beckman.

Attachments: The Music: Six glorious pieces that have been carefully curated for our meeting.

Thank you!
See you on the 17th.

Greta Haug-Hryciw

SFRS President
ARS Board of Directors


1 – Weelkes – Fowre arms, two necks – AAT or SST.pdf

6 – Kimberling – Jenny’s Babee – AAT or ATT.pdf

4 – Sieg – Umlanjana – AT.pdf

2 – Moulu – Amy souffrez – STB.pdf

5 – Bononcini – Aria .pdf

3 – Rossi – Sinfonia-Narciso – SSATB.pdf