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.

Port Townsend Workshop

Trimble-5153.jpgGreetings One and All,
Happy New Year!

We are excited to announce that
Registration for the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop
July 9 – 15, 2017


Visit www.seattle-recorder.org/workshop
to learn more and to register

The Workshop is held on the lovely campus of University of Puget Sound.

Check out our fabulous new website designed by webmaster Charles Coldwell.
We look forward to seeing you in July!

Vicki and Jo 

Next Level Recorder Retreat

Next Level Recorder Retreat: Intensive Workshop on Technique and Ensemble Skills
Faculty: Tish Berlin and Frances Blaker (third teacher TBA depending on enrollment)
Friday February 24-Tuesday February 28, 2017
Hidden Valley Music Seminars, Carmel Valley, CA
Tuition: $365
Room and board double $310/single $390
Contact Tish Berlin at tishberlin@sbcglobal.net for more information. Download application at http://tibiaduo.com/performances-and-teaching/

Smorgasbord Early Music Workshop

Smorgasbord Early Music Workshop for Instrumentalists and Singers
Faculty: Tish Berlin, recorder; Shira Kammen, vielle and voice; Peter Maund, percussion
Sunday January 22, 2017, 1:30 pm-5:30 pm
Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington Ave, Kensington CA
$55/$45 if you register by December 15, 2016
Contact Tish Berlin at tishberlin@sbcglobal.net for more information. Download flyer at http://tibiaduo.com/performances-and-teaching/

MPRO January Workshop


On Saturday, January 14, 2017, the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will present a workshop directed by Thomas Axworthy entitled, International Potpourri: German madrigal, a Spanish salad & a Norwegian fjord.  The workshop will feature early 17th-century madrigals by Johann Steffens,  La Bomba, an extensive musical potpourri, or ensalada (salad), by the renaissance Spanish composer, Mateo Flecha, and selections by Edvard Grieg, including a canon, a setting for recorders of the song Våren (Spring) and movements from Peer Gynt.  Thomas Axworthy has served as director of the Los Angeles Recorder Orchestra, the Southern California Early Music Consort, co-director for the Canto Antiguo Workshop in Early Music and Dance and is co-founder of the early music ensemble, Canto Antiguo.  He has taught at Rio Hondo College and directed the Collegium for the Claremont Graduate School.  He has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and can be heard on numerous soundtracks for major motion pictures and television programs.  He has recorded for the Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch, Dargason, Titanic and Word Records.

The workshop will take place at Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park from 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.  The workshop is open to recorder players from the intermediate to advanced level.  Workshop fees are as follows:  MPRO, SFEMS and ARS members, $50.00; non-members, $55.00.

Please plan on bringing a music stand and a lunch.  Snacks and beverages will be provided.  Advanced registration is encouraged as space is limited.  For further information or to register for the workshop please visit the MPRO website at <http://mpro-online.org/> or contact Leslie Pont at 650-941-3065.  The location of this workshop is wheelchair accessible.  The Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra is an affiliate of the San Francisco Early Music Society.



December 2016 Newsletter

Dear SRS members and friends,  Looking forward to our December meeting with Jerry Schwartz!  Be sure to check out the newsletter and the Winter Party flyer.  Jerry’s notes suffered from some strange email issue (technology, it’s a curse and a blessing!) so they are below.

 Hello, SRSers!

It’s that time of year again for the December ‘crunch’ of music.  I have spent the last week in Yosemite (yeah, retirement) and I’m relaxed, refreshed and ready to recorder. (Wait…can I use recorder as a verb? – why not!)

On tap for this month is something (I hope) for everyone. We will start with Next, Winter Comes Slowly for a quick and easy warm up, followed up by Will Ayton’s T’was the Moon of Wintertime.  Thomas Tallis will be next with his Gloria Patri. Will’s Rune for Autumn’s Wind follows. Next will be Greensleeves, arranged by Stan Davis. Followed by Orlando Gibbons’ Magnificat. We’ll round out the first half with a real oldie, Once, In Royal David’s City.

 Second half we get serious for a while with some more challenging tunes.  First is a Fugue on The Holly and the Ivy (our soupe nite theme) by Michael Talbot. Woodland Whimsy by Gary Betts, from the ARS magazine pull-out, is next. Our Christmas section comes along with a different version of Ding Dong Merrily. Arranged by Marg Hall, a Brit, Ding Dong is taken from a set of 4 carols called “Christmas with a Swing!” We’ll hear this together for the first time. Final scheduled tune is the Carol of the Bells.

If we have time, I will have my Christmas Carols book for requests and we’ll end with a rousing rendition of Joyce Johnson-Hamilton’s We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

I hope to see you all for this fun and frantic evening of music for the season.


 P.S. There is a ton of music and we may or may-not make it through all of it…. So, choose your parts to print wisely.

December 16 Newsletter.pdf
Winter Party 2017.pdf
SRS memb form 16-17.pdf