Welcome to SRS

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.

September joint meeting with SFRS

Our September Sacramento Recorder Society Meeting will be on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 7:30pm via Zoom.

You will be getting another email with the Zoom link and the music if you have joined SRS. If you haven’t joined, whatcha waiting for? Put that membership form and check in the mail!


SRS membership form 2020-21.pdf

Zoom music classes with Tish Berlin and friends


I hope you can join me for one or more of these classes in September. You do not need a Zoom account to take the classes but it is easier to adjust your settings for music classes if you do. Accounts are free and can be established at zoom.us. If you already have a Zoom account you should update to version 5.2.2 for better music settings.

For a good class experience you will need a fast internet connection and a computer with a camera (built-in or external), and microphone (also built-in or external). Headphones or external speakers are highly recommended but not essential.

With best wishes for good health and music-making,


1. Tuesday September 8, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Pacific/4:30 – 6:00 pm Eastern
Technique Magnifying Glass: Tone
In this class, we will focus on exercises and etudes to develop a beautiful sound through our blowing and breathing, then we’ll apply the exercises to music. Air speed, vowels, connecting the body to the instrument – all this will make us more expressive musicians.
Class is geared toward the intermediate to upper intermediate player and anyone who wants a brush-up on breathing and blowing for the recorder. You will need an alto and tenor recorder at A=440.

2. Tuesday September 15, 9:45 am – 11:15 am Pacific/12:45 pm – 2:15 pm Eastern
Elements of Music: Finding Cadences, Phrases, and Making Music
In this class, Frances Blaker will join me as we work on a Baroque trio with you as our third player. We will help you learn how to identify cadences and phrases, learn where to place your breath marks to best serve the music, and work on some basic ornaments that we can add to the piece.
Class is geared toward the intermediate to upper intermediate player and anyone who wants to work in depth on elements of music in a Baroque piece. You will need an alto, tenor, and bass recorder at A=440.

3. Tuesday September 29, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Pacific/4:30 – 6:00 pm Eastern
From the Ground Up: Discovering the Beauty of the In Nomine in works by Parsons, Picforth, and Tye
We will explore three selections from this amazing body of polyphony, all based on a section of John Taverner’s early 16th century Mass which used the plainchant Gloria Tibi Trinitas as a cantus firmus, or ground/foundation for the song. You’ll have a chance to play the In nomine line in these consort pieces, holding the other voices together with its beautiful golden flame lighting the dense polyphony, as well as one other voice in each piece. Geared toward upper intermediate to advanced recorders and viols. Pitch: A=440.

Payment: $25 per class
If paying by check send to 806 Washington Ave Albany CA 94706. Canadian checks must be in US dollars and have a US bank name and address printed on the check. Sorry, Canadian friends!

Other forms of payment accepted: 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

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?:

Would you or someone you know like to take any of these classes but need financial help to do so? I can help a limited number of people so just ask.

Know someone who wants to learn to play the recorder? The ARS is offering free beginner’s classes! I’ll be teaching a set of four classes for new soprano and tenor players in late September. Go to americanrecorder.org for more information.

Letitia Berlin
Tibia Recorder Duo

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September 2020 Newsletter

Dear Early Music Friends,

Attached you will find a newsletter describing the Sacramento Recorder Society’s plans for the coming season. The board is excited about the conductors we will be able to experience this year! You will also find the membership form for this year. Please fill it out and send it, with a check, to Dori$ Loughner, our treasurer.

We look forward to staying in touch with you and making music together even in these challenging times.

Patty Johnson < pijohnso1 >, SRS newsletter editor

The PDFs of music for each Zoom session will be emailed several days before the meeting so there will be plenty of time to look over the music and print whatever parts you want to play. The link to the Zoom meeting will also be emailed at that time, along with instructions for joining a Zoom meeting.

Several of our members have participated in multiple Zoom sessions this summer sponsored by SFEMS, Amherst Early Music, and Early Music America. We keep coming back for more because it’s educational and fun! In addition to partnering with the San Francisco Recorder Society we are also in the process of developing a partnership with the East Bay Recorder Society in order for us to have access to an even greater variety of professional directors. There will be a wealth of opportunities to learn and play this season for our members! Although, because of the pandemic, there will not be any in-person sessions this season, we’ll have the opportunity to learn from a wider selection of Early Music Professionals than we’ve ever had before since geography is no longer a barrier.

Please be aware that these opportunities are only available to members of the Sacramento Recorder Society. If you have been receiving emails with attached music in past years, but are not a paid-up member, you will not continue to receive these messages. So please download the membership form, fill it out, and send it with a check to Doris at the address on the form.


Mark Schiffer < marschif >, SRS Vice-President

The Sacramento Recorder Society – Newsletter for September 2020.pdf

SRS membership form 2020-21.pdf

East Bay Recorder Society Sept 4

Dear Friends of the East Bay RS,

The first (online) meeting of the East Bay Recorder Society
for the 2020-21 season is coming this Friday, September 4
at 7:30 pm with Hanneke van Proosdij conducting the meeting.

We have a full season of monthly meetings scheduled; these
meetings will be online until social-distancing is no longer
necessary. At this time we expect online meetings for the
next several months.

We are inviting all other recorder players of our area to be
our guests for this first meeting of the season. You will find
the zoom link for this meeting at the bottom of this message.

No Zoom account is required to join us for this meeting and
there is no charge to participants. Of course we invite you
to become members of East Bay RS.

The music pdfs are attached. Contact me for pdfs and zoom link: rayhwhite@yahoo.com


August 19 Zoom meeting. Please come!

Hello fellow SRS members,

I’ve forwarded an invitation from Greta, and the San Francisco Recorder Society Chapter, to their August meeting. It will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, August 19, at 7:30 PM. Greta and Daniel Soussan will be presenting a program of great “play along” pieces for us to enjoy.
I would strongly encourage everyone to try to attend this meeting. Because of the pandemic, live meetings with actual live conductors are not possible, and Zoom meetings with virtual conductors have partially filled the void. Of course an on-line Zoom meeting isn’t the same as being in the same room with your fellow members, and playing together under the live direction of a professional director. In a Zoom meeting the participants play from the comfort of their own home studio/office/living room, and follow the directions of an on-line conductor who provides the music for everyone to read. The music is either sent out beforehand as PDFs or displayed on the computer screen, or both. Everyone in the class is muted, i.e. no one else can hear what you are playing, and they cannot hear anyone else except the director, who either plays a music track to play along with, or plays their own instrument on one of the lines of the piece that’s being taught. I’ve attended quite a few Zoom classes over the summer, and once I got past the inertia of joining my first class, it could not have been easier!
Zoom classes are exceptionally unstressful! No one hears you playing, so making mistakes or losing one’s place is not at all an issue. Pieces are always played more than once, so there’s always the opportunity to do better the second time. It is very similar to the old “music minus one” records that came on the market back in the 60s.
To get started, reply to Greta at  gr8asf@yahoo.com  and let her know you’ll be attending. She will then send you PDFs of the music as well as a link that will allow you to enter the meeting. If you’ve never attended did a Zoom class before, this is the perfect time to try it out. Greta is asking for a $15 donation to help with the cost of preparing the materials for the meeting (it’s quite an involved job for the on-line director(s)), however, this is optional! Attend for free if you’d like. The important thing is that you attend!
After contacting Greta, then click on this link in order to download the Zoom application to your computer:
If this is your first Zoom meeting, click on this link for a helpful and brief tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting:
If at any point you feel that you could use some help, please contact me at  marschif@gmail.com  and I will do my best to get you up and running.
At this point I know that I’ll be attending as well as several other SRS members. Please consider joining us! Try it! You’ll like it!

Dear Recorder Fans,

The San Francisco Recorder Society’s June’s chapter meeting was the second that we held online, via Zoom. We included members of other chapters to participate and had about 45 players from around the Bay Area (and beyond) join us for the evening. It was well-received, and has encouraged us continue with this format. 

July was filled with an astonishing array of online classes offered by SFEMS, EMA, Voices of Music, and other brilliant organizations that could satisfy our thirst to play and learn, so SFRS was on hiatus for the month (as it usually is during the summer workshops). This month, chapter members Daniel Soussan and I will present more great music for you to play “with” the chapter from the comfort of your own studio.

The meeting will be held on Zoom at our previously scheduled date and time: Wednesday, August 19 at 7:30 PM (PDT). The meeting will be approximately 90 minutes long. As we did in June, we are extending this invitation to all Bay Area chapters and ask all chapter leaders to please share this message with your members. Teachers, your students are welcome, too!

September will mark the official start of our new season, and we will be led by Zoom-savvy professional musicians. Check our website for updates: arsSanFrancisco.org 

We welcome new and returning members! The SFRS 2020/21 membership application is attached. Non-members are asked to contribute a $15 participation fee to compensate the presenters for the many hours of preparation it takes to make these sessions possible. Of course, we’re happy to accept a donation of any amount, and you won’t be excluded if you aren’t able to afford the fee.

The link, along with helpful hints for using Zoom and PDFs of the music, will be sent only to those who ask to join the meeting. We expect to have all of the materials ready by Monday. If you’d like to participate,  please write to me as soon as possible at our new SFRS email address: SFRecorders@gmail.com and you will be added to the meeting roster.

Note: although you can use Zoom through your browser, it will function much more efficiently if you first download the current version of the Zoom app. https://zoom.us/download

If you are new to Zoom, here is link to a helpful (and brief) tutorial on how to join a meeting: Joining a Meeting.
This online option is hardly a substitute for meeting at Christ Church Lutheran to be directed by top professionals and enjoying the generous hospitality of Pastors Tom McQueen and Lyle Beckman. We eagerly await the time we can return to in-person playing.

I sincerely hope this message finds you and your loved ones all in good health and virus free! I’m looking forward to hearing from you, then seeing you on Zoom on Wednesday!

Greta Haug-Hryciw
SFRS President, ARS Board of Directors 

2020-2021 Membership APPLICATION Fill-In.pdf

✨ SFRS June Chapter Meeting Goes Virtual (again)

Hi fellow SRS members,

Whether it’s practicing on your own, or attending online meetings and classes, or actually getting together with friends to play music, I hope everyone has been able to have fun with their music this summer. I’ve attached an email from Greta in which she invites all of us to participate in a free Zoom meeting on Wednesday, June 17th at 7:30 PM, hosted by the San Francisco chapter of ARS. I participated in their first one back in May and it was fun! I’m sure you’ll have a good time participating in this one, so if you’re up for it, connect Greta as per her information below.

– – Mark

Dear Recorder Fans,

Last month, the San Francisco Recorder Society held its first “virtual” chapter meeting. From my own perspective and from responses we received from several who attended the meeting, it went very well, and we want to do it again. During summer months, SFRS is conducted by chapter members, and for our June meeting, Jay Kreuzer has agreed to be my co-conductor. Together we will present music for you to play “with” the chapter from the comfort of your own studio.

The meeting will be held on Zoom at our previously scheduled date and time: Wednesday, June 17 at 7:30 PM (PDT).

At the suggestion of an East Bay friend who joined our meeting in May, this invitation is being extended to all Bay Area chapters (chapter leaders, please share this message with your membership). The link, along with helpful hints for using Zoom and PDFs of the music, will be sent to those who ask to join the meeting. We expect to have all of the materials ready by Monday, so please write to me as soon as possible if you’d like to participate and you will be added to the meeting roster.

Note: although you can use Zoom through your browser, it will function much more efficiently if you first download the current version of the Zoom app. https://zoom.us/download

If you are new to Zoom, here is link to a helpful (and brief) tutorial on how to join a meeting: Joining a Meeting

This online option is hardly a substitute for meeting at Christ Church Lutheran to be directed by top professionals and enjoying the generous hospitality of Pastors Tom McQueen and Lyle Beckman. We eagerly await the time we can return to in-person playing.
I sincerely hope this message finds you and your loved ones all in good health and virus free! I’m looking forward to hearing from you, then seeing you on Zoom on Wednesday!

Greta Haug-Hryciw

SFRS President, ARS Board of Directors

The May Sort-of-a-Newsletter

Dear Recorder Friends,

I’m surely missing our monthly meetings. So disappointing not to see all of you and Greta and Alexa. I’m sure you have been finding some fun and worthwhile things to do at home; here are a few additional suggestions. We’ll be in touch when we know if it might be possible to get together in June. We’re a smaller group (thumbs up!), but a demographically older group (thumbs down, darn); we’ll just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, stay safe! Play or listen to something beautiful!

Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

May 2020 newsletter.pdf

SRS Hibernation Help

From Mark Schiffer:

Hello fellow SRS members!
     As you’ve been informed, our regularly scheduled meeting for April 7 with Greta has had to be canceled. We’ve all been instructed to practice social distancing, and many of us are already sheltering in place. Unfortunately, that means no playing music with friends and no in-person music lessons. Fortunately there’s loads of music to listen to on the internet. For example, the Voices of Music channel on YouTube is loaded with wonderful videos of the best Early Music you’ll find anywhere.
     For those of you who want to do more than practice on your own, I’ve uploaded quite a few play-along music files I’ve collected over the years to Dropbox. These are similar to the “Music minus one” LPs and CDs. Most can be played on alto, and some can be played on soprano or tenor. Some are fairly easy to play, and some are challenging.
•  For many of them, all that’s necessary is to open the file and the music will be in front of you on your computer screen. Adjust the volume on the computer and play along from the screen. It’ll take a little getting used to but it’s worth it.
•  For others, there’s a PDF of the solo part you can download and play from, while the computer, or your cell phone on external speakers, is playing the accompaniment.
•  For others, there are two video files. One is complete: it plays the recorder part with the continuo. The second plays only the continuo, so you are the soloist. These also must be played while you’re sitting in front of your computer, or, if you’ve got the capability, stream it to your TV.
     These are large video files, so I’d suggest downloading them separately. All together they take up about 442 Mb of space.
     To get your music, click Here, or click on the link below:
     This will take you to a dropbox folder labeled 2020-04 Mark’s April play-along files.
     There are too many pieces to list. You’ll have to take a look yourself.
     Look for a button at the top of the page that either looks like this:  pastedGraphic.png  or says Download and click on it. A menu will drop down. Click on Download as .zip , and all of the music will download to your computer. Double-clicking on the zip folder should uncompress the files. If you don’t want to download all of the music at once, then click on just one of the titles. That single piece should automatically download to your computer. Depending on your download speed this should take anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes.
     I hope this works for everyone. There’s plenty of music to keep you playing for a long time! If you have any difficulties downloading or using the files, please contact me and I’ll do my best to help. And . . . if they work well for you, please let me know!!
  – – Mark


March 2020 Newsletter

Dear Early Music friends,

Here it is!  Are you starting to get excited about summer workshops?  I have included information on the San Francisco Early Music Society Workshops.  Let me know if there are others I should include in next month’s newsletter.  Madrigals with Arthur Omura on March 3…Hope to see you there!

Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

March 2020 newsletter.pdf