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  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  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: 

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: 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.

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

Author: 1womanretreat

Kathryn is a freelance writer, musician, and Latin tutor based in the Sierra foothills. She enjoys performing and teaching early music on recorder and flute.

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