June 2020 Newsletter

Dear Early Music friends,

Here’s the June newsletter. We have decided to have our June meeting in person! Hooray! We are meeting on Saturday (not our usual Tuesday), June 18th at 6:45 at the Friends Meetinghouse, 890 57th Street. We don’t have an official conductor for this meeting, so please bring ten copies of something you’d like to play as a group. We anticipate doing a bit of socializing, so please also bring some sort of finger food (Cookies? Crackers/cheese? Veggies?) Note: Vaccinations and one booster are required for the Meetinghouse.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

June 2022 newsletter.pdf

Mountain Collegium ONLINE Workshop

Greetings, Friends!

The Mountain Collegium family has decided to hold both an in-person workshop at Western Carolina University June 26-July 2 AND an online workshop via Zoom June 16-19. In both cases, there are some amazing faculty and extraordinary class choices.

The online workshop is now open for registration.

Visit www.mountaincollegium.org and click on “Online Workshop” to get to all the details.

The topics are engaging and varied and the classes will be led by some of the most sought-after early music teachers you know. It’s quite a bargain, too!

The schedule offers opportunities in folk music, recorder, viol, pennywhistle, harp, and other wind instruments. Many of the topics also work for singers.

We will continue offering a program for emerging recorder players, so we encourage musicians who’ve just started learning the recorder to get a taste of the workshop experience. Emerging classes are also open to participants at any level—and you very well may be interested once you see the class descriptions.

We anticipate opening registration for our in-person workshop next week, so hold tight if that’s what you’re waiting for. Meanwhile, don’t forget you can attend both!

I look forward to seeing you this summer!

Jody Miller, Director

Mountain Collegium Early Music and Folk Music Workshop

Eric Haas Ornamentation Workshop

April 23, 2022

1:00PM-2:30PM (EDT)

Virtual workshop via Zoom

Sponsored by Princeton Recorder Society, Princeton, NJ

Using his book, “The Grammar of Ornamentation” which is an introduction to ‘free ornamentation’ in late baroque solo music, Eric will guide participants in the understanding and application of single note figures such as trills, stepwise motion around a melody, and leaps such as chord tones, etc. He will provide instruction for practicing figures and how to apply them in slow movements of solo baroque sonatas.

Participants will need to be able to play alto recorder and be reasonably comfortable with baroque solo music.

Cost: $15

Eric’s soft cover book or digital edition can be purchased through Von Huene.

Haas, Eric: Grammar of Ornament (Download)

Haas, Eric: Grammar of Ornament (Print)

For further information and registration, please contact Jere Tannenbaum, president of PRS

NAVRS March Playing Meeting – Frolick Amongst the Trees

Good evening NAVRS Friends,

I hope you’re all doing well.  We have a great March playing meeting planned and we wanted to share some information with you. This month our time together will be led by Rainer Beckmann.

Rainer plays recorder with a large variety of early music ensembles in the Philadelphia tri-state area. He is a founding member of La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble and New World Recorders. As featured soloist and guest musician, he has appeared with Tempesta di Mare, Piffaro, Mélomanie, Brandywine Baroque, Camerata Ama Deus, Philadelphia Bach Collegium, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, and others. Before moving to the United States, he performed in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Italy, Israel, and Brazil. Rainer is the music director of the Philadelphia Recorder Society. He is a graduate of the Utrecht Conservatory of Music (Netherlands), where he studied recorder with Heiko ter Schegget, Baldrick Deerenberg, and Marion Verbruggen.

He has an exciting program planned for us, just in time for Spring. The program Frolick Amongst the Trees is very much a celebration of trees, nature, and country life; or, as one is tempted to say in the context of NAVRS’s March meeting, of all the positive and hopeful feelings generally associated with the arrival of spring. 

Frolick Amongst the Trees is inspired by and opens with a short recorder sextet with the same title written by John Kraybil, a member of the Philadelphia Recorder Society. Two traditional Brazilian songs from Pará, a state made up in large parts by the eastern Amazon rainforest, depict scenes of life along a river. Renaissance composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina contributes a motet on a text using the image of the apple tree from the Song of Songs, and Liduino Pitombeira’s Variations on yet another Brazilian song celebrate the beauty and many benefits of the juazeiro tree. A jolly round published by Thomas Ravenscroft is cleverly dedicated to country dancing. It appropriately wraps up the program.

If you’d like to join us, there’s plenty of time to RSVP.  As a reminder, we are still offering a one-time payment for the 2022 playing sessions (a $30 discount). That’s 12 sessions for the price of 10!  Not only will this save you time and money, it also helps the NAVRS start out on a good financial position in our inaugural year.  Payment can be made on our website navrs.org.

Our next playing meeting is Saturday, March 26 beginning at 1:30 PM, EST (Central Time – 12:30, Mountain Time – 11:30, Pacific Time – 10:30).  The Zoom link will be live a half hour before the official start time (2:00 PM, EST). Please join us early if you’re able to as we will use the time to get to know one another.

The January and February meeting recordings are available on the NAVRS website for members that attended those playing meetings.

We look forward to “playing together” soon!

Rachel and Mike

Play the Recorder Month 2022

Dear Recorder Friends,

In March we celebrate Play the Recorder Month! Usually we play the chosen piece as part of our monthly chapter meeting, but, darn, no in-person meeting once again. The piece of music that the American Recorder Society has chosen is called “Fanfare: returning” by Erik Pearson and it was included in a recent ARS magazine. There will be an online presentation this Saturday, March 19th at 11am PDT which will include an interview with the composer and an opportunity to play along with a virtual ensemble. You need to sign up to get the link and participate. Here’s the link: https://americanrecorder.org/play_the_recorder_month.php

At this link you will find access to the music as well as performances to practice with before the big day. And there’s a link to register for the virtual meeting on Saturday.

Hope to see you there! Patty Johnson, SRS

March 2022 Newsletter

Dear Early Music Friends,

Here’s the latest news, hot off the press!  We have a meeting coming right up on March 1st with a favorite, Hanneke van Proosdij.  There are lots of interesting concerts and workshops listed in this edition; be sure to check it out!

You might like Glen Shannon’s “Music of the Sixties” workshop. This is something very different from the usual workshop.

Hope to see you on March 1st!
As Glen would say, Stay groovy!

Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

March 2022 newsletter.pdf