June 2023 Newsletter

Dear Early Music friends,

There’s lots of good stuff in this newsletter! Be sure to check out the Summer Party information. It would be great if people would let me know what salads you plan on bringing, so shoot me an email when you’ve decided. Then we will be sure NOT to have all potato salad, say, as yummy as potato salad is! There are also some concerts that you might enjoy attending, and several summer workshops that are still taking applicants. And there’s a complete list of next season’s conductors!

Looking forward to seeing you on June 6th!
Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

June2023 newsletter.pdf


Frances Blaker Virtual Workshop

The South Bay Recorder Society Presents a Virtual Workshop:

English and German Renaissance Part-song… plus a little Bach

Saturday, March 11th, 2023, on Zoom 10:45 am-2 pm

Cost: $50

We’ll play music from the late 1400’s up to early 1600’s by anonymous (Glogauer Liederbuch), Ludwig Senfl, Robert Cooper and Thomas Campian. These pieces are varied in their style, character and complexity so there will be something for everyone. All the while I’ll throw in bits of advice for better tone, fleeter fingers, getting enough air, varied articulation, etc. We’ll cap it all off with Bach’s Prelude no. 4 from the Clavierbüchlein.

The zoom meeting will open at 10:30, with the workshop beginning at 10:45.

Lunch will be from 12:00 to 12:45, with the afternoon session running from 12:45 to 2:00 PM.

For information about the SBRS chapter or workshop,
contact Kraig Williams at kraigwillliams@alumni.stanford.ed
or visit the SBRS website at southbayrecorders.com

Frances Blaker flyer 2023.pdf

Baroque and Beyond

Baroque and Beyond
Wednesday, February 22 at noon
Westminster Presbyterian Church
13th and N, Sacramento

Saturday, March 25, 7:30 P.M.
Davis United Methodist Church
1620 Anderson Road, Davis, CA
Suggested Donation $10-$20

The concert includes several unique ways at looking at pairs of performers, and related permutations of said pairs…and more! Our repertoire takes us time traveling from the 16th through 21st centuries: Josquin, Morley, Lassus, Hook, Telemann, Quantz, Loeillet, and Shannon.

Featuring Kate Canan, Isabelle Henry, Robin Houston, Alex Ives, Alexandra Roedder, and Tracia Barbieri. Donations are welcome at both concerts.

February 2023 Newsletter

Dear Early Music Friends,

Happy day of rest, hopefully for many of us, before the beginning of a new week! Here’s the latest from SRS. I’m looking forward to February’s meeting. As the child of an organist, playing Bach and Buxtehude while being conducted by an organist seems like a great idea! And pipe organs often have a set of blockflute (recorder) pipes as part of many registration options. See you on February 7th!

Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

february 2023 newsletter.pdf

Zoom classes with Tish Berlin


I hope you can join me for online classes in January and February 2023. To register, please scroll to the bottom of this message to find the registration form and information on how to pay. I have attached a PDF of this information here:

You may enroll for as many or as few classes as you wish. Classes are held via the Zoom app but you don’t need your own account to join the classes. Classes are recorded and made available for streaming through the end of February for study purposes and for those who can’t attend the class in person. Please let me know if you have any questions about these classes or the Zoom app.

Happy New Year!

1.The Recorder in Bach’s Cantatas

10:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific/1:00 – 2:30 pm Eastern.
January 24, 31, February 7, 14

Take all four or as many as you like. Each individual class is $25.00.

Each class will be recorded for study and for those who can’t attend the live Zoom class.

This class will focus on two of Bach’s cantatas that use the recorder. We’ll work on the recorder parts and learn about the context and history of each cantata. We’ll play along with parts of recordings.

January 24: BWV 161 – Komm, du süße Todesstunde

Bach composed Komm, du süße Todesstunde (Come, you sweet hour of death), in Weimar for the 16th Sunday after Trinity. It was probably first performed on 27 September 1716. The cantata is scored for alto and tenor soloists, a four-part choir, and two recorders, strings, and continuo.

January 31: Continuation of BWV 161

February 7: BWV 46 – Schauet doch und sehet

Schauet doch und sehet, ob irgend ein Schmerz sei (Behold and see, if there be any sorrow), was composed for the tenth Sunday after Trinity and was first performed on August 1, 1723 in Leipzig. The cantata is scored for alto, tenor, and bass soloists, a four-part choir, and an ensemble of a corno da tirarsi (slide trumpet), two recorders, two oboes da caccia, strings, and continuo.

February 14: Continuation of BWV 46

For upper intermediate to advanced recorders.
Alto recorder. Pitch: a=440, but let me know if you have an alto at a415. There may be some opportunities to play along with recordings at a415.

2. You Can Do It! Play Along with Me
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Pacific/4:30 – 5:15 pm Eastern.

January 24, 31, February 7, 14

Take all four or many as you like. Each individual class is $15.00.

Each class will be recorded for study and for those who can’t attend the live Zoom class.

This class is meant to help low intermediate players learn to play in an ensemble. Each 45-minute class will move from very easy pieces to an intermediate level of difficulty. You’ll get music in advance and in class you’ll play along with me or my recordings. I’ll give tips on how to keep going but we’ll keep the talking to a minimum so we can play. Never fear, there will be time for your questions during the class.

For low intermediate players of instruments at A440. Play-along recordings will be on soprano, alto, tenor, and bass recorders, at an octave above written pitch.

3. Next Level Online

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm Pacific/5:30 – 6:15 Eastern

January 24, 31, February 7, 14

Take all four or many as you like. Each individual class is $15.00.

Each class will be recorded for study and for those who can’t attend the live Zoom class.

This class will help intermediate players rise to the next level in technical skills such as breathing and blowing, finger facility and tongue dexterity. With a combination of exercises, etudes, and multi-part music you will gain tools to let your inner voice sing!

For intermediate to upper intermediate recorders.

January 24: focus on breathing and blowing

January 31: focus on finger facility

February 7: focus on tongue dexterity and articulation patterns

February 14: putting it all together

Read on to learn how to register and pay for classes.


Payment: $25 for Bach per individual class. $15 for You Can Do It or for Next Level Online per individual class. Example: if you take one session of the Bach Cantata class class, pay $25. If you take two, pay $50, etc. Fee for the You Can Do It! and for the Next Level Online classes are $15 each.

Electronic payment is preferred, but if paying by check please inquire for the address. Please make Canadian checks out in US dollars and have a US bank name and address printed on the check. Electronic payment options: 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


Please write “January/February 2023 class registration” at the beginning of your subject line.
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?:
8. For the Bach class, do you have an a415 alto?

Letitia Berlin



Letitia Berlin

Zoom classes January – February 2023.pdf

December 2022 Newsletter

Dear Recorder Friends,
Here’s the latest newsletter. Please note the information about the December chapter meeting. We hope to have a good turnout! If you don’t receive the link for the music PDFs and you’d like to come, please let me know and I’ll pass on your request. We’re feeling the spirit of the season and hope you are too! Playing together is the best way to share those good feelings. See you on the 6th!

Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

December 2022 newsletter.pdf