January Zoom music classes with Tish Berlin


Here is some information about classes in January. I hope you can join me!

With best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday,

Tish Berlin’s Zoom classes January 12, 19, and 26, 2020

1.The Trill of the Baroque II
Tuesday January 12, 19, and 26, 10:00 am – 11:30 pm Pacific/1:00 – 2:30 pm Eastern.
Each Tuesday we’ll drill Baroque trill fingerings and other essential ornaments, then work on Baroque duets to practice the trills in context. For intermediate to upper intermediate recorders.Pitch: A=440

2. Susanne and the Elders: Settings from the 16th Century
Tuesday January 12, 19, and 26, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Pacific/4:30 – 6:00 pm Eastern.
One of the greatest tunes of all time, Susanne un jour, uses a poem by Guillaume Guéroult to tell the story of Susannah from the Book of Daniel (an addition to the book in Catholic and Orthodox Christian churches). The story of the persecuted Susannah struck a chord with composers and painters alike, so we’ll accompany our music with brief visits to paintings by Artemisia Gentileschi, Tintoretto, Jacopo Bassano, and others. We will explore the original polyphonic composition by Didier Lupi Second, and subsequent settings by Orlande de Lassus, Claude Le Jeune, Cipriano de Rore, and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, and part of Lassus’ Mass based on the chanson. For upper intermediate to advanced recorders.Pitch: A=440.

HOW TO PAY Payment: $25 per individual class (take one Susanne ung jour class, pay $25, take two Susanne ung jour classes, pay $50, etc.) Electronic payment is preferred, but checks are also accepted. Please make Canadian checks out in US dollars and have a US bank name and address printed on the check. Visit http://tibiaduo.com/performances-and-teaching/ to learn how to register and pay.

January Zoom classes.pdf


Alasdair Fraser New Year Workshop and Ceilidh

Alasdair Fraser’s Annual Community Music Workshop & Ceilidh

an online gathering to kick off the New Year

Bring an instrument or just come for the craic!

Saturday, JANUARY 2, 2021, 1:00-6:30pm, Pacific time

A “zoom” event, open to registrants only



1:30-3:30 pm WORKSHOP with Alasdair Fraser
We’ll explore a few tunes relevant to a good Scottish New Year celebration

3:30-4:30 pm BREAK & BLETHER

4:30-6:30 pm CEILIDH hosted by Summer McCall
Alasdair will gather us for a toast to the old year and a moment of remembrance.
Summer McCall will lead us into the ceilidh with a few virtual social dances,
and welcome participants to share a song/tune/poem/story, etc.

We’ll have some lovely listening time, as well as a festive frolic.


Advance registration only.
Family/Household $35, General/Single $20, Student/Youth $10


This event is sponsored by Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp
and underwritten by the Sierra Fiddle Village Fund
of the non-profit organization Scottish Fiddlers of California.

December 2020

Dear Early Music Friends,

There’s some good stuff in this newsletter!  Two free holiday playing sessions, coming right up Thursday, December 3 and Sunday, December 6.  Be sure to get the links and music ahead of time (today would be good!) so you will be ready to party! While I have your attention…I plan to put together a January newsletter, so please send me anything you think might be of interest to our members.  Some ideas:  virtual concerts and workshops, what you have been doing musically during Covid, musical resolutions and hopes for the New Year (2021 will be better!). Thank you to Alex Ives for Martha’s obituary; a musical life well-lived.

Happy Holidays!     Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

December 2020 newsletter.pdf

October 2020 Newsletter

Dear Recorder Friends,

When I started putting this newsletter together, it grew until it was indeed a full-fledged newsletter. I am attaching another membership form. If you haven’t joined yet, get that check in the mail! We are enthused about the potential of virtual concerts and workshops. Yes, nothing will replace live music, but the cloud breaks down international boundaries and other travel barriers! Looking forward to a calmer 2021, and hoping by the end of next year we will be able to get together again in person.

Stay safe!

Patty Johnson,

SRS newsletter editor

October 2020 newsletter.pdf

SRS membership form 2020-21.pdf

East Bay Workshop with Shira Kammen

Saturday, October 24, 2020
10:00 am – 11:30 am On Zoom*

Between the Worlds:
Celebrating Hallowe’en and Day of the Dead

Shira will lead us in magical music by Purcell, Machaut, Weelkes, and more, including laments for composers, and a spooky ballad or two. Come play any instrument you please and sing!

See brochure for more information and registration.


Voices of Music online lectures and interviews

Dear SFRS and Friends,

Voices of Music is pleased to introduce a special, one-of-a-kind online streaming program for 2020–2021: a series of talks and interviews with internationally acclaimed performers in historical performance. Our program will share rare insights into how our specialists prepare for and interpret the music they perform. You will meet virtuosos, conductors and VoM’s own music directors — all hosted with the warmth and generosity of a live VoM event.

Audience members may subscribe to all eight events in the series, or choose individual events of interest. Ticket buyers receive a private link to the Zoom webinars, and will also receive (afterwards) a private link where they can view the recorded discussion at their convenience for two months after the date of initial broadcast.

Subscribers will additionally receive invitations to several subscriber-only events.

In the event that it is possible to hold in person concerts, we will go ahead with our March 26-28, 2021, performances, but safety is our number one concern.

These events are $15 each, or $120 for the entire series. If you’d like to attend any or all of them, I’ll be happy to help you with our box office. They will be hosted by the Zoom application so it will be best if you download the application before you attend (go to Zoom.us to download).

For a complete list and description, go to the Voices of Music box office:

The first event is coming up this Sunday, October 11, 2020:

From Manuscript to Filmed Performance

Lecture by Voices of Music Directors Hanneke van Proosdij and David Tayler:
How do we decide to perform the music that we’re performing for our concerts? Where do we find the manuscripts? What kind of musicological decisions do we make? What steps do we need to take before we film our performances, and why? What is the rehearsal process like? What does filming day look like? A behind the scenes look at how Voices of Music creates their award-winning programs.

For assistance, please contact the Box Office by phone at 415-377-4444 or 415-260-4687, or email Greta at greta.

Greta Haug-Hryciw
SFRS President
ARS Board of Directors


Hidden Valley Workshop

October 26 – 30, 2020  

Join us for an online series that will excite the brain and give you joy!
Revel in the lyrical sounds of the recorder, viola da gamba, and dulcian as you nurture your musical gifts in 3 daily classes via Zoom with expert faculty: Letitia Berlin, Francs Blaker, Joan Kimball, Larry Lipnik, and Shira Kammen

During some evenings, sit back and enjoy the Early Music faculty and Hidden Valley faculty perform exclusive online concerts. We will conclude the week with a Friday night open mic for students.
 The registration deadline is September 30th. The cost for the workshop is $375.00 and is all inclusive.   

Register Here! 

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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Zoom classes l- September 2020-1.docx

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