Zoom classes with Tish Berlin in October


I hope you can join me for classes in October. To register, please scroll to the bottom of this message to find the registration form and information on how to pay.

You may enroll for as many or as few classes as you wish.

1. Magnifying Glass on Ensemble Skills IV

10:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific/1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern.
October 12 and 19, 2021
Take both or just one. Each individual class is $25.00. Participation in previous Magnifying Glass on Ensemble Skills classes is not a prerequisite for enrolling in this class.

This class will focus on rhythm skills, especially those in Medieval and Renaissance music. You’ll play along with me on duos, and with my GarageBand recordings of 13th-, 14th-, 15th-, and 16th-century motets, chansons, tenor lieder, and madrigals.

October 12: 13th- and 14th-century motets from the Montpellier Codex and chansons by Machaut

October 19: 16th-century madrigals and tenor lied by Arcadelt and Isaac

Geared to intermediate players but all who would like to develop stronger rhythmic skills are welcome. The difficulty level of the music is a bit harder each week. Pitch: A=440.

2. Italian Madrigals

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Pacific/4:30 – 6:00 pm Eastern. Take both or just one. Each individual class is $25.00.

This class will focus on four major madrigal composers of the 1500s, spanning the early decades to the later part of this century that laid the groundwork for the birth of the Baroque.

October 12: Works by Verdelot and Arcadelt

October 19: Works by Monteverdi and Wert

For upper intermediate to advanced instrumentalists. Play-along recordings will be on recorders at 4-foot pitch, an octave higher than viol and dulcian consort so those instruments may want to play lower parts. Pitch: A=440.

IN-PERSON WORKSHOP! Full Vaccination Required

Hidden Valley Early Music Road Scholar in Carmel Valley CA. Week 1 starts October 24 and Week 2 starts October 31. Visit https://www.hiddenvalleymusic.org/event-road-scholar-recorder-early-music-workshop-week-1_371.htm to learn more.


Payment: $25 per individual class. Example: if you take one session of the Ensemble Skills class, pay $25. If you take two, pay $50, etc.
Electronic payment is preferred, but if paying by check please send to 806 Washington Ave Albany CA 94706. 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 tishberlin.

Please write “October class registration” at the beginning of your subject line.
1. Name:
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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. Are you planning to play another instrument besides recorder? If so, what?

Letitia Berlin




During the pandemic (and in normal times as well) many recorder teachers are willing to teach online via Zoom, Facetime, or Skype. The American Recorder Society has a list of online teachers and tips for success at online lessons.

The very basics:

 American Recorder Society Instructional Videos

American Recorder Society Beginner Lessons

For a limited time, the ARS is offering free beginner recorder lessons online for soprano and alto recorder. It’s a great way to get started, and then continue with a teacher listed below:

 Local recorder teachers:

Kathryn Canan, kacanan@yahoo.com. Kathryn teaches recorder, baroque flute, and Celtic whistle to adults and children, all ages and levels, at her home in Grass Valley or online by FaceTime,  Zoom, or Skype. She performs with Baroque and Beyond, Light Opera Theatre Sacramento, Green Valley Theatre,  and various Celtic and folk ensembles. Her CD of 13th century English music with Briddes Roune is available at Magnatune.com. Kathryn also tutors Latin. For more information, visit her website at www.eclectictutor.wordpress.com.

Bay Area Teachers:

Letitia Berlin, Albany. Letitia Berlin received a master’s degree in early music performance practices from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor of music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She performs with Frances Blaker, Louise Carslake, and Annette Bauer in the Farallon Recorder Quartet.

Frances Blaker, Albany. Frances Blaker received her Music Pedagogical and Performance degrees in recorder from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen where she studied with Eva Legêne.  She also studied with Marion Verbruggen in the Netherlands.

Frances Feldon, recorder and early flutes. Ms. Feldon received her Doctor of Music degree in Collegium Directing from the Early Music Institute, School of Music, Indiana University.  She performs with Flauti Diversi, a chamber music group recreating baroque music on a variety of early winds, and The Odhecaton, which plays early renaissance music on a variety of winds and strings. Frances is interested in giving recorder lessons each month in Sacramento if 4 or more people are interested. Contact Elsa at lsamore@earthlink.net or Doris at dglc@frontiernet.net

 Greta Haug-Hryciw

Want to improve your ensemble skills? Or your articulation, intonation, and ability to stay in tune with other players? San Francisco Bay Area teacher, Greta Haug-Hryciw, who has come to conduct and is now a member of SRS, has offered to travel to Sacramento to teach. She is available for private as well as group lesons. Individual (private) lessons are $50 / hour, with a minimum of two and up to four students scheduled consecutively on the same day. Group or ensemble lessons are $100 / 90 minutes, with no requirement to schedule additional lessons on the same day.

Contact Greta: gr8asf@yahoo.com or (415) 377-4444.

Judith Linsenberg will come to Sacramento on weekends once a month if at least 4 students are interested.(510) 444-4113 or judyl@sbcglobal.net. A Fulbright scholar to Austria, Ms. Linsenberg holds a doctorate in early music from Stanford University and has been a visiting professor at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute and the Vienna Conservatory. She is co-director of the baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica.

Hanneke van Proosdij. Hanneke studied harpsichord and organ with Jacques Ogg at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Netherlands, where she also studied recorder and composition. She received her DM (teaching diploma) in 1992 and UM (solo diploma) in 1995. She performs with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the American Bach Soloists, Magnificat, Parnassus Ave, Chanticleer, Orinda and Farallon Recorder Quartet. Hanneke is the Director of the San Francisco Early Music Society Medieval Renaissance Summer Festival.

If you would like to be listed on this page, please send bio and contact information to kacanan@yahoo.com .

Frances Blaker: Opening Measures

ARS is pleased to announce that Frances Blaker’s new book: Opening Measures –A Compendium of Practice Techniques is now available for purchase This new book is a collection of the 42 articles that Frances wrote for the American Recorder magazine over 20 years under the column Opening Measures.

“It is a gathering of topics, some about techniques specific to the recorder, others concerning various musical skills that are pertinent to musicians of all sorts. My goal with these articles is to help recorder players of all levels to move forward in their own playing.”
—Frances Blaker

150 pages including 10 chapters, plastic comb binding to lay flat and large type for easy reading.

Click HERE for a preview of the Introduction and the Table of Contents

Price: $25.00 plus $6.00 S/H for USA delivery (USPS) – $31.00 total
For Canadian or International delivery please call the ARS Office at
314-966-4082 or contact by email at: director