✨ SFRS June Chapter Meeting Goes Virtual (again)

Hi fellow SRS members,

Whether it’s practicing on your own, or attending online meetings and classes, or actually getting together with friends to play music, I hope everyone has been able to have fun with their music this summer. I’ve attached an email from Greta in which she invites all of us to participate in a free Zoom meeting on Wednesday, June 17th at 7:30 PM, hosted by the San Francisco chapter of ARS. I participated in their first one back in May and it was fun! I’m sure you’ll have a good time participating in this one, so if you’re up for it, connect Greta as per her information below.

– – Mark

Dear Recorder Fans,

Last month, the San Francisco Recorder Society held its first “virtual” chapter meeting. From my own perspective and from responses we received from several who attended the meeting, it went very well, and we want to do it again. During summer months, SFRS is conducted by chapter members, and for our June meeting, Jay Kreuzer has agreed to be my co-conductor. Together we will present 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, June 17 at 7:30 PM (PDT).

At the suggestion of an East Bay friend who joined our meeting in May, this invitation is being extended to all Bay Area chapters (chapter leaders, please share this message with your membership). The link, along with helpful hints for using Zoom and PDFs of the music, will be sent to those who ask to join the meeting. We expect to have all of the materials ready by Monday, so please write to me as soon as possible if you’d like to participate 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. https://zoom.us/download

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
arssanfrancisco.org

SRS Hibernation Help

From Mark Schiffer:

Hello fellow SRS members!
     As you’ve been informed, our regularly scheduled meeting for April 7 with Greta has had to be canceled. We’ve all been instructed to practice social distancing, and many of us are already sheltering in place. Unfortunately, that means no playing music with friends and no in-person music lessons. Fortunately there’s loads of music to listen to on the internet. For example, the Voices of Music channel on YouTube is loaded with wonderful videos of the best Early Music you’ll find anywhere.
     For those of you who want to do more than practice on your own, I’ve uploaded quite a few play-along music files I’ve collected over the years to Dropbox. These are similar to the “Music minus one” LPs and CDs. Most can be played on alto, and some can be played on soprano or tenor. Some are fairly easy to play, and some are challenging.
•  For many of them, all that’s necessary is to open the file and the music will be in front of you on your computer screen. Adjust the volume on the computer and play along from the screen. It’ll take a little getting used to but it’s worth it.
•  For others, there’s a PDF of the solo part you can download and play from, while the computer, or your cell phone on external speakers, is playing the accompaniment.
•  For others, there are two video files. One is complete: it plays the recorder part with the continuo. The second plays only the continuo, so you are the soloist. These also must be played while you’re sitting in front of your computer, or, if you’ve got the capability, stream it to your TV.
     These are large video files, so I’d suggest downloading them separately. All together they take up about 442 Mb of space.
     To get your music, click Here, or click on the link below:
     This will take you to a dropbox folder labeled 2020-04 Mark’s April play-along files.
     There are too many pieces to list. You’ll have to take a look yourself.
     Look for a button at the top of the page that either looks like this:  pastedGraphic.png  or says Download and click on it. A menu will drop down. Click on Download as .zip , and all of the music will download to your computer. Double-clicking on the zip folder should uncompress the files. If you don’t want to download all of the music at once, then click on just one of the titles. That single piece should automatically download to your computer. Depending on your download speed this should take anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes.
     I hope this works for everyone. There’s plenty of music to keep you playing for a long time! If you have any difficulties downloading or using the files, please contact me and I’ll do my best to help. And . . . if they work well for you, please let me know!!
  – – Mark

 

April Meeting Cancelled

Dear Early Music friends,

This is a first for the Sacramento Recorder Society, I believe.  Due to the restrictions and concerns related to the coronavirus, we are cancelling, with regret, our April chapter meeting with Greta Haug-Hryciw.  We anticipate that we may have to cancel our May chapter meeting as well, but we will keep you posted since events are unfolding in an unpredictable way.

There are a lot of lovely classical and early music posts online. I especially enjoyed Piffaro’s rousing version of Alla Guera!  Here’s the link:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjSkCHfxDYE

After watching it, I feel ready to do what needs to be done!

Stay safe,
Patty Johnson, SRS secretary and newsletter editor

2019-20 Season

SRS looks forward to a fabulous new season!

We meet monthly September through June, from 6:45-9:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, at the Friends Meeting House, 890 57th St., between H and J.

Map

September 3: Hanneke van Proosdij
October 1: Glen Shannon
November 5: Frances Feldon
December 3: Members bring seasonal music
January 7: Greta Haug-Hryciw
January 11: Winter Party
February 4: Lee Lovallo
March 3: Arthur Omura
April 7: Greta Haug-Hryciw
May 5: Alexa Haynes-Pilon
June 2, 2020: Business Meeting, Tag Sale, Play In, Open Mic