SFRS Recorder Workshop

This yearly workshop (this is their 14th year!) put on by the San Francisco Recorder Society is always excellent. It’s also very friendly and supportive; if you’ve never gone to a workshop before this is a great place to start.

Tune in to the Recorder IVX
Bohemian Rhapsody
Music of Germany and Eastern Europe
Conductors: Louise Carslake and Hanneke van Proosdij

Saturday, February 17, 2018
Christ Church Lutheran, San Francisco

For information contact Florence Kress, (415) 731-9709, or Registration form is also available at
Here’s a link to the registration form:

SFRS workshop February 11

The San Francisco chapter of the ARS (SFRS) announces its (lucky) thirteenth annual workshop day for recorders of all sizes:

 Game of Thrones:

Music for Queens & Kings

 Saturday February 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Directed by Louise Carslake and Hanneke van Proosdij
Christ Church Lutheran  * 1090 Quintara Street (at 20th Avenue) * San Francisco
Most of us don’t mind paying for the art and music that enrich our lives so greatly. This is nothing new. For composers, such as Byrd, Dowland, Binchois, Dufay, and countless others, it was patrons of means – whether wealthy individuals, the Church or the Court –  who kept these artists in business, thus allowing them to live by their art.
Of course, the music was composed to please the patrons, but now, it also delights us. At this year’s SFRS workshop we will get to experience music that was written for Queens and Kings of Europe. Each class will experience music from different courts that our composers served.
Please join us for a day of glorious music in the heart of San Francisco’s Sunset District, where directors Louise Carslake and Hanneke van Proosdij will present music for royalty composed by the aforementioned composers as well as Busnois, Charpentier, Dowland, Charpentier, Lassus, Marais, de Monte, du Mont, van Ghizeghem, and Schütz.
The San Francisco Recorder Society Workshop is known for being particularly open to those who may never have attended a music workshop in the past with sessions organized for players of differing skill levels, from low-intermediate to advanced players. If you have friends who play, or students who have been hesitant to attend a workshop for fear of not being “ready” please encourage them to join you at this event. There will be lots of friendly players who will gladly sit next to the newcomers and guide them through the music and the day. If you are not sure which level you play in, take a look at the attached self-appraisal guide, which should help you decide.
Registration is now open! (Form attached) The fee is $47 which includes all the music. Refreshments will be provided, but bring your own lunch as there are no convenient restaurants in the immediate area. There is a kitchen available for refrigeration and warming of your food. Street parking and limited garage parking is available. The church is also accessible by public transit: it’s onthe 28, and 66 bus lines and three blocks north of the L Taraval streetcar line. All areas of the church are wheelchair accessible.
For more information, please contact Florence Kress at the email or phone number provided on the form, or you may direct your questions to me. SFRS is a chapter of the American Recorder Society an affiliate of the San Francisco Early Music Society. If you’ve received multiple copies of this email, please forgive the nature of these electronic announcements.
Greta Haug-Hryciw
SFRS Workshop Coordinator 

Tune in to the Recorder XIII registration.pdf
Self-Appraisal Guide.pdf
Conductor Bios.pdf

Port Townsend Workshop

Trimble-5153.jpgGreetings One and All,
Happy New Year!

We are excited to announce that
Registration for the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop
July 9 – 15, 2017


to learn more and to register

The Workshop is held on the lovely campus of University of Puget Sound.

Check out our fabulous new website designed by webmaster Charles Coldwell.
We look forward to seeing you in July!

Vicki and Jo 

Smorgasbord Early Music Workshop

Smorgasbord Early Music Workshop for Instrumentalists and Singers
Faculty: Tish Berlin, recorder; Shira Kammen, vielle and voice; Peter Maund, percussion
Sunday January 22, 2017, 1:30 pm-5:30 pm
Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington Ave, Kensington CA
$55/$45 if you register by December 15, 2016
Contact Tish Berlin at for more information. Download flyer at

MPRO January Workshop


On Saturday, January 14, 2017, the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will present a workshop directed by Thomas Axworthy entitled, International Potpourri: German madrigal, a Spanish salad & a Norwegian fjord.  The workshop will feature early 17th-century madrigals by Johann Steffens,  La Bomba, an extensive musical potpourri, or ensalada (salad), by the renaissance Spanish composer, Mateo Flecha, and selections by Edvard Grieg, including a canon, a setting for recorders of the song Våren (Spring) and movements from Peer Gynt.  Thomas Axworthy has served as director of the Los Angeles Recorder Orchestra, the Southern California Early Music Consort, co-director for the Canto Antiguo Workshop in Early Music and Dance and is co-founder of the early music ensemble, Canto Antiguo.  He has taught at Rio Hondo College and directed the Collegium for the Claremont Graduate School.  He has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and can be heard on numerous soundtracks for major motion pictures and television programs.  He has recorded for the Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch, Dargason, Titanic and Word Records.

The workshop will take place at Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park from 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.  The workshop is open to recorder players from the intermediate to advanced level.  Workshop fees are as follows:  MPRO, SFEMS and ARS members, $50.00; non-members, $55.00.

Please plan on bringing a music stand and a lunch.  Snacks and beverages will be provided.  Advanced registration is encouraged as space is limited.  For further information or to register for the workshop please visit the MPRO website at <> or contact Leslie Pont at 650-941-3065.  The location of this workshop is wheelchair accessible.  The Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra is an affiliate of the San Francisco Early Music Society.



East Bay Workshop

Dear Friends,

Registration is now open for the EBRS Fall Workshop ‘‘Exploring Rhythm Through the Centuries’’ with Tish Berlin : 

Saturday, October 22, 2016
10:00 AM – 3:45 PM
Montclair Presbyterian Church
5701 Thornhill Drive, Oakland

The workshop is for recorders, early winds and brass, soft reeds, strings, and singers.

You may download the flyer for more details, registration form and directions. 


Columbia Gorge Workshop

Registration for the March 2017 Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat opens October 1st.

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WHEN:  March 17-20, 2017
WHERE: Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, Oregon, 97019, about 20 miles east of Portland
WHO: Faculty: Alison Melville, Miyo Aoki, Vicki Boeckman, Gayle and Phil Neuman, Laura Kuhlman; Players: recorders, Renaissance winds, reeds, and strings
WHAT: Go to www. starting Oct 1st for our**NEW** ONLINE REGISTRATION.