January 2022 Newsletter

Dear Recorder Friends,

New plans for the January Sacramento Recorder Society Chapter meeting! Thanks to the San Francisco Recorder Society we have the opportunity to be conducted by the amazing Oregon Renaissance Band Trio (Gayle Neuman, Phil Neuman, and Laura Kuhlman).



More information in the attached newsletter.

What, you say? No chapter meeting with Greta? We love Greta! Never fear, Greta will conduct us on the first Tuesday in February. Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 20th!

Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

January 2022 newsletter.pdf

Next Level Recorder Retreat


Please find attached a flyer for the Next Level Recorder Retreat in February, 2022, and the Important Information Sheet which has the application and payment information as well as our COVID-19 protocol. We are very happy to announce that Vicki Boeckman will join us on the faculty again. Please note that we will need your application by December 10th. If you need more time please let us know.

All accepted participants must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster shot.

Happy holidays to all!
Tish and Frances

Tibia Recorder Duo

NL flyer 2022 revised.pdf


November 2021 Newsletter

Dear Early Music fans,

Happy Halloween! Our pumpkin is out but no trick-or-treaters yet. I hope you are all doing well. We are still hopeful that we will be able to meet in person again in the next few months. And we are planning to have a Spring or Summer Party since the traditional Winter Party doesn’t seem to be possible.

Please note that we will be sending links to SRS members this time. It’s a joint meeting with our San Francisco friends, so if you are an SFRS member you are also good to go! We currently have 16 members and I am once again attaching a membership form. If you’ve been procrastinating, it’s time to get going on this!

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone on November 17th. It should be a great meeting!

Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

SRS memb form 21-22.pdf

November 2021 newsletter.pdf

Amherst Early Music Online Weekend Classes in November and December


See below for class schedule, and click here for complete class descriptions for November and December Classes  (Class times are Eastern Time)

NOVEMBER 6, 7 (Eastern Time)

Saturday, November 6
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ❦ Double, Double, Toil and Trouble: An Introduction to the Witchery of Double Tonguing on the Recorder with Tabea Debus, recorder
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ❦ BACH MEETS BACHIANAS— New Lute Duets from Douglas Freundlich, lute

Sunday, November 7 (*Clocks “Fall back” 1 hour!)
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ❦ Playing the Dots with Alison Crum, viol
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ❦ The B List: A Sampler of Petrucci’s Canti B (1502) with Wendy Powers, recorder

NOVEMBER 20, 21 (Eastern Standard Time)
Saturday, November 20
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ❦ Two Sides to Every Story: Baroque Trio Sonatas from Above and Below with Miyo Aoki, recorder, and Jonathan Oddie, harpsichord
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ❦ Lawes, Lawes, and Lawes with Loren Ludwig, viol

Sunday, November 21
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ❦ The Singer’s Toolbox: J. S. Bach Wants to Change Your Life! – Interpreting Bach Cantata Arias with Pamela Dellal, voice
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ❦ Secular Lieder of Heinrich Isaac with Frances Blaker, recorder

DECEMBER 4, 5 (Eastern Standard Time)
Saturday, December 4
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ❦ Bicinia 1642 – 2012 with Tom Beets, recorder
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ❦ Favorite Flute Duets! with Na’ama Lion, flute

Sunday, December 5
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ❦ The Holly and the Oak: Nature Images in Medieval and Renaissance Music with Shira Kammen, vielle
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ❦ The Viol that Sings: Playing the Fantasies of Giovanni Coperario with Mary Springfels, viol

DECEMBER 11 (Eastern Standard Time)
Saturday, December 11
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ❦ Tis the Season for Polyphony with Amy Bearden, voice
Letitia Berlin
Amherst Early Music Festival
AEM Online Team

Alison Melville’s Online Classes

DOUBLE-DARE – Baroque and Neo-Baroque Duets

Playing duets can be wonderful and there are lots of them for recorder players to enjoy, though for many of us this repertoire isn’t a major focus. Here’s an opportunity for change! In this series of classes we’ll divide our time between Baroque and Neo-Baroque duets to explore questions on musical structure and expression, technique, rhythm, listening skills, when to lead and when to follow, and other ideas to bring the music off the page and enhance your enjoyment of this repertoire.

The music: selections from Bach’s Two-Part Inventions and duets by Telemann, Michael Tippett, Harald Genzmerand Hans-Ulrich Staeps.

Music and accompaniment mp3s of both parts provided, so you’ll ‘appreciate the view’ from each side.

Designed for recorder players at an intermediate level or higher. Mostly for alto recorder, though a couple of the pieces ask for soprano on one part.

Flutists and other treble instrument players are welcome if they wish to explore the repertoire.

Pitch A-440.

Four one-hour classes on Zoom, on November 10, 17, 24 and December 1, 2021.

Classes at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. (Eastern).

Course fee: Cad $45 or US $40

Contact alison and indicate which class time(s) are possible for you.

New Recorder Shop in Portland, OR

Hello recorder friends!

Recently, you may have received a mailing from Katze at Blockfloetenshop.de announcing a partnership with a new recorder shop in the US. That new webshop is http://www.recorderforge.com and is based in Portland, Oregon. My name is Jamison Forge, owner and operator of the Recorder Forge. It is my goal to bring you fast, friendly service, while providing easier access to hard to get brands such as Paetzold by Kunath, FEHR, and many others.

Being located in the US, I am able to provide great service with Katze, but also keep a good stock of sought after instruments close to home. I keep a full compliment of Paetzold basses from tenor to Sub Great bass IN STOCK so I can get the instruments in your hands quickly. I want to bring these new brands and fun instruments to my customers in weeks rather than months, and the full range is available at http://www.recorderforge.com.

Thank you all for supporting the recorder world with your playing, and I greatly look forward to working with you on all of your recorder needs. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about the new shop, or the services we provide. I am best contacted by e-mail, but will always return or schedule a phone call when needed.

Welcome to the Recorder Forge!!!


Jamison Forge- He/Him

Owner/Recorder Guru

Recorder Forge

tel: 503-509-2003

mail: info

url: http://www.recorderforge.com

13203 SE 172nd Ave

Ste 166-770

Portland, OR 97086

Amherst Early Music Online classes in October


There’s something for almost everyone in the Amherst Early Music Online October schedule. I hope to see you in my Zoom window this month!


October 9, 10, 17
and on October 23 & 24 for the CityRecorder 2021 Workshop!

Register now for AEM ONLINE WEEKEND Classes!
Click this link for full class descriptions: https://www.amherstearlymusic.org/weekend_online_classes

Click here for a printable list of all the OCTOBER class descriptions
For more information about the CityRecorder Workshop (October 23 & 24) click here!
About AEM Online Classes
Registrants will receive an email with a link to a webpage for each class. Visit the webpage for music and class materials, (available in advance!) and at class time for the Zoom link. Miss a class or want to see two at the same time? Class recordings will replace the Zoom links after the class, and be available for seven days. Classes run 90 minutes, with the first 10 minutes for introductions and last-minute tech help.
(Class times are Eastern Time)

Saturday, October 9
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ❦ Brazilian music from Colonial Brazil to Modern Day with Cléa Galhano, recorder
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ❦ Dulcian Tales with Marilyn Boenau, dulcian

Sunday, October 10
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ❦ Old Music Meets New Music with Martha Bishop, viol

Sunday, October 17
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ❦ The Singer’s Toolbox: Language as Style: Early Singing Styles and Performance Today, with Anne Azéma, soprano

Saturday and Sunday, October 23 & 24 CityRecorder! Workshop
Three class periods a day! With a free discussion with Eric Haas, and a concert with FRQ2. Classes are $25, concert is $10. Click here for more information, and click here to register!

Letitia Berlin
Amherst Early Music Festival
AEM Online Team