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:
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?:
8. Are you planning to play another instrument besides recorder? If so, what?

Letitia Berlin



2021-2 Conductors

September 15, 2021 Derek Tam (with the San Francisco chapter)
October 5, 2021 Glen Shannon
November 2, 2021 Arthur Omura
December 7, 2021 Greta Haug-Hryciw
January 4, 2022 Greta Haug-Hryciw
February 1, 2022 Lee Lovallo
March 1, 2022 Hanneke van Proosdij
April 5, 2022 Tracia Barbieri
May 3, 2022 Kate Canan

The San Francisco Chapter of the American Recorder Society is also offering meetings on Zoom until it is advisable to meet in person. Please visit their website at https://arssanfrancisco.org/.

SRS membership reminder

Dear Early Music Enthusiasts,

Our next meeting will be a Sacramento Recorder Society exclusive, since we are on our own in October. We will be conducted by the fabulous Glen Shannon who recently received a Presidential Special Honor Award from the American Recorder Society. Glen will bring his upbeat and enthusiastic spirit to our meetings via Zoom, along with excellent music choices, including his own award-winning compositions. If you have been putting off joining SRS, now’s the time to do it! Music for the October chapter meeting will be sent to this season’s members only. Please send your form and dues to our treasurer, Doris Loughner, by September 28th. I am attaching a membership form for your convenience.

Thanks to all! Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

SRS memb form 21-22.pdf

June 2021 Newsletter

Dear Early Music Friends,

Here’s the latest. We do have one final meeting with the San Francisco Recorder Society on June 16th at 7:30 pm conducted by James Chaudoir. Plan to arrive a little early so as to iron out any internet glitches before the meeting starts. Looking forward to next season and some summer music making!

Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

June 2021 newsletter.pdf

May 2021 Newsletter

Dear Early Music friends,

Here you go!  Mark has already sent the music and link for our next meeting. A tribute to Michael Praetorius is a great idea!  And here’s the newsletter, with some other great early music suggestions and some information about next season. Looking forward to seeing you on the 19th,

Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

May 2021 newsletter.pdf

April 2021 Newsletter

Dear Early Music Friends,

Here it is! Please note that the SRS Board will be meeting this Thursday. I am hearing from various sources that some early musicians are enjoying the access to more conductors via Zoom. Please let us know if you might be interested in having a chapter meeting or two continue to be by Zoom as the rest of our meetings start up again in person.

See you on the 21st! Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

April 2021 newsletter.pdf

March 2021 Newletter

Dear Recorder Friends, Attached you will find this month’s newsletter. I’m looking forward to playing with John Tyson and Miyuki Tsurutani. I’ve had a couple of workshops with him and heard him in concert…should be great! Those of you who have gone to the SFEMS summer recorder workshops will recognize the picture under the announcement for SFEMS spring Zoom classes. Hoping to get back there! See you on the 17th, Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

March 2021 newsletter.pdf

February 2021 Newsletter

Dear Recorder Lovers!

I debated writing “Lovers,” but it is February after all! Be sure to check out the information in the newsletter about Play the Recorder Month and online workshops and classes. There are quite a few interesting choices. In my letter from the editor I included links to some short and delightful recorder YouTube videos. Our conductor this month is “our” conductor, recruited by SRS, Alexa Haynes-Pilon. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you on February 17th.

Stay safe! Patty Johnson, SRS newsletter editor

February 2021 newsletter.pdf