MPRO Meeting 4/14

You are invited to join with the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra at its online meeting and playing session on Wednesday evening, April 14. The session should open at about 7;15 pm and Fred Palmer will start conducting the music at 7:30. We will be playing five new pieces at this meeting. 

We hope that you will be able to join us.

For question about joining the Zoom session contact:

Amherst Early Music classes

Greetings friends,

Tish Berlin would like to let you know about some great music Zoom events coming up this weekend.

First, the Amherst Early Music Spring Break Workshop, normally held in person in Washington, D.C., will be held online this year. We have a great line-up of classes for recorders, viols, and lutes with faculty including Frances Blaker, me, Saskia Coolen, Valerie Horst and Wendy Powers, Tom Beets, Brent Wissick, Patricia Ann Neely, John Moran, Chris Morrongiello, and Douglas Freundlich. You can see the classes at the link just below, and you’ll be able to register starting at 5:00 pm Eastern today:

As part of the AEM Spring Break workshop, you can attend the following free events:

Saturday March 20 at 5 pm Eastern: attend a forum with composers Frances Blaker, Melika Fitzhugh, and Eric Haas, moderated by me. I look forward to talking with these composers and hearing some of their music for recorders, and will welcome your questions as well.

Sunday March 21 at 6:00 pm Eastern: AEM Spring Break faculty concert! Sit back and relax while listening to the faculty play music by Bach, Sieg, Telemann, Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde, and much more!

Second, the American Recorder Society is celebrating Play the Recorder Month with a very special event on Saturday – an interview and Q&A with Melika Fitzhugh (big day for her!) and a play-along of her ARS PTRM piece, Transparent Letters Across the Sky. This will be an hour-long event starting at 2 pm Eastern. The webinar will be recorded in its entirety, and posted to the ARS YouTube channel for future viewing. Register by going to the link here:

Best wishes to all,


Letitia Berlin



Workshop Series -Improvisation with Emily O’Brien

Hello Everyone,
I hope you’re enjoying the beginnings of spring weather!
I’d like to invite you to join me for my next online workshop series, all about various aspects of playing what *isn’t* on the page in front of you. We are often convinced that the talent for improvising is something you have to be born with. But that’s not the case!
”Improvising” actually encompasses a wide variety of skills and styles, and you can most definitely learn and improve at them. And while you’re at it, you also learn more ways of thinking about the music that *is* on the page, too!  
Register Online
In this series, we’ll take a systematic look at various aspects of improvising. These skills are often overlooked, but they’re a really important aspect of ornamenting Baroque sonatas, understanding diminution pieces such as those by Van Eyck or in the Division Flute, playing in English Country Dance bands, and understanding pieces with ground basses such as chaconnes or passacaglias. They’re also really helpful in writing your own arrangements or creating your own duets with a friend.


If you joined me for the Theory series, the exercises we’ll go through in this series are a great way to put some of those concepts into practice.

You can enjoy this workshop at any skill level, but you’ll get the most out of it if you have at least an intermediate level of proficiency at some instrument or voice.

Please let me know if you have any questions, or requests for future topics!

I hope to see you in person sometime soon!
Emily O’Brien


☘️ Meeting 3/17/21 with John Tyson and Miyuki Tsurutani!

Dear SFRS and SRS Members,

Hello, and welcome. Below are the details for our upcoming chapter meeting on Wednesday, March 17. This month we have a very special pair of teachers: John Tyson and Miyuki Tsurutani who will play live with us from their home in Cambridge, MA. Please go to the SFRS webpage linked here and read their biographies: This Month’s Conductor

John and Miyuki will play two lines of the repertoire on recorder and for some pieces on harpsichord – giving us a very unusual opportunity to play in virtual consort with these talented professionals.


Remember, this is for you! Play like no one’s listening (because we aren’t!). Selections 1 and 2 are from Serpent Publications and are notated without barlines. This may be a delightful challenge (and not as difficult as you might think). If you play only soprano, you may read the tenor voice on any piece and get just as much enjoyment from it.

  1. Fowre armes, two neckes, one wreathing – Thomas Weelkes (c. 1576-1623) AAT of SST: 1-pg parts
  2. Amy souffrez – attributed to Pierre Moulu (1484-c.1550))STB: 1-pg parts or 3-pg score (+ STB parts with divisions)
  3. Sinfonia und Gagiarda “Narciso” – Salomon Rossi (1587-1628) – SSATB: two 1-pg scores (print both)
  4. Umlanjana (Small Stream) – Sören Sieg – AT: 3-pg score
  5. Aria – Giovanni Battista Bononcini (1670-c.1750) – AA or AT + harpsichord: 1-pg score
  6. Jenny’s Babee – trad. Irish melody arr. by Clark Kimberling – ATT or AAT: 3-pg score (for St. Paddy’s Day ☘️)

Please note: John and Miyuki will have adjusted their audio levels so they can be heard clearly while you are playing. You may need to adjust the volume on your device according to your preference.

Print all the parts you’d like to play at the meeting. John and Miyuki will not be screen sharing. Attached is all the music for each piece – in score and/or contiguous parts.

The usual details of when and where for Wednesday’s meeting:

When: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM

Where: In the comfort of your own living room, den, garden shed, office, house boat, kitchen, garage, camper van, or studio! Please visit the San Francisco chapter website for the link and payment information. 

When you visit our SFRS website, you will find information about our conductors, chapter news, the membership application form, and more. Be sure to refresh your screen so you are not seeing an old page (devices have cache memory and often bring up what’s stored from your previous visit): You’ll be glad to know that the SFRS website is certified with an SSL and is secure.

Very Special Thanks to all who continue to support our chapter, for your membership and participation, and for your love and enthusiasm for the recorder. We are eager to see you Wednesday online, but we really can’t wait to see you in person again, and meet at our San Francisco home, Christ Church Lutheran on 20th Ave at Quintara. We miss playing at Sunday services there very much and send our fond regards to the congregation and Pastors Tom McQueen and Lyle Beckman.

Attachments: The Music: Six glorious pieces that have been carefully curated for our meeting.

Thank you!
See you on the 17th.

Greta Haug-Hryciw

SFRS President
ARS Board of Directors


1 – Weelkes – Fowre arms, two necks – AAT or SST.pdf

6 – Kimberling – Jenny’s Babee – AAT or ATT.pdf

4 – Sieg – Umlanjana – AT.pdf

2 – Moulu – Amy souffrez – STB.pdf

5 – Bononcini – Aria .pdf

3 – Rossi – Sinfonia-Narciso – SSATB.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

Denver Recorder Society

Hello to our DRS Members and Friends both near and far,

This is a reminder of our upcoming March meeting on Sunday, March 21st from 2:00 – 3:30 Mountain Time, with Annette Bauer. A native of Germany, Annette studied Medieval and Renaissance music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland, specializing on recorder techniques with Conrad Steinmann (2001). She is also certified in the Orff-Schulwerk method. Bauer has appeared as guest artist with leading early music ensembles throughout the U.S.–including appearing in Cirque du Soleil’s Totem. She will lead us in exploring music of Josquin des Pres, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of his death.

Newbies meet from 1:00 – 1:30 Mountain Time. Please email Bill Urban at if you are interested in attending the Newbies session. TheNewbies session is available at no cost. This is a great way to boost your skills and confidence on recorder in general, or perhaps on a recorder new you (i.e. Alto or Bass).

Both Zoom meetings open 30 minutes early so you have time to sign on, settle in, chat a bit and get ready to play. There is an additional opportunity to chat following each session.

The attached flyer provides additional information about the music, as well as payment information if you are not a member of the DRS. For current members and for those who sign up for this meeting or for the remainder of the season per the flyer’s instructions, you will receive links to the music as well as the Zoom sessions prior to the meeting.

Those in the Colorado area will appreciate the fact that even though this is our snowiest month, we will not need to worry about how much snow we need to drive through or how much time to allow in order to arrive on time!! Now that I think about it, there is much of the country that may be grateful for this convenience and warmth!!

Take care, stay well, and let’s make some music together!! 🎶

Sharon Bolles

March Flyer – Annette Bauer.pdf

Amherst Early Music Online

Hi everyone,

I hope you can join me on Saturday, for “Playing our Way through Terpsichore.” We’ll work on three types of bransles, a courante, a canary, and the Spanish Pavane, including Michael Praetorius’ variations on this famous tune.

And there is also Dorothy Olsson and Peggy Murray’s dance class on Saturday, “Playing Our Way Through Terpsichore!” Learning how to dance these dances is a great way to really understand the music of Terpsichore.

With best wishes,

Letitia Berlin

Play the Recorder Month

Dear Recorder Fans,

Here’s the latest information about the events coming up for Play the Recorder Month. I am forwarding this message from the British Columbia Recorder Society (BCRS); it has a lot dates and times and links to resources. I hope we have some SRS members who will take the challenge and enter the photo contest! Here is the forwarded email message, consider yourself an unofficial honorary BCRS member!

Did you know that March 2021 all over North America is Play-the-Recorder Month? And did you also know that BCRS has joined forces with recorder societies up and down the West Coast to create events to celebrate? We’re all about teamwork at BCRS!

First is our BCRS contest, #WePlayRecorder

We’re asking recorder players from anywhere (not just North America), to submit photos, videos, or memes showing the recorder out in the world. It’s all about raising recorder awareness and encouraging folks to give it a try.

The competition is now open and ends on March 20, 2021. Then you, and everyone in our community, have the opportunity to blind vote for your top three favourites. Winners will be announced on March 29, 2021 via email. Of course, we have prizes and they’re for anyone anywhere. Specific details noted here.

Second, Portland Recorder Society has gone virtual for their 2021 Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat on March 20th and 21st. Six sessions with topics that you have yet to see anywhere else. You’ll find it hard to choose, so why not register for all six? And, in 2022, when we’re back face-to-face, consider a trip for this fabulous retreat.

Third, Seattle Recorder Society is hosting on March 6th at 1pm a 90 minute virtual rehearsal for the ARS commissioned piece Transparent Letters Across the Sky. Vicki Boeckman will lead the session. Find the details here and be ready to play with the ARS on March 20th! (Note that you will need to join ARS to download the music for this event).

And finally, the ARS is gathering everyone together on March 20th for an en masse virtual “orchestra” performance of Transparent Letters Across the Sky. Composer Melika M. Fitzhugh will also lead a lecture on modern composition for the recorder and the use of extended techniques. Further details here. (Note that you will need to join ARS to download the music for this event).

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

Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra


Fred Palmer and the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra invite you to be our guests for a virtual orchestra meeting and practice session on the evening of Wednesday, February 10. Fred will be leading the meeting and conducting us in playing several pieces of music. The Zoom session will open around 7:15 pm and the meeting proper and music will start at 7:30 pm.

The music includes music from a wide range of times: Mesomedes’ “Hymn to the Sun” from abput 150 C.E., DuFay’s “Quel fronte signorille” from the fifteenth century; Schein’s “Suite No. 15” from the early seventeenth century, and Telemann’s “Overture in C major”, eighteenth century.

During music-playing times we will all be muted and playing along with the sound files that Fred will be playing from his computer as he conducts. Members of the orchestra are encouraged to play their assigned parts; guests may play whatever part they choose. (Of course anyone may actually play any part they wish; no one else will hear you so you have a great chance to experiment.)

The Zoom link and passcode for the meeting are copied below. Please try to join us a few minutes before 7:30 if you can to avoid a last-minute rush at the door. Please direct your questions about obtaining music in advance and joining the Zoom session to me:

We hope you can join us online on February 10!