Boston Recorder Society Newsletter
 BRS's 60th Year!
January 2014
In This Issue
Mini-Recitals Presented
Spring Coaches
Spring Workshop - 2014
Peter Dixon a Winner!
Katz Manuscript Gift
Save the Dates!
Concerts + Events
Quick Links
Next Playing Session:
Sunday, January 26, 6:30-9PM

Please RSVP as soon as possible!

Refreshments will be provided by ERIC'S Fall Group  (which will be Sheila's new group).

New players always welcome, including recorders, baroque flutes and strings, or early loud winds.  If you're new to BRS, your first session is a free trial. 

See the BRS Website for details about our ensemble and membership options, and for directions and parking details. 

If you have not signed up yet to be a member of BRS, or if you signed up for the first session of the 2013-2014 season only, please register on-line or mail in your registration form for the second semester.
December Mini-Recitals Presented  
During the break at our December session we enjoyed a lovely set of performances from Eric's group and from our Loud Instruments group. The music was a real treat, and it was also fascinating to learn a bit about the historical instruments played in the Loud Group. We hope to have more mini-recitals at future meetings. 
Spring Ensemble Coaches   
Heloise, our tireless BRS Music Director, has been working on finalizing the coaches for our Spring Term. As of this writing these will be:

Fall 2013 Group - Spring 2014 Group
Eric's Group - Sheila Beardslee
Sheila's Group - Lisle Kulbach
Emily's Group - Na'ama Lion
Marilyn's Group - Marilyn Boenau

Heloise will be reviewing the groupings in advance of the January meeting.
Spring Full-Day Workshop coming on Saturday, April 5, 2014
Exciting plans are in the works for the upcoming Spring Workshop--mark your calendar and save the date! It will be a full-day workshop for recorders and strings.  New this year will be a half-day workshop session for players of early loud wind instruments.  Heloise has been busy lining up our coaches for the April workshop, and we hope to announce them in January or February. Watch this space for details.

As mentioned at the November meeting, discussions are also underway regarding a Prescott renaissance instrument workshop sometime this spring. Also coming this spring, another half-day workshop for low recorders.  Stay tuned!
Peter Dixon wins ARS Composition Competition!
BRS's own Peter Dixon has won the American Recorder Society's 75th Anniversary Composition Competition in the recorder quartet category, with his work "Western Union." His piece will be published by the ARS as a Special Members' Library ARS is 75! Edition, and it will also be published in American Recorder magazine during 2014. Congratulations, Peter! 
Erich Katz Manuscript Gift
A bit of BRS's history recently re-surfaced in the form of an original Erich Katz manuscript which the composer had kindly given to BRS as a contribution to a fundraising auction BRS held in 1970. It was part of the estate of a recently deceased music educator, who had presumably won the manuscript in the auction. The manuscript was offered back to BRS for our library, but as the piece was not a recorder consort work, the BRS Board decided that it would best be housed with Erich Katz's papers in the archive dedicated to him at Regis University in Denver, CO. Erich Katz was music director of ARS from 1943-1959, and he helped shape the recorder and early music movements in the United States. His life story is both fascinating and inspiring (see A copy of the manuscript, titled "The Eternal Day: A Cycle of Songs for Mezzo-soprano, Alto Recorder (or Flute), and Tenor Viol (or Viola),"  was kindly given to us.  If you are interested in this piece of music, please speak to one of the Board members. 
Save the Dates!

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - BRS February Meeting


Sunday, March 23, 2014 - BRS March Meeting


Saturday, April 5, 2014 - BRS Full-day Spring Workshop

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - BRS April Meeting

Sunday, May 18, 2014 - BRS May Meeting

Concerts, Classes + Events 
If you have news or announcements of interest to the BRS community, please send your information before the 10th of each month to the newsletter editor

See the Early Music New England calendar for concerts, workshops and other events in the six-state New England region.  Maintained by Sheila Beardslee.

R/EMM Recorders/ Early Music MetroWest
Next playing session Saturday morning January 11th in Concord.  Click for details.


 Beginning Recorder classes, level 1 and 2, continue at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education on THURSDAYS at 5:30 and 7:00, starting Jan 15th. See the CCAE website for complete course descriptions, or contact the instructor, John Tyson, at


Now available on CD - G.F. Handel's Complete Recorder Sonatas with Heloise Degrugillier, recorder, and Balint Karosi, harpsichord. Available at the upcoming BRS meeting for $12.
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