Boston Recorder Society Newsletter
 BRS's 60th Year!
March 2015
In This Issue

Next playing session: 
Sunday, March 22, 6:30-9:00PM

Please RSVP yes or no as soon as possible!

And a belated welcome to our spring coaches: Marilyn Boenau, Sarah Cantor, Héloïse Degrugillier. Eric Haas, and Emily O'Brien.

Refreshments this month will be provided by Sarah Cantor's group (Sheila's fall semester group).

New players always welcome--- recorders, baroque flutes and strings, or early loud winds. If you are new to BRS, your first session is a free trial. See the BRS website for details about our ensembles, membership options, and directions.
Parking Information and Tips

Reminder: The BRS discount rate of $1.50 for the parking lot behind University Hall is available for a maximum of three hours. After three hours you will be charged an additional fee.

Parking is available on local streets, and resident permits are not required Sundays. Tip: If you do not find street parking, spots are often available on Frost Street. To get there, turn off Mass Ave onto Forest Street, and then take the second left onto Frost. Frost Street ends at Roseland Street, from which you can enter the Lesley building through the parking lot (and park if you did not get lucky!).

Get Ready for the BRS Spring Full-Day Workshop!
Saturday, May 2, 2015 

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Time: 9:30AM to 4:30PM
Coaches: Will Ayton, Rachel Begley, and Marilyn  Boenau (loud instruments); additional coaches to be announced
Fees: Full day: $100 non-members/$90 members
        Half day: $55 non-members/$50 members
        $10 full day/$5 half day discount for senior and student members of BRS
Location: Lesley University, University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
We hope you will join us for our annual spring workshop for recorders, loud instruments, and strings. Loud instrument players can join a half-day afternoon loud workshop, as well as the morning workshops on recorders or viols.We look forward to seeing you at this very special event.

Registration forms and additional information will be available soon on the BRS website.


New Recorder eBook Available

Helen Hooker, a UK professional recorder player and teacher, has published an eBook entitled Recorder Technique: A guide to the basics and beyond. This 40-page PDF eBook features useful information about all aspects of recorder playing, from the basics of posture and breathing to articulation, finger technique, effective practicing and repertoire suggestions.

You can preview sample pages and purchase the book for £4.50 (automatically converted to dollars) at her website at
Concerts, Classes, and 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.

The New England Early Music Calendar provides a list of events from around the region. You can now submit your own events directly to the web site.

Sunday, March 15, 3:00PM
Concordia Consort (Sheila Beardslee, director; Nouri Newman & Brian Warnock, recorders) with guests Alan Karass, recorder, and Eileen Cecelia Callahan, soprano, present Teares of a Sorrowful Soule, Renaissance and Baroque Chorales and Penitential Psalms for Lent.
Loring-Greenough House
12 South Street
Jamaica Plain MA
Donation of $15 or $10 for seniors and students includes afternoon tea.
Tickets are available at the door but space is limited and reservations suggested. Call 617-524-3158 or email  

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 7:30-10:00pm 

Renaissonics Third Fridays Dance Party 

Renaissance dance for everyone! No experience necessary. Everyone welcome!
Live music and vegan refreshments. Cost: Donations welcome. More information.
First Church in Cambridge
11 Garden Street (Harvard Square)


June 7-14, 2015

Boston Early Music Festival

Tickets are now on sale for this wonderful event, which comes to Boston every other summer. For more information, visit or call 617-661-1812.


Summer 2015 Early Music Workshops

Early Music Week, World Fellowship Center, Conway, NH-June 25-July 2, 2015
Amherst Early Music Festival July 5-12 and 12-19, 2015
Pinewoods Early Music Week August 15-22, 2015  


Thinking about private lessons or coached ensemble classes?   
See our Early Music  Teachers List. 
Save the Dates! 
Upcoming BRS Meetings in 2015  
Sunday, April 26
Saturday, May 2 - Special event: All-day workshop
Sunday, May 17 
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