Boston Recorder Society Newsletter
 BRS's 60th Year!
September 2014
In This Issue
Announcing Coaches
Ensemble Offerings
Membership Options
Fall Workshop: Nov. 1
Instruments for Sale
Concerts + Events
Quick Links


Register now for the 2014-2015 season, our 60th Year!

 

If you play recorders, baroque flute or other early winds, or baroque strings, we're looking forward to making music with YOU! Please join us as we celebrate our 60th year of playing together. There may be a surprise or two this year as we mark this milestone in the history of the Boston Recorder Society!

Our BRS ensemble groups will meet at Lesley University's University Hall in Porter Square, Cambridge one Sunday evening per month, from 6:30-9:00 PM, with a break mid-evening for socializing and refreshments. 

RSVP now for our season opener:  Sunday, September 21, 6:30-9:00 PM

We encourage you to bring something for the snack table for our September meeting--savory or sweet nibbles, or drinks, would be appreciated. Paper goods provided by BRS. Beginning in October, refreshments will be provided by a different ensemble group each month--watch the newsletter for your group's assignment.   
Announcing our Fall 2014 Coaches!

BRS is pleased to announce that our coaches for the Fall will be:

Recorder Ensemble - Eric Haas
Recorder Ensemble - Emily O'Brien
Recorder Ensemble - Sheila Beardslee and Sarah Cantor (shared group)
Ensemble Skills Group - Coach To Be Announced
Loud Group - Marilyn Boenau

Many, many thanks to our Coaches for agreeing to work with our ensembles this Fall.
Ensemble Offerings for 2014-2015

Ability-matched Monthly Ensembles for intermediate and advanced recorders, baroque flutes and strings; 3 separate groups:
  • You will be placed in a group with players of similar skills and experience.
  • You will play with the same group and the same coach (if possible) for the semester.
  • Music will include a variety of styles and periods. 
  • Advance registration is important for the success of these groups -- the more pre-registered members we have, the more effectively we can match players and coaches.
Ensemble Skills Group for recorder players who are new to ensemble playing or need a refresher after not playing for awhile:
  • This group is designed to provide a supportive environment for players who would like to work on ensemble skills such as tuning, switching from F to C instruments, and playing different lines.
  • Sign up for Fall semester only.  If you are ready in the Spring, you can renew and/or move into the appropriate ability-matched group. 
  • Because a dedicated coach is needed for this group, we ask that members of this group commit to attending for the entire term and pre-payment will be required. If we do not have at least 3 members, this option will not be offered in the Fall.  Placement in this group will be determined by the BRS Music Director.
Loud Band for players of all the various early winds and percussion:
  • All loud wind instruments welcome!  Shawms, sackbuts, dulcians, cornettos, serpents, and anything else you might want to try.
  • This is a mixed-level ensemble -- you don't have to be an expert!  A supportive environment for learning and fun.
Membership Options for the 2014-2015 Ensembles
 
See the BRS Website for online and mail-in registration and payment forms.

Basic Membership:  
$30, or $20 for seniors, full-time students, ARS/REMM members
As a basic member, you can attend single ensemble sessions at the member discount rate of $20 per session.  Even if you don't attend regularly, becoming a basic member shows your support for BRS goals and allows you to have a voice in BRS planning and to vote at the annual meeting. (Basic membership fee is tax-deductible.)

Full-year Ensemble Membership:
$155, or $135 for seniors, full-time students, ARS/REMM members 
Attend all nine monthly sessions!  By becoming an ensemble member, you are helping BRS plan coaching and placement most effectively.  As with basic membership, you have a voice in BRS planning and can vote at the annual meeting. (A portion of the ensemble membership fee equivalent to the basic membership fee is tax-deductible.) 

Fall-semester Ensemble Skills Group Membership:
$70, or $60 for seniors, full-time students, ARS/REMM members 
Attend all four fall sessions (Sept through December) at the ensemble member rates. This option is for the Ensemble Skills group only. 

Note: If our membership fees would be a hardship for you, a limited number of scholarships are available.  Contact the BRS treasurer for a confidential discussion of your situation.
Save the date!  Low Recorder Consort

Fall Half-day Workshop: Saturday afternoon, November 1, 2014
This workshop is for players who love to play low recorders: tenor, bass, C-bass, Great bass, or Contra-bass. Watch for registration details coming soon!

Date: Saturday afternoon, November 1, from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM  
Coach: To be announced (we will have two coaches if there is sufficient demand)
Fee: $55 non-members/$50 members/$45 senior members (65+) and full-time students
Location: Lesley University, University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge (see the BRS Website for directions and parking information) 

At least half the participants must be able to bring an instrument lower than bass, so that the workshop can successfully present the experience of a full rich low instrument consort.

We are in need of low recorders to use in this workshop (instruments lower than bass). If you are not able to attend and you have a low recorder, we would be most grateful if we could arrange to borrow your instrument for this workshop.
 
Registration details will be available later this month. Watch your email! 
Instruments for Sale at October Meeting

Over the course of the summer, the BRS Board has been given several recorders which we will offer for sale. These will be available for you to examine and try out at our meeting on October 26th. 
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

Announcing the first concert of the 15th season of "Sunday Afternoon at the 'Greenough House" Parlor concert series.

Mignarda: "Pilgrimes Solace", a program of the music of John Dowland and others
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain MA 02130
Donation: $15 ($10 students and seniors) includes afternoon Tea following the program
Reservations suggested: 617-524-3158 or lghconcerts@aim.com


Thinking about private lessons or coached ensemble classes?   
See our Early Music Teachers List.

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