Boston Recorder Society Newsletter
 BRS's 63nd Year!
September 2017
In This Issue

Register now for the 2017-2018 season!
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 for the 2017-2018 season, our 63nd year of playing together.

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

Please register and then RSVP for our season opener:  Sunday, September 17, 6:30-9:00PM.

We encourage you to bring a snack to share for our September meeting--savory or sweet nibbles, fruit, or something to drink. We provide paper goods. Beginning in October, we ask a different ensemble group to provide refreshments each month--watch the newsletter for your group's assignment. 
Ensemble Offerings for 2017-2018

Ability-matched ensembles for recorders, baroque flutes, and strings:
  • 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 very important for the success of these groups. The more pre-registered members, the more effectively we can match players and coaches.
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 want to try.
  • This is a mixed-level ensemble--you don't need to be an expert! A supportive environment for learning and fun.
Membership Options for 2017-2018

See the BRS Website for online and mail-in registration and payment forms.

Basic Membership:  
$30, or $20 for seniors, full-time students, low income, ARS, R/EMM members
Basic members 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, low income, ARS, R/EMM 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.)  
Note: If our membership fees would be a hardship, a limited number of scholarships are available.  Contact the BRS treasurer for a confidential discussion of your situation.
Concerts, Classes, and Events

If you have news or announcements of interest to the BRS community, please send your information to the newsletter editor.

New season of Recorders/Early Music MetroWest 
Saturday September 9 9:30AM-12:15PM 
Theme: Music for Kings and Queens
This month's coaches: Eric Haas, Lisle Kulbach, Emily O'Brien, Sheila Beardslee.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord MA (directions)
RSVP by noon Thursday September 7 to 
More details at the R/EMM program page.
Friday September 15 7:30PM
Dünya presents Othello in the Seraglio 
A unique and intimate "coffeehouse opera" based on 16th and 17th century Italian and Turkish music, retelling the historically-based legend of love and jealousy. Featuring several BRS coaches and friends, and dedicated to Tom Zajac.  
First Lutheran Church, 299 Berkeley Street, Boston MA 02116
More information, audio and video excerpts, and tickets 
Classes at Sarah Cantor's Studio
Sarah Cantor offers a wide variety of ensemble classes for recorders, other instruments, and singers in her Brookline studio. This season's offerings include:

Mixed Baroque ensemble 10:30am-12:00pm 
Madrigal Feast 1:30pm-3:00pm 
New Renaissance consort 8:00pm-9:30pm
TUESDAY  Monthly recorder ensemble 8:00pm-9:30pm
Mixed Baroque ensemble 11:00am-12:30 pm 
Low instrument ensemble 12:30pm-2:00pm
Recorder Ensemble 9:00am-10:30 am
Detailed descriptions and more at, or email       
Thinking about private lessons or coached ensemble classes? See our
Early Music teachers List.

Save the dates!
Upcoming BRS Meetings 2017-2018    
September 17  
October 15
November 19   
December 17  

January 21
February 25
March 18 
April 22
May 27
Boston Recorder Society, c/o Ted Live, 17 Wendell Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
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