Boston Recorder Society Newsletter
 BRS's 64th Year
September 2018
In This Issue

Register now for the 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 season, our 64th year of playing together. New players are always welcome, and your first session is free.

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.

This month's coaches: Martin Bernstein, Carol Lewis, and Lisle Kulbach; Nathaniel Cox will coach the loud band.

Please register and then RSVP for our season opener: Sunday, September 16, 6:30-9:00PM. A prompt reply helps our coaches with their preparations.

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.
Ensemble Offerings for 2018-2019

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 2018-2019

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.
More Ways to Play:
Classes, Coached Ensembles, and Private Lessons 
A selection of other ideas to keep you playing your instruments all month long.
Recorders/Early Music MetroWest 
Saturday October 13 9:30AM-12:15PM 
Theme: Music from Venice
Coaches: Sarah Cantor, Héloïse Degrugillier, John Tyson, Sheila Beardslee 
Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord MA (directions)
RSVP by noon Thursday October 11 to 
More details at the R/EMM program page.
Recorder classes for the Cambridge Center for Adult Education 
Know someone who wants to learn recorder, or would you like sharpen your ensemble skills? For beginners, John Tyson offers a great introduction to the instrument. He also coaches an ensemble for more advanced players. Classes begin September 20 at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA
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. For details, see

The Boston Recorder Society Teachers List
Take a look at our list of local teachers for private lessons and other opportunities for coached ensemble classes.
If you have news or announcements of interest to the BRS community, please send your information to the newsletter editor.
Save the dates!
Upcoming BRS Meetings 2018-2019    
September 16 
October 28
November 18    
December 16   

January 27
February 24
March 17
April 6 - All-day workshop 
April 28
May 19 
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