Boston Recorder Society Newsletter
 BRS's 65th Year
September 2019
In This Issue

Register now for the 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 season, our 65th 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: Carol Lewis, Emily O'Brien, and Liza Malamut (for the loud band).

Please register and then RSVP for our season opener: Sunday, September 22, 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 2019-2020

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 2019-2020

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.)  
To register online:
  1. Submit your registration information here.
  2. Use the following link to pay for your membership. Choose your membership type from the drop-down list and then click Pay Now.
2019-2020 membership options

To register by mail, click here to print a mail-in form. 
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 
A monthly Saturday morning gathering for recorder consorts and occasional chorale sessions. 
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord MA (directions)
More details at the R/EMM website.    
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 a class for intermediate players and an ensemble for more advanced players. Classes begin September 19 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 2019-2020    

September 22
October 27
November 17
December 8 

January 26
February 23
March 15
April 4 - Saturday all-day workshop 
April 26
May 17
Boston Recorder Society, c/o Ted Live, 17 Wendell Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
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