Boston Recorder Society Newsletter
 BRS's 66th Year
September 2020
In This Issue

Register now for the 2020-2021 season!
First Meeting:
Sunday, September 13 6:30-8:00PM

Please join the Boston Recorder Society for the 2020-2021 season, our 66th year of playing together.  
f you play recorders, baroque flute or other early winds, or baroque strings, we're looking forward to making music with you! And in fact, you can join on any A=440 instrument, because currently we meet online for 90 minutes of playing via Zoom. Participants simultaneously play duets along with the coach and are muted in the meeting so that they hear only the coach
This month's coach: Heloise Degrugillier.

Please register and then RSVP for our season opener: Sunday, September 13, 6:30-8:00PM.
This season, our first meeting is free for everyone. We especially hope that will encourage those of you who have been hesitant about playing online music to give it a try.
Please see membership options below, and be sure to register in advance on our website.
We will send you music and a link to log into Zoom when you register. We hope to see you (virtually speaking!) on September 13.  
Membership Options for the Fall/Winter Semester

Joining the Boston Recorder Society supports the organization and gives you a voice in our planning, including voting at our annual meeting.
We are registering members for a fall/winter semester of September through January. We strongly encourage you to support us by joining and becoming a member, but alternatively you can also pay for individual meetings.
Basic Membership:  
$30 for the entire 2020-2021 season. 
Basic members can attend single ensemble sessions at the member discount rate of $15 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.)

Fall/winter Ensemble Membership:
$85, or $75 for seniors, full-time students, low income, ARS, R/EMM members.
(A portion of the ensemble membership fee equivalent to the basic membership fee is tax-deductible.)
Non-member attendance fee: $20 per session.   
Online and mail-in registration forms will be available on our website soon.

Note: If our membership fees would be a hardship, a limited number of scholarships are available.  Contact the
for a confidential discussion of your situation.
Classes, Coached Ensembles, and Private Lessons 
A selection of other ideas to keep you playing your instruments all month long.
Loud Band Sessions 
Players of Renaissance brass and reed instruments are invited to join a coached loud band: 
  • All loud wind instruments welcome, including shawms, sackbuts, dulcians, cornettos, serpents, and crumhorns. A=440.
  • This is a mixed-level ensemble--you don't need to be an expert! A supportive environment for learning and fun.
Sessions are held online using Jamulus software, whichi enables groups of musicians to play together in real-time over the Internet. Jamulus is free, but requires a good Internet connection, a computer with compatible sound hardware, and headphones. To learn more, contact John Maloney.  
Jacques Hotteterre: His preludes, duets and ornaments
Sept 12, 19, and 26, 12 noon to 1:30PM
Héloïse Degrugillier teaches the elements of French Baroque recorder playing (flattement, ornaments, inegal, preludes) through the music of Jacques Hotteterre. 
High intermediate/ Advanced recorder players, Alto at 415
$55 for all three sessions, $20 per individual session
Payment via personal option on Venmo, Paypal (, or check. For more information, email Héloïse.  
Morning Warmups and Duets with Sarah Cantor
BRS coach Sarah Cantor leads 30-minute warmup classes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:00AM EST. Add structure and inspiration to your life and practice routine. First 15 minutes: appropriate for all levels. Second 15 minutes: advanced skills and a daily duet.
Class A: 15 minutes of basic warm ups for all levels $20 a week
Class B: 15 minutes of advanced exercises and techniques $20 a week
Music-Minus-One duet videos and basic warm ups used in the class at Email Sarah at to register.
Anne Timberlake's Wednesday Webinars   
Anne Timberlake's next Wednesday Webinar is Tone Series: Bloom and Grow, on September 16 at 8PM EST. How do you change your sound to accommodate different notes, moods, and colors?  What is it that makes a professional player's tone sound so good?  How do you change your blowing without changing your pitch?  And what about vibrato?  Expand your skills and deepen your understanding of what it takes to produce a captivating sound. 
The Boston Recorder Society Teachers List
Take a look at our list of local teachers for private lessons and other opportunities.
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 2020-2021     

September 13 
October 4 
November 8 
December 13  

January 10 
February 7 
March 7 
April 11 
May 2 
Boston Recorder Society, c/o Ted Live, 17 Wendell Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
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