June's Member Conductors: Jay Kreuzer and Greta Haug-Hryciw
June and August meetings are directed by chapter members here at SFRS. Any member is welcome to try their hand at it, we would love to have you bring your favorite selections to conduct. Contact Greta to volunteer!
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Our in-person meetings continue to be suspended due to social distancing mandate during the COVID-19 pandemic (see our News & Eventspage). We canceled tour March and April meetings and the appearance of three wonderful conductors due to this cursed virus. Most of us are itching to play music together, so we held our first experimental online meeting in May via the Zoom Conferencing platform. We had 19 participants join in and the response was very favorable, so we are doing it again for this month.
For June's meeting (Wednesday, June 17 at 7:30 PM PDT) members Jay Kreuzer and Greta Haug-Hryciw will several pieces for to play along with (together), on Zoom.
By now we've either gotten used to (or sick of) being in quarantine, but we really miss playing together as a chapter. So, still getting used to the process, we are again presenting an online meeting. Jay and Greta will provide the participants with some of their own favorites for you to enjoy. You will be able to see the music on your screen as the fully-orchestrated music is played, so you may choose any instrument you want to play along.
We look forward to next season when we hope to play together again in person and have a brilliant slate of professional musicians direct us. Meanwhile, we will do our very best to stay well and keep up our enthusiasm for playing our beloved recorders!
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JAY KREUZER is a San Francisco native whose introduction to music consisted of learning the themes to all the radio mystery programs back in the 1940s. Jay's first instrument was the chromatic harmonica and he played solos on local radio and television in the early 1950s. He sang with the San Francisco Bach Choir way back in prehistoric times, and has been with the Skyline College choir from 1988 until the present. Jay plays with SDQ, BCRO and other local recorder groups. He also arranges and composes music for recorders. Jay is now avidly studying piano and believes that the best age to start is somewhere between 2 and 102.
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A native of San Francisco, GRETA HAUG-HRYCIW is the third generation of a family of Bay Area musicians. As a child, she studied piano technique and music theory, but her interest in the recorder blossomed during high school. For several years she played and performed with the San Francisco branch of the New York Recorder Workshop and has since been teaching recorder to students of all ages. She particularly enjoys working with children as they discover the joy of playing the recorder together and understanding music. Lately she has been teaching online to continue helping her students improve their skills and stay excited about playing music.
Greta began her path as a conductor with the American Recorder Orchestra of the West (AROW) from 2005-2010 and has been co-director of the Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra (BCRO) since its inception in 2011. She relishes performing with her recorder ensembles SDQ and Ensemble Trecento, and has often appeared with Peralta Consort, Gryphons Wild, and the Sacramento-based contemporary music ensemble Uncorked. Greta is a frequent teacher and director’s assistant at summer workshops, and a guest conductor at American Recorder Society chapters around the country. As president of SFRS, she enjoys organizing our annual workshops and fall concerts, as well as keeping the membership informed through pre-meeting emails and keeping the website current. She also serves on the ARS Board of Directors, working with her fellow board members to further promote the recorder and its music, always keeping up with contemporary needs of chapters and individual members. (Don't forget to renew your membership!)
Pied Piper illustration - the top of an old model Mollenhauer recorder box
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