Hurry! Register NOW for our 2021 Spring Workshop on April 25
The gears are in motion for the 2021 SFRS Spring Workshop! Our wonderful conductors, Rotem Gilbert andHanneke van Proosdij will present Confluencefeaturing a luscious variety of music by Gilles Binchois, Guillaume de Machaut, Magister Egidus, Francesco Landini, Henry Purcell, Johann Schop and Benjamin Thorn.
This online event is open to recorders, viols, flutes, harps, and other "soft" recorder-friendly instruments... although since we'll all be muted, any instruments are welcome, as are singers (although not all selections will be texted).
There will be two playing levels to choose from: Intermediate and Advanced. Historically the SFRS workshops have been able to welcome participants from all levels, and we highly encourage first-time workshop attendance. However in this online setting, mentoring by more experienced players isn't possible.
The workshop will start with sessions for intermediate and advanced players with each conductor. Participants may self-select which group they prefer to be in and are allowed to switch if they wish. After a break, there will be one "tutti" session for all players.
Registrants may choose to participate in the full workshop (all sessions - $40), or a half workshop (either the morning groups OR the tutti session - $25). Enrollment is limited to 60 participants, so please register early.
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Illustration from American University Magazine
April 4, 2021
Vaccinations against CoViD-19 are becomming more readily available, and there is realistic hope that we will be able to play together in person in the foreseeable future. But until we are sure about the safety of doing so, we continue to meet online via Zoom for our monthly chapter meetings...and for our Spring Workshop. Although not ideal, we have been having great experiences with teachers presenting and directing engaging and beautiful music, and are so grateful for the technology to "be together" in this virtual way. An unexpected benefit of these online meetings has been the growth of the chapter, and we now have 48 members on the roster! We have also been able to hire teachers from out of the area when our local teachers are unavailable, such as Anne Timberlake (St. Louis, MO), Vicki Boeckman (Seattle, WA), Alexa Haynes-Pilon (Washington, D.C.), John Tyson and Miyuki Tsurutani (Cambridge, MA), and Malachai Komanoff Bandy (Los Angeles, CA). We are very happy to contribute to the continued employment of our recorder professionals.
In keeping with the current norm, we will be holding the April 2021 meeting online. Go to our Conductor page to read about percussionist Peter Maund who will start the meeting with some basic percussion techniques that will get our groove going to play along with the medieval and Renaissance music he will present. If you are not an SFRS or SRS member, please contact me and I will add you to our mailing list and be invited to our virtual chapter meetings.
We have really been enjoying our partnership with the Sacramento Recorder Society (SRS) during this period of distanced participarticipation. To help cover the fees for our conductors, we have been suggessting a small, voluntary fee from non-members. Preparing materials for online teaching requires considerably more time and labor than in-person meetings, and these teachers need to be compensated fairly. We also want to support our professionals now more than ever due to lost revenue they are experiencing during CoViD-19 with no live engagements.
Hopefully you are all connected - albeit remotely - to music and friends via the Internet. The online meeting platforms such as Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, and others, have become very important as a way to stay in touch. And of course, we can spend more time practicing! If you haven't read it yet, an excellent article and perspective by recorder professional Anne Timberlake, read her blog post titled "Recorder in the time of COVID-19". She also helped to author the latest ARSNova article about online lessons (for both teachers and students), which you can find HERE.
To all: Keep informed, use trustworthy sources, and follow the guidelines. We hope this will all settle down enough for us to meet again in person. We will continue to update you and offer news or tips when possible.
Let's all do our best stay well and keep playing. We hope everyone is on track to receive their vaccinations against CoViD-19!
Greta Haug-Hryciw President, San Francisco Recorder Society American Recorder Society Board of Directors
The San Francisco Recorder Society▪PO Box 370069, Montara, CA 94037