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 personal distancing mandate during the CoViD-19 pandemic (see our News & Eventspage). After TEN MONTHS of quarantine keeping us from meeting at Christ Church Lutheran, we are itching to play music in person! But we are still "playing it safe" and we've held virtual meetings since May via the Zoom Conferencing platform. Since June, players from other chapters have been invited to join our meetings, and in September we joined forces with the Sacramento Recorder Society to present excellent online meetings. We've have had an average of between 40 and 50 recorder enthusiasts in attendance, resulting in an SFRS record 43 paid memberships!
We normally meet on the third Wednesday evening of every month, but because that date happens to fall on January 20 (inauguration day), we have opted to move this month's meeting to the SECOND Wednesday of January. We hope this will allow us to focus and enjoy the music that Vicki will present, without the distraction of the day's national news. So set up your Zoom Rooms and join us on Wednesday, January 13 at 7:30 PM Pacific time, when we will be treated to an evening of exqusite music to play under Vicki's gentle direction. Please read about her below, and plan to join us for a delightful 90 minutes with a favorite workshop teacher.
NOTE: Be sure to keep your Zoom account up to date for the best online musical experience. Click HERE for a PDF sheet of tips to help you with settings for the best results for playing of and listening to recorders on Zoom.
Seattle Recorder Professional Vicki Boeckman directs the January SFRS / SRS chapter meeting
VICKI BOECKMAN has been teaching children and adults of all levels since the 1980s. She is embracing the world of virtual teaching with enthusiasm, curiosity, and a sense of awe, finding it to be positive and rewarding. Pre pandemic she was an internationally acclaimed performing and recording artist who traveled all over the US and to many other countries to perform and teach. She has been a featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, The Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Medieval Women's Choir, Gallery Concerts, Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra, and the Skagit Symphony. She is currently music director for the Seattle Recorder Society, co-director for the Recorder Orchestra of Puget Sound (ROPS), and Artistic Director for the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop. She dearly hopes that these organizations can withstand the challenges of separation and continue to thrive.
Although we really miss playing together in person, most of us are almost getting used to attending online music playing events. As we enjoy our new season, we'll experience each conductor's unique approach to the art of online presentation.
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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Pied Piper illustration - the top of an old model Mollenhauer recorder box
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