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 Conductor for May: Glen Shannon‼️
Bay Area favorite Glen Shannon will conduct in May
GLEN SHANNON is a composer and recorder enthusiast living in El Cerrito, CA where he a member of the East Bay (CA) Recorder Society and just completed his first season as Co-Director of the Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra. His compositions have won prizes in contests since 1997, sponsored by the Chicago and Washington, DC Recorder Societies, and the ARS jointly with the former Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet. Tom Beets and Joris Van Goethem of the former Flanders Recorder Quartet have commissioned works from him, most recently a Bass-Contrabass duet featured on their first CD as the duo FR2. Glen publishes his music under his own name at www.glenshannonmusic.com, and has also had works published by Moeck Verlag, PRB Productions, Loux Music Publishing Company, the American Recorder Society, and the European recorder magazines “Recorder” in the UK, “Windkanal” in Germany, and “Blokfluitist” in the Netherlands. Performances of some of his works can be found on YouTube at www.youtube.com/glenshannon.
Glen is active in the American Recorder Society as editor of the quarterly Members' Library Editions, a series introducing new recorder music to the worldwide membership, and is the editor and producer of the annual ARS Play-the-Recorder-Month piece that appears with the Winter edition of the American Recorder magazine. In October Glen received the 2021 ARS Presidential Special Honor Award, recognizing a person who has had a significant positive impact on the recorder community in North America.
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Glen will start off the session with a pair of light-hearted 16th century chansons by Pierre Certon and Clément Janequin, followed by his own Petite Sweet Flute Suite that was commissioned by the Chicago Recorder Society. Glen wrote the 3-movement suite in honor of Hildé Staniulis (1920-2020) who inspired him to begin publishing his work in 1997.
We will be treated to playing along with Glen’s own multi-track recordings of these pieces, that will allow us to enjoy being a part of his “ensemble.” This is sure to be an evening of playing to remember!
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Our in-person meetings have remained suspended since March of 2020 due to the pandemic (see our News & Eventspage). A poll was taken among local members to determine whether or not we hold a hybrid in-person/online meeting in May, live-streaming the meeting over Zoom for our long-distance members. However, only 4 members responded that they would attend in person, and this would not have been enough to create a realistic chapter sound and will postpone our plans for in-person meetings until further notice.