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Class Selections 2015-2016

During the 2015-2016 season, we are offering the following classes:

First Hour Classes

Use these guidelines from our chapter to help determine what class level fits your needs the best. If you have any questions, please contact the instructors. If you're new, you can contact them through our informational email, rochesterars@gmail.com 


DeeDee Heyer

Do you know someone who might enjoy learning how to play the recorder? We strive to work with beginners in a stress-free environment that can be very rewarding to someone embarking on this new musical adventure. Learn a few fundamental notes and you’ll be playing simple melodies relatively soon. Knowing how to read music is not required, since for those persons who do not read music, we can help them start from step one. You also help our Chapter towards building our membership. Bring a friend!


John Heyer

Our goal in this class is to become more comfortable with our recorders and gain more enjoyment from playing. By working on technical exercises we will become more familiar with higher notes and improve fingering fluency, tone production and rhythmic confidence. Playing duet and trio music will help us learn to listen to ourselves and adjust to others as we make music together. The class also provides an opportunity to learn the second recorder fingering and/or develop skill on a recorder of a different size.


Pat Hanley

Improve your recorder technique and boost your satisfaction while enjoying multi-part musical treasures from medieval times to the present day. Class entrants should already be comfortable playing music of modest technical and rhythmical difficulty on S, A and T recorders. Bass recorder players are needed and opportunities will also be provided to learn this instrument.


David Tilley

Requirements: For this class playing SATB instruments at an advanced level is required. Switching instruments from one piece to the next is expected, as well the ability to sight read, double tongue, play alto up and use alternate fingerings.

We will utilize multi-part music to develop ensemble skills with emphasis on complex articulations, phrasing, and rhythms.

Second Hour Classes


Neil Seely

Many musical pieces have been arranged for recorder that are interesting to play. We will select challenging pieces that require finesse to bring life to the music and excitement to the player. Focusing on music post-1750. SATB required.


Pat Hanley

Have fun playing music for the dance. Enjoy lively tunes collected over the centuries. Take advantage of an opportunity to play percussion or perhaps add variety with the sound of different instruments played along with the recorder.

Additional Playing Opportunities


Stan Gross

Learn how to play, with accuracy and confidence, a variety of rhythmical patterns and styles in music from the middle ages through the present day. 

Meets 6:45-7:10pm (before the regular meeting), beginning in October. Open to all.


Pat Hanley, Liz Seely

We will be offering Sight Reading Class on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, opposite the regular chapter meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays. Note that there is no Sight Reading class on fifth Tuesdays unless otherwise notified.

The Outreach Players will sometimes rehearse in this time slot.



Many of our players have formed consorts and other small groups who play together. If you are looking for more playing opportunities, just ask!