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Newsletters 2011-2012

April 2012 - May 2012

Spring Concert: May 20

Invite your family and friends to enjoy a Sunday afternoon of recorder music followed by delectable treats! The time is 4:30 in the sanctuary of the Church. Each class as well as the the whole chapter will have a chance to practice beforehand. Times will be announced at the meetings, so be prepared to come earlier.

NOTE: We will have regular classes both on the 8th and the 15th of May.

Clean-Up at the Church

Saturday, May 5, is Otto Green Day, a time when volunteers help with raking, trimming, and general spring clean-up at the church. We have usually had good participation from our members, so let’s continue the tradition. Come at 9:00 and stay till 12:00 and have a lunch, or just spend an hour or two. All help is appreciated. Bring gloves, rakes, etc. Inclement weather means there will be inside tasks for us!

Plans for Next Season

Our teacher/class coordinator, DeeDee Heyer is working on finalizing the program for the fall. She will be making announcements about the classes and pre-registration. First-hour classes will probably remain the same, so you might talk with your present teacher about a recommendation for fall. You could also look at the Skill Mastery Guidelines to see if you are ready to move to another level.

Outreach Players

Anyone who wishes to join the group in the summer for possible playing at farmers’ markets and other programs, please get in touch with Liz.

Our Music Library

Are any of you interested in borrowing music over the summer? We have solos, duets, consort music--early and modern.

We lend and we sell, but how can we make this treasure trove more accessible? We need your ideas! Talk with Ellen Brannin, our librarian.

Upcoming Concerts

  • April 20, Hochstein Recital Competition
    Winners will perform on piano, flute, and cello at 7:30 at the Church. All are area high school students.
  • Get your ticket now for the Pegasus concert on Sunday, May 6, at 4:00 at DUPC.
    The theme is Songs of Love & War with four singers and a full complement of accompanying instruments. Call 703-3990 or visit Pre-concert talk is at 3:15 in the chapel.

February 2012 - March 2012

Spring Workshop: March 24th!

Is it on your calendars? Valerie Horst will lead us in Music of Love and War. Come for the whole day or a half-day. With Valerie’s energy and enthusiasm you will enjoy hours of playing and learn plenty. Think about signing up alone or with others for a lesson! You’ll learn still more!

NOTE: No classes on the fifth Tuesday, Jan. 31st. However,

Board Meeting on January 31st

Board meetings are open to all, not just officers. We welcome your participation. The meeting starts at 6:45 and will be short.

Gardenscape 2012

Those who have signed up to play will meet at the church on Tuesday, January 31st at 7:30 p.m. for a rehearsal of all the Gardenscape music.

Kudos are in order for:

  • Tom Mangialino, who initiated the raffle of his hand-crafted, music-themed pendant. The raffle enriched our treasury by almost $200; Inge Barta was the lucky winner. Thanks to all who bought tickets.
  • And Stan Gross and Neil Seely for their presentation on the care and cleaning of the recorder. Thanks to Stan for donating a bottle of anti-clogging liquid to each member.

Upcoming Elections

Soon a nominating committee will be announced to find candidates for officer positions for the next two years. If you are interested in being involved in helping our Chapter or have thoughts about possible candidates, let a committee member know.

Our Music Library

We have solos, duets, consort music--early and modern. We lend and we sell, but how can we make this treasure trove more accessible? We need your ideas! Talk with Ellen Brannin, our librarian.

Upcoming Concerts

  • Get your ticket now for the Pegasus concert on Feb. 26, 4:00 at DUPC. Baroque concerti by Telemann, Vivaldi, etc. with recorder (Aldo Abreu), oboe, flute, etc. Pre-concert talk is at 3:15 in the chapel. Website:
  • Feb. 3 & 4, “A Grand Night for Singing,” Rogers and Hammerstein Review, 7:00 at First Unitarian, Winton Rd. S. Also on Feb. 5 at 2 p.m.
  • Feb. 10, Peter DuBois, organist at 3rd Presby. and host of “With Heart and Voice,” plays a varied program with friends Caroline Miller, soprano, and Kathleen Murphy Kemp, cello. at the Church at 7:30.

November 2011 - January 2012

Play Date: November 12

Is it on your calendars? Join your playing friends on Saturday from 9-12 in Hubbell Hall for a morning of music-making. With several different leaders, it’s sure to be a fun and varied musical experience.

Extra Meeting Night

To accommodate those classes that would like to practice for the holiday gathering or to make up for the long hiatus until January 10 (regular meeting), classes have the option to meet on December 6. Please decide on November 22.

Board Meeting on November 29 at the Church

Board meetings are open to all, not just officers. We welcome your participation. 7:15 is the time.

Holiday Gathering

Our regular meeting night, Tuesday, December 13, will be an evening of listening, playing, and socializing. It’s a chance for classes and outside groups to play for each other, enjoy playing songs of the season with each other, and chat with each while munching on yummy goodies.

March 24, 2012: Reserve the Day!

It’s our spring workshop with Valerie Horst. Details on theme and other coaching possibilities -- consorts and/or lessons--will be available after January 1st.

Highlight the day on your calendars!

Join the National ARS!

Membership supports a national and even international network of recorder players. The magazine features articles on varied topics related to recorders plus reviews of music and disks. Join in November and our chapter will receive $5.00 per person. Sign up on the website and tell them you’re from the Rochester Chapter.

Upcoming Concerts:

  • Nov. 6, Eastman Collegium Musicum Viols at Church of the Incarnate Word, corner Goodman and East Ave. Vespers at 7, concert, 7:45.
  • Nov. 11, Mambo Kings, jazz ensemble, at the Church at 7:30.
  • Dec. 4, Michael Unger performs Bach on organ. Church of the Incarnate Word, 10:45 a.m.
  • Dec. 9, Musica Spei plus instruments perform a medieval mystery play at St. Anne Church, 7:30.
  • Dec. 9, Oratorio Society at 3rd Presbyterian Church, East and Meigs, 7:30, Baroque plus 19th, 20th century music. 
  • Dec. 11, Pegasus Early Music with violin and strings play Bach. Downtown United Presbyterian Church, at 4:00.
  • Feb. 26, Pegasus presents a program of concertos including Aldo Abreu, recorder.

October 2011

Chapter Play Date

Our annual in-house workshop is scheduled for Saturday, November 12, from 9-12 in Hubbell Hall at the church. Edie Prest is coordinating the morning playing session, which will feature favorite pieces of our members. Here’s a chance to try your hand at conducting a piece, or if that’s too intimidating, Edie will find someone to conduct music that you think everyone would enjoy playing. Sign-up deadline for a piece is at the regular meeting on Oct. 25. On November 12, please provide 20 plus copies of the piece (easiest if it’s in score form). Those with baking talents may sign up on Nov. 8 to bring break-time goodies.

March 24, 2012: Reserve the Day!

Valerie Horst, known to many as the former director of Amherst Early Music and a favorite workshop leader, has agreed to join us for our all day workshop. Details on theme and other coaching possibilities--consorts and/or lessons--will be available soon. Highlight the day on your calendars!


With a number varying from 10 to 15 players, the Outreach Group braved sun, wind, and impending rain for a total of three programs at local farmers’ markets. As a result, the Chapter treasury grew by $43.50. Providing background music for the lovely event sponsored by RAIHN (Regional Area Interfaith Hospitality Network) on September 18, to launch their cookbook sale, was a different and pleasant experience in elegant surroundings. Thanks, Sarah Singal, for inviting us! By the way, we had a chance to sample delicious delicacies made from recipes in the cookbook.

Join the National ARS!

Check out the website:

Upcoming Concerts

  • Pegasus Early Music presents four concerts this season, the first of which is on October 30, at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Art Gallery auditorium. With soprano Laura Heimes and three violas da gamba plus others, it is a program not to be missed. Check out the website: for more information about this concert featuring music from Spain. 
  • While online, note the concert on Feb. 26, a program of concertos with many soloists, including Aldo Abreu, recorder. This is a first for Pegasus; let’s show our interest and support! 
  • At the Church on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:30, a concert by Mambo Kings, Rochester’s foremost Latin jazz ensemble that has earned a national reputation for their explosive blend of AfroCuban rhythms and jazz improvisation.