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Spring 2012 workshop - Rochester ARS

Music of Love and War

Saturday, March 24 8:30am through 4pm, hosted by the Rochester chapter of the American Recorder Society, and featuring Valerie Horst.

Experience the themes of love and war as imagined by the great 15th- & 16th-century composers. Motets, chansons, dances, mass movements, and more!

Valerie Horst received an M.F.A. in Historical Performance from Sarah Lawrence College (studies in musicology with Richard Taruskin). She is Director Emerita of Amherst Early Music, Inc., producers of the largest teaching festival of early music in the Western Hemisphere. She is a founding board member of Early Music America, and served a term as president. She was a long-time board member of the American Recorder Society and served as its vice president. She has for many years been Music Director of the Miami chapter of the American Recorder Society. She was a member of the Historical Performance faculty at the Mannes College of Music from 1982 to 2006, and served for several years as the director of the Historical Performance Program there. She is a former member of the Renaissance choir Cappella Nova, and she toured as a recorder player with the New York Chamber Soloists. She is the recipient of the American Recorder Society's 2003 Distinguished Achievement Award, in recognition of her long career of service to the world of early music.


$25 for a half day (9am-noon or 1pm-4pm)
$45 for a full day
Purchase a box lunch for $7.50 (must pre-order). 


Pre-registration will begin after January 1, 2012, and ends March 10, 2012.

Participants must be proficient in two recorder voices to attend.

Low voices are especially encouraged.

Downloadable (PDF) registration form.


9am—Morning Session
12pm—Lunch (bring your own or purchase a box lunch)
1pm—Afternoon Session

Dee-Dee and John Heyer will be hosting a potluck dinner at their home following the workshop.


First Baptist Church of Rochester
175 Allens Creek Road
Rochester, NY 14618

Lessons with Valerie

There will be opportunities for individual and group lessons with Valerie on Friday, March 23 and Sunday March 25. A one hour lesson is $65, a ninety-minute lesson $85.

Please email for information regarding available openings.