Spring 2015 Workshop - Will Ayton

Saturday, March 21 8:30am through 4pm, hosted by the Rochester chapter of the American Recorder Society, and featuring Will Ayton.

About the Music

From the late Middle Ages to our contemporary time, composers have had great fun borrowing tunes, especially popular tunes, and dressing them in new musical apparel. The “Connections” workshop is an exploration of such settings by Will Ayton. The source melodies are borrowed from the music of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Folk music, Afro-American spirituals and Shape-note Hymns. Other connections are made with various music styles found in Classical music and Celtic traditions.

About the Instructor

Will Ayton was born in 1948 in Kansu province, China, of missionary parents. He received a BME from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, a MME from New England Conservatory of Music, and a DMA in Music Theory and Composition from Boston University. 
He currently lives with his wife, Nancy, in Providence Rhode Island. He is a retired professor of music, performs with “The Greybeards” (a Baroque trio), composes for a variety of musical media and tries to do his share of the housework at home. 


$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 ends March 12, 2015. 

Participants must be proficient in two recorder voices to attend. 

Low voices are especially encouraged.

Download the registration and box lunch forms. Forms may be printed and mailed with a check made out to American Recorder Society, Rochester Chapter, or emailed to rochesterars@gmail.com.

Registration Form (PDF)
Lunch Order Form (PDF)


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


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