The Washington Recorder Society meets twice a month, generally on the first and third Mondays, from September through early June, for ensemble playing, instruction and guest recorder mini-concerts.
Meetings are held from 8–10 p.m. at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814-4099. Sheet music is supplied to participants at each meeting.
First Monday of the Month: Called the Nova session, the first Monday of the month is devoted to two hours of group playing under the leadership of Dick Shrager. The music ranges from the Middle Ages through Renaissance and Baroque to more modern pieces. All participants play together on soprano, alto, tenor and bass recorders.
Third Monday of the Month: Called the Antiqua session, this session begins with a brief meeting and information updates, followed by a 30-minute guest mini-concert. (Many members of the performing groups are WRS members.) After the concert, attendees break up into separate ensembles under the direction of a group leader. Join us between 7:30–8 p.m. for snacks and beverages.
Dates of the first and third monthly meeting may vary, depending on holidays.
Participants at Antiqua sessions can choose from two ensembles.
- Post-Baroque: Leader Richard Shrager
The Post-Baroque group plays as a recorder orchestra, with several players on most parts. Some of the music will be challenging to players below intermediate level, but the difficulty of pieces varies. Although the group does explore some repertoire from 1750 onward, the group performs music from all periods, including Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque. The group is conducted by Dick Shrager, and players who may not feel comfortable carrying their part unaided feel at home here.
- Mixed Consort: Leaders Ferd Baer and Jayme Sokolow
The Mixed Consort welcomes players of recorders, viols, buzzies and percussion. Music of the Renaissance and earlier is the focus of the playing. The Mixed Consort is for intermediate to advanced players comfortable playing ‘one on a part’ and able to adapt to the instrumental needs of the music at hand. Participants in this group generally are able to play soprano, alto, tenor and bass recorders.
If needed, another group for less skilled players that focuses on the basics of recorder playing and building ensemble skills can be formed, under the guidance of leaders Bruce Crane and Jane Takeuchi Udelson.