Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Washington Recorder Society?

A: The Washington Recorder Society (WRS) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a venue for people in the Washington, D.C., area to play, study and enjoy the recorder. WRS was formed in 1958 and became a chapter in the American Recorder Society in 1963. From September through early June, WRS meets twice a month, usually on the first and third Mondays.

Q. What are the benefits of joining WRS?

A: By joining WRS, you can play the recorder twice a month and become part of a music community that enjoys playing Renaissance and Baroque music. You also can improve your recorder skills by attending WRS workshops and by playing under the direction of skilled and experienced coaches. Finally, perhaps the greatest benefit of joining WRS is spending musical time with our involved and friendly members.

Q. How do I join WRS?

A: Complete and return the membership form on this website. Please feel free to attend a couple of meetings if you wish to check us out before becoming a member.

Q. Where does WRS meet?

A: WRS Monday evening meets are held at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD 2014. This year, our fall and spring workshops and our Spring Recital will be held at the Presbyterian Church of the Atonement, 10613 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20902. For directions, click on the links above.

Q: I’d like to speak with someone about WRS. Who do I contact?

A: Contact WRS President Vickie Walter at or 301-891-1367.

Q: I want to study the recorder with a teacher. Can WRS help me do that?

A: Several recorder teachers are member of WRS. You are welcome to contact them about taking lessons.

Q: How do I learn more learn more about the American Recorder Society?

A: Visit the ARS website.

Q: How do I make a donation to WRS?

A: You can send you tax-deductible donations to WRS’s treasurer Art Jacobson, 7812 Ivymount Terrace, Potomac, MD 20817.