NYRG Music Director Deborah Booth to lead Season Finale

Deborah ConductingMusic Director, Deborah Booth will conduct a sparkling year-end potpourri session of Renaissance and Baroque music favorites. Renaissance composers will include Claudin de Sermisy, Orazio Vecchi, Anthony Holborne, Heinrich Isaac, and John Bull. The baroque selections will include Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philippe Telemann and Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.

Bass players: be sure to BRING YOUR BASSES. We want to spread the wealth of all the parts throughout the session. Watch your e-blasts for PDF's of the music that we will be playing (Not signed up for e-blasts? Easy to do: contact newyorkrecorders@gmail.com to get all the NYRG news).

Join us for a wonderful season-ending evening of music-making and camaraderie.

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All monthly sessions are held at 6:30 PM at All Souls Unitarian Church, 1157 Lexington Avenue, at the corner of 80th St. Doors open at 6:30 PM.  Downbeat is at 6:45 PM SHARP.

Bring a music stand and pencil to all playing sessions.

The 2019-2020 schedule is September 26, October 24, November 21, December 19, 2019; January 23, February 27, March 26, April 30, May 28, June 18, 2020. All meeting dates are Thursday evenings. Mark you calendar now.

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Visit our Events page for photos of recent playing session and events.

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2018/19 RATES
Meeting Fees: $12 per meeting for members $20 per meeting for non-members

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Spring/Summer Workshop Season

A wonderful schedule of workshops at various metropolitan area ARS Chapters is open to NYRG members. Visit our Workshops page for dates and registration information.

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Consort Finder

The board and music director are pleased that you are attending New York Recorder Guild sessions to play with and meet other recorder players.  It is certainly a great place for this! You may also wish to enjoy playing recorders in a consort or smaller group setting, but it is often difficult to get the right players together for levels, geography, and temperaments.  

If you are interested in being matched with other players, contact our music director, Deborah Booth, at: deborah@flute-recorder-deborahbooth.com explaining your thoughts, wishes, level, location, and years of experience.  Coaching is also available if desired. Deborah will attempt to put you in touch with others who match your skills. NYRG has had success with this program in starting consorts meeting in Brooklyn and Manhattan.  


Upcoming New York Music Events


GemsGOTHAM EARLY MUSIC SCENE (GEMS) is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of early music in New York City and serves professional and amateur performers and ensembles, church organizations, audiences and enthusiasts. Get on their mailing list and receive On the Scene which features current New York performances of early music. Call: 212-866-0468 or E-mail info@gemsny.org.

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Musica VivaMusica Viva NY is a chamber choir driven by a desire to share the transcendent power of choral and instrumental music. All concerts are hosted byAll Souls Church, the organization which graciously provides our meeting space. Their first event of the season is Sunday September 23rd at 5:00 PM. For program information and performance dates, visit their website at http://musicaviva.org 


Subscribe to the New York Recorder Guild Mailing List and get the latest news on NYRG happenings as well as keeping up to date on the Metro New York Recorder scene. Contact: newyorkrecorders@gmail.com

Visit our Events page for photos of recent playing meetings as well as listings of playing sessions of other local ARS Chapters, concerts and other early music and recorder events..

Visit our Archives Page to keep up with all of the music played at our Monthly Meetings. Music listings of workshops and other events will be added as they occur.

Our Workshops page has all the information on Recorder and Early Music Workshops taking place in the area.

Recorders need repairs; looking for music downloads? Visit our Resources page for information on everything recorder-related.

Recorder Myths??

Third in a series of Recorder Topics by Judith Wink, NYRG Board Member


Lousy recorder players don't ask how they can improve. That's because they don't realize how lousy they are. But for the average player, the ones who not only think they can improve but know they should, there is hope.

The best advice I can give is, Don't be wrong. This isn't the same as being right. Playing the piece right is the goal. Not doing it wrong is a start. Pay heed to the words of Oliver Cromwell. No, he didn't play the recorder, he just ran a country, but he had some sound notions of how to do it. In the middle of a brawl with the impossibly rigid and dogmatic Scottish Presbyterian church, Cromwell erupted: "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken."

So if you're at bar 37 and everybody else in your consort is at bar 38, at least consider that you might be the one who's off. If you're a foot-tapper (and if you are, shame on you), have a look at the other feet in the room. If they're going down when your foot is going up, chances are you're the one who's wrong. If everyone else is playing in duple meter and you're in triple time, stop and check the time signature.

Articulation matters. A teacher with whom I play regularly will explain, sometimes at the top of her voice, that if everyone else is playing the notes short and you're not, it will sound as though no one is playing the notes short. If somebody wants you to play the notes short, just do it. This is no time to think for yourself.

Tempo matters. I know an amateur who keeps the beat by rocking back and forth. This slows her down. When I point this out, her eyebrows shoot up. "Professionals move their bodies when they perform," she insists. Yes, but they don't slow down. In a consort, think of Goldilocks when you think of the tempo: not too fast, not too slow, just right.

If you're in a group and you can hear yourself, you're playing too loud. How often have you heard this? So why are you still over-blowing? Years ago I met a woman from a remote part of Long Island who had only a married couple to play with. The husband blared like a trumpeter. Julie pointed out that he was overblowing, and he said, with pleasure and pride, "That's how I like to play the recorder!" There's not much you can do with someone like this, other than encourage him to take up the trumpet, but luckily the rest of us are more open to suggestions. We are, aren't we?

Judith's previous article The Joy of Consorts is on our Archive Page



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