We promote the playing of the recorder among amateurs and professionals, and also encourage the playing of all early instruments such as viols, capped and open reeds, historical flute, lute and harpsichord.
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What is a Recorder?

The recorder is a flute-like musical instrument whose history reaches back to Europe in the middle ages. It plays more than two octaves of a fully chromatic scale. That means it is not a toy or primitive instrument, but is entirely able to play all styles and periods of Western music.

Because the recorder is basically a whistle, new players have no difficulty getting it to sound, unlike brass or reed instruments.

Recorders are widely used for introducing grade school children to the fundamentals of music because recorders are relatively inexpensive and easy to play. Plastic recorders cost as little as $5 and are available at most music stores. Serious players can purchase more expensive wooden recorders. Recorders can be played as solo instruments, or in consorts using recorders with different pitches. Whether playing alone or in a large orchestra, recorder playing can provide hours of musical fun!

Have fun!

Playing the recorder is fun for both beginners and experienced players. Beginners will quickly be enjoying folk tunes and renaissance dances. A rich repertoire of works was composed in baroque times, and other music composed or adapted for recorder provides a lifetime of pleasure. Solo playing is rewarding, and the opportunities for group playing are greatly enhanced by the variety of published music.

Try something new and rewarding!

Develop skills you never knew you had! Enjoy playing music on the recorder and make new friends. Learn history when you work on older music.

This six-panel brochure is relevant for, and available to, all Colorado recorder organizations. If you can use copies to promote recorder playing, click the graphic above to download.

What's Happening This Month:

November 16: Evanne Brown

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2015-2016 Program Schedule:

Sept 20 Tom Riis
Oct 18 Anne Peterson: The Triumph of Nepotism
Nov 15 Evanne Brown: Seicento and The Baroque Tradition
Dec 20 Holiday Grab Bag
Jan 17 Woody Calahan: A New Age of Melody
Feb 21 Mike Grace: Adrian Willaert
Mar 20 William Adams: The Joy of Renaissance Ornamentation
Apr 17 Anne Marie Morgan: The Stateliest Families
May 21-22 Rotem Gilbert workshop

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President: Jon Casbon
Vice President: Joice Gibson
Secretary: Lori Murphy
Treasurer: Rosemary Glista
Program Director: Joe Wilcox
Newsletter Editor: Sharon Bolles
Web Administrator: Jennifer Myers
New Member Scout: Janet Handmaker
Cookie Fairy: Victoria Taylor
Librarian: Susan Osborn

Recorder-related links:

Colorado Recorder Orchestra
Recorder home page of Nicholas S. Lander
Viola da Gamba Society of America
Boulder Early Music Shop
Early Music Colorado
Historic Brass Society
American Recorder Society (National)

Atlanta Early Music Alliance
East Bay (California) Chapter (American Recorder Society)
Fort Collins (Colorado) Chapter (American Recorder Society)
Orange County (American Recorder Society)
Sacramento Recorder Society
Washington (DC) Recorder Society
Portland Recorder Society
Honeysukle Music


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