American Recorder Society 2000 - 2001 Season

Rochester Chapter

Join us for a new season of recorder music making, and enjoy a musical heritage spanning more than a thousand years. New members with any level of playing skill are most welcome. The Chapter is known for its beginner classes that provide a rewarding experience for those playing music, or recorder, for the first time. More advanced classes and consorts give experienced players an opportunity to improve their skills.

First Meeting

The first meeting is 7:30 pm September 12th, 2000 at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Avenue. The church is on the corner of  East Avenue and  Goodman Street across from the Science Museum. The meeting starts with Registration and continues with playing sessions. During Registration you can preview the music for each class and consort, meet with teachers and leaders, and decide on the best choices for you.

Chapter Information

We meet regularly on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 10:00 pm, September to May. First-hour classes are devoted to improvement of technique with classes at different skill levels. A half-hour break allows time for some sociability, a short business meeting and a mini-concert. Second hour sessions emphasize consort playing in small groups focused on a particular period or type of music.

In December and May, the Chapter holds a semi-formal concert that is open to family, friends and anyone else interested in recorder music. Dues are collected for the National ARS and the Rochester Chapter. National dues include a one-year subscription to the American Recorder magazine. The Chapter organizes a workshop in the Spring for an additional fee.


Board Members: President: Marilyn Plain, Secretary/Librarian: Ellie Chaffee, Treasurer: Kathy Madigan, Teacher Coordinator: Ginny Reynolds,

Workshop Coordinator: Linda Sweeney, Concert Coordinator/Publicity: John Miles Smith, Hospitality: Richard and Mary Taglieri



Pre-Meeting Class (7:00pm)

Miniseries on Diaphragmatic Blowing: Neil Seely, 473-1463
Learn how to use your diaphragm to produce beautiful sound and varied articulations. Having control over your diaphragm is crucial to making meaningful phrases on the recorder. We will also cover how to produce vibrato and use it to make your playing more interesting. Beginning on Sept. 26, this class will meet at 7:00 – 7:30 before each ARS meeting this Fall.

First Hour Classes

Level I, Beginners: Neil Seely, 473-1463
No musical experience necessary! Get off to a good start in learning to play the recorder. This class will meet weekly. Recorders will be available for purchase.
 *If you know of someone who would like to learn, now is the time to encourage them to start out on a musical adventure with us.


Level IIA: Pat Hanley, 482-9314
For intermediate players who are familiar with playing soprano or alto recorders. We will work on expanding your knowledge of both C and F fingerings. New fingerings, faster note recognition, ensemble skills, and any questions that you may have will be topics for class work and discussion. This class is a great opportunity to add another instrument to your repertoire.


Level IIB: Liz Seely, 473-1463
For intermediate players who are comfortable with both C and F fingerings. The goals of this class are increasing technical facility, strengthening rhythmic security, enhancing listening skills, and applying these techniques to music from a variety of periods. In addition, each player may choose a specific personal goal for the year, such as learning/improving bass playing or improving sight-reading.


Level IIC: Jean Cronin, 544-5451
Learn the in’s and out’s of advanced techniques from many periods of music in a fast-paced setting. It is necessary to be comfortable with SATB recorders, be willing to add sopranino, and have good sight-reading skills.


Second Hour Consorts


General Consort: Liz Seely, 473-1463
For all levels of recorder experience. Enjoy creating a pleasing ensemble with easy music of the Renaissance, Baroque, and 20th-century eras..


Recorder Orchestra: Jean Cronin, 544-5451
For intermediate to advanced players. Enjoy the rich full sound of a recorder orchestra. Arrangements typically have 5 to 20 parts covering all recorder sizes – from sopranino to great bass and contra bass. Learn techniques for playing in large ensembles with just a few players on each part. Must be comfortable with at least Tenor recorder, SATB encouraged.

Medieval Consort: Pat Hanley, 482-9314
For upper intermediate to advanced players. Play exciting music from the Dark Ages or the "Age of Enlightenment" if you prefer. Music was "space age" for that time and the compositions had excitement built into them. Learn to "decode"early music notation. Players must be comfortable sight-reading tricky rhythms. SATB required.

For further information please contact the Chapter President, Marilyn Plain, at (716)475-1453.

Reminder! Come to our 1st Annual Picnic - Sat., August 26 at 1:00 p.m. at Linda Sweeney’s House