Program for Friday, January 8, 2021
The Seattle Recorder Society
Last updated on: January 17, 2021
Greetings everyone, near and far.

As 2020 draws to a close and the glimpse and hope of a different world emerges in 2021, I find myself exhausted and at a loss to accurately describe the myriad layers of emotions swirling around. One of my friends and colleagues reminded me that there were real rays of sunshine amidst the darkness of 2020 and I’d like to share some of the ones that brightened my days…in no significant order. I encourage you to share yours as well.

  • Attending my first virtual zoom class and seeing colleagues and friends from around the country for the first time after the pandemic shut everything down.
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Laura Townsend Faber and Mike Woolf performing recorder duets by Machaut, Sweelinck, and Glenn Shannon
  • Watching the incredible community of tiny bushtits build and pamper their sock-like nest in our ceanothus tree (first time ever!) and following the babes as they fledged and flew.
  • Rehearsing with Miyo in preparation for our little virtual opening program. Such a gift!
  • Walking and running with our grandson in Hamlin park after virtual school-ing, trying to keep up when he runs full speed up and down the hills and bounces on fallen tree trunks.
  • The April super moon rising over Lake Washington as seen from atop NE 70th street. Going back the next night with Bill to photograph it. (He got an amaz-ing shot!)
  • Fewer planes in the air and fewer cars on the road (up until recently…)
  • A stunningly colorful spring and summer.
  • Watching in awe whenever it is clear enough to see the International Space Station.
  • Planting and digging up my first potatoes!
  • Sharing my home-made rhubarb vodka.
  • The magnificence of Mt. Rainer as seen from the Roosevelt Reservoir Park.
  • The thrill of accomplishment after a successful Zoom class!
  • Being the winner of a pair of phenomenal Zeiss binoculars.
  • Rehearsing and recording videos for Ladies Musical Club with pianist Joan Lundquist (distanced of course!).
  • Thinking of you all and imagining the thrill and glee we will feel when it is safe enough to play in the same room again.
  • Learning about and watching anything by Randy Rainbow! (such a happy place)

Our January meeting will start with a short opening program of recorder duets featuring Laura Townsend Faber and Mike Woolf. The program will start with a trio of secular songs by 14th-century Machaut and 16th-century Sweelinck, and wrap up with a pair modern tongue-in-cheek offerings by the irrepressible Glenn Shannon.  Laura will be playing her brand-new g-bassett made by Tom Prescott!

My plan for the playing session is to have everyone gather to play a simple yet lovely Danish hymn to ring in the new year: Vær Velkommen Herrens År, roughly translated as “We Welcome you, Year of the Lord.” If there are any Danes out there, I encourage you to unmute yourselves and sing along! Miyo will then herd folks who prefer a smaller group/slower pace off to the virtual Breakout Room and the large group will “stay” with me.

In the Breakout room, Miyo will lead participants through some lovely renaissance songs and dances, including music by Jacob Regnart and Giorgio Mainerio.

The large group will continue with the gorgeous Andante Festivo by Jean Sibelius, a piece that seems to have received the status of ‘tradition’ that will be hard to break (at least for me)!  For the rest of the evening, I promise to share music that will resonate with our hope, desire and deserving of a world where we all can feel safe, with uplifted spirits and joy in our hearts.

PDF files of the music and a link to the January Zoom session will be sent in an email message on Monday, January 4. Look for a message with the subject LINK to SRS/MBRS January meeting.

Please let me or Miyo know if you need hard copies sent sooner and/or put in an envelope outside my front door for easy pick up. We are happy to do either.

We are looking forward to seeing you again, and as always, please don’t hesitate to email with any questions, feedback, or comments. Blessings to you all during these times.

Playing :
Vicki Boeckman, conducting
Music of hope for the new year, including Sibelius’ Andante Festivo
SATB Gb, Cb recorders
Breakout Room Gang:
Miyo Aoki, leading
Renaissance songs and dances, including music by Jacob Regnart and Giorgio Mainerio
The Seattle Recorder Society will meet via ZOOM at 7:00 p.m.

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There are no special musical requirements for joining the SRS. The level of skill necessary to play the music varies from meeting to meeting, and participants are free to play as much or as little as they care to.

Membership Dues are $40 for the year (September through August). We keep our dues low to be as inclusive as possible. Dues revenue only pays for half of our operating expenses. The membership form includes an opportunity for you to assist us as we provide a multifaceted program each year. SRS members have a history of generosity, and we appreciate your additional donations! 

You may either complete and submit the Membership form and dues payment online, or download the form and mail it along with a check.  Click on the link below for more information.

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If this is your first time participating in a virtual playing session, I would highly recommend taking the time to read this article: and to browse some of the helpful tutorials about Zoom in general that are on line. You do not need to have the Zoom app in order to participate, but the faster your internet speed, the more pleasurable your experience will be. Dial-up does not prove to be very successful as far as I have heard.

Two to three days before the meeting members receive an email with a link to join the Zoom invitation along with pdfs and or other materials to print out for the playing session. It will be the same link each month. To protect everyone’s privacy we will not post this link publicly on our website, and we ask that you please not share it or forward it on to anyone unless previously OKed by a board member. During the session conductors will be sharing the materials on screen for you to follow along, so you don’t have to print out, but that is up to you. There will also be explicit instructions reminding you how to sign in.

Before the meeting you’ll want to make sure that you can sit in a way that you can comfortably see your computer screen or tablet and play your recorder at the same time! For best results, your device should be as close to your router as possible.
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