recorder ensemble

Let’s meet for music-making!

Music Director Vicki Boeckman conducts a Friday night meeting as it is shared via Zoom.

Seattle Recorder Society meets on the first Friday evening of the month (and occasionally on the second Friday) from September through May. Dates may vary in November and December to accommodate Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Currently we are enjoying hybrid meetings where some members meet in person and others join via Zoom. In-person meetings take place at 7:00 pm at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church in Northeast Seattle (directions below, at the bottom of the page). Sheet music is made available to meeting attendees in advance, and those at the in-person meeting are physically distanced.

Details of each monthly meeting, including the link for those joining via Zoom, are available in advance in the Recorder Notes section of the website,  Registration for the in-person meeting is required so that we do not exceed our capacity for socially-distanced playing. Learn more about our Covid protocols here.

An opportunity to both learn and play in ensemble

During each meeting players are introduced to three or four pieces of music by Music Director Vicki Boeckman. She typically provides some context for each piece, highlights playing challenges, and conducts the ensemble as we play through each piece several times. Meetings sometimes include a short performance of interest to recorder or viol players, ensemble playing for all levels of recorder players, and a beginning recorder ensemble called “The Backroom Gang.” The last meeting of the year in May is traditionally reserved as “Members Night” when individuals and small groups share their performances.

Beginning Ensemble – The Backroom Gang

New or rusty recorder players or anyone who would like to explore simpler music in a welcoming and supportive environment are encouraged to join the Backroom Gang.  We meet in-person only, in the lovely annex off the sanctuary where the large SRS group meets, following all of SRS’s Covid protocols.  Local ensemble leader Laura Townsend’s joy and specialty is helping novice players enjoy making music together.  She is eager to welcome new and returning members of the Back Room Gang with an array of music designed to delight and inspire!

If possible, contact Laura at beginbaroque@gmail.com before each meeting to register for the Back Room Gang, ask questions, or request the music ahead of time.  Please include what size or sizes of recorder you would like to play.

How to join the Seattle Recorder Society

Seattle Recorder Society members receive a monthly email with details about meetings, and have the privilege of voting in the society’s annual meeting which includes the election of officers. An annual donation of $40 is requested for membership. Donate here to join SRS.

If you would like to attend a meeting for a “test drive,” you are welcome to do so, either in person or via Zoom. A donation of $8 is requested.

Please email Music Director Vicki Boeckman to let her know you want to participate and make your $8 donation here.

American Recorder Society membership

Many Seattle Recorder Society members also join the American Recorder Society, which provides extensive resources for players at all levels. Benefits of membership include the monthly American Recorder magazine, access to an extensive library of recorder music and play-along sound files, and free Zoom lessons for beginning recorder players.
Learn more about ARS Member Benefits

ARS Membership

For a new ARS membership click here to get the half-price special for your first year.
Current member renewals click here to log in and pay your dues.

If you need help logging into your ARS account or have other questions, please call Susan Burns in the ARS office (844-509-1422) or email her at director@americanrecorder.org.

Meeting Schedule–2022-23

Most SRS Meetings are held on the first Friday of each month at 7:00 pm. Exceptions are sometimes made to accommodate holidays.

September 9
October 7
November 4
December 2
January 6
February 3
March 3
April 7
May 12