Seattle-area events and organizations
The following local organizations present concerts and workshops that sometimes include recorders.
- Early Music Seattle (EMS) — concert series of touring artists, education programs
- Pacific Musicworks — concerts and workshops
- Gallery Concerts — chamber music concert.
- Seattle Baroque Orchestra — Baroque orchestra and chamber music concerts
- Seattle Historical Arts for Kids — workshops and music camps for kids with a focus on history and culture
Recorder teachers listed here are all expert musicians who share a passion for helping others learn to play the recorder or improve their playing skills. Click on any name below to learn more.
Vicki Boeckman (NE Seattle and Online)
Adult lessons for intermediate and above levels
Children at any level
Ensemble coaching (recorders or other instruments)
Remote lessons (Zoom or Facetime) by agreement
Miyo Aoki (Online)
Lessons for beginning and intermediate students via Zoom
Laura Townsend (NE Seattle, Anacortes, and Online)
Beginning and intermediate students of all ages
Weekly recorder ensembles, advanced beginner to intermediate
All-levels bass ensemble
Debbie McMeel (Bellingham)
Located in the Bellingham area
Sabine Endrigkeit (Seattle)
Beginning to intermediate students of all ages
The American Recorder Society (under their Resources menu) offers an extensive list of online recorder teachers from around the country, including FREE classes for beginners.
Early music organizations
- American Recorder Society
- Amherst Early Music
- British Columbia Recorder Society
- Early Music America
- Moss Bay Recorder Society
- Oregon Coast Recorder Society
- Portland Recorder Society
- San Francisco Early Music Society
Sources for recorder music
Many of the pieces written specifically for recorder were composed in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, and are available at no- or low-cost online. Many local music stores have a small selection of recorder music; however, vendors specializing in recorder music will likely have a deeper selection. Some contemporary composers of recorder music make their compositions available through the internet as well. The American Recorder Society has an extensive collection of downloadable music for members of the society, including play-along files for learning.
Music stores and internet collections
- The Early Music Shop
- Honeysuckle Music
- International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
- Choral Public Domain Library (CPDL)
- American Recorder Society
Sources for music by contemporary composers and arrangers for the recorder
- Annabel Knight
- Basilisk Edition
- Lost in Time Press
- May Hill Edition
- Orpheus Music
- PRB Productions
- Glenn Shannon Music
- Soren Sieg
General internet resources
- American Recorder Society – source for everything recorder related — music, tutorials, teachers, technique videos, play-along sound files
- Team Recorder with Sarah Jeffrey – video tutorials, performances and much more
- Recorder Home Page — Nicholas Lander’s comprehensive compilation of web resources about the recorder, from Australia.
- Wikipedia – surprisingly robust and informative entry
Purchasing a recorder
If you are new to playing the recorder, a recorder teacher can help you with choosing a recorder suitable to your skill level and preferences. Or you could ask a more experienced member of the Seattle Recorder Society for advice. You may also find helpful advice on the American Recorder Society website. The following music stores are experienced in selling recorders of all sizes.