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Announcing Rocky XI, our biennial workshop located at the beautiful YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky will be held May 15-17, 2015. Click here for more information



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:

March 15: Peter Schimpf

See our calendar for more events.

2014-2015 Program Schedule:

Sept 18 Recorderfest in the West
Oct 19 Jennifer Carpenter: Lamentations
Nov 16 Dick Wood: The Varied Music of Dick Wood
Dec 21 Holiday Grab Bag
Jan 18 James Grush: Tales from the Boulder Woods
Feb 15 Miriam Rosenblum: Folk Music from Around the World
Mar 15 Peter Schimpf: Instrumental Music in Early 17th Century Italy
Apr 19 Karl Reque: With Strings Attached
May Rocky XI

Current Officers

President: Jon Casbon
Vice President: Vacant
Secretary: Lori Murphy
Treasurer: Rosemary Glista
Program Director: Joe Wilcox
Newsletter Editor: Pat Selby
Web Mistress: 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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