March 2010 Newsletter

Please Note: Dance Workshop Replaces March Sunday Meeting


Last Minute Reminder!

For those of you who have been out of the country, busy reading vampire novels, in hibernation or have forgotten to read your emails, this is a Final reminder of our exciting upcoming "English Country Music and Dance" Workshop on Saturday, March 6, with presenter Pat Petersen. The Workshop will be from 9:30am - 5pm at the Berkeley Community Church, 3701 W. 50th Ave. with an optional evening dance from 7pm -10pm. The cost is $45 for the Workshop and an additional $8 for those attending the evening dance. This will be a rare opportunity for us musicians to not only learn and play Baroque dance music by Handel and Purcell, but also to dance (optional) to this music while our fellow musicians play. Fun, fun, fun! For our procrastinator friends, you can still sign up at the sign in table at Berkeley Church the morning of the Workshop. How easy is that? For more information, please contact our irrepressible Program Director, Paul Brunson, 303-451-5967 Be there or be square.

Time to Vote!

This is a call for the Annual Business Meeting to be held April 18 during our regularly scheduled Sunday afternoon playing session. The principle business to be conducted at that time is the election of Officers for the coming year.

As good fortune would have it, all of this year's Officers have volunteered to serve for one more year. Isn't that great that people will volunteer to serve for a worthy cause! That does not mean that you cannot have a place on the Board if you wish to serve, however. You may place your name in nomination (or have a friend do it for you if your modesty demands it) at the April Meeting. And, in spite of their having volunteered to serve, most of the Board members would willingly step aside to let someone new have a go at it. New views help keep an organization vibrant.

A nominating committee consisting of Elaine Granata, Lisa McInnis, and myself have met and agreed to place the following names in nomination to replace themselves. These people will automatically be re-elected unless someone steps forward and offers their services in relief.

President: Dick Munz
Vice President/Secretary: Bill Conklin
Treasurer: Susy Wilcox
Program Director: Paul Brunson
Newsletter Editor: Bruce Nelson
Librarian: Susan Osborn
Member-at-Large: Victoria Taylor (Refreshment Fairy)
Member-at-Large: Jennifer Myers (Web Mistress)
Member-at-Large: Janet Handmaker (New Member Scout)

Dick Munz

Multiple Performances for the Recorder Faire

We have three venues for the Faire this year -- the standard format will be held at the Tattered Cover on Colfax again on Sunday, March 28th from 2:00-4:30 in the old orchestra pit. In addition to the Chapter Renaissance Band, the Mariachi kids will be there as well as Swallow Hill students and Waldorf School ensembles. We're fortunate to have a professional group again this year-- Simplice -- Carla Sciaky, Miriam Rosenbloom and Ben Cohen. The krumhorn group will close the Faire with their semi-dulcet sounds.

If you'd like to play in the Chapter band there's still plenty of room so contact Elaine Granata ( or (303) 321-2735. Music is available for those who want it ahead of time.

Stop Time, our own recorder jazz band, has two performances scheduled in addition to the Tattered Cover celebration of National Play the Recorder Month. Any of the chapter's ensembles are welcome to join them on the two programs --
Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch, March 14, 11:30 - 1:00pm
Barnes & Noble Denver Pavilions, March 27, 2:30 - 4:30pm
Contact Dick Munz ( to let him know if you'd like to share the billing.

See you at the Faires.

Chapter Renaissance Band Rehearsal

The rehearsal for the Band performance at the March 28th Faire is on Saturday, March 20th at Susy Wilcox's home from 2:00-4:15, 1940 Hoyt Street in Lakewood. Those who are playing in the chapter band may get music from Elaine Granata ( There's still room for more players. Please contact Elaine if you'd like to participate -- we'd love to have you play with us.

Now&Then brings Early Music to Boulder

The Early Music ensemble Now&Then will perform in an eclectic concert of music spanning several centuries and continents at 7:30 p.m. on Sat., March 13 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave. The performance will include European music of the 12th and 13th centuries, songs and madrigals of the Renaissance, American and Israeli folk repertoire, traditional Irish tunes and a few 20th-century, American pop classics. Performing will be group members Liz Gilpatrick, (recorders, Ruth Harvey (recorders, viola da gamba, crumhorn, and percussion) and Joyce Shambaugh (recorders, crumhorn, percussion). Joining them will be Rebecca Beshore (recorders, percussion) and tenor Dan Seger. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Now&Then Coordinator Liz Gilpatrick at 303-665-2108.

Newbie Announcement for March:

There will be no Newbie group in March because of the upcoming March workshop. Be sure to check the April newsletter for information about the April Newbie Group.

Members in Good Standing

Jill Adams, Louise Adler, Karen Anderson, Shirley Baker, Jo Anne Barnes, Phil Belefski, Erin Bell, Jann Benson, Rebecca Beshore, Roberta Blanc, David Brock, Paul Brunson, Kitty Comstock, Bill Conklin, Virginia Cortes, Lynda Coy, Charles Dana, Keith Emerson, Mike Emptage, Barbara Fahey, Nancy Fey, Judy Fritz, Rose Mary Glista, Elaine Granata, Janet Handmaker, Patrick Heid, Chris Hollingsworth, Deborah Horner, Phil Klos, John LeVett, Joyce Lowery, Bob McCarroll, Peggy McCreary, Lisa McInnis, Judy Miller, Paul Mimlitsch, Dick Munz, Jennifer Myers, Bruce Nelson, Ruth Neubauer, Gail Nickless, Susan Osborn, Bob Pease, Margaret Peterson, Ed Pinfield, Connie Primus, Sally Pyle, Karl Reque, Justine Romero, Miriam Rosenblum, Virginia Schlieker, Mary Scott, Mary Sloan, Pat Selby, Victoria Taylor, Rosi Terada, Gerrie Vendegna, Trudy Wayne, Susan Wilcox, Ann Williams, Madeline Zanetti, Mayianne Zwahlen. If your name does not appear on this list following the month you mail your check, please contact Dick Munz.

Group Corner

News of the activities and postings from area musical groups having recorder players. Check the chapter website for a listing of all groups that we know of, including contact information.
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The February 21 Sunday Playing Meeting was well attended in spite of the snow. Steve Winograd led us in playing some beautiful choral music of the Tudor period, providing informative and entertaining comments.
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Fipple Jive has two sessions per week, one at 7:00pm on Tuesday evenings, and one at 11:30am on Saturday mornings. The Tuesday evening sessions are held in Thornton and the Saturday morning sessions are held in Lakewood. These are drop-in sessions and anyone is welcome. We focus on developing the skills that are needed to play without resort to printed music and to improvise on tunes we know. At the moment and for the foreseeable future we will be working on arpeggiating commonly used chords in a twelve-bar blues format. For more information, contact Dick Munz at or 303-286-7909.
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StopTime's big event in February was our "concert" at the Merc. We were overwhelmed with gratitude at the turnout! Thank you for your support. We truly appreciate it. There were probably 75 people in the audience, mostly relatives and friends such as you. There were some generous people who donated to our equipment fund and we now have a more professional sound system for those gigs where sound systems are not provided. In March we will be playing a school gig for a few hundred grade schoolers. And we will be supporting Elaine Granata's Play-the-Recorder-Month activity by playing in the Tattered Cover HIghlands Ranch store and in the Barnes & Noble Denver Pavilions Store.
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Hi Everyone: Marylebone Players coninues to play each week in two sessions. We are still open to new players, advanced intermediate or higher. We have both strings and woodwinds. This week we held a special session to play trio sonatas. You can view a video of us on utube if you google Marylebone Garden Players.
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Newbies know how to have fun. Proof positive was the February meeting with Mary Scott as hostess. Six people attended and they enjoyed playing. music of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. The marches were particularly fun to play. The Newbies went through so many selections that they almost ran out of music! If you are new to the recorder and are looking for an opportunity to play in a small ensemble, this group is for you.
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Recorders For Sale

Zenon Alto (maple) $100, Zenon Tenor (cherry) $140. Both in very good condition. Contact Paul Brunson, 303-451-4967,

Get a Gamba!

Interested in learning more about the Viola da Gamba? A limited number of student quality viols are available for rental at a reasonable monthly rate. Please call Bill Conklin at 303-455-0837 for more information.


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