We promote the playing of the recorder among amateurs and professionals, and also encourage the playing of all early instruments such as viols, capped and open reeds, historical flute, lute and harpsichord.
Contact Us
About Us
What We Do
  Current Edition
  Member Features
Get Involved
  Contact List
  Teacher List
  National ARS
  Chapter Library
  School Groups
  Free Lesson
  CO Groups
Photo Gallery
  Monthy Meeting

May Activity: Rocky IX Recorder Workshop

DATE: Friday, May 20-Sunday May 22
TIME: All day and into the night.
PLACE: YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado
CONDUCTOR: Glen Shannon, Mark Davenport, Anne Peterson, Dale Taylor, Dick Wood

Nancy has become a regular presenter at our Sunday meetings because she brings so much entertaining music! Here are some of the dances we will be playing:
Nine Masque Dances (5 part) by William Brade (numbers 1,4, 5; maybe more if time)
Pavan, Galliard, and Corranto (5 part) by Brade from the Chester Recorder series
Sinfonia II by Cristoforo Malvezzi (6 part)-- by London Pro Musica
Medival Dance (for fun) called "Winter wie ist nu dein Kraft" by Neithart von Ruene (13th c.)

Note that Rocky IX will be held in lieu of the May Sunday Playfest and Newbie sessions.

As we go to press, we have forty-seven attendees signed up for Rocky. They will enjoy multiple interesting sessions all staged within the newest facility at the Y. Those people who are staying overnight will find their accommodations more like a good hotel than a rustic YMCA camp.

The sessions offered are:

Dr. Mark Davenport:
MD101-I “Treasures from the Recorder Music Center.” Intermediate. The Recorder Music Center at Regis University has developed into the largest collection of recorder music anywhere. Mark Davenport, Director of the Recorder Music Center, has pulled some of the most intriguing pieces in the collection from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Prepare to be surprised!
MD102-IA “English Consort Music” Intermediate to Advanced. This class will explore the riches of the English courts from the Tudor and Elizabethan Eras. Works from Thomas Tallis and William Byrd will be featured.
MD103-A “Bach By Popular Demand” Advanced. The tradition continues this year at Rocky with Bach’s double choir motets, and 4-part fugues.
MD104 Saturday Big Bash.We’ll look at Spanish Renaissance music focusing on Sebastián de Vivanco’s spectacular 8-part Magnificat for SSAATTBB! All players and instruments welcome.

Glen Shannon:
GS101-IA Renaissance Polyphony Old and New. Upper Intermediate/Advanced. Explore the Cantus Firmus and surrounding filigree through sacred and secular settings of popular tunes, pseudo-popular tunes, and chant. Composers include Ludwig Senfl, Jacob Obrecht, and me. Players should be comfortable reading Renaissance rhythms, but the Cantus Firmus lines are less intricate. Smaller class size is better so there are no more than 2 or 3 on a part. Most pieces are 5 parts, with others 4- and 3-part. "Fortuna desperata" was one of the biggest hits of the 16th century, judging from the number of settings that came out of the period. Ludwig Senfl was a master of setting the Fortuna melody in combination with religious chants. We will play the original Fortuna melody, and the chant melodies "Virgo prudentissima" and "Helena, desiderio plena", first separately then in combination. We will also read two settings of the popular "T'Andernaken" tune, by Senfl and Obrecht, and play my two impostor pieces in the polyphonic style, "Die Brittlein, sie muss uns lassen" and "Zara Zote".
GS102-I Fugue, Glorious Fugue! (Sometimes with a Prelude). Intermediate. There is a special place in this composer's heart for the fugue. I love the "exposition", especially the third entrance of the Subject, and enjoy creating a complete story arc within the confines of the structural rules (which I will provide). Follow the leader as we play fugues (and sometimes preludes) by Baroque masters Bach, Handel, Muffat and Vivaldi, plus contemporary fugues by me and a brilliant composer named John Eckels. All music is SATB. All players and large instruments welcome, no class size limit.
GS103-I Fun New Music by Me and My Friends. Intermediate. They may not be household names, but their music is a blast! Enjoy approachable short pieces for small to medium ensembles, composed relatively recently. Composers include me and three other Prize Winners in the biennial Chicago Composition Contest -- Jean Boisvert, Richard Eastman and Stan McDaniel, plus clever arrangements and quodlibets from Tim Walsh and others who have submitted music for publication in the Members' Library Editions, a semiannual series I produce for the ARS. Most music is SATB with occasional deviations. All players welcome, no class size limit.
GS104 This “Big Bash” will include an eclectic assortment of pieces that are fun to play in large groups. Planned pieces include the “Stroll” movement from my Wanderlust Quartet; a Passamezzo by Peter Phillips; a madrigal by William Byrd; the Official Chapter Anthem I composed for my local ARS chapter in 2 versions — the 4-part chorale reduction followed by the full 9-part original; and an exciting reading of “Dortmund unterwegs”, composed for the 15th anniversary concert of the Dortmund Recorder Consort in Dortmund, Germany (IF we have at least 2 each of c-basses and contras). Time permitting I’d love to include a beautiful motet by Palestrina- either “Dies sanctificatus” or “Ogni loco” or both.

Anne Peterson:
AP101-I German Renaissance Folksongs. We’ll explore how Senfl uses each of several German folksongs in multiple ways, ranging from simple homophonic settings to elaborate polyphonic arrangements with the tune as a cantus firmus. Mixed consort and singers welcome.
AP102-I German Renaissance Christmas in May. We will play Praetorius’ two ‘a 5’ versions of A solis ortus cardine, 6-part settings of the Advent tune Nun komm der Heiden Heiland by Praetorius and Altenburg, and Altenburg’s 8-voice double-choir arrangement of Puer natus in Bethlehem. Recorders only.
AP103-I German Renaissance Dances and Intradas. This easier class revisits Praetorius and Altenburg for selections of their instrumental music, including Praetorius’ 5- and 6-part dances and Altenburg’s 6-part intradas. Mixed consort welcome, including percussion.

Dale Taylor:
DT101 Introduction to Historical Percussion Class. This hands-on session will provide a complete, if too short, introduction to the various types of percussion instruments appropriate for early music, basic techniques of playing hand and stick percussion, methods for finding your way to the best sounds and the variety of sounds they can make and then a quick look at historical sources for beats and then we’ll begin applying them in ensembles to build a percussion part. Attendees should get a better idea what goes into a percussion part than merely being handed a drum and told: “Play!” A variety of percussion instruments will be available for trial (and some for sale), but anyone wishing to bring their own instrument(s) is free to do so. Participants of this session may play percussion at the buzzy class Saturday night. Bring some melody instruments, too.
DT102 English Beehive. The best crumhorns were built in England, but they were particularly popular in Germany and Spain. We’ll have a fun session playing through a variety of literature for the buzzy bunch, some from more off-beat sources. This is a playing session, not an introduction to buzzies. We’ll probably try the Alamire T’andernaken, one of the few pieces actually designated in one source for crumhorns. Other loud instruments are also welcome, provided they are played to a reasonable level. Since crumhorns have a limited range, playing these parts on shawms or brasses won’t be too taxing. Students from the percussion class are also welcome to come try out their new skills. Please contact Dale at (505) 553-3458 if you are interested in attending this session so he can provide adequate copies of the music to be played.

Dick Wood:
Dick Wood will lead new arrivals during the registration hour in playing selections from his recorder arrangements of popular music.

Late registrations can be accommodated, but become more and more disruptive the closer we get to show time, so please make haste if you want to be included in this event. Contact Dick Munz at dickmunz@gmail.com or 303-286-7909.

Your Officers for the 2011-2012 Season

At the April 17 General Meeting, the following officers were elected:
President: Dick Munz
Vice President: Bill Conklin
Secretary: Jon Casbon
Treasurer: Rosemary Glista
Program Director: Jann Benson
Newsletter Editor: Bruce Nelson
Web Mistress: Jennifer Myers
New Member Scout: Janet Handmaker
Cookie Fairy: Victoria Taylor
Librarian: Susan Osborn

Members in Good Standing

Louise Adler, Karen Anderson, Shirley Baker, Phil Belefski, Erin Bell, Jann Benson, Rebecca Beshore, Roberta Blanc, Paul Brunson, Steve Caminer, Jon Casbon, Bill Conklin, Virginia Cortes, Lynda Coy, Charles Dana, Keith Emerson, Mike & Cathy Emptage, Barbara Fahey, Nancy Fey, Judy Fritz, Rosemary Glista, Elaine Granata, Barbara Grenoble, Pam Grotegut, Janet Handmaker, Patrick Heid, Diana Hinton, Chris Hollingsworth, Eve Johnson, Mary Lynn Kavanaugh, John M. LeVett, Nira Lipner, Bob McCarroll, Peggy McCreary, Lisa McInnis, Pat Midyet, Judy Miller, Paul Mimlitsch, Sheryl Mosbarger, Dick Munz, Jennifer Myers, Bruce Nelson, Ruth Neubauer, Gail Nickless, Susan Osborn, Margaret A. Peterson, Ed Pinfield, Connie Primus, Karl Reque, Justine Romero, Miriam Rosenblum, Virginia T. Schlieker, Carla Sciaki, Mary Scott, Pat Selby, Mary Sloan, Victoria Taylor, Rosi Terada, Gerrie Vendegna, Trudy Wayne, Joe Wilcox, Susan Wilcox, Dick Wood, Madeline Zanetti. If your name does not appear on this list following the month you mail your check, please contact Dick Munz.

Virginia Schlieker to Lead Spring Potpourri for Newbies

Newbies, at your April meeting you will play spring songs, one Easter selection and some interesting two-part pieces. Virginia Schlieker, long-time member of the Denver chapter, not only plays recorder but also keyboard. Her warm personality will make you feel comfortable and welcome, even if this is your first time. The Newbie session gives newer players an opportunity to play small ensemble music in a safe setting. If you know some fingerings and can read a little music, this session is for you. The Newbies meeting is free of charge and open to the public. Drop-ins welcome.
Date: Sunday, April 17, 2011
Time: 12:45 ‘til 1:45 pm
Place: Unity Church, 3021 S. University, Denver,
2nd floor. Enter South door.
Hostess: Virginia Schlieker
Music: Spring Potpourri

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.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Hi Musicians: Marylebone Players continues to play massive amounts of music. We recently discovered the free music on the web and with the use of many reams of paper we will eventually play all that music. Our Saturday group is not only full but we have a sub list. Now that is what I call success. Our Monday group could use more musicians, but after all, that is a work day, so I can understand why it is harder to fill up. We are playing multi instrument baroque sonatas, double choirs, trios, quartets, quintets and sextets. In other work, we are going to play all the music we can find to play. If there are any of you out there who are free Monday morning give me a call. Bill Conklin 303-455-0837.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
"Now and Then", playing music from then and now is in the process of reorganizing. We have had a tremendously successful run for the past several years. Our leader has decided to move on to other more enticing projects in her life. We are now temporarily the "Now and Then Trio" with several playing gigs coming in May. We will also be featured July 9 at the 100th anniversary celebration of Westminster where we will play music from 100 years ago. Over the summer we will be adding a select few new members. Keep us in mind for future needs. Our fees are very reasonable. As we can, we customize our materials to each situation.
Contact Pamela Grotegut, <pmgmusic@comcast.net>
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
StopTime is focusing these days on creating a demonstration CD. Our rehearsals consist of polishing the dozen pieces we intend to record at the Swallow Hill studio. It's amazing how many sloppy things we are finding that need tightening. This is yet another learning experience for us.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Fipple Jive sessions continue to work on the skills needed to make music without relying on someone else's composition. We play melodies from memory, learn chord constructions, and eventually learn to improvise from lead sheets. But that takes a lot of patient training of neural networks. Fipple Jive's mission is to make that process fun. We have sessions on Saturday morning in Lakewood and on Tuesday evenings in Thornton. If you want to get involved (and we want you to), contact Dick Munz at dickmunz@gmail.com or 303-286-7909.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
At the April Newbie Potpourri, Virginia Schlieker treated the group to some especially beautiful music. Appropriately, Sumer Is Icumen In started off their play fest. It was followed by Eternal Father Strong to Save, Alleluia Alleluia, Low We Walk a Narrow Way and finished up with Let There Be Peace On Earth. Six Newbies took advantage of this opportunity to play in a small ensemble that is specifically designed to meet the needs of the newer player. The April get-together concluded the Newbie session for the 2010—2011 season. Newbies will resume in September. If you are new to the recorder, consider attending. Remember: music does not have to be difficult to be beautiful.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Recorders For Sale

My cousin passed away last year and as the executor of her estate I have sold a dozen instruments already. The 4 recorders shown here are the last in her estate to sale. I would like to finalize the estate with their sale. These are great instruments for seasoned players, beginners, childrens choirs or bands, music teachers. My cousin had a masters in music so the instruments were well taken care of.

Wood Recorder - Moeck Flauto leggero (think maple) $25
Plastic Recorders -
Aulos soprano 303A-E white $5
Gill A180 alto white/black $15
Aulos alto 509B-E white/black $20

Buy all for $50! or make offer. Thank you.
Please call me at 303-263-9522 if you are interested. Live in Aurora, work east of downtown Denver M-F.

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.

Recorders For Sale

My cousin passed away last year and as the executor of her estate I have sold a dozen instruments already. The 4 recorders shown here are the last in her estate to sale. I would like to finalize the estate with their sale. These are great instruments for seasoned players, beginners, childrens choirs or bands, music teachers. My cousin had a masters in music so the instruments were well taken care of.

Wood Recorder - Moeck Flauto leggero (think maple) $25
Plastic Recorders -
Aulos soprano 303A-E white $5
Gill A180 alto white/black $15
Aulos alto 509B-E white/black $20

Buy all for $50! or make offer. Thank you.
Please call me at 303-263-9522 if you are interested. Live in Aurora, work east of downtown Denver M-F.

TIME TO RENEW!--Printable form can be found here

CITY________________________ STATE_________ ZIP ______________________
PHONE (home)______________________ (work/cell)_________________________________
RECORDERS PLAYED: __Sopranino __ Soprano __ Alto __Tenor __Bass __GB __CB
Other Instruments: (Keyboard, string, reed, percussion, voice, etc.)
Playing Level: ___ Beginner, ___ Advanced beginner, ___ Intermediate, ___ Advanced
Desire To Play In Small Groups (OK for other members to call you): ___Y ___N

___ I prefer to be notified when newsletters are available to download from www.DenverRecorderSociety.org
___ I prefer to receive newsletters through the Postal Service, and will add $6 to my membership dues.

Denver Chapter ARS Dick Munz
1616 E 78th Ave, #19
Denver, CO 80229

Local chapter dues $20.00
National ARS membership (12 months):
Individual @ $45.00 __________
Student @ $25.00 __________
Donation (fully tax-deductable) __________
Postage for paper newsletter @ $6.00 __________
TOTAL __________

© Denver Chapter ARS 2013-2014