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2012-13 The Westchester Recorder Guild was established in 1985 as a chapter of the American Recorder Society. It attracts adult recorder enthusiasts from the tri-state area. Monthly playing sessions are held in Pleasantville, where professional teachers and performers coach players from low intermediate to advanced levels. Beginner classes are also offered.


Next Meeting

Monday, March 31, 2014
8:00pm to 9:30pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)

Emanuel Lutheran Church
197 Manville Road,
Pleasantville, NY 10570

Need to find us? See Directions Page

New Players Welcome


La SpiritataThe annual performance of Renaissance and Baroque Christmas music by La Spiritata (Karen Snowberg, Ron Nelson, Erica Babad, and Jeff Kephart) took place at the Brasserie Swiss Restaurant in Ossining on Sunday, December 15th, at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.



Dynamic Early Music Season in New York and Spring and Summer Workshops

Check out our Calendar and Workshop pages for information and links to websites for concerts--they are too numerous to list individually--as well as information on upcoming Workshops and playing sessions with other ARS Chapters which you just don't want to miss.


Make Music New York 2013 Festival on June 21st

Holborne Rocks!

DeborahConductingOn a beautiful summer evening, our coach, Deborah Booth, led an enthusiastic group of recorder players, including several WRG members, on a program of Bach, Holborne, Vecchi, Telemann, Handel, and a cool flamenco arrangement of El Relicario in Strauss Park. A large appreciative audience of neighbors, friends and family turned out to enjoy the tunes floating on the lovely summer air.


Mark & ElizabethEven in the din of Broadway traffic and the occasional cheering from a local dog, the music livened the summer night and welcomed the summer solstice. It even inspired two youngsters to rock out to the music while everyone intently followed Deborah's conducting.


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Deborah and Ensemble Breve have an exciting series of concerts coming up. Check the Calendar Page for more information


Play the Recorder Month News

March is Play-the-Recorder Month. Once again, WRG participated in the service at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on March 9, 2014.

Click here for YouTube video of last year's performance

Also scroll down to the Anthem and Communion Music


WRG in the Journal News

Click here to read the article about last year's successful sessions.


WRG President Erica Babad in the News

Click here to read the article


Have you played the recorder before and want to get back to it?

Have you ever played a different instrument and would now like to try out the recorder and participate in the early music scene?

Enjoy making music with others?

If you thought the recorder is only for kids because it is easy to learn, you should know that the recorder has been a popular instrument for both amateur and professional ensembles for over 400 years!

Monthly Playing Meetings are held on the last Monday of the month, from 8-9:30 PM, September to May, except December. Socializing and refreshments follow playing sessions.

Meetings for the 2013-2014 Season will be held on the following Monday evenings: September 30, October 28, November 25, January 27, February 24, March 31, April 28, May 19. (see Calendar for more information).

Meeting Location: Emanuel Lutheran Church, 197 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY Directions
Non-members are invited to attend a meeting on a trial basis for a small charge.

• See Calendar for latest information on upcoming Early Music Events •
• See Workshops for latest information on upcoming Workshops •

Membership Benefits

Monthly playing sessions coached by professionals
Monthly calendar of early music concerts and events
Opportunity to meet and play wonderful music with other recorder players WRG Workshops
Chapter Music Library
Chapter Website with calendar of Early Music concerts and events in the area, as well as links to useful information.

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