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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.


The next meeting of WRG will be on Monday, March 30th.
8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Doors open at 7:30 PM

Cookies: Mark Lepori, Susan Kirshner
Juice: Elizabeth Souza

No Tutti


Dynamic Early Music Season of Workshops and Concerts

For more information, check out our Calendar and Workshop pages for information and links to websites for concerts and upcoming Workshops and playing sessions with other ARS Chapters which you just don't want to miss. Of special note are the workshops of the Princeton Recorder Society and Amherst Early Music as well as regular playing meetings in Connecticut and Bergen County.


Play the Recorder Month News

March is Play-the-Recorder Month. Once again, WRG participated in the service at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on March 15, 2015.

Click here for YouTube video of last year's performance

Also scroll down to the Anthem and Communion Music


La Spiritata Quartet Concert of Holiday Music

la spiritataOn Sunday, December 21st, La Spiritata Quartet (Karen Snowberg, Ron Nelson, Jeff Kephart and Erica Babad) played their annual evening of holiday dinner music on recorders at the Brasserie Swiss Restaurant in Ossining (http://www.brasserieswiss.com/). It was a wonderful evening for good food, festive atmosphere, and wonderful music!



WRG Members join Recorder Society of Connecticut to celebrate 25th Anniversary and honor Elise Jaeger

RSCSusan & EliseWRG members and members of other ARS chapters participated in the the workshop conducted on Saturday, September 27th by Susan Iadone in honor of founder and long time president, Elise Jaeger. The 30+ participants had a fine time making music, revisiting friendships, and munching on the refreshments. Many thanks to Susan for thinking of this way to celebrate Elise's contribution to recorder playing and for all the work the work she did to prepare for it and conduct it!


Make Music New York 2014 Festival on June 21st

WRG members participated and performed in the Recorders Mass Appeal which was led byWRG Coach, Deborah Booth, for Make Music New York, welcoming the summer solstice.

MMNY2014The players eagerly assembled in Strauss Park at Broadway and 107th Street, earlier than the scheduled 7:30 start time, ready to play on a lovely summer evening. Joining the enthusiastic group of players was an even more enthusiastic audience of local residents. The selections included dances, hymns, and love songs from J. S. Bach, Banchieri, Dowland, Jannequin, Praetorius, Isaac, Handel, and the ever-popular Anonymous. The music enchanted the appreciative audience, including children as well as a very young baby who quietly enjoyed the entire program. The wonderful music was also accompanied by lively birdsong from the Park’s avian natives.

The Make Music New York Festival has welcomed the Summer Solstice for the past eight years and joins a global celebration of music-making with over 726 cities world-wide. This is the third year that Deborah has led a group of recoder players in this massive musical celebration and again was a great success. In addition to WRG members, participants are returning players from the tri-state area but new players included someone travelling from Florida inĀ order to perform with the group.

Make Music New York 2013 Celebration

Deborah Conductingkids dancingEven 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.



WRG 2014 Season-end Celebration

On Monday evening, May 19th, WRG concluded another season with a gala celebration of music, good food and camaraderie. Group 2014The three groups performed their favorite pieces for everyone. Of special interest was performance of a piece composed by WRG member Jeanette Bertles, Far and Away, a trio for two tenors and a bass. It has three very short sections: Far and Away; And No Umbrella; and Close Quarters. According to Jeanette, "Although the sections do have names, the music was written first and the names came later, with the cooperation of my unconscious." It was written for advanced intermediate players. Pictured here with Jeanette is Karen Snowberg's Wednesday noon class whose members worked on the piece.


WRG in the News

Click here to read articles about WRG President Erica Babad and WRG's successful sessions.

Click here to read about WRG's free lessons to celebrate its 25th Anniversary


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 balance of the 2015 Season will be held on the following Monday evenings: February 23, March 30, April 27, May 18. (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 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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