The Atlanta Recorder Society’s mission is to promote recorder playing in the metro Atlanta area through information about upcoming events, opportunities for group playing, connecting recorder players in the area, concerts, workshops, and other opportunities.

We normally meet monthly, usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month (but check our calendar for possible date changes) for a 2 hour playing session. Playing sessions are held at Morningside Presbyterian Church, Room 201, located at 1411 North Morningside Dr, Atlanta, GA 30306, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. We will have copies of music to play from, but please bring your own instrument(s) and a music stand.

Due to COVID-19, we now meet on-line (via Zoom). Scheduled events for 2021 are:

    • Sunday, April 18th  (3:00 to 4:30 eastern time), guest leader is Emily O’Brien (members only)
    • Sunday, May 16th  (3:00 to 4:30 eastern time), guest leader is Rainer Beckmann (members only). The topic is “Keep Grooving: Johann Walter’s Fugues (Canons) for Three Instruments of Equal Range (1542) — With special attention to the affective qualities of the modes they are based on according to contemporary theorists.”
    • Sunday, June 20th  (3:00 to 4:30 eastern time), guest leader is Phil Hollar (members only). John Playford’s 1651 publication The Dancing Master fueled a dance craze that spanned seven decades and two worlds. Put on your dancing shoes (or at least your dancing fingers) for this sampler of popular dance tunes from the 17th century.
    • Sunday, July 18th  (3:00 to 4:30 eastern time), guest leader is Jennifer Carpenter (members only). Crossroads: Why is that Englishman playing a bagpipe? Is that a Polish dance in a German suite? Did Bohemian music ever sound Italian? Composers frequently adopted exotic musical idioms, particularly of Eastern Europe, and integrated them into their own styles. We explore some musical crossroads in the music of William Byrd, Andrzej Rohaczewski, G.P. Telemann, and G.F Handel.
    • Sunday, August 15th  (3:00 to 4:30 eastern time), guest leader is Sarah Jeffery (members only). Sarah Jeffery, recorder player, teacher and Youtuber, will lead a Zoom playing session comprising ensemble music from a variety of styles. From the medieval and renaissance to recognizable popular themes, as well as some modern music to encourage you out of your comfort zone! We will get into some techniques for playing authentically in these styles too, and there will be plenty of room of questions at the end.
    • Sunday, September 19th (3:00 to 4:30 eastern time), guest leader is Rachel Begley. Members only. “Bells, Rain and Roses” is a heart-warming and optimistic potpourri, perfect for the mood of the moment.
      A variety of styles and featuring many different sizes of ensemble.
      For recorders from soprano through contrabass!!!
      – Heinrich Werner: “Heidenroslein”, play along with a THREE part English Country Dance Band
      – Ludwig Senfl: “Gling Glang”, play along with a SIX part (high) recorder ensemble
      – Jan Jaap “Langereis”: Raindance, play along with a SIX part (low) recorder ensemble
      – Anton Dvorak: “Un Monde Meilleur”, play along with a THIRTEEN part recorder orchestra
    • Sunday, October 17th (3:00 to 4:30 eastern time), guest leader is James Chaudoir. Members only.
    • Sunday, November 21st (3:00 to 4:30 eastern time), guest leader is Glen Shannon. Members only.
    • Sunday, December 19th (3:00 to 4:30 eastern time), “Music of the Season”, guest leader is Phil Hollar. Members only.

In celebration of March being “Play the Recorder Month” instead of a playing session we host our annual Consort Day.  Consort Day is an opportunity for individuals and small groups of musicians to gather together to play and hear each other’s accomplishments.

Members and friends playing at the 2006 Mid-Winter Workshop

We encourage you to contact us if you would like more information or are interested in joining the ARS.

You may reach us at: info@ars.atlema.org
(this goes to both Mickey Gillmor, the membership coordinator, and Charlie Schultz, the president)

Mail: Atlanta Recorder Society, 947 Blue Ridge Avenue, Atlanta, GA US, 30306

You can also find us on Facebook.