Join the Chicago Chapter on Sunday, November 20th!

Please join us on November 20, at 1 PM, when Andrew Schultze returns to offer music from the 18th century Hapsburg Court of Vienna. Besides courtly chamber music and dances, Andrew will consider life in Vienna in Mozart’s day, including music for household gatherings intended for friends to play together in the parlor, as well as popular works and the first written notations of Hungarian songs. Join us!

Andrew Schultze presents music from the Hapsburg Court of 18th Century Vienna!

For info on our October meeting and our chapter, see the latest newsletter here.

All the music for November is available here now! Meeting location information is found here.

Hope to see you on the 20th!

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Join the Chicago Chapter on Sunday, October 16th!

Join the Chicago Chapter on Sunday, October 16, at 1 PM at Covenant Presbyterian Church, when Lisette Kielson returns. She plans to open with a scale exercise by G. Rooda (C Major) and a Renaissance duet by Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi. We will then move to selected movements from a Baroque suite by Johann Joseph Fux, and return to Pierre de la Rue’s Fors Seulement, from our September meeting. We will round out our playing with Rocky Blues by Steve Marshall.

For info on our wonderful September meeting and future plans, see our latest newsletter here.

All the music for October is now available here. Meeting location information is found here.

Hope to see you on the 16th!

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Welcome to our 2022-2023 Season!

Join the Chicago Chapter on Sunday September 18 at 1 PM as we open our new season. At our September meeting, we will read Ravenscroft’s Three Blind Mice (in early notation!), practice a scale pattern from Rooda’s dexterity exercises, play an Argentinean duet for soprano and alto, and explore Cavaccio’s Toccata for SATB, plus a five-part setting of the famous Fors Seulement. All the music for September is now available here. Meeting location information is found here.

Lisette Kielson returns to lead us for six meetings as Music Director of the chapter. This season she plans to incorporate ensemble warmups, exercises on tuning and articulation, duets from all over the world, past and present, and recorder arrangements showcasing delights from the Renaissance, Baroque, and beyond.

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Thank you for a wonderful recorder season! See you in September!

We’ve had a wonderful season of meetings, concerts and special events, thanks to our chapter members and good friends. Our May meeting was one of the best in memory, with a special remembrance of long-time member Hildé Staniulis, followed by our Spring Concert. Special thanks to our good friend and composer, Glen Shannon, who joined us in May and provided a new suite in memory of Hildé, the “Petite Sweet Flute Suite” (now available here).

Please keep in touch with us on Facebook and on this website. Details about next season, starting on September 18, will be posted here.

Enjoy these images from our past seasons!

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Please join us for our Spring Concert and Special Event on May 15th!

All are invited to participate in the 2 PM concert, performing or listening. If you or your group would like to perform, contact us at chicago.recorders@gmail.com. Let us know ahead of time to be included in the printed program, but all will be welcome to perform in any case.

Long-time member of the Chicago chapter, Hilde Staniulis

This year, our concert will follow a special event at 1 PM, to remember a long-time friend and member of the Chicago chapter, Hilde Staniulis, who passed away in 2020. This event will feature the world premiere of a new recorder composition by Glen Shannon, who will be present to play with us!

Please mark May 15th on your calendar and come to our special Spring celebration!

And don’t forget to check out the Early Music Festival in Whitewater, WI, June 3rd – 5th! Many different class sessions and instructors to chose from! Three days of music and fun!

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Please join us on April 24th! (Note the 4th-Sunday date.)

At 2 PM, our April chapter meeting will concentrate on a dress rehearsal of Petite Sweet Flute Suite by Glen Shannon in preparation for the world premiere performance in May. Glen plans to join us in playing his tribute to Hilde Staniulis!

Along with the rehearsal, we’ll explore two wonderfully characteristic duos by Sören Sieg, Umlanjana and Ubizo iwentlango.

During our first-hour playing at 1 PM, we will revisit some multi-part music we have enjoyed in the past but not played for several years. We will practice our skill at ensemble playing without a conductor; always a useful ability to have!

We will still follow the updated CDC recommendations for in-person meetings indoors, including proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test. The detailed recommendations can be reviewed here.

Sheet music for April 24th is available now on this website, here.

Feel free to join us starting at 1 PM on Sunday, April 24th! See About –> Meeting Information for location and directions.

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Join us to welcome Spring (and Andrew Schultze) on Sunday March 20th, for:

American Music 1775-1850: from the Revolution to the Gold Rush

Andrew will present a Performance Workshop tracing the development of American Music from the founding of our Nation to the admission of California to the Union. We will explore the influence of English and European music, as well as French, Spanish, Native American, and African American cultural influences, tracing how an American musical style emerged and gained global popularity. Among the works we will play through are Native American melodies in arrangements by an unknown 17th century Frenchman, Creole Plantation songs, a Scotch Lament, and some popular music by Teodora Gines. We will perform interesting compositions by William Billings, Signor Lardino, Frank Johnson, Anthony Phillip Heinrich and Stephen Foster. Please join us for an interesting and illuminating time together!

We will still follow the updated CDC recommendations for in-person meetings indoors, including proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test. The detailed recommendations can be reviewed here.

Sheet music for March 20th is available now on this website, here.

Feel free to join us starting at 1 PM on Sunday, March 20th! See About –> Meeting Information for location and directions.

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Join us (hopefully in person) on February 20th!

Join us on February 20th as Lisette leads us in a comprehensive rehearsal of Glen Shannon’s Petite Sweet Flute Suite, a commissioned work in honor of Hilde Staniulis to be performed in May. With extra time, we’ll explore Sören Sieg’s duet #9 Umlanjana (The Small Stream) and Giovanni Battista Vitali’s Sinfonia à Sei of 1684.

Lisette Kielson

We still follow the CDC recommended procedures for in-person meetings indoors, including proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test. The detailed list of procedures can be reviewed here.

Sheet music for February 20th is available now on this website, here.

Feel free to join us starting at 1 PM on February 20th! See About –> Meeting Information for location and directions.

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Ring in the New Year with us on January 16th!

UPDATE: Due to unfortunate circumstances, the Chicago Chapter January meeting will be held online, on Zoom.

Lisette will still lead us as we explore four new Baroque pieces, including a Largo & Gigue, an Allemand and Air by Loeillet and a Scotch Tune & Hornpipe. We’ll start at 1 PM with some general playing and Lisette’s program will begin at 2 PM.

Start the year off right… making music!

If you would like to participate (or have any questions), just send a note using the Contact Us option on this website, and we’ll respond with the Zoom sign in information and the website resource password.

Sheet music for January 16th is available now on this website, here.

Feel free to join us on Zoom starting at 1 PM on January 16th!

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Join us for our annual Holiday Concert on December 19th at 2 PM!

This year, we return to our in-person concert, while still following safety protocols (here). Using our new meeting format, there will be first-hour playing for those who arrive at 1 PM; music for this hour is now available on this website (here).

All are then invited to participate in the 2 PM concert, performing or listening. If you or your group would like to perform, contact Larry Johnson at ll_johnson1239@sbcglobal.net. Let me know ahead of time to be included in the printed program, but all will be welcome to play in any case.

To close the concert, all chapter members are invited to play a few music selections, that are available now on this website (here). We will check later to make sure all parts are covered; you can practice your part separately and our performance will be a spontaneous, rewarding surprise!

The traditional holiday treats will be provided by the chapter Board. To keep to our tradition while still adhering to health restrictions, the Board will organize a smorgasbord of goodies. Concert performers and audience may then separately fill their own gift bags to take home.

Please mark December 19th on your calendar and come to our annual holiday celebration!

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