Next Chicago Chapter Meeting February 18

Lisette returns on February 18, and again on April 15. We have invited Andrew Shultze to direct for our March 18 meeting, and our season closes on May 20 with our annual spring concert. For our February meeting we will run through the music for the March 4 playing session.

Our February newsletter is here:

February 2018

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Tune up for the New Year, Jan 21, 2018

Lisette Kielson returns for our January 21 meeting to lead us in jamming, and to talk about tuning techniques. Titles for playing include selections from the following:

  • Little Interlude I & Reminiscence (from HansMartin Linde’s Suite)
  • Senliche not früh und spat (Glogauer Liederbuch)
  • Frietjes by Glen Shannon
  • Peanut Vendor [El Mansiero] by Moises Simons, arranged by Stan Davis
  • And possibly Dolzflöte (from Sieben Flötentänze) by Hans Ulrich Staeps

Some of this music is available for download. Check the links under resources above.

Our latest newsletter can be found here:

January 2018


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December Newsletter

Don’t wait to sign up for our December Yuletide Concert. It’s coming up fast on the 17th! See our previous post or the newsletter for details.

Also in the newsletter are some great links that our editor, Mark Dawson collected. Enjoy!

December 2017-2

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Annual Yuletide Concert Invitation! Dec 17th, 2017

You’re invited to the Chicago ARS Yuletide Concert, 2018!

It’s time to plan for the annual Yuletide Concert at the Chicago Chapter ARS. This year’s event will be at our meeting on Sunday, December 17th, at 2 PM. All are welcome to perform, or just listen. And all types of music are welcome, seasonal and otherwise.

To be included in the program, send the name of your group and/or the names of the participants, the title of the piece(s) you plan to play, and the composers, to:

Larry Johnson at:

For our Holiday Feast, all are welcome to bring a favorite sweet or savory to share at the Party Table. Not at all required, but feel free to bring snacks if you’d like. (Drinks will be provided by the Board.) We hope to see you on December 17th! (at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2012 W. Dickens in Chicago)

– Chicago Chapter ARS Board

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October 15th with Mirja Lorenz

For the October 15 meeting Mirja Lorenz, member of the Chicago Recorder Quartet and Black Tulip, will lead us in music related to Martin Luther, for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. She also plans to lead the chapter in playing the music planned for Covenant Presbyterian on December 3.

See our latest newsletter here:

October 2017

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More Details on Sept 17th meeting

Don’t forget to join us on Sunday, September 17 at 2 PM, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2012 West Dickens, in Chicago.

Our music director, Lisette Kielson, will begin the meeting with some body posture and awareness exercises, breathing mechanics, and incorporate musical exercises as related to the repertoire.

The music selected for the September meeting will includes:

  • Summa by Arvo Pärt — parts
  • Chaconne by Steve Marshall — parts
  • Lentement by Linde – score
  • Syrinx by Staeps – score
  • Two Allegros by Bresgen – score

For the final hour of the meeting we will break out into groups.  Those who wish to play at the December 3 service at Covenant Church will rehearse their music. Others may form their own group(s) for ensemble playing.   A leader for a beginner group will also be available.

All music will be supplied by Lisette or by the chapter for this meeting.

Please mark your calendars and come play with us this Sunday!

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Sept 17th Meeting, New Format

Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 Season of the Chicago Chapter of the ARS!

We hope you’ve all had a great summer, and that you are now energized for all the recorder playing and performing you will have opportunities to do!

This recorder season, we welcome back our wonderful music director, Lisette Kielson!

The Board has also developed a new meeting format designed to emphasize ongoing improvement in our recorder playing and provide a welcoming environment for new members.

To promote these efforts, the new meeting format will generally include:

a) the session director to present and develop a topic from 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM, then

b) a SHORT break for snacks, etc., from 3:50 PM to 4:05 PM, then

c) our own ‘chapter hour’, in which we hope to include:
i) any chapter business and announcements
ii) breakout instruction for any lower level players, with their mentor or
other instructor
iii) rehearsal for our upcoming programs at Covenant church
iv) other informal group playing

Note for number ii): As part of our effort to welcome newer recorder players, we plan to have our experienced members act as mentors to new members. We will also
offer break-out groups for new member and mentor playing during our chapter hour.

As our main music director, Lisette will start each session with a technical topic, and then proceed to repertoire. The theme for the year will be “We’ve Got Rhythm”
and the music Lisette chooses will work on various different rhythms and meters.

Lisette’s technical topics will be:
Sep 17 – breathing
Nov 19 – tone
Jan 21 – tuning
Feb 18 – technique
Apr 15 – rhythm/counting

On two other dates, Oct. 15 and Mar. 18, we will have guest directors:
– On Oct. 15, our director will be well-known “international” recorderist
Mirja Lorenz, member of Black Tulip and the Chicago Recorder Quartet.
– On Mar. 18 we will welcome noted singer and voice teacher Andrew Schultze.
He will focus on the music of Claudio Monteverdi, in honor of his 450th birthday. (Monteverdi’s birthday, not Andrew’s!)

As part of the goal to emphasize ongoing improvement, we generally want to perform as well as possible. So we will ask that anyone who performs at the planned two Covenant
Church services will commit to attending monthly rehearsals and will practice between
monthly meetings.

Also, to make newer members feel at ease and to keep up with everyone, please remember to stop by the registration table and sign in at the start of every meeting.

The Board hopes that making these changes will give us all some new energy, and renew our commitment to the ongoing study of the recorder.

Looking forward to another year of recorder fun, friendship, and many opportunities for learning and playing!

Board of the Chicago Chapter ARS:
Larry Johnson
Lynette Colmey
Valerie DePriest
Hyacinth Egner

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