Geat Time at the Sept 16, 2018 Meeting

Everybody in the Chicago Chapter enjoyed playing with the Third Coast Viol group. We had some great Antiphonal sounds going!

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September 2018 Meeting – Double Choir with Viols!

Lisette Kielson returns to lead the Chicago Chapter ARS for our September meeting. The Chapter Board is also delighted to announce that the Viola da Gamba Society “3rd Coast” will be joining us for some of the meetings this season, led by Philip Serna of the Music Institute of Chicago.

For the September meeting we will feature double choir music with our guests from the Viola da Gamba Society. So come with your recorders or viols!

It is also time to renew your membership. Or if you are not already a member, this is the time to join. We are also extending a sponsorship program where you can sponsor a meeting and choose music to play!

Full details and some recorder society history in our newsletter for September 2018.


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Spring Concert, Sunday May 20th

It’s time to plan for the annual Spring Concert for the Chicago Chapter on Sunday, May 20th, at 2 PM. All are welcome to perform, or just listen.

Note that our May 2019 concert, next year, marks the 60th anniversary of the first concert offered by the Chicago chapter in May of 1959.

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

For this celebration of spring, all are welcome to bring a favorite snack or food to share. It’s not required, but feel free to bring treats if you’d like. Drinks will be provided. We hope to see you on May 20th!

Details and more news with our chapter newsletter

May 2018


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April 15 Meeting and Newsletter

Lisette Kielson returns for the last time this season on April 15th.

The latest newsletter can be found here: April 2018

It soon will be time for the spring concert this year. If you would like to perform, please contact Larry Johnson at and provide:

Name of the piece(s)
Composer name, nationality, and dates
Performers’ names and instruments

I hope to see you all April 15!


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Celebrate Montiverdi’s 450th Birthday

We have invited Andrew Shultze to direct for our March 18 meeting, offering music from Claudio Monteverdi and featuring selections from L’ Orfeo and Scherzi Musicali, both from 1607, as well as L’Incoronazione di Poppea from 1642 in honor of Monteverdi’s 450th birthday. We will discuss early Italian Baroque ornamentation, recorder technique, and performance practice, as found in the writings of Monteverdi, Giulio Caccini, Francesco Rognoni and other contemporary sources.

Our March 2018 newsletter is here: March 2018

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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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