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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.


A Summer Tradition Continues

5 FREE Wednesday Evening Recorder Classes for Adults

Once again, The Westchester Recorder Guild invites adults (ages 16 and older) to learn to play the recorder and sample its wonderful literature from "early music" through jazz. Previous music experience is not a requirement. It is easy to learn to read music or to brush up on skills. The recorder is among the easiest instruments to learn. Once the basics have been learned, attendees can join the WRG and play in one of its three regular ensembles. Enjoy playing with friends!

Classes will be held Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2017 at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 197 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY.

To register for the free August sessions, please contact coach Karen Snowberg at (914) 391-8863 or e-mail at: karen@nelsonresearch.com.
Deadline for registration is Friday, July 28.

Friends, colleagues, family and associates of all WRG members are welcome. Spread the word.

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Swing Music at WRG

musicSwing music for recorders! We have a great collection of four-part arrangements of old jazz/swing standards. Fun tunes, interesting rhythms and harmonies. This half hour session is open to all willing players and led by our own Susan Moravek. The group meets at 7:00 before every WRG meeting, in the big room downstairs. Give it a try!

For more information contact Susan Moravek smoravek@comcast.net


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.

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.


New York Recorder Guild Revival

After a hiatus of several years, the New York Recorder Guild came back to sparkling life. On Thursday evening, June 29th, several WRG members joined NYC recorder players and teachers, recorder players from Metro area sister chapters, and friends for a lively playing session conducted by WRG Coach, Deborah Booth. There was much excitement, socializing, greeting of old friends, and, of course, wonderful music making. For photos of this event, visit the New York Recorder Guild web page at nyrg.org.


WRG Recorder Mass Appeal As Part of "Make Music New York" 

WRG Coach, Deborah Booth again led a recorder playing session so popular with WRG members at Straus Park as part of the Make Music NY Festival this June 21, 2017.   In addition to an enthusiastic group of players from WRG and other local ARS Chapters, there was a lively audience of local residents and a Very Tall Man. The repertoire included a selection of pieces from the Renaissance, Baroque, and contemporary eras.

MMNY 2017

For more photos of this amazing event taken by Lucille Poleshuck, visit: https://photonut27.smugmug.com/Music/Make-Music-New-York-2017/n-HCCjkc

MMNY2017Make Music New York is a live, free musical celebration across the city that takes place each June 21, the longest day of the year. On that day, hundreds of public spaces throughout the five boroughs become impromptu stages for over 1,000 free concerts. This will be the fourth time for recorder players to take part in this festival and we hope to help raise the profile and increase awareness of our wonderful instrument. For an interesting story of our playing venue, Straus Park, discovered by WRG member, Mark Lepori, in a recent issue of City Journal, click here.


Upcoming Workshops

Amherst Early Music Workshop Dates for 1027-2018 Season

Pinewoods Early Music Week: August 12-19: Masters and Mentors Through the Ages

Visit 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 Amherst Early Music as well as regular playing meetings in Connecticut and Bergen County.


WRG Celebrates Spring with Emmanuel

On Sunday, March 13, 2016, WRG members gathered to celebrate the Liturgy with our very gracious host, the Congregation and Clergy of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. It was a joyful celebration with familiar and appropriate music chosen and led by our Music Director, Karen Snowberg. We played during two services, accompanied by the Choir, the organ, and the congregation. Between services we mingled with members at a very bountiful and delicious coffee service.

Emmanuel 2016


WRG in the News

A Baby Instrument All Grown Up, New York Times, April 30, 2015 features the Recorder Orchestra of New York.
Here's the link to the article (click here).

RONY with Jackie

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

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!

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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.


ars logo The Westchester Recorder Guild is a Chapter of the American Recorder Society