Austin ARS -- Recorder Players and Friends

See the Austin Chapter's current news, events and plans for the latest information.

updated 5/11/2020!
The remainder of the Spring 2020 season is CANCELED,
out of caution for the Coronavirus (CoVID-19) in Austin.

We do not know at this time whether we will be able to start the 2020-2021 season at the usual time, with the September meeting. Please check back here; emails will be sent to all on our current mailing list.

It's also likely that, even if we are able to meet at the church and decide to go ahead with meeting, some people will be reluctant to come out in public. Please know that we are all hopeful for a resumption of our playing together, but will keep your safety and health as the first priority.

In a normal season, the May meeting would have been the occasion for electing new chapter officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer. In light of the current circumstances (and lack of activity), election will be postponed until sometime after we are able to resume meeting. Take a look at the meeting dates (as originally scheduled) for the 2019-20 season.

Your chapter officers are interested in ideas for the rest of this year, and plans for next year. If you're interested in helping things happen, please contact any officer to find out how you can help!

Mission of the chapter

The mission of the American Recorder Society is to promote the recorder and its music by:

Developing resources and standards to help people of all ages and ability levels to play and study the recorder

Presenting the instrument to new constituencies

Encouraging increased career opportunities for professional recorder performers and teachers

Enabling and supporting recorder playing as a shared social experience.

Regular meetings

We meet September through May, on the second Saturday afternoon of each month from 1-3pm. This is a change from our long-established Friday evening meeting time; attendance was markedly better at most of the Saturday meetings. Please see the schedule for projected meeting dates and times for the upcoming season.

Each meeting begins with a short (20-25 minutes) musical program usually presented by chapter members. Announcements and any business follows, and the remainder of the meeting is spent in large-group playing led by one of our Music Directors. The meetings last about 2 hours.

The monthly meetings take place at the Austin Mennonite Church, 5801 Westminster Drive, here in Austin. Here's a closeup satellite map to show you exactly where the most convenient parking is.

All lovers of early music are invited to attend, either to play or just to listen.

Group playing usually involves several types of instruments (several members also play viol), so please feel free to bring any early instruments you may happen to have.
Important note: please bring your own music stand!

You may want to bring a stand light as well, if you need strong light.

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