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Winds and Waves: RecorderWorkshop, May 5–7, 2018

Instructor: Letitia Berlin, Cléa Galhano, Frances Blaker

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, 56605 Sitka Drive, Otis, Oregon Tuition: $280 Minimum Age Level: 16+ Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

The theme of the workshop this year will be “20th Anniversary Celebration” taught by Frances Blaker, Letitia Berlin, Cléa Galhano and Janet Beazley.

Come work on a wide variety of recorder music from the past and present under the guidance of an internationally renowned faculty. Winds and Waves offers graded technique and repertoire classes, plus general “grand consort” sessions—all in a spruce-hemlock forest perched above the Salmon River estuary. Take a break for three days and open yourself up to inspiration from the setting, the teaching, and the music. Classes will be announced in February and are divided into three skill levels: intermediate, upper-intermediate and advanced. The hours of this workshop are Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5:15pm and Monday 9am to 3pm. Catered lunches and a ticket to the faculty concert are included in your tuition fee.


The fourth annual Jeanne Lynch Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to two deserving applicants. The scholarship will fund tuition and provide a $150 travel stipend. To apply, please write a letter to the Oregon Coast Recorder Society, c/o Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, 56605 Sitka Drive, Otis, Oregon 97368 or email to In addition to your name, postal and email addresses and telephone number, tell us why you would like to attend this workshop, what recorders you play and how long you have played. The letter should be postmarked by March 1 and a decision will be made by March 20.

About The Instructors

Faculty includes Frances Blaker, Letitia Berlin and Cléa Galhano all of whom perform, record and teach workshops in the United States and abroad. Frances (a composer for recorder and other instruments) and Letitia are based in the San Francisco Bay area. Together, they form the duo Tibia ( Cléa, originally from Brazil, lives and teaches in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is on the faculty of Macalester College and other Twin Cities institutions. Guest instructor Janet Beazley plays banjo and sings with the California bluegrass band Chris Stuart & Backcountry and in the duo Chris Stuart & Janet Beazley. She has toured extensively with CS&B throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Middle East. Janet has taught bluegrass banjo, harmony singing, music theory and song writing at the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop, California Bluegrass Association Music Camps, Midwest Banjo Camp, American Banjo Camp, Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week, Banjo Camp North, Munich Banjo Camp, and Sore Fingers Week in the UK.

Registration for the Wind and Waves Workshop begins on January 16, 2018 at 8:30am. Registrations are accepted online. For questions or to register by phone call 541.994.5485.

East Bay Recorder Society presents:
Marin Headlands In Berkeley Workshop for Recorders and Other Instruments 

May 19, 9 am – 4:30 pm


Tish Berlin teaches in California and at workshops around the country, including the Amherst Early Music Festival and the Oregon Coast Recorder Society Winds and Waves workshop. She directs the Hidden Valley Early Music Road Scholar workshop, the San Francisco Early Music Society Music Discovery Workshop and several small workshops for Tibia Adventures in Music. Ms. Berlin performs with the Farallon Recorder Quartet, Bertamo Trio, and Sitka Trio.

Frances Blaker is active around the country performing, teaching, and writing the “Opening Measures” column in the American Recorder Magazine. She teaches privately and at workshops throughout the United States, including the San Francisco Early Music Society Baroque Workshop, Port Townsend and Amherst Early Music. Ms. Blaker is the author of the acclaimed The Recorder Player’s Companion and a collaborator and performer on the Disc Continuo series of recordings. She regularly appears with Tibia, the Farallon Recorder Quartet, and Ensemble Vermillian, and has performed as a soloist in the United States and Europe.

Frances Feldon performs on baroque flute and recorder, and is a conductor, educator, and arranger. She has performed with American Bach Soloists, California Bach Society, Sonoma Bach, Ensemble Mirabile, and in conjunction with the Berkeley Early Music Festival. Ms Feldon was a recipient of the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology recorder residency. She is music director of baroque/contemporary chamber music ensemble Flauti Diversi, and a principal conductor for The Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra. She is a regular conductor and faculty member at recorder workshops throughout North America, and has also taught at UC Davis, Indiana University and The Greenwood School in Mill Valley. She directed the San Francisco Early Music Society’s Recorder Workshop for nearly twenty years. Ms. Feldon has conducted her recorder orchestra arrangements of Gershwin and Ellington classics at international recorder festivals in Montreal and Holland. She writes about jazz and pop recorder players for American Recorder, and is currently having a blast studying jazz and Arabic music.

Judy Linsenberg has been called “the Jascha Heifetz of the recorder” and has been acclaimed for her “virtuosity,” “expressivity,” and “fearless playing.” She has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, including solo appearances at the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, and the Montreal Recorder Festival; and has been featured with such leading American ensembles as the San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists, and many others. She is Artistic Director of the Baroque ensemble, Musica Pacifica, whose performances and 9 recordings on the Virgin Classics, Dorian and Solimar labels have received international acclaim. She has also recorded for harmonia mundi usa, Koch International, Reference Recordings, Musical Heritage Society, Hännsler Classics, and others. She has various other qualifications, but you’ve probably read them a hundred times by now. She also enjoys playing music for English country dances, and dabbling in Celtic music, Balkan music and Swing.

Full class information and a registration form at “Headlands2018” Webpage where you can also register online and pay by Paypal. Enrollment is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot early! Workshop fee includes music and lunch.

Full Day: $60 before May 1; $70 after May 1Half-Day (specify below): $30 before May 1; $40 after May 1.

Please make checks out to EBRS and mail with the form to: Merlyn Katechis, 2923 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703

St. Mary Magdalen,2005 Berryman Street in North Berkeley

Los Angeles Baroque (LAB): Come Together: Concert Music Workshop.
Monday, May 28, 10 am

Led by Lindsey Strand-Polyak and Alexa Haynes-Pilon, LAB presents its first one-day consort music workshop this Memorial Day for all instrumentalists who wish to explore the English Broken Consort repertoire. LAB’s Artistic Directors will be sitting in and playing with the workshop groups. LAB’s Memorial Day BBQ follows. 

St James’ Episcopal Church, South Pasadena. Registration: $50. For more information and to register please visit or email 

A chapter of the American Recorder Society, Orange County, California