From the President

Welcome back.

Mike Nicholes and I are pleased to be your new co-presidents. Miranda Manners is taking over the VP position of Membership.

You may have already received a call from her, as she is actively recruiting past, present and future members. We are fortunate
that the remainder of the board are our experienced competent returning members.

Carol Jacoby has for years maintained a wonderful website for OCRS. It turns out a lot of people have never visited it. We are going to try to change that. For the prelude at our September meeting Carol will give us a quick lesson on how to navigate the site. She will teach us about the links to all sorts of wonderful opportunities and resources. I guarantee both the tech savvy and the computer challenged (that’s me) will find this prelude very useful. Prelude starts at 7:20.

The 2015 – 2016 season is shaping up nicely. In addition to a terrific lineup of monthly conductors, Vicki Boeckman will be coming down from Seattle to do our annual workshop in February. We will be starting off this month with our very own Russ Wilson as our first conductor. I talked with him recently, and he has some beautiful music lined up and some fun stuff too.

Last June I attended the SCRS workshop which they called “Bring Your Own Band”.  About eight ensembles performed during the first half of the meeting. It was absolutely delightful and inspiring to listen to people who just plain enjoy getting together with their friends and perform. I would like to copy their idea and incorporate “Bring Your Own Band” night into our May or June meeting.

So, you all have plenty of time to prepare with your small ensemble. We will of course continue to have preludes before each meeting.

This summer I took the plunge and attended my first summer multi-day work shop – Port Townsend Early Music Workshop. Wow! What an experience. Cream of the crop instructors, new friends, hanging with OCRS friends, wonderful music, all made a believer out of me. By day three my brain was full, but I came home an improved recorder player. My favorite session was the large recorder orchestra. If you attended a workshop write up a couple of paragraphs and pass it to Win for the newsletter. Everyone would enjoy reading about it.

Read on in the newsletter to learn about the schedule for 2015-16 season, carpool opportunities, incentives to get your dues paid early, how to get your music printed out and more.

Hope to see you all in just a few weeks. In the mean time, I’m going to check out the OCRS website.

—Mary Van Cott-Hand