Local classes and teachers

If you know of other recorder or early music classes in Southern California, please contact the webmaster. Include “OCRS” in the subject line.

La Mer Consort
Recorders Plus
Director Brenda Bittner

Join us to enjoy music through the ages with an emphasis on Renaissance / Baroque music. I have attached a flyer for the class for your information and to share with anyone you think might be interested.

The class is primarily for recorders, but we welcome other early music instruments and voice to add variety to our performances. Occasionally, we demonstrate Renaissance dance as well.

The class meets at Manhattan Heights Park. The Winter session runs from April 10 through June 12 . Classes meet Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00. Technique and beginners from 6:30 pm to 7 pm.

Here is the information about the session and a link to register

Recorders Plus – 32408

Apr 10, 2019 to Jun 12, 2019
Each Wed 6:30pm to 9pm
Location: Manhattan Heights Park
Facility: MHP Mt. Whitney Banquet Hall
$121.00 (Resident)
$133.00 (Non-resident)
Ages: 18 and up
Gender: Coed
Spaces: 20 openings remaining
Registration Dates:
Standard registration opens: Mar 4, 2019 6am
Non-residents: Mar 25, 2019 6am
Internet registration opens: Mar 4, 2019 6am
Non-residents: Mar 25, 2019 6am
Description: Intermediate to advanced participants will enjoy music through the ages with an emphasis on Renaissance/Baroque music while performing on recorders and other early music instruments. Beginners able to read music can be accommodated. 10 weeks.

Register here:


Remember you can register by mail or FAX and save the online charge which I think is $5+. Non-Manhattan Beach resident registration will open on March 25.

Rio Hondo RECORDER Workshop and Collegium Musicum

Thomas Axworthy Recorder Classes (Southern California Entertainment) 11057 Valley View Avenue Whittier, California 90604 U.S.A. (562) 946-4001 *** Cell (562) 773-2265 *** e-mail: scemc@earthlink.net *** fax – (562) 946-4081

Recorder Players West (RPW)

Spring 2019 Session

Recorder Players West begins its spring 2019 session on Wednesday, February 20. For this session, we are still able to offer 10 classes for the same price that 9 classes have been in the past! Our conductor is a favorite of SCRS and OCRS recorder society meetings and workshops and is an outstanding recorder player, Inga Funck. The classes provide excellent instruction in group playing and tips on how to improve your individual performance and style.
The classes meet Wednesdays from February 20 through May 1 (except April 17) at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 3590 Grand View Blvd. in Culver City. The location is conveniently close to the 405 Freeway, and parking is plentiful and free. The intermediate class meets from 1:00 – 2:30 pm, and the advanced class meets from 2:45 – 4:15 pm, both an hour earlier than in the past. The music is interesting in both classes so many students sign up for the two classes. What a great way to spend an afternoon!
Tuition is $180 for one class and $280 for both classes (a discount of $80 if you take both). Printed music costs $5 for each class. To register contact Suellen Eslinger at suellenesl@verizon.net or 310-542-0817, or send a check made out to Recorder Players West to Suellen at 2801 Barkley Ln, Redondo Beach, CA 90278. You may also bring a check to the first class, but please register with Suellen first so that we have enough music prepared. A limited number of scholarships are available. Contact Suellen if you are interested.

Il Piffaro de Sade

Tom Axworthy’s IL PIFFARO DE SADE continues regularly on every Thursday night. Players are welcome to come and play to see if they would like to join. All folks playing historic winds are welcome: recorders, flutes, crumhorns, sackbuts, cornetti, shawms, dulcians, etc. You might give Tom a quick call (562/773-2265) to let him know you would like to stop by.

A special class for “wind band” instruments: shawms, dulcians, rancketts, sackbutts, cornetti, crumhorns, percussion & Recorders We will work our way through techniques of playing your instruments as well as the great dance and consort music appropriate to our instruments. DATES: Thursday evenings, 7:45-9:45 pm. You are invited to begin with us on any Thursday of any month.

FEES: The fee will depend on the number of students in the class. Please contact Tom Axworthy about joining the class. The Monthly fee will be set on the first meeting of each month based on the number of students enrolling for that month. * Please do call prior to attending your first meeting for the current status of the class. Location is 5 houses NORTH of Telegraph Rd. at 11057 Valley View Ave., Whittier – look for the big hedges ***** Please bring a music stand ***** PHONE – (562) 946-4001 or email scemc@earthlink.net.

The Village Pipers Recorder Ensemble

This is is an adult intermediate-level recorder group that meets 1:30–3:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays to practice at Claremont Community School of Music, 951 West Foothill Blvd., Claremont 91711. Our repertoire includes Renaissance, Baroque, and folk music. Tuition is $150 for twenty sessions. We do occasional gigs year round. Contact Sandra Parker at (909) 624-3012 for more information.

Private instruction

We are compiling a list of recorder or gamba teachers in Orange and Los Angeles counties who provide private instruction to individuals or groups. If you know or are such a teacher contact the webmaster so we can list you here as a service to our members. Include a short paragraph describing what you teach.

Alexandra Opsahl

Alexandra Opsahl is available for tutoring recorder students. She lives in the Sierra Madre area. For more information and details, please contact her at 626-590-1417 ormailto:alexandraopsahl@gmail.com.

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