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.

Recorder Players West with Inga Funck

Recorder Players West (RPW) has announced their Spring 2021 Classes with Inga Funck. Because of COVID-19, we will be holding the Spring 2021 classes via Zoom. Each class is 1.5 hours long and will consist of playing duets with Inga conducting, teaching, and playing one part. We have been doing this very successfully since August 2020. Some examples of composers we have studied are Mozart, Telemann, Bach, Handel, Geminiani, and Gastoldi. This
spring we are having both an intermediate class and an advanced class.

Each class will be held from 2:00 to 3:30 pm for 10 weeks. Newcomers who have not been to a Zoom class with Inga will be given two free classes before they have to decide whether or not to join. Music will be sent via email– no charge for copying music!
• Intermediate classes will be held on Wednesdays as follows: April 7, 14, 21 & 28; May 5, 12,
19 & 26; and June 2 & 9. The tuition for the spring 2021 intermediate class is $100.
• Advanced classes will be held on Fridays as follows: April 9, 16, 23 & 30; May 7, 14, 21 & 28;
and June 4 & 11). The tuition for the spring 2021 advanced class is $150.

To register you must contact Suellen Eslinger by phone, text, or email before the start of the classes so that we can get the Zoom link to you (Home Phone: (310) 542-0817, Cell Phone: (310) 872-6901, Email: suellenesl@verizon.net ). The Zoom link and music will be sent to everyone who registers. The Zoom link and music will be sent via email, so when you register, you need to give me your email address.

To pay, mail a check made out to Recorder Players West to Suellen at the following address:
Suellen Eslinger
2801 Barkley Ln.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

If you want to expand your playing beyond a single session with a series of classes, this is a wonderful opportunity to play and learn with Inga who is an excellent supportive teacher. I find playing duets is particularly effective using Zoom and Inga starts at a practice tempo playing each part and then increases the tempo. You can play along with her or play the other part. She also offers many thoughts on phrasing, breathing, embellishments, and ornamentation if you want to work on expanding your ability in a supportive environment where no one else can hear you.

The Recorders Plus Workshop (performing as La Mer Consort)

The class is directed by Brenda Bittner and meets as part of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Please get in touch with Brenda for details (310-378-8750 or bbbitt@aol.com).

Participant level is intermediate/advanced but beginners who read music can be accommodated. Please join us for a fun time playing early music on recorder.”

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

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