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.

Recorders Plus with Brenda Bittner

The Recorders Plus class is restarting again after a 2 year break for COVID-19. We will start with a short 6 week class, followed by a summer class with the normal 10 weeks. Now is the time to rediscover the joy of playing together in person. This short class will give us all a chance to reestablish our recorder ensemble playing.

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 Spring session runs from April 27 through June 1. 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

Apr 27, 2022 – Jun 1, 2022 Wed 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Mt. Whitney Banquet Hall
1600 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CAPrice: $66.00 (Resident)
$73.00 (Non-resident)
Ages: 18 and up
Gender: Coed
Spaces: 20 openings remaining

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 who can read music can be accommodated.

Register: https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/citymb/activity/search/detail/34287?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true

Classes offered by Recorder Players West:

Pre-Intermediate Class:

Fridays at 12:00pm PST (class dates: Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar. 4, 11 18, 25, April 1, 8)

Intermediate Class: (offered two different times)

Wednesday 2:00pm PST (class dates: Feb. 2 ,9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Apr. 6)
Thursdays, 7pm PST (class dates: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7)

Advanced Class:

Fridays at 2:00pm PST (class dates: Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar. 4, 11 18, 25, April 1, 8)

Each class is 90 minutes long. Attached is the flyer with all the details in regards to payment, etc. $ 150 per class. Registration and Payment made to Suellen Eslinger. No changes from last semester.

Classes offered by Inga Funck directly:

Each class is one hour long. Register by sending an email to funck.inga@gmail.com. $ 150 per class. Payments are made directly to Inga Funck, either via check, PayPal or Zelle.

Alto Recorder Class: Transition from Soprano to Alto

Thursdays at 12:00 noon PST (class dates: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7)
Are you a soprano recorder player who is secretly longing for the lower sound of the Alto? Have you thought about transitioning from Soprano to Alto but are really nervous about learning f-fingerings? If you are planning on playing with other musicians, sooner or later you will be asked to play recorders other than the soprano.
This 10-week class introduces f-fingerings step-by-step in manageable increments. You will also refine your breathing, work on your tonguing and articulation, and strengthen your rhythmical skills. Not to mention all the fun you will have with the vast repertoire written for Alto!

Rhythm Class: Learn to Play with Unshakable Rhythm

Thursdays at 2:00pm PST (class dates: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7)
Rhythm is fundamental to your musicianship. If you are struggling with rhythms even just a little, taking the time to isolate rhythm as a practice will benefit you tremendously.
Learn to maintain a steady beat and to identify when you are off. Develop a keen sense for even the most complicated syncopated rhythms. After this 10-week class, your rhythm will be rock solid, despite being nervous about sight-reading a new complex piece or playing in front of an audience.

Learn to Play the Bass Recorder

Thursdays at 4:00pm PST (class dates: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7)
Want to become an asset to any recorder ensemble by being able to play the bass recorder? Or perhaps you have just recently bought a bass recorder and want to become proficient at reading the bass clef? OR you fell in love with the lower sound of the bass instruments? Sign up for this class if this describes you.

Learn to Play Alto Recorder an Octave UP

Wednesdays at 12:00 noon PST (Feb. 2 ,9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Apr. 6)
You know that the lowest note on the alto is an “F’. But then you encounter music in which the alto part goes way below that “F’. You are casually told: “Just read the alto line an octave up.” Easier said than done! By the end of this 10-week class, you will easily make the octave transposition without blinking an eye or losing a beat.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.


Ongoing Classes

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