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
Fall 2021 Semester

No matter where you are in your recorder playing journey, Recorder Players West is the right place for you! Are you looking to improve your skills (fingers, tongue, breath, rhythm, etc.) or to have the chance to play with others? Whatever your goal might be, our classes cater to different skill levels, ranging from pre-intermediate to advanced, and you will surely fit right in.

Due to COVID-19 circumstances, classes are held once more via Zoom. You will be playing duets with a professional recorder player (instructor Inga Funck) – guaranteeing a gratifying musical experience! Each class is 1.5 hours long. To be placed into the right class, please fill out the questionnaire included at the end of this document.

Teaching our classes will be Inga Funck, who always manages to make classes fun while helping each student to grow as musician. She is exposing students to a rich body of repertoire from different centuries, styles, and countries. Inga is a professional recorder player, has played with members of the LA Phil at the Disney Hall and is an experienced teacher. Outside of Recorder Players West, she is offering private lessons as well as other classes independent of RPW.

Schedule and cost: Newcomers who have not been to a Zoom class with Inga yet will be given one free class before they have to decide whether or not to join. Music will be sent via email — no charge for copying music!

Dates and times are as follows:
Pre-Intermediate Class :
Fridays, 12noon (class dates: Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17)

Intermediate Class:
Wednesdays, 2pm (class dates: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, Dec 1, 8, 15)
Thursdays, 7pm (class dates: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec 2, 9, 16)

Advanced Class:
Fridays, 2pm (class dates: Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17)

The tuition for the Fall 2021 classes is $150 each (or $135 if you are brand-new to Recorder Players West and are making use of the first free class).

Registration: To register you must contact Suellen Eslinger by phone, text, or email before the start of the class. Please make sure to include your best email address so that we can send you the Zoom link and the music before the classes begin.
home phone: (310) 542-0817 cell phone: (310) 872-6901 email: suellenesl@verizon.net
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

Scholarships and Donations to the Scholarship Fund: A limited number of tuition scholarships are available. To apply, please contact Suellen Eslinger. To donate to our tuition scholarship fund, please add the donation to your tuition check or pay by separate check.
Call Suellen if you have any questions! (310) 872-6901

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