If you know of other recorder or early music workshops on the West Coast (or elsewhere if they would be of interest to players in Southern California), please contact the webmaster. Include “OCRS” in the subject line.

Starting January 8, 2020
Recorders Plus Workshop

The Recorders Plus Workshop (performing as La Mer Consort) started its current session on January 8, 2020. 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

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.

March 20-23, 2020
Portland Recorder Society presents
Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat

WHAT: Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat (CGEMR)

WHEN:  March 20-23, 2020

WHERE: Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, Oregon, about 20 miles east of Portland.

WHO: Guest Faculty: Rotem Gilbert and Joan Kimball 

Core Faculty: Vicki Boeckman, Gayle and Phil Neuman, Laura Kuhlman. Go here for their bios!

For intermediate to advanced players of: recorders, Renaissance winds, and strings.

For more information, visit our website.

Registration opens on Oct. 19th, 2019 at 8 am

Use the online form located on the CGEMR registration page 

 Early Bird Registration fee (basic): $479

REGISTRATION AND COST: Early Bird Registration is $479 for tuition, room and board (additional private and semi-private rooms available for extra cost). Early Bird

Registration opens October 19th at 8am. Early Bird rates end December 1st ($579 thereafter). The private rooms in Creevey Commons and Wright Hall fill to capacity very quickly, so act promptly to secure these rooms! You can see housing details at, and register online there starting Oct. 19th at 8am.  Payment will be accepted via credit card, debit card, or check.

CLASSES this year will include many exciting options! Expect works with music for recorders, Renaissance winds, and strings.

EVENING EVENTS will include all participants in an orchestra, a Faculty Concert, English Country Dancing, informal playing groups and other activities.

GO TO the PRS website ( for information about:

  • Faculty (Guest and Core Faculty)
  • Location, housing and meals
  • Registration
  • Schedule and Classes (Detailed class topics will be sent to you for your choices in advance of the workshop)
  • Travel information
  • Tuition, Accommodations and Fees

The Central Coast Recorder Society:
Music in Poetry/Poetry in Music:
A Recorder Workshop With Tish Berlin and Frances Blaker
April 4-5, 2020

Goleta Presbyterian Church, 6067 Shirrell Way, Goleta, CA Private lessons available on Friday afternoon and evening, April 3

Classes on Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 4:30 pm including:
● Tongue, finger, and blowing technique
● Using text to help the music speak
● Thinking vocally in instrumental music

Separate sessions for intermediate and advanced players. Lunch and refreshments included. For more information, contact Karen Bergen at or go to

Letitia (Tish) Berlin and Frances Blaker perform and teach at recorder workshops throughout the U.S., and they have both served on the board of the American Recorder Society. They play in the recorder duo Tibia and are also members of the Farallon Recorder Quartet, Calextone, and Ensemble Vermillian. Frances is the author of Opening Measures: a Compendium of Practice Techniques , which includes articles she has published in the ARS magazine over the last 20 years. Tish is the director of the Hidden Valley Early Music Road Scholar program and has performed with the Carmel Bach Festival and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra as well as other ensembles.

To register, fill out and mail the form on central coast workshop_flyer_20.

August 15-16, 2020
Desert Pipes
Prescott 2020

Save the Date
Prescott 2020 workshop will be held August 15-16 Yavapai Hills Clubhouse, 4975 Hornet Drive, Prescott, AZ 86301. Miyo Aoki will be our teacher.

A registration form will be available at the beginning of March.

Email if you have any questions.

See you in Prescott!!

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