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Message from the President


We are a “plugged in” society looking for ways to connect to others. Some people do it through electronic means, but we recorder players come together to enjoy the fellowship of music that can only be experienced live and unplugged. That is why the American Recorder Society stays relevant today.

– Laura Kuhlman


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Martha Bixler's memoir -"The American Recorder Society and Me"-is complete and now available to members
Posted August 26, 2014

Martha has written a personal memoir of the history of the ARS. It has been pieced together from historical records, letters, photographs and the author's recollections. The manuscript tells a rather inspiring story of a group of dedicated people trying to promote the joys of recorder playing in what began as a barren territory, and succeeding in raising membership to more than 4,000 at its peak. As with many institutions involved in limited niche markets, the struggle to survive was often harrowing, and required extreme efforts by many people, including Martha Bixler. The author structures the history on eight chapters, each describing a decade of time. Of course, as with any institution, there are ups and downs, conflicts of will, rivalries, joys and disappointments, and these are all described.

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Marcello Milchberg-Winner of the "ARS is 75!" Composition Competition
Posted August 11, 2014

The ARS is pleased to announce and provide to members the winning selection in the "ARS is 75!" Composition Competition in the Solo Category.Algunos lugares 1 - Marcello Milchberg

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The ARS is pleased to offer to members free access to original recorder music from the ARS Members Library Editions.
Posted February 05, 2014

The Members Library Editions (MLEs) are one of the many benefits that ARS members have received since 1987 as supplements to the American Recorder Magazine. In celebration of the ARS is 75 year we now making these available as free digital downloadable (Adobe pdf) editions to members. This collection of 51 compositions offers a wide diversity of styles and you are sure to find one for every occasion and level of experience.

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You are invited to "Recorderfest in the West"
Posted May 03, 2014

Recorder lovers are invited to a national festival of events celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Recorder Music Center at Regis University, the 50th anniversary of the Denver Recorder Society Chapter of the ARS and the 75th anniversary of the American Recorder Society ARS is 75. This weekend event will be hosted by Recorder Music Center at Regis University and co-sponsored by the Denver Recorder Society and The American Recorder Society. Recorderfest will have some very attractive events offering a wide range of recorder experiences:

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