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Message from the President

The recorder is a welcoming instrument. It asks to be played in an ensemble, and invites ordinary folk to join in and make elegant harmonies. The recorder requires skill and discipline, but it also implies old shoes and jeans and coffee and jamming in a living room or church basement for the sheer pleasure of pastimes with good company. So when we recorder players lose one of our own, we lose more than someone whom we can count on to carry a part. We lose an old friend.” Mark Dawson, Chicago Chapter ARS, on the passing of our friend, Nancy Good.

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The complete American Recorder magazine archive is now available from 1960 - Present
Posted January 24, 2015

The ARS is pleased to now have the complete archive of back issues of the American Recorder magazine on line and available to members. We have recently uploaded the issues from 1960- 1989 which completes the archive. The complete archive and index can be accessed by clicking the link below


ARS Announces Play the Recorder Month-"Excellentia" by Gary Gazlay
Posted December 12, 2014

Recorder players from across North America celebrate March as "Play-the-Recorder Month" (PtRM). Many ARS chapters plan special concerts and presentations to illustrate the versatility and beauty of this wonderful instrument. The third Saturday in March, 3/21/2015, is designated "Recorder Day," when individuals and chapters around the world are encouraged to play the "Excellentia" piece by Gary Gazlay. "Excellentia" was awarded honorable mention in the 2014 ARS is 75! composition contest. The ARS is winding up its celebration of 75 years as an organization dedicated to promoting the excellence of our beloved instrument, so it is fitting that this aggressive and flashy piece was selected for Play-the-Recorder Month, showing the instrument at its most confident.


Elizabeth Ann Pergande Zuehlke: July 15, 1914 - March 28, 2014 A Life Devoted To Bringing Music To Others By Matt Ross
Posted October 05, 2014

Betty Zuehlke, who passed away on March 28 at age 99, introduced the recorder and Early Music to hundreds of people throughout Southern California. She was instrumental in founding three chapters of the American Recorder Society: Orange County Recorder Society (OCRS), Riverside Recorder Society (RRS), and San Diego County Recorder Society (SDCRS), all of which continue to this day. She tirelessly taught recorder classes, often at little or no fee, wherever and whenever she could, to beginners and professionals alike, slowing down only in the final years of her life. Betty Zuehlke was an Early Music legend; she enriched the musical life of Southern California beyond measure.


Martha Bixler's memoir -"The American Recorder Society and Me"-is complete
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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