Message from the President

From new ARS Board President David Podeschi:
I love hearing origin stories about  how people came to the recorder.  Yet I had not heard that story from my friend and fellow Dallas Chapter member Alice Derbyshire until reading her Board greeting in the Fall ARS Newsletter. What a great story about first hearing recorder while hiking the Appalachian Trail—and I really liked her comment: “I’d found my people.”

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The Great ARS Giveaway has ended! Congratulations to our winners:
Posted November 26, 2015

The Great ARS Giveaway ended on November 16, and we have seven lucky winners who received one of the fabulous prizes donated by our generous sponsors.


Call for ARS Board Nominations
Posted August 26, 2015

The ARS needs new Board members, especially a Treasurer -- let us know if you or someone you know is interested!


The ARS is pleased to announce a special one-half price incentive for new members.
Posted May 11, 2015

The ARS is pleased to announce a special 1/2 price incentive for new members. For USA $25, Canada $30, International $35. Click below for details and the membership forms:


Martha Bixler's memoir -"The American Recorder Society and Me...a memoir"-is now available
Posted July 27, 2015

Martha Bixler 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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