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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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ARS will be at the Boston Early Music Festival June 10-13, 2015
Posted April 27, 2015

Founded in 1980 by a group of dedicated performers and instrument makers interested in promoting historical performance in the United States, the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) is now universally recognized as a leader in the field of early music. Through a wide array of acclaimed performances, exciting and educational events, and Grammy-nominated opera recordings, BEMF has earned its place as North America's premier presenting organization for conservators and performers of music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods and has secured Boston's reputation as "America's early music capital" (The Boston Globe).

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Piffaro to Receive ARS Distinguished Achievement Award at BEMF
Posted April 17, 2015

ARS RECORDER EVENTS AT BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL JUNE 7-14, 2015 Friday, June 12, 2015 9:15-12:00 pm ARS Recorder Relay, a series of vignette performances by students, pre-professional and professional recorder players.Church of St. John the Evangelist Sanctuary (note new location this year) 35 Bowdoin St., Boston 12:00-1:30 pm Distinguished Achievement Award Ceremony and Reception honoring Piffaro at Church of St. John the Evangelist Chapel Parish Hall. Come and visit us at the BEMF Exhibition, 5th Floor, Washington Ballroom Wednesday-Saturday June 10-13

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ARS Announces New Educational Outreach Grant Program
Posted April 16, 2015

Recorder teachers, it is time to apply for an Educational Outreach Grant for the 2015-2016 school year! The ARS would love to help you start a new recorder program or subsidize an existing program in your school, or perhaps we can help you receive further recorder education by helping you attend a recorder teacher workshop. Submit your application between May 1, 2015 and June 15, 2015 in order to be considered for a grant. All applications will be reviewed by the ARS Scholarships and Grants Committee. Our typical grants range from $100-$500.

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ARS Announces Susan Burns as New Administrative Director
Posted April 11, 2015

The ARS is delighted to welcome Susan Burns, our new Administrative Director. Susan lives in Charlotte, NC and is the proud parent of two teenagers, two cats and a rescue dog. She has played and taught recorder, dulcian and flute for a several years, and is a longstanding member of the Charlotte Waites, a Renaissance wind band. Susan has many years of experience working with non-profit organizations. In 2001 she co-founded the Piedmont Progressive Preschool; fourteen years later she still serves on its board, and the preschool has been used as a model for other start-up schools. She comes to the ARS from The Bag Lady, a bookstore and gift shop in Charlotte, where her position as Manager included bookkeeping, hiring, inventory and other responsibilities. The search committee was impressed with Susan's qualifications, and also with her upbeat personality and her enthusiasm for this new opportunity. She brings to the ARS excellent administrative skills and a warm interest in people. She welcomes the chance to interact with as many ARS members as possible, and we all look forward to working with her. Welcome, Susan!

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