Play the Recorder Month

Recorder players from across North America celebrate March as "Play-the-Recorder Month" (PtRM). Many ARS chapters, consorts and recorder orchestras plan special concerts and presentations to illustrate the versatility and beauty of this wonderful instrument. 


Recorder Day!

The third Saturday in March, March 18, 2017, is designated as "Recorder Day." ARS members around the world are encouraged to play the new composition written especially for this occasion entitled "Waltz," by James Chaudoir DMA, a renowned composer, professor and musician. Click here for performance notes.
You will find the music score in the centerfold of the Winter 2016 issue of American Recorder magazine and by clicking here. Listen to the mp3 here.

We provide some press materials to help you publicize your events: a press release and a Public Service Announcement.  Here is a timeline to help you plan your events.

Play-the-Recorder Month Contest

Chapters, consorts and recorder orchestras are eligible to enter the “Play-the-Recorder Month Contest." Entry forms will be available on the ARS web site.  Prizes will include various gift certificates to recorder instrument and music vendors. This year's deadline for completed entries is April 15, 2017.
Entries are based on the following criteria:
  • Number of Events.
  • Where did the events take place?
  • How many Performers were involved?
  • Were Outside Groups or Players involved?
  • Did any event occur on Play-The-Recorder Day, March 18, 2017?
  • Did you perform “Waltz” as part of your program?
  • Were children involved?
  • Were Beginners/Novices involved?
  • How did you publicize your event?
  • Uniqueness Factor
  • Other information about your event(s) you would like to share. 
Prizes will be awarded for the most imaginative chapter events, the largest percentage increase in new members of a chapter, consort or recorder orchestra, and the most new members in a chapter.

Contest Entry Form in Microsoft Word
Contest Entry Form in PDF format

2016 Contest Winners Announced in Fall 2016 ARS Newsletter

Read the full report from PtRM 2016 here, complete with contest winners and photos.

Read Reports from Play the Recorder Month 2015