News and Notes

September President’s Message

Posted on September 20, 2020 by Linda Botimer

Greetings from the Hudson Mohawk Recorder Society. Hope all of you are faring well and playing music occasionally. We will be holding our next Zoom meeting on Sunday, Sept 27th at 2pm. Please email kathykuhrt@gmail.com  to get links to Zoom and the music. I hope to see you there. 
It is that time of year when we collect annual member dues of $40.  Since we are now able to “meet” safely, stay in touch and play using Zoom, HMRS plans to meet regularly over Zoom for the near future.  Please support our chapter by joining or renewing your dues so that we can continue to offer playing opportunities for you. Your membership includes all regular Zoom meetings, access to the music for each session and audio files of the music after the session. In addition, professional recorder player and teacher, Letitia Berlin, will be leading us for our Sunday, Nov 8th session.
Beginning October 25th, Zoom sessions will be free to members, $5 for non-members. Special Workshop  – Letitia Berlin’s session on Sunday, Nov. 8th (2 – 3:30) will be free to members, $10 for non-members. 
So please join and send your $40 check made out to HMRS to: HMRS Treasurer, 101 Edgecomb Street, Albany, NY 12209
Thank you. Linda Botimer, President

Meeting the challenge with Virtual Sessions

For now, there is no way to duplicate those live playing sessions we took for granted such a short time ago. Most of us are getting very familiar with Zoom. The only way to “play along” using Zoom is to listen to one person playing music while everyone else plays with their microphone muted.

So why would anyone consider joining an HMRS Zoom meeting?  We tested the system with three trial Zoom sessions this summer – July 16, August 13 and 30. We were pleased to learn that while it was different from our usual sessions, we could safely see and hear from our friends, and we could actually play along on new and old pieces hearing all of the parts. There is no need to limit instrument choices. Pick a part to play first time through. Play the same or a different part for each repeat. It was fun!

Our limits now are finding and distributing music while observing copyright laws, and creating multi-track recordings of music to play along with. As we acquire those audio files, we will make them available to download and play along at a later time.

Expect more Zoom sessions. Check the “Activities” page for meeting details. And be sure to give it a try.

Letter from our President

Greetings HMRS members and fellow recorder players.
We are disappointed to have our meetings cut short this year; however, until it is safe to meet in person, we are considering other ways to support each other.
Our HMRS board has scheduled a Zoom meeting to plan for the coming year. We will be discussing ways to stay in touch with you via email, Facebook, Zoom and our website.

Do you have any ideas?  Please reply to me at linda.botimer@gmail.com and send me your thoughts.

How have you been spending your time these days? I have found music-making to be an important part of my time at home. I ordered some solo pieces from Courtly Music: Japanese tenor solos and jazz alto solos by Marg Hall. Both have been great fun. In the meantime, I encourage you to join the American Recorder Society as there are many resources for members and non-members at
https://americanrecorder.org/
The American Recorder Society also maintains a wonderful channel on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/user/americanrecordermag

Boston Recorder Society has monthly online meetings where you can play Zoom duets with your microphone muted.
More info at www.bostonrecordersociety.org

New York City Recorder Guild is also holding monthly Zoom sessions. Check their website at http://nyrg.org 

Amherst Early Music is offering weekly classes on Zoom and a full 2 week workshop in July. Sign up to get their emails.
https://www.amherstearlymusic.org/ONLINE

I will be sending another letter later this summer; however, what I reallyhope is to see you all in person soon.

Linda Botimer, President