Tish Berlin Mini-Workshop

Plan to join us for our next Mini-workshop virtual session on Saturday, October 2 at 10am. This season’s series of 10 Mini-workshop sessions with widely known coaches from the US and UK is cosponsored by HMRS and the Recorder Society of Connecticut. See the Activities page for details.

2021-2022 Season is Underway

The first mini-workshop of our 10 part virtual series, cosponsored with the Recorder Society of Connecticut, featuring Rainer Beckmann, took place this morning. By all indications, the event was a great success and enthusiastically received. We thank musical directors Susan Iadone (RSC) and Kathy Kuhrt (HMRS) for working to put a series together that features well-known coaches and familiar composers from all over the US and UK. Remember, membership in either HMRS or RSC includes admission to all of these programs.

While HMRS members are enjoying a continuation of virtual programming for the 2021-2022 HMRS season, it’s time to make sure that no one misses a single program remaining in the 2021-2022 season. To continue participating with us it’s necessary to join with the members who have already renewed and submit your dues payment of $40 by check to Gail Robinson at 101 Edgecomb Street Albany, NY 12209. Your payment is due by September, 30, 2021. See the Membership page for additional information. Thanks to our renewing members and welcome to everyone!

The Season Begins

The first virtual event of our 2021-2022 season will take place on September 11 at 10am. Current members should look for an email soon with a Zoom link and directions for downloading music to print for the session. Details for the mini-workshop session led by guest Rainer Beckmann can be found on the Activities page. The mini-workshop is the first in a 10 part series, co-sponsored with the Recorder Society of Connecticut. The complete schedule for the remainder of the season is also found on the Activities page.

Admission to all HMRS events and meetings is free with your $40 annual membership dues. Please plan to continue your current membership by September 30, 2021. See the Membership page for details.

Michael Kuhrt

President, Hudson Mohawk Recorder Society

All meetings are currently online due to COVID protocols

Update for the new season

Greetings members! The Board met on July 26 to review our chapter finances, plan a tentative budget and, most importantly, investigate possibilities for activities for the upcoming season. At the time of the meeting, we agreed to offer 2 meetings per month for the upcoming season. The Board felt that the response of HMRS members to our series of mini-workshops was very favorable and that we should consider repeating a series this season. At that time, there was some hope that the pandemic conditions would also allow a possible return to in-person meetings early in the season. With the present surge conditions, that option remains uncertain.

In the last week we have been able to secure an agreement with the Recorder Society of Connecticut (RSC) to cosponsor a series of 10 virtual mini-workshops. These workshops will be conducted by professional clinicians and will likely include some of the favorite personalities we were fortunate to enjoy working with in the past season. Tentative plans are to offer these events monthly on Saturday mornings to follow the usual meeting schedule of RCS. These mini-workshops would be available at no charge to regular HMRS members. The first session featuring Rainer Beckmann will be offered on Saturday, September 11 from 10am to 11:30am. As usual, a Zoom link will be emailed to all active members prior to the meeting day.

Furthermore, we are also planning to continue monthly meetings on Sunday afternoons. Our hope is that we will be able to gather in-person at Lynnwood  church. In the event that pandemic conditions preclude in-person gathering, we will continue with locally originated virtual programming. Sunday afternoon meetings will be scheduled from 2pm to 3:30pm for either in-person or virtual meetings. For the upcoming season, members of RSC may attend all HMRS Sunday meetings by paying a one-time joint membership fee of $20.

Annual dues for HMRS members remain at $40. Please remit your dues payment by check to Gail Robinson, HMRS Treasurer, 101 Edgecomb Street Albany, NY 12209, by September 30, 2021.

Schedule details will be updated as they become available and will be posted on the Activities page of our website. Email reminders will also be sent to members one week prior to each event. Zoom links will be included in the emails.

Michael Kuhrt

President, Hudson Mohawk Recorder Society

What is HMRS?

We are an interest group dedicated to the study, practice and performance of music for recorders and other early music instruments. Recorders are wind instruments that have existed for nearly 1000 years. Music for recorders was first written in the Middle Ages and is still being composed today. HMRS is a local chapter of the American Recorder Society with a rich history in the Capital District.

Who are the members?

Members come from all walks of life. Some have formal training in music but others simply enjoy music and want to learn, practice, play and perhaps, perform music in a group setting.

What activities do we sponsor?

In addition to regularly scheduled meetings led by chapter members or invited guest leaders, the chapter sponsors day-long workshops led by nationally acclaimed clinicians. The chapter also sponsors outreach events to promote the enjoyment of recorder music at various venues in the area.

When do we meet?

Regular meetings are held twice monthly from September through May. Meeting times rotate between Thursday evenings at 7 and Sunday afternoons at 1:30.

Where do we meet?

Meetings are held in the activity room of the Lynnwood Reformed Church in Guilderland, New York. The site is handicapped accessible with a large parking area.


Email us at president.hmrs@gmail.com