Please note that all participants for in-person HMRS activities are currently requested to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 and abide by any additional rules that may be specified by event venues. Note that new vaccinations are available to address COVID variants. We encourage everyone to take advantage of these doses when possible to increase our chances of continuing to meet in-person.

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 types of activities do we sponsor?

In addition to monthly in-person playing sessions led by a music director, the chapter has sponsored day-long workshops led by nationally acclaimed clinicians. Currently, monthly virtual mini-workshops are being presented cooperatively with the Recorder Society of Connecticut. The chapter also sponsors outreach events to promote the enjoyment of recorder music at various venues in the area.

When do we meet?

Meetings are currently held twice monthly from September through June. Meeting times rotate between Saturday mornings at 10am (virtual mini-workshops with well-known coaches) and Sunday afternoons at 2pm, led virtually by our Music Director. Check the Activities page for detailed current information.

Where do we meet?

Meetings are held in the fellowship center 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