Message from your new chapter president

HMRS has every reason to celebrate the just-completed 2020-2021 season. Regular meetings were smoothly converted from in-person playing sessions to bimonthly virtual sessions using Zoom. I was constantly gratified and impressed by the enthusiasm and resilience shown by the membership. We owe a huge thankyou to our program leadership, Lee Danielson and Kathy Kuhrt who mastered overdubbing and the basics of video and audio production to provide us with quality recordings to accompany our “muted” play-alongs. Trust me, playing and synchronizing all 4 parts of just one piece takes a lot of skill and patience. I heard it in progress! They did it for a complete playlist for the season.

Attendance at virtual sessions averaged 15-25 members. Our total membership has reached 32, including some individuals living well outside the Capital District. Some of the new members were attracted by an outstanding lineup of 5 miniworkshops featuring well known clinicians and two of our favorite composers. Who could have guessed that we would be led by Marg Hall from her home in Scotland? We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of two of the miniworkshops by grants from the American Recorder Society. I encourage members to consider joining the national society as a way to support this type of aid and also to receive member copies of new music, and gain access to a host of playing resources for all levels.

The HMRS Board will meet soon to consider plans for the upcoming season. We are hoping that in-person sessions will soon be possible but rest assured that there will be playing sessions of some type for certain.

Finally, I’m sure we all want to wish the very best to Lee and Susan Danielson as they move to Massachusetts this summer as part of “downsizing”. The invaluable contribution that Lee made during this past season to help make virtual sessions so successful and enjoyable was just the most recent of his many efforts to benefit HMRS. A long-time active chapter member, Lee served as president, worked with the chapter library and was a member of several consorts. We hope that Lee will still be able to join us occasionally, if only virtually.

—Mike Kuhrt, HMRS President

Coming soon: An update for activities planned for the 2021-2022 season.

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 hmrecordersociety@gmail.com