News and Notes 2

Welcome to our New Season!
Glen Shannon

We are pleased to announce our new schedule of events for the 2022-2023 season. We have a 10 session series of virtual mini-workshops for you, once again co-sponsored by our friends at the Recorder Society of Connecticut. The first session will be conducted by our California friend, composer Glen Shannon on September 10. Subsequent sessions will be led by Rainer Beckmann, Sue Handscombe, Moira Usher, Helen Hooker, Ruth Burbidge, Michael Graham, Anna Stegmann, Jen Carpenter and Anne Timberlake.
In addition to these exiting sessions, we are thrilled to be also returning to monthly in-person playing sessions, led by our Music Director, Kathy Kuhrt. These sessions are planned for Sunday afternoons at Lynnwood Reformed Church in Guilderland, NY . We request that those attending in-person sessions be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19. For dates and details consult the Activities Page.

2021-2022 Mini-Workshop Series Completed

With the 10th Mini-Workshop, conducted by guest coach Jennifer Carpenter, today, June 4, 2022, our season series is complete. These monthly sessions, co-sponsored by HMRS and the Recorder Society of Connecticut (RSC), have been well-received and well-attended. Our organizations are so fortunate to have been able to provide these informative, challenging, and enjoyable experiences for our membership. We extend our gratitude to these outstanding members of the international recorder community for their willingness to create these presentations and to master the new technologies that make virtual presentations possible.

We are pleased to announce that the HMRS-RSC co-sponsorship will continue with another 10-part virtual series for the 2022-2023 season!

Helen Hooker…Live!
Helen Hooker live (center of RH panel) sharing one of her famous Youtube videos on the left.

Our first virtual mini-workshop of 2022 featured a presentation by a pioneer of Youtube virtual play-along sessions, Helen Hooker. Helen presented encore presentations of several of her widely seen videos accompanied by a host of interesting background information, inciteful performance tips, historic tidbits and explanations and demonstrations of techniques ranging from adaptations of original notation to a comparison of Renaissance and Baroque ornamentation. The session was enjoyed by 34 participants.

Ann Timberlake Mini-Workshop

Plan to join us for our next Mini-workshop virtual session on Saturday, November 6 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.

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. If you send your check later than 10 days prior to the deadline, reply to this email to notify us and we will continue your membership in time for the first mini workshop in October. 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.

Update for 2021-2022 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 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

HMRS Library Information–A Quick Introduction

The library was originally referred to as the Nancy Young Memorial Library, honoring her memory and comprising an initial donation of her personal library. Nancy was an early , influential member of one of the chapters later consolidated to form the current Hudson Mohawk Recorder Society. Subsequent substantial donations and acquisitions have increased the size of the library to 7173 cataloged pieces of music. Method and technique volumes are also included in the collection.

A data entry for every piece in the library is housed in an Access relational database. A more widely accessible list of information is exported to an Excel spreadsheet. A copy of the spreadsheet may be obtained by request from the librarian.

All individual pieces and bound collections are housed in separate folders. Each folder is assigned a 7-digit accession number with 1 as the first digit. Pieces within collections are assigned accession numbers where the first digit is a 2. Fields within each record hold information for title, composer, and in the case of pieces contained in collections, the accession number of the collection’s folder. Other fields contain codes for the number of players, parts assignments, era and seasonal classifications. Records may be filtered with the spreadsheet to produce customized lists such as all alto-alto duets by Baroque composers, or all pieces of any description by Mozart.

For those wishing to browse the holdings, a glossary of codes used to systematize descriptions may be obtained when requesting a current spreadsheet of the holdings. Use of the HMRS library is limited to members of HMRS. Items may be borrowed for personal use for a reasonable length of time.

To make arrangements to use the HMRS library contact the librarian by email at

President’s Message February 2021

Greetings from the Hudson Mohawk Recorder Society. We have a glimmer of hope for 2021—- a vaccine is on its way to your area.  Most people I know have initial appointments in February, March and April.

Wasn’t that a great workshop with Glen Shannon in January?? Glen brings his “joie de vivre” and personal style to his workshops. And that enthusiasm transcends the fact that we are all sitting in our living rooms and playing on Zoom. It was a lot of fun.

And direct from Scotland our February workshop will be with composer, Marg Hall. Here is her website.  

I have played many of her compositions over the years. Much music for recorder players was originally written for voice or strings. However, Marg is a recorder player and composer/arranger and each part—whether soprano, alto, tenor or bass (or lower)— hits the “sweet spot” for that instrument’s  fingerings and sound.

I hope you have found some consolation in playing music and that you all are taking advantage of the many online recorder workshops that are available—it is transforming the business—including the Hudson Mohawk Recorder Society. The American Recorder Society has fantastic recorder resources for beginners through advanced.

In addition there is information and links to other recorder groups. Yes!! you can take a class from a local recorder organization in Denver or Boston or Phoenix.  Please review all the great resources and support the American Recorder Society by joining today:

HMRS has planned a full schedule of Zoom meetings through June 2021 led by Kathy Kuhrt and Lee Danielson. In addition, we have scheduled three more recorder workshops left in  2021—

Marg Hall in February,

Anne Timberlake in April and

Lisette Kielson in May.

Let’s celebrate 2021 by attending our Marg Hall workshop on February 28th. Only $10.  Free to members.

I will be looking for you in the Zoom “gallery” this month.

Linda Botimer, President