SBRS News and Announcements


Newsletter of the South Bay Recorder Society

A Chapter of the American Recorder Society

An Affiliate of the San Francisco Early Music Society


December 2014

December Meeting
Our annual Holiday Party will be held at the home of Georgiana Rudge at 7:30 PM on Friday, December 12, 2014. Georgiana asks that you bring finger foods to share, your instruments (including krummhorns), a music stand, and seasonal music – enough for about 10 stands. She also asks that you RSVP if you plan to attend, so she’ll know how many to expect: phone (408) 997-1451 or email Her address is 1187 Washoe Drive, San Jose, CA 95120.

President’s Message
Andrew Levy brought some good music for us to play in November. The Wolfgang Grefinger was an excellent warm up piece. It provided enough variation to challenge and was a clear half beat. Paduanen and Galliarden was also an excellent follow through in a similar way. The Victoria Magnuum Mysterium gave a different feel with good harmony. Pase el agoa was a lively piece with all parts moving together. Our final piece by Rachmaninov had delightful harmonies and challenging interplay between the parts. Thank you, Andrew, for a fine evening. Do come join us for the Holiday party sharing seasonal music and good food. See you on December 12th.
Liz Brownell, President

Thank you, George, Liz, Fidele, and Laura for providing refreshments for our November meeting. I hope to see you all at the Holiday party being held at Georgiana’s in December with your special Holiday finger foods.
Jean Ridley, Hospitality. (

Treasurer’s Message
Click here to find the SBRS roster for 2014-2015, to help us locate each other, for potential carpools or whatever. All but four of our members from last year have renewed, which is excellent. Those who haven't can identify themselves because they lack the P in front of their names. That situation can be remedied, please. We have one brand new member, Tobi Nielsen, who joined at our November meeting. I missed my chance to chat with her to get information for an introduction in this month's BUZZ, but next month for sure. I understand we may have one or two new members by then.

This is end-of-year appeal time, as you've probably noticed from the deluge of requests you've received from every worthy cause under the sun. Well, we're no different. Year before last, our membership dropped for assorted reasons, so now dues barely cover our expenses: paying our monthly directors (the biggest one), rent to the church, and printing music and the newsletter, SFEMS dues, and etc.. To help us avoid raising the dues, please consider sending a donation check written NOT to SBRS but to SFEMS (San Francisco Early Music Society) and snail mail it to me (Anne Ng, SBRS Treasurer, 6031 Bollinger Road, Cupertino 95014). We're an affiliate of SFEMS, which is a proper 510(c)(3) non-profit, so donations are tax deductible. I send the checks to SFEMS, which then returns the money to us.
Anne Ng, Treasurer/Membership

Chapter News
On November 12th, South Bay member Anne-Marie Wiggers suffered a severe stroke. She has been released from Good Samaritan Hospital and is currently receiving intensive therapy at Mission Oaks Inpatient Rehabilitation Center. At this time she can only have visits from immediate family, but her husband, Hans, reads all emails and cards to Anne-Marie. He asks that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Joanna Woodrow (Mar. 24, 1942-Nov. 13, 2014)
I met Joanna in the ‘70’s when she was introduced into my septet, “The Wembleys” and she became part of her long-term partner’s life, Don Watson, for 35+ years.
Originally from the East Coast where she was born in Schenectady, she worked at IBM in San Jose until she retired. She had a number of interests and hobbies besides playing recorder and crumhorns, including operating a ham radio, Tai Chi Chih, singing, playing the harp (any one of three!) and also the Native American flute. Joanna participated in outreach music programs for healing and comforting the sick, and also educational programs in senior centers and schools. She joined the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra and became an active member of South Bay Recorder Society, right from its inception. Among other responsibilities she shared in this ARS chapter, she was SBRS President from the late ‘90’s to 2005.

Joanna had been fighting cancer in various stages for a long time and finally it overtook her with much pain in her spine. I know that she is at peace now, but as a friend, I will miss her very much. She was a very loyal and supportive friend to me and my family and was very generous with her time and money. I will always appreciate her quirky sense of humor and good nature.
Jean Ridley

Music Opportunities
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 7:30 PM: Harper’s Hall Celtic Harps – including South Bay’s Margaret More will perform as part of the Season of Hope series at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, 80 South Market Street, San Jose, 95113. Admission is free. Celebrate the Twelve Days Before Christmas! Harpers Hall Celtic Harpists under the direction of Verlene Schermer, Director, brings intimate harp music to the Basilica. The 14th Annual Season of Hope Performance Series, located in the 206-year-old Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, offers  nourishment for the spirit by presenting a soul-satisfying multicultural musical event for everyone to enjoy during the holiday season. This event is a wonderful collaboration between various arts organizations and the San Jose Cathedral Foundation’s Office of Social Ministry. By fostering the spirit of hope all through the year, the Cathedral provides food, shelter, medical care, and a job search program to those in need, regardless of race or creed, crossing all cultural boundaries.

Friday, January 2, 2015 – Calestone in Concert – (Letitia Berlin, recorders and douçaine; Frances Blaker, recorders and hackebrett; Shira Kammen, vielle, harp and voice; Allison Zelles Lloyd, voice and harp) presents a concert to welcome in the New Year.IANUARIO: Medieval and early Renaissance music celebrating the New Year, including New Year’s songs by Dufay and music from the original Carmina Burana! Venue: Hillside Community Swedenborgian Church 1422 Navellier St, El Cerrito, CA 94530
Time: 7:00 pm;Ticket price(s): $20 general, $15 student/senior/SFEMS
Contact phone # for info or to reserve tickets: (510) 559-4670, or email

Saturday, January 25, 2015Adam Gilbert directs MPRO’S annual workshop. More information and flyers next month.

Schedule of SBRS DIRECTORS for 2014 - 2015
12 September -Shira Kamen             
3 October – Claudia Gantivar            
14 November - Andrew Levy         
9 January - Joyce Johnson-Hamilton   
13 February - David Hogan-Smith

13 March – Members’ Night
28 March – Workshop – Glen Shannon
April – Judy Linsenberg
May – Greta Haug-Hyrciw

Newsletter Editor: Laura Gonsalves
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