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


June 2014

Summer Play-Ins
As most of you know, the South Bay Recorder Society does not have regular chapter meetings during the months of June, July, and August. Instead, we have three Play-Ins: one in each of the three summer months, which are held in the homes of members. It’s a good opportunity to socialize and get to know your fellow chapter members. You may want to bring friends who are new to recorder and would like the opportunity to play with a group in an informal setting. If you are planning to attend, please contact the hostess/host so she/he will know how many people to expect, and to get directions. Bring your music stand, instruments, a pot luck dish, and your favorite music (enough for about 8 stands) to share. The Play-Ins scheduled for this summer are as follows:

Sunday, June 15th at 3:00 PM at the home of Anne-Marie Wiggers, 12110 Mellowood Drive, Saratoga 95070. Phone: (408) 255-9739 or email: Playing followed by a potluck dinner.

July (date TBA – you will be notified by email when we have a date) at 3:00 PM at the home of Georgiana Rudge, 1187 Washoe Drive, San Jose, CA 95120. Phone: (408) 997-1451. Or email:

Saturday, August 16th at 3:00 PM at the home of Bob Eltgroth and Mary Paquet, 173 Giddings Court, San Jose, CA 95129. Phone: (408) 629-7325, or email:

President’s Message
Our May visit with Glen Shannon was great! We began with a warm up including his favorite scales. The ensemble etudes by Dietrich Schnabell provided great chords and rhythms. This was followed a good look at Nostalgium by Jean Harrod. We learned to emphasize certain notes and breathe equally to create a good sound. We explored a little of John Bull's Pavan and then moved on to Glen's pieces. His Frietjes (French Fries) - ready to be published - was a challenge and required careful counting under his excellent direction. Final pieces included his "Fanfare for the 40th" commissioned by the Orange County Recorder Society - great fun! Then a quick run through of Bourrees gave us a look at Glen Shannon's creative talents.

I look forward to Summer Play-Ins in June, July, and August. Everyone brings wonderful pieces to play and the pot luck food is always excellent. See you then.
Liz Brownell, President

Chapter News
Lois Ario passed away on May 19th. She was known by many for her brash forward personality, but she will be remembered by me as a highly intellectual woman with a great love for the arts. She especially loved music, and despite her lack of natural musical ability, she always tried to improve her playing, and strived to find the indefinable beauty music offers when played well.
Michèle Kelly

Lois’ pursuit of knowledge and adventure was a thread throughout her life. A Sociology Professor at Butler University, she influenced many of her students with her passion for Women’s Rights, the Right to Choose, and the rights of all to equal treatment and opportunity. Her commitment to social justice was unwavering. A native of New York City, Lois is survived by her nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephew. We will miss her unique individuality, intelligence and wit. She made us all better people. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to NARAL and Planned Parenthood. A celebration in her honor will be held on June 21 in San Francisco.

Dear Friends
We will be celebrating Lois’ life on Saturday June 21st. We hope you are able to join us. Please feel free to invite anyone you know who was a part of Lois’ life.
When: June 21st, 2014; Time: 10:30 AM
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Lunch will follow at Gerry, Mark, Rebecca, and Natalie’s home 1746 Sanchez Street, SF 94131.
RSVP to Rob Garber, 387 Hillside Ave., Nutley, NJ 07110 973-420-3943 (cell); 973-662-0663

My sincere thanks go to all the volunteers who have provided a variety of finger food goodies for the SBRS meetings this year, especially George, Liz, Marcia, and Diana, who all provided something for our May meeting. I’m looking forward to seeing some of you at the play-ins this summer, where any food contribution towards the potluck dinner will be appreciated, as well as music to share with the group.
Jean Ridley, Hospitality.

Music Opportunities
Dale Victorine would like to invite you to a concert where one of his works will be performed: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 80, 1st movement.

On Saturday, June 28th at 8:00 PM, NACUSAsf will present the Sorella String Quartet, performing new works by local composers, at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave, Los Altos 94022. The concert will feature works by Mark Alfenito, Greg Bartholomew, Antonio Celaya, Sondra Clark, L. Peter Deutsch, Max Simoncic, Greg Steinke, and Dale Victorine. Tickets will be available at the door for $17 and $12. There will be a reception to follow. For more information, contact Dale Victorine at (408) 768-1941 or

LIST of SBRS DIRECTORS for 2014 - 2015
Vice President Michèle Kelly has scheduled next season’s directors as follows:
12 September -Shira Kamen             
3 October – Claudia Gantivar            
14 November - Judy Linsenberg           
9 January - Joyce Johnson-Hamilton   
13 February - David Hogan-Smith

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

Newsletter Editor: Laura Gonsalves
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