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Looking for other people to play recorders or other early instruments with in your area? A good place to start is the American Recorder Society, which has chapters all over the country, as well as listings of recorder teachers who take individual students, coach ensembles, or at the very least may be able to connect you with other players. Or, you can place a listing here. Contact us with your name and any contact information that interested parties might need, and a brief description of your interests or your group. We'll do our best to keep it up to date.


Contact: Carlos Marques
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (310) 833-9087
Comments: Recorder players Welcome!  Our group is in the Palos Verdes/San Pedro area of Southern California and meet on Friday nights. There are ~6 people in the group and many of us have played about 30 years together. We meet at each others homes and welcome you to join us.

Contact: Bert and Dorothy Barth
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (707) 554-4874
Subject: Recorder ensemble
Comments: Join us for some weekend music making in Vallejo, CA. We have a huge early music library and miss playing in larger groups. Intermediate-level players and above.

Contact: Frank Cone
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (760) 861-7375
Subject: Loud Band
Comments: Looking for cornetts, sackbuts, and dulcians for a loud band. I play G and A cornetts, plus alto cornett and tenor cornett. Anywhere in the Southern California area is workable.


Contact Name: Ann Singleton
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 407-260-9238
Subject: Orlando Florida Consort
Comments: The Orlando Consort is a member of the American recorder Society. We have two groups and both teach and welcome new players.


Contact Name: Richard Spittel
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (410) 242-3395
Comments: Hi, this is just an invitation for anyone who lives in the Baltimore, MD area and would like to play, please join us in the Baltimore Chapter of the American Recorder Society. Please contact me if you'd like more info.


Name: Jocelyn Demuth
Email: jrdemuthATcomcast.net
Subject: Mixed loud band
Comments: Diabolis in Musica plays new arrangements of renaissance and medieval and middle eastern music. We use bagpipes, rauschpfeife, hurdy-gurdy, violin, recorder, guitar and voice, oud and saz. We are currently not looking for any new members but we always like to hear from like-minded indivuals for fill-in and group performances http://profile.myspace.com/diabolisinmusica


Contact Name: Duane Meissner
Email: [email protected]
Subject: Individual recorder player near St. Louis, MO
Comments: Advanced player always looking for opportunities to play in small consorts or quartets just for fun. St. Louis, Missouri

New Hampshire:

Contact Name: Peter Okhuysen
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (603) 436-5872
Subject: New Hampshire Recorder Ensemble
Comments: Small a SATB recorder ensemble in Portsmouth, NH seeking beginning to intermediate players. We play together twice a month and perform locally a couple times a year.

New Jersey:

Contact Name: Denis Carpenter
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (201) 889-3840
Subject: Recorder ensembles around New York (Jersey City)
Comments: Always looking for good players who like to play a piece more than once or twice - group do get better that way. I also do a lot of recording of early music with a multi-track digital recorder and would be glad to e-mail samples out for your listening pleasure.

Contact Name: Madelyn Curtis
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (732) 309-0994
Subject: Recorder and/or Wind Ensembles in Central Jersey
Comments: Looking for local players for some ensemble work. I own many recorders (sopranino to bass), two traversos, and an oboe. I would like to play with some other recorders or wind players.

New York:

Contact name: Harry Katz
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 347-885-7795
Comments: I'm here in the East Village in NYC if there are others who would like to play!  I’m an amateur, although I’ve been playing many years... And play all kinds of music...  I have a myspace.com/harrykatz page... I also have youtube videos but that may be getting a little far afield...
Basically I like all kinds of music, from early, to Baroque, to rock, folk, and anything in between!!!

Contact Name: Beth Gurzler
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 518-877-7148
Subject: loud band
Comments: Location: Albany, NY area I play shawm fairly well and am looking for other louds because it's toough practicing on my own. I would also like to learn to make reeds.

Name: Paul Sherman
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (315) 598-3570
Subject: loud band
Comments: I run an amateur LOUD Band in the Syracuse/Central NY area and am looking for players - cornetti, sackbut, shawm, dulcian. A percussionist who is familiar with early music rhythms would be a real plus.

Name: Thomas A. Gorman
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (845) 417-8435
Subject: Early Music Wind Players
Comments: Looking for Early Music wind players in or near the Mid Hudson Valley NY to play Renaissance, Baroque or 18th century music with our Early Music ensemble. Recorders, Shawns, sackbut,dulcians. Also, 18th century Oboe, clarinet, basoon, natural horn, for American Revolution period (18th century) wind band. String players for Baroque and 18th century salon music. Organist for Renaissance, Baroque and 18th Century music.


Contact Name: Jeffrey Quick
Email: [email protected]
Subject: Loud band
Comments: I'm looking for loud band players (shawms, sackbuts, cornetti, dulcians) in NE Ohio (W. OH, S. MI, W PA OK too). I play G/D shawms, tenor dulcian and sackbut, and have a band that works a little and would like to work more. Pitch is 440 but I can play 460 sackbut.

Contact Name: Scott Carson
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 740-592-6611
Comments: I'm in the process of forming a group of musicians interested in playing recorder consort and other forms of early music for performances in SE Ohio and parts of WV.

Contact Name: Rick Arnest
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (513) 379-7401
Subject: Consort in SW Ohio
Comments: If you are in the Cincinnati area (including Northern Kentucky) and would like to form or join a recorder consort - get in touch with me. http://www.facebook.com/RichardArnest


Contact Name: Marianne Boshuizen
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (918) 477-7226
Subject: Mostly Recorders in the Tulsa Area
Comments: We, The Tulsa Recorder Consort, also add other early instruments occasionally. Intermediate players and above are welcome to join in.


Contact Name: Zoe Tokar
Email: [email protected]
Comments: Please join us at playing sessions of the Portland Recorder Society! We are also hosting a new early music workshop in March, 2009. Our website has lots more information: http://home.comcast.net/~pdxrecorders/


Contact Name: Helen Thornton
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (412) 486-0482
Subject: Early Music in Pittsburgh
Comments: The Pittsburgh chapter of the American Recorder Society meets every third Sunday from September through May at First United Methodist Church in Shadyside. In addition there are several other groups in town that play on a regular basis. Let me know if you need more information.


Contact Name: Bill and Margaret Newcomb
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (434) 591-0762
Comments: My wife and I are very intersested in Early music with emphasis on recorder playing. We live in Charlottesville, Virginia. Margaret was principal flutest for the Charlottesville/University of Virginia Smphony Orchestra. She is now the director of Shenandoah Recorder Society. www.srsva.org. I played for several years with the Early Music Ensemble at UVa. My teacher was Rob Turner. If you are from the Charlottesville area or are planning to move here give us a call. We are always looking for people intersested in eary music. Bill Newcomb


Contact Name: Winds of Southern Wisconsin
Email: [email protected]
Comments: We are the Madison, Wisconsin chapter of the Americian Recorder Society. We organize several workshops each year and meet once a week. We welcome new players. Please visit www.windsofsouthernwisconsin.org for more information.


New Brunswick:

Contact Name: Karen Townsend
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 506-887-6108
Location: Alma, New Brunswick, Canada
Comments: We have a ATB trio called The Baroque'n Winds in this tiny fishing village (pop. 250) on the Bay of Fundy. Lots of Bach and Mozart, Handel, Haydn, Loillet, Sammartini...and a few more modern pieces. We perform now and then, even give the odd concert in our region. Get in touch if you are passing through!

We don't have much up here  yet, but for starters, you can always check out the American Recorder Society and see if there is a chapter near you.  Just because there isn't one in your area does not mean that there are no recorder players though; and even if the closest chapter is far away, it's worth contacting them because they may know of other groups or players who live closer to you.