We are an enthusiastic community of
recorder players of all ages and levels, ranging from near
beginners to advanced. Our mentor program helps less
experienced players to feel more comfortable.
Our chapter activities include monthly
playing meetings, a full day workshop in the Fall, and a
weekend workshop for advanced players in the Spring. Chapter
members not only play at our meetings and workshops; many are
involved in other ensembles, including baroque ensemble,
renaissance consort, smaller recorder ensembles, traditional
music groups, and more.
Our playing meetings are usually held on
the 2nd Saturday of the month, September through May. These
sessions are directed by some of the finest recorder and early
music professionals in the region. We gather around 9:30am and
playing begins at 10am. We break for coffee, conversation and
treats (often home-baked) around 11:15, and the playing
finally wraps up at 12:30pm.
RSLI has a large library of music,
music-related books, and instruments. Members can check out
items at our monthly meetings.
Our Music Director is Rachel Begley, a
highly regarded recorder player and teacher. In addition to an
active performing and teaching career, Rachel has served as
our Music Director for more than 20 years, and holds a Doctor
of Musical Arts in recorder and early music from SUNY Stony