ARS 2022 Election

Welcome to the 2022 ARS Election page!

The election period began on April 1, 2022, and the deadline was June 1, 2022 for members to cast their ballots. Members with an email address on file with us received an email on April 1 with a link to the election module on the ARS website. (Members without email received a ballot in the mail.) Members were able to click on the link, log in, and proceed with voting. If you had any trouble, please contact us so we can see how we can improve our process for next time.

We had 258 voters, which was 11.049% of our membership. This is down from the last election in 2020, when members were likely homebound due to COVID-19 restrictions -- we had 355 (16%) of our membership voting that year.  260 members voted in 2018, so 2022 was more reflective of a typical election year.

There were two parts to the election: A yes/no question to decide on some amendments to the Bylaws, and Candidates for the Board (listed below).


  • Bylaw Amendments were Approved
  • As it was a no-contest election, all candidates have been elected. Congratulations to all!


The ARS Board has approved amendments to the Bylaws and they will be submitted to the members as part of the upcoming election.  The changes clarify some provisions, including those relating to electronic voting, conflict of interest rules, expenses, and director terms, and correct references to governing state laws and tax laws.   

  Click here to view the changes on a marked-up PDF of the bylaws  

Members without an email address on file will be mailed a marked-up copy of the Bylaws with their ballot.

Please feel free to contact Board member Peter Faber, Chair of the Governance Committee, at if you have questions or comments.

Candidates for the 2022 ARS Board of Directors Election 

Phil Hollar

Natalie Lebert

Jody Miller

Carol Mishler

Judy Smutek

These candidates have all been through a vetting process conducted by the Nominating Task Force, chaired by Board member Barbara Prescott. All are eminently qualified, and many are incumbents on the ARS Board. You may pick up to 5 candidates. Please read their background information and candidate statements below.

Phil Hollar

Greensboro, NC

CURRENT POSITION: Freelance music teacher, Customer Care Supervisor at Graphik Dimensions. 

EDUCATION: BA (Music), University of North Carolina-Greensboro

EXPERIENCE: ARS Board of Directors 2018-2022, Co-chair of Member Benefits Committee; Music Director, Triad Early Music Society; freelance recorder teacher of private lessons, ensemble classes, ARS chapter meetings; faculty: Mountain Collegium, TRS Spring Early Music Workshop, Midwinter Workshop; 2017 graduate, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, having completed the music degree that I began in 1979. After leaving college on 1982, I spent the next three decades in the business world: 20 years in the photo retail business (district manager, Ritz Camera Centers); several years in the tech industry (account manager for online client management system for realtors). While working this job, I decided to return to college and finish the degree that I had put on hold over three decades earlier. 

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: The recorder has been a constant in my life for over five decades, despite the career changes and self-reinventions. I continued to be active musically during all the years that I devoted to the business world. I hope to be able to help others get the same level of fulfillment and inspiration from the instrument as I have over the years. Serving on the ARS Board of Directors has been an ideal way of achieving that. 

Natalie Lebert

New York City, NY

CURRENT POSITION: President of the New York Recorder Guild; Office Manager at Stevens Institute of Technology

EXPERIENCE: Current member of the ARS board, serving on the Diversity and Membership committees.


I fell in love with the recorder as an adult after hearing Marion Verbruggen play at the Unitarian Church of All Souls, which inspired me to begin recorder lessons with Deborah Booth. In the years since, I have attended CityRecorder workshop in New York City as well as the Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat. This eventually led me to initiate the revival of the New York Recorder Guild in 2017, after the chapter had been inactive for several years.

I feel especially called to advocate for the adult beginner. I also would like to see more players of color fall in love with the recorder and join the organization. It's my hope that by making the ARS a more diverse organization we will provide both the ARS and the recorder with a stable foundation for many years to come.

Jody Miller

Marietta, GA

CURRENT POSITION:  Recently retired from 30-year career as Director of Bands at McCleskey Middle School; freelance recorder teacher and player

EDUCATION:  BMEd and MMEd, University of Southern Mississippi

EXPERIENCE:  Music Director, Lauda Musicam of Atlanta; Director, Mountain Collegium Early Music & Folk Music Workshop; Co-Director, Mountain Collegium‘s Bloom Early Music Workshop; Co-Director, Amethyst Baroque Ensemble; former President, Atlanta Recorder Society; former Director, Emory Early Music Ensemble; former board member of Atlanta Early Music Alliance; regular faculty at Atlanta Midwinter Workshop; has taught at workshops, presented teacher inservice sessions, and led chapter playing sessions throughout the country. 

CANDIDATE STATEMENT:  As a 10 year-old, I found the recorder much by accident.  While my school in rural Mississippi didn‘t offer music classes before 5th grade.  After I started playing trumpet in the school band, the only music class offered in the junior high school, I found a strange little instrument called a recorder in the toy department of a local discount store.  Only when I was in college did I find out there were colleges and universities with programs in place for studying recorder!  The journey for me to discover that the recorder is a serious instrument took me more than 7 years.  The ARS has recently put a great deal of effort into reaching people who wouldn‘t easily find opportunities on their own, which is what I try to do on a daily basis in my own life.   I am currently working with multiple workshops to add classes or programs for emerging players.  In addition, I have put together various online class opportunities for these novice musicians, helping them to gain skills necessary to participate in local chapter meetings, workshops, and ensembles.  My hope is that by gaining a position on the ARS Board, I can help put in place some resources to help people more easily gain a place within the greater recorder community.

I believe in supporting the contemporary recorder community, having commissioned works of music by composers Timothy Broege, Glen Shannon, Martha Bishop, and others.  As a performer, I frequently perform contemporary chamber music for recorders and other instruments so that a wider circle of listeners can experience the recorder as a serious art instrument.

It would be a privilege to work with the ARS Board to help realize all the goals of the organization.  My long career as a music educator and performer help give me an insight to how people learn, what attracts people to music, and what keeps them interested.  As important as that expertise is, though, I look forward to interacting with even more of the recorder community to see how the ARS can best serve us all.

Carol Mishler

Sarasota, FL and Suring, WI

CURRENT POSITION: Retired, former vice president at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI where I oversaw marketing, research and development, strategic planning and the college Foundation fund raising.

EDUCATION: Ed.D in higher education, Nova University. Masters in educational research, University of Wisc-Green Bay. BA in English, Cornell College. Mt Vernon, IA

EXPERIENCE: I have served on the ARS board since 2018 and am currently Secretary of the board. I chair the Fundraising Committee and serve on the Communications Committee. During my time on the board, we have seen significant growth in donations and gifts. Under the tutelage of Barb Prescott, I took several fundraising courses that greatly increased my knowledge of how to raise funds. I now write many of the letters you receive asking for funds, as well as some of the emails you receive in December. I have worked on the Angel program that has raised funds to offer an honorarium to each composer published in the magazine. I initiated a program to retain ARS members whose memberships had lapsed. With other members of the Fundraising Committee, I have worked on a legacy giving program and am currently working on a monthly giving program called the Rondo Club.  As a member of the Communications Committee, I have written several ARS Nova issues and served on the magazine design committee that improved the look and readability of the American Recorder magazine. I am currently working with the group designing an ARS online newsletter to replace the paper copy you receive in your magazine. I have enjoyed all of these projects and believe they have resulted in improvements in the ARS.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: Having played the recorder for a few years in my 20s, I took it up again in retirement. I have now played continuously for almost 15 years, first with Recorders by the Bay in Green Bay WI and now with the Sarasota Chapter in Sarasota, FL. To say it has been life-changing is not an exaggeration. I have learned much-- to play recorders I didn't know existed and to play music I had been completely unaware of previously. I have experienced the joy that playing the recorder with an ensemble can bring to someone who is not a music major, not a professional musician nor a music teacher. With every new step I took, the recorder community welcomed and supported me.  I would be honored to pay it back by serving on the ARS Board for another term. 

Judy Smutek

Ann Arbor, Michigan

CURRENT POSITION: Retired in 2016 after serving the University of Michigan in a variety of managerial and technical positions in Information Technology, over a career spanning 40+ years.

EDUCATION: BA in Mathematics, University of Michigan; one year of graduate study in Mathematics, University of Michigan.  Ongoing technical, professional and leadership training over the course of my IT career. 

EXPERIENCE: Current ARS Board member serving on the Finance and Communications committees. Long-time member of the Ann Arbor Recorder Society, where I have served previously as treasurer and secretary.  Since 2008, have scheduled and coordinated the AARS Spring recorder workshops, which typically attract recorder players and early music enthusiasts from Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.  Regularly attend early music workshops or recorder camps, including Amherst Early Music Festival, Amherst Memorial weekend workshop, Pinewoods Early Music week.  Play regularly and occasionally perform in amateur recorder ensembles in the Ann Arbor area, including Quintessentially Renaissance, a renaissance recorder quintet. Studied privately with Beth Gilford.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: Individual and ensemble recorder playing can enrich the lives of children and adults of all ages.  ARS members understand that the recorder is an excellent vehicle for social connection, fun, and skill development.  Our organization seeks members of all ages and backgrounds, and I look forward to collaborating with board members in making the ARS a more diverse and welcoming organization. Since becoming an ARS Board member in 2018, I‘ve been pleased to work behind the scenes to support ARS in offering virtual recorder classes to new and returning players, exposing more people to our favorite instrument and giving recorder professionals teaching opportunities during the COVID pandemic. Also gratifying was our project to update the design and layout of AR magazine, and now we‘re planning to release timely ARS news, chapter news, and event information electronically.  

As a young adult, I picked up a recorder to gain experience with a musical instrument, since I had no musical training in school.  Little did I realize that the recorder would lead to rich friendships fostered during ensemble playing, a love of early instrumental and vocal music, and a strong interest in renaissance and medieval European history. It would be a privilege to continue my work with the ARS Board of Directors as we strengthen and expand our organization and share the pleasures of recorder-playing with more people.