Winter American Recorder mailed and Online

The Winter 2018 Issue of American Recorder is live on the website and has been mailed to Standard members. 

Some of the hot topics in this issue are:
  • "Practice Makes Perfect? Nah (But it does a heck of a lot of other things)," the first of four articles by Tina Chancey in the American Recorder Practice Project. Visit the Practice Project page for links to the series extras, including a discussion forum, practice tips in Tina's Corner, a humorous article by ARS member Larry Burriss about how not to practice, and more. The page will be updated with new material, so visit often for new tips and ideas.
  •  Did you read the recent ARS Nova e-mag article on Performing in Costume? In the extras for the American Recorder Practice Project, read an online interview between series author Tina Chancey and recorder player Laura Osterlund, about playing recorder in costume and preparing for 51 performances of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater's production of Nell Gwynn.
  • It's time to get ready for Play-the-Recorder Month (PtRM, see below)--but this issue looks ahead not only to the 2019 event, but back to previous ones. We say goodbye to Pete Rose (1942-2018)--recipient of the 2005 ARS Distinguished Achievement Award, an extraordinary recorder performer and the composer of the 2006 PtRM music (hear him in performance and in an interview here); plus we honor the composer of the 2018 special PtRM music, Eric Haas, recipient of the 2019 ARS Presidential Special Honor Award. Access PtRM music over the years in our PtRM Music Archive.
  • It's also official that recorder maker Tom Prescott will receive the ARS's highest honor, the Distinguished Achievement Award. He and Eric Haas will receive their awards during the 2019 Boston Early Music Festival--plan now to attend.
  • Were you at the 2017 Boston Early Music Festival? Maybe you heard a talented young recorder player in that year's ARS Recorder Relay. We catch up with Teresa Deskur (now attending Peabody Conservatory) in an interview; be sure to view her YouTube videos.
  • Just in time for holiday shopping: the annual Focus on ARS Business Members.
Of course, we also have our Winter Newsletter with all the chapter/consort/recorder orchestra news that's fit to print, plus a report from the most recent ARS Board meeting held at the Recorder Music Center in Denver, CO. You can also read about the Educational Outreach Grants that we awarded in September to three worthy recipients.
We are pleased to present our Play the Recorder Month 2019 music edition, written for SATB recorders by Phil Neuman entitled "Fantasia on Faithless Nancy Dawson." The piece is based on a traditional sea chantey also known as "A-Rovin' and was published especially for the occasion.