Welcome! We hope you’ll join us soon in convivial music-making.
The East Bay Recorder Society (EBRS) is an association of recorder enthusiasts in the San Francisco Bay area. Recorder players from beginning to advanced levels are invited to join, to play music together and to learn more about the recorder with a different professional conductor each month (September-May or June). Please go to our "Join Us!" page for our membership form.
Download our Gig Book:
The East Bay Recorder Society makes this work available to the recorder community in commemoration of Eileen Hadidian. It may be used freely for any non-commercial purpose. This compilation of accessible music for amateur ensembles includes duets, trios, quartets and a quintet drawn from a wide variety of public domain sources, selected, edited and arranged by Eileen Hadidian. Frances Feldon, Richard Geisler and Fred Palmer also contributed arrangements to the book. The music comes from different cultural traditions and time periods, including Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, American folk and spirituals, Celtic tunes. The download can be achieved by clicking on the image or link to the right.
Play with us!
Our second monthly playing session for the new year of 2015 will be conducted by Frances Blaker, February 6th beginning at 7:30 pm and ending at 10:00 pm with a break for announcements, chapter business, snacks and socializing at about 8:40 pm. Location will be Zion Lutheran Church, 5201 Park Blvd., Oakland, CA.
Frances Blaker performs on recorders of all types and sizes as a soloist and with Ensemble Vermillian, Farallon Recorder Quartet, Calextone, Sitka Trio and Tibia Recorder Duo. As a member of Ensemble Vermillian she explores, transcribes, performs and records chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries. She has performed as soloist with the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, with the North Carolina H.I.P. Festival 2013, with Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, and others. Performances with numerous other groups have taken Ms. Blaker around the U. S., Denmark, England, France, Italy and the Netherlands. She is conductor and music director of the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, and of BABO (Bay Area Baroque Orchestra), a community orchestra for accomplished amateur players.
Ms. Blaker received her Music Pedagogical and Performance degrees in recorder from the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen where she studied with Eva Legêne. She also studied with Marion Verbruggen in the Netherlands. As co-director of Tibia Adventures in Music, she organizes workshops for small groups of adult students in the U. S., France, Italy and Great Britain. She has been co-director of both the SFEMS Medieval and Renaissance workshop and the Baroque workshop, and is now director of the Amherst Early Music Festival. She teaches recorder privately, both in person and long distance via Skype, and is a sought after instructor at workshops all around the U. S. Ms. Blaker is the author of The Recorder Player's Companion and the "Opening Measures" column in the American Recorder, and a collaborator and performer on the Disc Continuo series of play-along recordings.
As a composer, Frances Blaker has been awarded month-long residencies focusing on music composition at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis, Oregon in April 2003, 2006, and 2011. She has received commissions to compose works for Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel Valley, CA, and the Oregon Coast Recorder Society. She is currently working on a number of pieces, and is pondering how to depict in music the crystalline structures found in certain meteorites.
Her compositions have been published by PRB Productions and Lost in Time Press.
Ms. Blaker can be heard on Ensemble Vermillian’s two-volume survey of German 17th century chamber music centering around Buxtehude’s opus 1, Stolen Jewels, and Buried Treasure, and with the Farallon Recorder Quartet in works Ludwig Senfl, and music from England, From Albion’s Shores.
Susan Jaffe, President