Support the Mission of the Highland Park Recorder Society by Making a Donation

The Highland Park Recorder Society’s mission is to cultivate and foster a love and appreciation of the art, history, literature, and uses of the recorder, and to raise the level of proficiency in its performance. The Society showcases music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and commissions new music from early career composers.

We work to strengthen the early music community and to enhance public awareness of the riches and beauty of early music. Musica Dolce, a Baroque outreach ensemble of the Society, performs Baroque music to lift the spirit.

Musica Dolce

Musica Dolce performs at the Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey

By donating to the Highland Park Recorder Society, you make your voice heard in support of early music. You support our bringing to life music of the great masters. You support our enhancing public awareness of the beauty of music for recorders, strings and harpsichord.

Musica Dolce performed during the last thirteen years with the Guild for Early Music at the Grounds for Sculpture, in Hamilton, New Jersey, reaching a wider community. The Society reaches young and old. From 2017-2019 the Society’s president, Donna Messer, gave performances for seniors in their residence in Summit, NJ, and did numerous interactive music presentations for young children, reaching over 1,000 Pre-K students and their teachers in the City of Elizabeth, NJ.

Donna & Pre-K Students

Donna Messer performs for one of many Pre-K classes in the Elizabeth Public Schools, NJ, during the Week of the Young Child, organized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

HPRS Chamber Orchestra & Chorus

HPRS Chamber Orchestra and Chorus,
United Methodist Church, New Brunswick, NJ

We rely on people like you, our generous donors, to support the Highland Park Recorder Society, so that we may serve a community of people who find joy and purpose in sharing recorder and early music from across the centuries.

Your gift is a vital part of our effort to bring the best artists to the Highland Park Recorder Society. Ticket revenues and income from our program offerings cover only a portion of the cost of bringing our extraordinary programs to you. Please make a donation to help us cover the remaining costs of presenting programs of beautiful, uplifting music, and enjoy the knowledge that you are sustaining vital arts in our lives.

Donation Levels

Friend to $49
Supporter $50 - $99
Associate $100 - $299
Donor $300 - 599 (Funds a Seminar in our series)
Sponsor $600 - $899 (Funds videographers, photographers)
Patron $900 - $1,999 (Funds web design, and printing)
Benefactor $2,000 - $3,999 (Funds a music director for a year)
Angel $4,000 - $5,999 (Funds musicians in concerts)

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Three transitional recorders

Soprano, alto and tenor “transitional” recorders

If you prefer to write a check, please support our mission by writing a check made out to the Highland Park Recorder Society, Inc. and mailing it to:

Highland Park Recorder Society, Inc.,
Attn.: Donna Messer, President,
431 Lincoln Avenue,
Highland Park, NJ 08904

The Highland Park Recorder Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law in the Internal Revenue Code. The HPRS will provide a receipt for your gift. For your generosity, on behalf of the Society, you will receive the personal thanks of its president.

Renaissance soprano recorder

Renaissance soprano recorder
Music in 16th-century white notation

Allegory of April: Triumph of Venus

Allegory of April: Triumph of Venus (detail)
Francesco del Cossa, 1476-1484
Salone dei Mesi, Palazzo Schifanoia, Ferrara
Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders Through a Grant from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.