2020 Events

COVID-19 Update 6 – Online Concert Series Program V

We are thrilled to welcome you to the fifth in our series of five near-weekly early music online performances in an artistic collaboration of the Highland Park Recorder Society with Collegium Musicum of New Jersey. Sunday, May 31, 2020, 3:00 P.M. Join us for “Hidden Treasures of the Baroque,” including music rarely heard and newly discovered Baroque music that is unknown in the West. We bring you a unique program with distinguished artists.

Read our news post for more information

(Below is the plan that was approved for a grant award. After the COVID-19 virus broke out, the grant award was re-purposed and approved for the presentation of five online performances.)

Collaborative concerts with Collegium Musicum and Veritas Youth Symphony Orchestra

More information about these concerts.

Amy Herbitter will conduct the recorder playing sessions on selected Mondays.

Amy with recorder Amy Herbitter is music director and recorderist for the Morris Consort, a group she helped found in 1998, appearing in performances from New York to Boston. In 2004 Amy presented her solo New York recital debut. She continues to appear as a soloist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as coaching and conducting playing sessions for chapters of the American Recorder Society in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. In addition, Amy performs on classical and folk guitar in solo performances in these areas. More recently she has focused on bringing the music of these instruments in concerts for residents of assisted living facilities all over New Jersey. She teaches the recorder, as well as guitar, remotely, for individual students or for groups. Amy can be reached at morrisconsort@gmail.com

2020 Meeting Dates

Rehearsals at:

Reformed Church of Highland Park
19-21 S. Second Ave,.
Highland Park, NJ, 08904

Rehearsal Times:
6:30 – 7:00 Meet and Greet. Set up music stands, chairs, etc.
7:00 – 9:00 Rehearse
9:00 – 9:30 Refreshments and socializing

The Story of the Original Collegium Musicum

Rehearsal Dates:

  • Feb 24, 2020
  • March 9
  • March 16
  • March 30
  • April 13
  • April 20

Friday eve., April 24 Dress Rehearsal

Saturday eve., April 25 Performance

Doors Open 6:30 P. M.
Concert 7:00 P. M.


St. Thomas Church, Old Bridge, NJ
333 Rt. 18 South,
Old Bridge, NJ 08857

Hidden Treasures of the Baroque

Rehearsal Dates:

  • May 4, 2020
  • May 11
  • May 18
  • June 1
  • June 8

Friday, June 12, Dress Rehearsal

Saturday, June 13, Performance

Doors Open 6:30 P. M.
Concert 7:00 P. M.


Reformed Church of Highland Park.
19-21 S. Second Ave,.
Highland Park, NJ, 08904

Bach, Art of the Fugue, Praetorius, and recently discovered music of Baroque Belarus, Lithuania and Scandinavia

Highland Park Recorder Society and Collegium Musicum 2020 Artistic Collaboration Project

Veritas Youth Orchestra
Mira Kang, Music Director
David Jeong, Conductor

Donna Messer, Amy Herbitter – Recorders
Phyllis Lehrer, Harpsichord

Collegium Musicum String Quartet
Brennan Sweet, Violin
Alexi Yavtuhovich, Violin
Dennis Krasnokutsky, Viola
Mira Kang, Cello

Program One – Collegium Musicum – Facts and Story

Story of the original Collegium Musicum founded by Telemann in Leipzig in 1702 with university music students, giving weekly concerts as a voluntary association of professional musicians and university students from 1704, and later under the musical direction of Bach from April 1729 until the summer of 1737, and again from October 1739 until 1741.

Weekly performances took place Wednesdays, 4:00–6:00 P.M. in the coffee-house garden of the Zimmermann’s in the summer, and at the Zimmermann’s Friday between 8:00 and 10:00 P.M. in the winter.

Gottfried Zimmermann, their landlord and concert organizer died in May 1741. With his death the collegium could not long continue. It’s 40 years as an important musical cultural institution in Leipzig’s civic musical life came to an end in 1744.


Telemann Suite in A Minor

No. 1 Ouverture Lento
No. 3 Air a l’Italian Largo, gracieusement
No. 5 Rejouissance Presto Viste

Bach Double Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor Alexi Yavtuhovich

Telemann’s Viola Concerto in G Major Brennan Sweet

Harpsichord Concerto in the Old Style the style of Bach, by J. Franek

Beatles Goes Baroque, No. 1 arr. Peter Breiner

Program Two – Hidden Treasures of the Baroque

Vilno/Polotsk Notebooks – Recently discovered music of Baroque Belarussian, Lithuanian and Scandanavian music. Originally in lute tablature, and being arranged for recorders, strings and basso continuo by Collegium Musicum, it contains about 200 dances, unknown in our time. Arr. for 2 violins, viola, cello, bass viol, 1 double bass, harpsichord, lute, and 2 recorders.

M. Praetorius Suite of Dances from Terpischore

Marco Uccelini. Opera Arias, 4-Part; Bergamasca. Pub. 1640-1660.
Biber, Sonata Representiva, 1670, violin solo, w/optional recorders, lute, percussion.

Bach, Art of the Fugure (Die Kunst der Fugue) J. S. Bach(1685-1750)
Bach began working on this in the mid 1740s and worked on revisions in his last years. His sons, probably C. P. E. Bach, took charge of the publication, and it was printed posthumously in the autumn of 1751. It was the culmination of Bach’s early preoccupation with the canon as the strictest form of counterpoint, which dated back to his Weimar period in 1708 when he was appointed to the Duke of Weimar’s “Capelle and Kammermusik,” where he was referred to as the “newly appointed court organist” until March 1714, when he took on an additional post.

  • Contrapunctus No. 1 for SATB Recorders, arr by Eric Haas
  • Contrapunctus No. 2 or 3 for strings and recorders
  • Contrapunctus No. 4 for strings and voices
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.