Join us for the 2021-2022 Seminar Series in Early Music Performance

The Highland Park Recorder Society proudly announces its 2021-2022 early music seminar series. Led by Dr. Lewis R. Baratz, there will be 9 seminars throughout the season focusing on various topics and featuring guest artists. The seminars have been praised for “far exceeding expectations,” and Lewis’ teaching hailed as “surprising and delightful in his way of focusing on individual facets of technique and musicianship… It makes for lessons I can really take home, practice, and learn from.”

Our first seminar of the year, “Building a Rock-Solid Recorder Technique” will be on October 25th at 7:30pm. This will be a great opportunity for recorder players of all levels to learn from an experienced teacher and connect with other early music aficionados. All seminars will be held online and include an historical context and playing music sent in advance. For more information and to register please vist the registration page. If you have questions, please email

The Board of the Highland Park Recorder Society is thrilled to engage Dr. Lewis Baratz to serve a second term as Music Director of the Highland Park Recorder Society. Lewis is founder and director of the period instrument ensemble La Fiocco, and conductor of the chamber orchestra of Lafayette College. He has performed on recorder and harpsichord with the Academy of Sacred Drama, Bethlehem Baroque, the Queens Consort, MidAtlantic Opera Company, Voices Chorale, Vox Ama Deus, and La Fiocco, the period instrument ensemble that he founded in 2010.

Lewis Baratz

Dr. Lewis R. Baratz, Music Director
Date Topics Artists
10/25/21 Seminar 1: Building a Rock-Solid Recorder Technique. Lewis R. Baratz
11/15/21 Seminar 2: Playing Handel’s Sonatas for Recorder & Continuo. Lewis R. Baratz
Benjamin Berman
12/20/21 Seminar 3: Intro to Early 17th c.  Music:  Rossi, Merula, and Falconieri.  Lewis R. Baratz
Benjamin Berman
Nathan Bishop
1/17/22 Seminar 4: Jacob van Eyck’s Variations on English and French Dances Lewis R. Baratz
1/22/22 Masterclass Lewis R. Baratz
2/21/22 Seminar 5: Telemann’s Sonatas for Recorder & Continuo Lewis R. Baratz
Benjamin Berman
3/21/22 Seminar 6: Duet Night. Renaissance and Baroque 2-Part Music Lewis R. Baratz
Sarah Davol
4/18/22 Seminar 7:  Intro to French Baroque Music Lewis R. Baratz
Benjamin Berman
5/16/22 Seminar 8: Playing Playford - The English Popular Music Tradition, 1651-1706. Lewis R. Baratz
Benjamin Berman, harpsichord
Agnes Simkens, violin
Matt Weinman, lute
6/20/22 Seminar 9: The Bird Fancier’s Delight & English Solo Preludes Lewis R. Baratz

The Highland Park Recorder Society Presents the 2021-2022 Seminar Series in Early Music Performance

  • 9 seminars @$30 each:  $270
  • 3rd Monday of each month, Oct. 25 through June 20, 2022
  • 7:30-9:00 P.M. on Zoom
  • Questions and Discussion (optional) 9:00-9:30
  • Join the HPRS to receive Members’ discounts. Annual Membership is $40.

Sign up now for Early Bird Savings!

  • Non-members:  Sign up for all 9, get a $30 discount – Pay only $240.
  • New or Renewing HPRS Members: Sign up for all 9, get a $70 discount – Pay only $200.
  • Pay by check to HPRS, postmarked by Oct. 20, 2021
  • If new or renewing, and paying by check, please write two separate checks, one for the Seminar Series and one for Membership.
  • Please write in the Memo section what this payment is for: Seminars or Membership or a Donation.
  • Mail it to HPRS, c/o D. Messer, 431 Lincoln Ave., Highland Park, NJ 08904
  • Or use the online registration form by October 20, 2021.

Early Birds, if you cannot attend all 9, choose up to 6 individual seminars, regularly $30 each

Online Registration

The Artists

Benjamin Berman earned the B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.  He is music director of the Presbyterian Church in Bound Brook, NJ, music director and conductor of the Hub City Opera and Dance Company and of the Highland Park Community Chorus. He has sung with the West Jersey Chamber Music Society, Makhelat Hamercaz, the Jewish Choir of Central Jersey, the Choral Arts Society of New Jersey, and the newly-formed professional choir, Vocala.  Benjamin plays harpsichord with La Fiocco, and is accompanist for the Rutgers University Queens Chorale. 

Nathan Bishop is a modern and baroque violinist, and an Irish and traditional fiddler.  He is a recent graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He founded the Rutgers University String Ensemble (RUSE) and is conductor of the Hunterdon Music for Youth’s “Saturday Strings” Youth Orchestra Program.  In addition to performing, Nathan coaches classical and baroque violinists in traditional fiddling styles. He is currently studying the Suzuki philosophy at the School for Strings in NYC, and continues to explore the role of music education in our adaptive world. 

Sarah Davol is a nationally renowned modern and baroque oboist. She is a founding member of American Classical Orchestra, principal oboist of Vox Ama Deus Orchestra, and has been a featured soloist with Amor Artis, Bachanalia, Big Apple Baroque, Concert Royal, La Fiocco, REBEL, RYM Ensemble, Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Washington Bach Sinfonia, among others. Sarah has toured Germany with Apollo Ensemble and Publick Musick, and South America and Mexico with Chanticleer and Wiener Akademie with actor John Malkovich. She is director of Englewinds, an Eco-music ensemble, and is on the adjunct faculty of William Paterson University and Rutgers University.  

Agnes Simkens is a specialist in baroque and modern violin. She is a co-founder of Biber Baroque, and has performed with Rebel, Opera Lafayette, Ars Musica, and La Fiocco. She earned performance degrees from the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp, Belgium, Yale School of Music, and the D.M.A. at the Moores School of Music of the University of Houston.  Agnes teaches violin at Montclair State University, and maintains private violin teaching studios in Short Hills and Teaneck, New Jersey.

Matthew Weinman is a professional lutenist, plucked string teacher, and composer with expertise in 16th and 17th century compositional forms as a stimulus to invention. He graduated from Mannes College of Music in Historical Performance and earned his M.Mus. from Columbia University.  Matthew studied Renaissance and baroque lute and theorbo with Pat O’Brien and Paul O’Dette, and composition with Dan Cataneo, Maria Rojas, David Loeb, and Robert Cuckson.  His compositions have been published by the Lute Society of England and The Lute Society of America.

Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners
Through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.