2021 Events from the Highland Park Recorder Society

Join us for the 2021 Seminar Series in Early Music Performance

Benefits of Membership

The Board of the Highland Park Recorder Society is thrilled to announce that at their September 2, 2020 Board meeting they decided enthusiastically and unanimously to engage the dynamic Lewis Baratz, Music Director of the successful and famed early music ensemble La Fiocco, to be the Music Director of the Highland Park Recorder Society for the year 2020-2021.

Lewis Baratz 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.
More information about Lewis Baratz

Seminar series of nine instructional sessions, October 2020 – June 2021

at deeply discounted rates – with HPRS membership.

Normal rates:

Regular annual HPRS membership: $40.
Regular playing fee for members: $12 / session
$12/session times 9 monthly sessions = $108
Plus annual membership: $40
Total for membership and 9 monthly sessions = $148

Deeply Discounted rates:

Join the Highland Park Recorder Society (normally $40)
And attend the seminar series of 9 sessions (normally $108)
for only $100 for the year, in total. Save $48.

Sign up now, for the instructional year, October 2020 to June 2021.

For those who may not be ready to sign up for nine sessions, with membership, there is another option, to sign up for fewer sessions at a higher rate, without membership. One may add it later for $40.

People may sign up for a single session at any time. Give us a three days notice so that, after receiving your registration and payment, we can send you a Zoom invitation, and a Zoom link the morning of the date for which you registered.

Cost for 9 Sessions $135 (= $15 per session )
Cost for 6 Sessions $120 (= $20 per session )
Cost for 3 Sessions $75 (= $25 per session )
Cost for 1 Session $15 (= $30 per single session )
Cost for Auditors $15 (= $15 per single session )
October 12 Recorder and Early Music Performance Boot Camp
November 9 Articulation and more articulation
December 14 Diego Ortiz, Jacob van Eyck, and the Art of Variation
January 11 Playing 17th-century Italian music
February 8 The late Baroque sonata and ornamentation
March 8 Late Baroque unaccompanied music
April 12 Playing Renaissance 2-part music
May 10 Intro to French Baroque Music
June 14 English Division Music around 1700

We welcome all who are interested in Early Music - Players of recorders, strings, keyboards and other instruments. Discussions will be geared to all participants. All levels welcome!

We will meet on the 2nd Monday of the month.

7:15 Meet and greet on Zoom. Click Zoom Link. Soon be admitted.
7:30 – 9:00 P.M. Play

Registration & Payment

We hope to get an online registration system up soon. In the meantime, please print and mail the registration form.
Download Registration Form
If you think your registration form will arrive after October 7, and you signed up for the first session, please mail Donna Messer a note to that effect, so that you can receive a Zoom invitation to the opening session October12.

Mail the completed form and check to:

Highland Park Recorder Society, Inc.,
c/o Donna Messer, President
431 Lincoln Ave
Highland Park, NJ, 08904

Policy Statement

As an arts group, it is our policy and intention to be as inclusionary as possible, and we will make every effort to ensure that we can serve persons with disabilities.

About Lewis Baratz

Lewis Baratz Lewis Baratz 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 was the first person to earn the Ph.D. in musicology with a concentration in historical performance practice at Case Western Reserve University. As a music historian, he has authored critical editions and over 20 articles on a wide range of topics, including 15th-century dance music, 17th-century keyboard music, biographical, archival, and manuscript studies, basso continuo, the choirboys of the Brussels Collegiate Church c. 1550 to 1793, and numerous entries in the New Grove Dictionary of Music. He was a Fulbright Scholar and Fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation. Lewis taught at Seton Hall University and Mercer County Community College, and currently teaches piano, harpsichord and recorder, and directs the chamber orchestra at Lafayette College. He served on the boards of Early Music America, the Academy of Sacred Drama, and the Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County. He developed and hosted the syndicated radio show, “Well Tempered Baroque” for three years.