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Tactus Seeks New Director: Applications Deadline Extended to June 15

SFEMS Affiliate Tactus (tactus-sf.org), a 12–16 voice Renaissance chamber chorus in San Francisco, is seeking a Music Director to lead the chorus at weekly rehearsals and three performance weekends per year. This is a part-time, year-round, volunteer position. Some financial support may be available, depending on the qualifications of the candidate. The candidate must be available for evening rehearsals (currently […]

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Lee Mennell (1946–2018)

We were saddened to learn of Lee Mennell’s sudden death last week. Lee was a former President of SFEMS (1985–86), a fine amateur recorder player, and a gentle spirit. We will miss him, and we extend our condolences to his family and friends. There will be a memorial his honor at El Cerrito’s Hillside Community […]

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How to Play Expressively on the Recorder

A Gift from Frans Brüggen and Lee McRae by Peter Fisher On Saturday, September 23, 2017, Eva Legêne produced a memorial celebration at St. John’s Church in Berkeley for Lee McRae, a remarkably accomplished musician, teacher, worker for peace and justice, and a dear friend to many Bay Area musicians. The following are remarks I […]

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CJC/SFEMS Early Music Sundays

Call for proposals: 2018–19 Series SFEMS is accepting concert proposals for the California Jazz Conservatory/SFEMS Early Music Sundays 2018–19 series. Participation in this series is open to SFEMS Affiliates and members of SFEMS. All performances in this series take place on Sunday afternoons at 4:30 p.m.  Programs should be approximately one hour in length with […]

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Machaut’s Medieval Polyphony for Treble Voices

This spring, Vajra Voices is excited to announce its latest initiative: a one-day vocal workshop on Le Lai de la Fonteinne by Guillaume de Machaut (ca. 1300–1377), supported in part by a grant from the California Arts Council in partnership with the San Francisco Early Music Society. This landmark work by one of the titans of […]

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Headlands in Berkeley?

The world-famous Headlands Workshop sponsored by the East Bay Recorder Society has moved to an every-other-year schedule, with the next full weekend event happening in May 2019. But we couldn’t go a whole year without some multi-faculty fun, so for 2018 we are doing “Headlands in Berkeley.” This workshop is Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 […]

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Berlin Classes in May and June

Tish Berlin will be offering four different classes for upper intermediate to advanced recorder players in May and June. Two separate classes will be offered on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. and from 3:00-4:30 p.m., May 16–30 and June 13. Johann Sebastian Bach’s Art of Fugue will be the subject of the 1:00 p.m. […]

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Garden in the Hills Party

You are cordially invited to the SFEMS Garden in the Hills House Concert taking place on Sunday, May 19, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., at the home of Dr. Carol Baird and Alan Harper. This special party and concert will benefit the 2018 Berkeley Festival and Exhibition. Music, The event features wine, hors d’oeuvres, and […]

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Handel in Rome

California Bach Society to Perform Magnificent Vesper Psalms Artistic Director Paul Flight leads the award-winning California Bach Society in stunning works from GF Handel’s 1707 Vespers service at the Carmelite church of Santa Maria in Montesanto in Rome. We perform three magnificent psalm settings: Nisi Dominus, Laudate Pueri Dominum, and Dixit Dominus. The 30-voice chorus […]

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