SFEMS’s Recorder Workshops return!

July 12-18 and 19-26, 2015 at St. Albert’s Priory, Oakland, CA. More information about the 2015 Workshops is coming soon–feel free to browse info on the 2014 workshops below.

Superstar faculty perform chamber music at the 2013 Recorder Workshops.

Faculty perform chamber music at the 2013 Recorder Workshops.

Directed by recorder players Rotem Gilbert and Hanneke van Proosdij, the SFEMS Recorder Workshops are located in the intimate setting of St. Albert’s Priory on the border of Oakland and Berkeley, California. These workshops feature every aspect of music making for the recorder, including technique classes, Renaissance recorder consort, medieval to contemporary music and consort music. Featuring small class sizes and an international faculty, they invite intermediate to advanced recorder players to sign up for one or both weeks. Each week concludes with a spectacular performance of all workshop participants in the Recorder Orchestra at St. Albert’s beautiful chapel. Evening events include faculty concerts, lecture demonstrations and a focused Wednesday mini-workshop.

Enjoy daily Feldenkrais® movement classes, recorder master classes and a supportive and social environment in the inspiring setting of St. Albert’s Priory.

Questions? Contact co-directors Rotem Gilbert and Hanneke van Proosdij,


Week I: June 29-July 5, 2014 – “Songs from the Garden of Heavenly and Earthly Delight”

Giant subcontrabass recorders at the 2013 Recorder Workshops.

Giant subcontrabass recorders at the 2013 Recorder Workshops.

Week I of SFEMS Recorder Workshop includes a Friday evening Recorder Orchestra performance of musical settings from the Song of Songs titled “Songs from the Garden of Love” led by Rotem Gilbert. Wednesday afternoon Mini-workshop will be coached by David Morris.

There are still spots available in Week I! Register and download the registration packet and class listings.

FACULTY: Vicki Boeckman; Rotem GilbertRecorder Orchestra; Gayle Neumann; Phil Neumann; Farley Pearce; Hanneke van Proosdij

Week II: July 6-12, 2014 – “Virtues and Vices”

Week II of SFEMS Recorder Workshop includes a Friday evening performance of the Recorder Orchestra led by Hanneke van Proosdij. Wednesday mini-workshop will be coached by Andrew Levy.

Registration for Week II is now closed (5/1/2014). Enrollees, download this year’s registration packet and class listings.

FACULTY: Louise Carslake; Cléa Galhano; Rotem Gilbert; Nina Stern; Anne Timberlake; Hanneke van ProosdijRecorder Orchestra

View a video of faculty performing Johannes de Stokem’s “Hor oires une chanzon” from the 1501 Odhecaton at the 2013 Workshops:


Dates, Deadlines, and Fees

Tuition: $550/week before April 30, $600/week May 1 or later
Full Room and Board: $432/week
Room and Board for the night of July 5: add $72
Lunches and Dinners only (no room): $180/week
Lunches only (no room): $75/week

Multi-week discount: $15 x number of weeks
SFEMS/EMA/ARS member discount: $10

Please contact the SFEMS Office to register if you are an EMA or ARS member and not also a SFEMS member.

Tuition assistance is available–visit the Scholarships page for more information.

To register for the Recorder Workshops, find instructions on the Registration info page–or go directly to online registration.

Additional questions regarding fees, logistics, or other matters? Contact Katie Hagen, Workshop Administrator, at