On Saturday, March 28, the South Bay Recorder Society presents its spring workshop, “Macromusic,” directed by Glen Shannon. The workshop runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will be held at First Congregational Church of San Jose, 1980 Hamilton Avenue (corner of Leigh), in San Jose.

Playing in a large group puts different demands on us than playing one to a part, the main one being the ability to set our egos aside. This workshop will focus on being part of a sound greater than our individual selves, while enjoying some excellent contemporary repertoire out of Germany, England, and the US. Some pieces will have many parts, others fewer parts, but all will ask us to play together as one ensemble. In the morning we’ll start by getting reacquainted with our collective musical senses, playing some old and new favorites (bring your crumhorns!), and by afternoon we’ll be giving ourselves up to the greater sound. For the larger pieces, big basses, viols and other low instruments are especially welcome for a hearty foundation.

Workshop participants may choose between all-day (9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.) for $45 in advance or $50 at the door, or half-day sessions, (9:00 a.m.–noon or 1:00–4:00 p.m.), for $25 advance, $30 door. Please bring your instruments, music stand, and your lunch. Hot and cold beverages and snacks will be provided during breaks.

glen shannon squareGlen Shannon has been playing recorder since everybody learned it in 3rd grade. His love of straightforward, approachable music for the recorder has garnered him several prizes in national composition contests since 1997. He publishes his music under his own name at, and has also had works published by Moeck Verlag, PRB Productions, and the American Recorder Society. His works have also appeared in the UK magazine Recorder, and the Dutch-language magazine Blokfluitist in Belgium and the Netherlands. He is currently working on a new commission from two members of the Flanders Recorder Quartet, to use in their “Air-Force” workshops in the UK and Europe. Performances of some of his works can be found online at Glen is active in the national ARS as editor of the Members’ Library Editions, a series introducing new recorder music to the worldwide membership.

You can download a registration form here. For information about the SBRS chapter or workshop, contact Liz Brownell at 650-223-7139 or visit

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Written by Jonathan Harris