Topic: where do *you* do early music?

OK, another question to help us get acquainted:

Where do you do early music?  And is it exclusively with double reeds, or do you perform in other ways as well (recorder, strings, singing)?

I play shawms and dulcian at the Texas Toot workshops (see www.toot.org), but there are few opportunities during the rest of the year to play with others.  I have played dulcian as the bass of a recorder group in a couple of different concerts, and it worked pretty well -- with a super-quiet reed that I hold in reserve as my "recorder reed"!

I also sing (mostly) and sometimes play recorders with the Texas Early Music Project.  I did get to play shawm in their production of "The Play of Daniel" for the last 2 years;  it was pretty funny that I was dressed as a court lady (singing), and then I'd slip into the group of quite differently-dressed court musicians and blast away on shawm!

And I also play recorders a lot;  I'm a member of the Wireless Consort up in Dallas/Ft Worth, and active in the Austin chapter of ARS (American Recorder Society).

How about you?        Cheers, Susan

Susan Richter :: Austin, TX :: bassoon, dulcian

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Re: where do *you* do early music?

OK, another question to help us get acquainted:

Where do you do early music?  And is it exclusively with double reeds, or do you perform in other ways as well (recorder, strings, singing)?
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Hi Susan!

My baroque Recorder teacher at Emory University, who is head of their Early Music Division, actually performs with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.  I am on the Board of the ABO and responsible for development/fundraising which translates into writing proposals for selling the music of say Buxtehude in Atlanta..."Membra Jesu Nostri" during Lent of 2007--a project on which I am now totally focued.  Selling early music in the South is a challenge as we wage war against gangster "rap."

Keep posting!

Janie

Atlanta Baroque Orchestra
"Bach is Bach, as God is God."
   - Hector Berlioz

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Re: where do *you* do early music?

My name is Earl North, and I live in NH. I'm retired,but still active. I was part of an early music group that played professionally in the '70's and '80's. I played shawm K-horn, korthholt and bassoon in addition to all the recorders. Lot of fun. Today, I play in a sr. cit. recorder group, and use an old french basson to double the bass rec part. Also lot's of fun.
Earl

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Re: where do *you* do early music?

It's good to meet you, Janie and Earl!  Hopefully we will hear from some other early music folks on this thread.

Susan Richter :: Austin, TX :: bassoon, dulcian

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I'm a freelance professional oboist in the Seattle area, and I love to play as much early music as I can fit in around my "modern" oboe playing and teaching activities.  Recorder was my first instrument, and I played and sang in the Early Music Ensemble as an undergraduate at UC Davis, then in the Collegium Musicum at the University of Washington as a grad student.  Now I coordinate a recorder ensemble at my church that plays a few times a year at services.  I also teach recorder (as well as oboe) at Music Works Northwest, and had a great time co-teaching a 3rd grade classroom recorder program at West Woodland Elementary School this past spring.  Once or twice a season (if I'm lucky) I get to play Baroque oboe with one of our local groups, most recently for Seattle Pro Musica & Baroque Northwest's collaboration on Bach's B Minor Mass this past May.  That was a real thrill.  I'm looking forward to chatting with all of you.

Darlene Franz, M. M.
Seattle, WA
Oboes, Historical Oboes, Recorders

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Hello All - I just started playing the baroque oboe this summer, though I have been playing the modern oboe for almost 11 years.  I am about to start my second year as an oboe performance master's degree student at Florida State University.  I attended the Baroque Performance Institute this summer, and have now decided to keep going in that direction after finishing up at FSU.  I am looking for places to study after graduation to pursue perhaps another master's degree or performer's diploma in either baroque oboe performance or historical performance practice.  FSU has a great early music department, but it is geared more towards musicology than performance.  I am very excited because this fall I will playing in the baroque ensemble, but so far that is my only opportunity to "do early music," as was the title of this thread.  smile  I look forward to talking more with you all.  Since I will be relatively on my own at FSU (we don't have an early oboe instructor), I may be looking to some of you for advice some time!
Cheers,
Claire Williamson

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Re: where do *you* do early music?

Hello,
I live in Jerusalem, Israel and love to play the early oboes and bassoons.  Since there isn't much organized for early music here, I play any way I can -- alone,  with Music MInus One, with friends, with modern instruments.  I even play in a klezmer group on my bass dulcian.  Our klezmer audience always wants to know, "what is that thing?"

Sarah Cordish
baroque oboe, baroque bassoon, and dulcian

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Re: where do *you* do early music?

The early music scene looks pretty small in this forum. Not too many are looking at the few early music themes.
I play baroque violin, recorders of all kinds and sizes, gemshorns, crummhorns, and since about two years a dulcian from Eric Moulder. The dulcian is a lot of fun to play and it sounds wonderfully together with a consort of renaissance recorders. I have played the dulcian in a few concerts and I am looking for more opportunities.
My wife plays a modern bassoon from Guntram Wolf. She started to play two years ago too.
With recorders and baroque violin I play at 415 only. Therefore I intend to start with the baroque bassoon quite soon. I just have to find an affordable instrument.

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