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Dear RSLI Members and Friends,

Due to scheduling conflicts, our last meeting of the season has been changed to the FIRST Saturday of May instead of the second. We will be meeting in person and on zoom on May 7, 2022.

Mark your calendars, and we  hope to see you Saturday, May 7, 2022. If you are on our mailing list, you will receive an email with registration information prior to the date of the meeting.

With the health and safety of our members (friends and family) in mind, the Recorder Society of Long Island is holding their monthly meetings both in-person and online. We will be hosting ZOOM meetings on our regular dates (see "Calendar" tab). We will meet online from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon and play under the direction of our Music Director, Rachel Begley. There will also be an opportunity for socializing at our “Virtual Coffee Break” if you ZOOM earlier (from 10 – 10:30 a.m.) to catch up with friends before the playing meeting begins. We really hope to see you there!

In order to be included in a playing session you must register by paying your meeting fees (members $15, non-members $20 per session) in advance of the meeting date. Payment can be made through your PayPal or Venmo account to: Annual membership dues (reduced for 2020-2021 from $40 to $20) may also be paid this way. Just be sure to note on your payment exactly how it is to be credited (ie. 9/12/20 meeting, or 2020-21 dues, etc.). You can also pay for multiple meetings if you wish. We still accept checks, but be sure they are mailed to our treasurer well in advance of the meeting you wish to attend. Once you have registered, you can expect to receive a link to the ZOOM meeting and the music we will be playing. If you have changed your email address, or are new to RSLI, please alert us so that we are able to contact you. If you have any questions at all about how to join us, please get in touch right away ( Stay well, and let’s keep the music coming!

Welcome to the Recorder Society of Long Island!

We are an enthusiastic community of recorder players of all ages and levels, ranging from near beginners to advanced. Our mentor program helps less experienced players to feel more comfortable.

Our chapter activities include monthly playing meetings, a full day workshop in the Fall, and a weekend workshop for advanced players in the Spring. Chapter members not only play at our meetings and workshops; many are involved in other ensembles, including baroque ensemble, renaissance consort, smaller recorder ensembles, traditional music groups, and more.

Our playing meetings are usually held on the 2nd Saturday of the month, September through May. These sessions are directed by some of the finest recorder and early music professionals in the region. We gather around 9:30am and playing begins at 10am. We break for coffee, conversation and treats (often home-baked) around 11:15, and the playing finally wraps up at 12:30pm.

RSLI has a large library of music, music-related books, and instruments. Members can check out items at our monthly meetings.

Our Music Director is Rachel Begley, a highly regarded recorder player and teacher. In addition to an active performing and teaching career, Rachel has served as our Music Director for more than 20 years, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in recorder and early music from SUNY Stony Brook.

RSLI is an American Recorder Society-affiliated chapter.

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This site last updated September 6, 2020