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September 22 - Claudia Lilana Gantivar - Saturday Afternoon  1:00 - 4:00 PM

Claudia Gantivar is a graduate of the Conservatoire de Musique of Geneva and holds a professional diploma in early music for recorder. She is also the Winner of the Merit Recognition Award inducted professor of Early Music Studies at the National University of Colombia Conservatory of Music. Professional recordings include “Io Vo Cantar,” with Esfera Armoniosa; “Del mar del alma” with Musica Ficta-Colombia; and “Le Ballet Comique de la Royne” with Ensemble Elyma.

October 20 Frances Feldon - Saturday Afternoon  1:00 - 4:00 PM

Frances Feldon is a freelance musician and music teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. She teaches recorder and baroque flute privately at her studio in Berkeley and teaches the recorder program at Albany Adult School. She is a regular conductor and faculty member at recorder workshops in North America. Ms. Feldon retired two years ago from the directorship of SFEM's Recorder Workshop after a successful term of nearly twenty years. Ms. Feldon performs with Flauti Diversi, a baroque/contemporary chamber music ensemble, and produces the concert series "Baroque and Beyond." She has performed with such ensembles as California Bach Society, Sonoma Bach Society, and Ensemble Mirabile. An ongoing project includes exploring jazz recorder and interviewing and writing on jazz and pop recorder players for the magazine American Recorder. She has conducted her arrangements of Gershwin and Ellington classics at international recorder festivals (Montreal 2003, Holland 2004). Ms. Feldon studied recorder and baroque flute at Indiana University, where she completed a doctorate in collegium directing. She has taught at Indiana University, UC Davis, and The Greenwood School in Mill Valley, California.

January 12 - Tom Bickley - Saturday Afternoon  1:00 - 4:00 PM

Tom Bickley listens to the world always hoping to hear more and more fully. He plays and teaches recorder, and composes and performs using recorders, electronics and voice. He grew up in the semitropical soundscape of Houston, sojourned in Washington, DC (studying music, religion, and information science) and came to the Bay Area as a composer in residence at Mills College. In Berkeley he lives in Berkeley and sings at Incarnation Priory (an Episcopal Benedictine community), teaches music privately and in workshops and at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training, and teaches on the library faculty at Cal State University East Bay. He plays with Gusty Winds May Exist (with shakuhachi player Nancy Beckman) and with Three Trapped Tigers (with recorder player David Barnett), and directs the Cornelius Cardew Choir (large choral ensemble devoted to performance of experimental music). His principal teachers were Pauline Oliveros, Ruth Steiner, and Scott Reiss. His work is available on CD on Quarterstick and Metatron Press. Musical influences in his life include Gregorian chant, Landini, Lou Harrison, John Cage, John Coltrane, and the natural environment.


February 16 - Judy Linsenberg - Saturday Afternoon  1:00 - 4:00 PM

Judith Linsenberg is one of the leading exponents of the recorder in the United States. She has been hailed for her “virtuosity” (Washington Post), “expressivity” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer), "fearless playing" (SF Classical Voice), and combination of “masterly control with risk-taking spontaneity” (Early Music). She has performed extensively throughout the US and Europe, including solo appearances at the Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center; and has been featured with such leading American ensembles as the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco and Los Angeles Operas, the LA Chamber Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, the Portland, Seattle, and Los Angeles Baroque Orchestras, the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, the Oregon and Carmel Bach Festivals, Musica Sacra of New York, Musica Angelica of Los Angeles, and others. She is the winner of national performance awards, and has premiered several pieces for the recorder, including a new work commissioned by her and the US premieres of works by Vivaldi and Telemann. She was awarded artist residencies at the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, in Otis, OR for 2008 and 2012; and in September 2011, she was a featured performer/teacher at the prestigious Montreal Recorder Festival.

March 16 - Greta Haug-Hryciw - Saturday Afternoon 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Greta Haug-Hryciw is the third generation in a family of San Francisco musicians. Her early exposure to these musical influences shaped her understanding and appreciation of great music. As a child, she studied piano technique and theory with Bethel Melvin, and later with symphony pianist, Reina Schivo. Her interest in the recorder blossomed during high school and for several years she played with the San Francisco branch of the New York Recorder Workshop under the direction of Peter Ehrlich. Among her teachers are Hanneke van Proosdij (recorder), Peter Maund (percussion) and Stephen Kent (didjeridoo). Greta founded SDQ recorder ensemble, teaches private and group lessons, is a frequent teacher and director's assistant at summer workshops as well as guest conductor at American Recorder Society chapters and has been music director for Half Moon Bay’s Coastal Repertory Theatre. She codirected the American Recorder Orchestra of the West (AROW) with Richard Geisler from 2005-2010 and is currently the co-director of the Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra (BCRO) with Frances Feldon. She lives in the seaside town of Montara (CA) with her husband, Lloyd.

April 20 - Shira Kammen - Saturday afternoon  1:00 - 4:00 PM  

Shira Kammen received her degree in music from UC Berkeley and studied vielle with Margriet Tindemans. A member for many years of Ensembles Alcatraz and Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the Boston Camerata, and the King's Noyse, and is the founder of Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to performance on river rafting trips. She has performed and taught in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Israel, Morocco and Japan, and on the Colorado and Rogue rivers. Shira happily collaborated with singer/storyteller John Fleagle for fifteen years, and performs now with several new groups: a medieval ensemble, Fortune's Wheel; a new music group, Ephemeros; an eclectic ethnic band, Panacea; and Trouz Bras, a band devoted to the dance music of Celtic Brittany.