Rio Grande Recorders

A Chapter of the American Recorder Society

Enjoy the Magic of Making Music

The Rio Grande Recorder Society is a chapter of the American Recorder Society. Founded in 1991, our mission is to promote interest in playing recorders and other early music instruments. We provide the opportunity for players of all levels to meet others and develop their musical skills.

NEW - Concert and Workshop: Upcoming Events March-April, 2017

Today, the recorder is known as flauto dolce in Italian (sweet flute), flute-a-bec, in French, with equivalents in other languages.  Recorders are made in a variety of sizes/voices, the most common are sopranino, soprano, alto (treble), tenor, bass and great bass. View sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, bass  Most of today's recorders are replicas of those made in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Take a Virtual Tour of Music History.

Early Music:  Early Music is generally defined as all music, through medieval, renaissance, and baroque periods (through about 1750).  Although our emphasis is on early music we often play classical and modern, including ragtime, patriotic, and more.   Watch/hear the Flanders Recorder Quartet play Bach (alto, tenor, bass, great bass).

Learn to Play Recorders: We encourage anyone with a background in music to learn the recorder. We currently have a beginners group, and some instruments you can try out - join and learn to play a recorder - soprano, alto, tenor, bass - in a fun and comfortable environment. See our Resources page for sites to learn more.

Experienced Players:  Current recorder players, viola da gamba players, and/or players of other early music instruments are welcome to join us.  There are opportunities to play in additional small groups.

Chapter meetings are for players of all levels.

We meet in Las Cruces, NM and have members from all over southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas.   We play a wide variety of music: medieval, renaissance, baroque, classical, ragtime, modern and more. 

Performances:  If you'd like to schedule a concert or performance for your event, contact us.

Meetings - Playing Sessions
  • Conducted Meetings:
  •  Sessions with a conductor, and the Main Monthly Chapter Meeting. 2017 - Spring
  • January 14
  • February 11
  • March 11
  • March 12: Rio Grande Chapter Concert
  • April 8: Workshop with Jennifer Carpenter
  • May 13
  • Conducted meetings resume in September

  •      Location:  Good Samaritan Activity Center,  3011 Buena Vida Cir, Las Cruces, NM 88011
        Time:  1:00 - 3:15  
  • Casual Meetings:
  •  Sessions for all levels of players.  Beginners on up.      Contact Us for room location and time.   
  • Chapter Membership-Dues:
  •  Member dues are $30 per year and payable by December for the following year.    If you'd prefer to mail your dues, contact us for the mailing address.