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Rio Grande Recorders

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Special Event - Winter Workshop - Save the Date!
Recorder Workshop MLK Jr. Weekend - Jan. 2020

Featuring Paul Leenhouts and Dale Taylor

2 Full Days:  Saturday Jan. 18, Sunday Jan. 19, 2020
Visit the 2020 Workshop Website

The Rio Grande Recorder Society is a chapter of the American Recorder Society. Founded in 1991, in Las Cruces, NM,  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.  
Our members come from Southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas.

The Recorder Today - Flauto Dolce

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  soprano, alto, tenor, bass and great bass.  Most of today's recorders are replicas of those made in the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
The picture below shows g-alto, alto, bass, tenor, alto, soprano.

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Join Us - New Members Welcome

See how playing an instrument Benefits your Brain - click here for an enlightening video

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.

Learn to Play Recorders: We encourage anyone with a background in music to learn the recorder. Many of us played an instrument in band or orchestra in school. We have a beginners group, and some instruments you can try out. Join us and learn to play a recorder - soprano, alto, tenor, bass - in a fun and comfortable environment.

There are meetings (playing sessions) are for players of all levels. Schedule is on our Activities Page.

Take a Tour through Music HistorySee Recorders in Action (video)