Welcome! The Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Recorder Society is the perfect place for recorder players at any level in the western Pennsylvania region.
We meet for coached group the third Sunday of each month from September to May from 2pm to 5pm at First United Methodist. Occasionally we change dates, so check here.
Upcoming meetings: Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, DECEMBER 9*, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 17, APRIL 14* , May 19.
December 9 Sunday meeting is changed to 5pm at Helen’s! Fred will lead us in holiday music, then potluck supper after. Please send RSVP to Helen with both if you’re coming and what you’re bringing. FOr those who are kitchen avoidant, there’s always baked goods and beverages!
For those that can’t make the Sunday meeting, there is a third Saturday meeting at the house of a member from 10am to noon. Please email for directions.
You’ll need at least one recorder. More makes for more options of different musical lines to play. If you need to purchase recorders, we recommend Yamaha’s better grade brown or wood grain recorders, that can be purchased singly or as a set.
We thank the First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh for opening their parlour for our meetings. It’s located at the corner of Centre and South Aiken Avenues.
On recorder society Sundays, our coach, Fred Moyes, teaches beginner’s lessons in the chapel from 2pm-3pm, and then coaches the “big blow” for everyone in the parlor from 3pm-5pm. A social gathering begins at 2.30pm.
2.30-3pm Mike Domain gives fun and useful technique classes in the parlor.
While we focus on recorders, we welcome all with an interest in early instruments. We explore music from medieval to modern.
Our annual dues are $30; $20 for full-time students with a school ID card. Checks are payable to Pittsburgh Chapter ARS.
If you’re new to Pittsburgh, or just visiting—drop in!