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For over 25 years, Orpheus Music has been holding recorder courses which have become renowned across the world. The annual Orpheus Recorder Boutique (ORB) includes recorder workshops, technique classes, concerts, and small and large recorder ensemble groups with tuition from some of the world's leading recorder players. A time of wonderful music...

For over 25 years, Orpheus Music has been holding recorder courses which have become renowned across the world. The annual Orpheus Recorder Boutique (ORB) includes recorder workshops, technique classes, concerts, and small and large recorder ensemble groups with tuition from some of the world's leading recorder players. A time of wonderful music making, motivation and inspiration, and judging by the many returning participants, Orpheus Music recorder courses are the pinnacle of a recorder player’s year! 


Australia's leading recorder teachers

Orpheus music recorder courses always feature a selection of Australia's finest recorder players on the tutor list, including (alphabetically): 

Alana Blackburn (NSW)

Alexandra Bailliet-Joly (NSW)

Barbara Jerjen (ACT)

Benjamin Thorn (NSW)

Caroline Downer ( NSW)

Daniel Murphy (NSW)

Hannah Coleman (VIC)

Hans-Dieter Michatz (NSW)

Joanne Arnott (NSW)

Kara Ciezki (VIC)

Monica McTaggart (WA)

Peter Hagen (VIC)

Robyn Mellor (ACT)

Rodney Waterman (VIC)

Ros Bandt (VIC)

Ruth Wilkinson (VIC)

Ryan Williams (VIC)

Zana Clarke (NSW)


Recorder tuition from international experts

In addition to the fantastic Australian tutors, over the years we have been lucky enough to have some amazing international tutors join us for the Orpheus Music courses, including (alphabetically): 

Amy Power (SWITZERLAND)

Anna Stegmann (NETHERLAND)

António Carrilho (PORTUGAL)

Avery Gosfield (ITALY)

Evelyn Nallen (UNITED KINGDOM)

Joris van Goethem (BELGIUM)

Kamala Bain (NEW ZEALAND)

Maria Martinez Ayerza (SPAIN)

Petro Arvo (FINLAND)

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  • Orpheus Recorder Boutique 2021

    Due to the uncertainly of what the months ahead hold in relation to health, safety and travel, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the next Orpheus Recorder Boutique (originally scheduled for Jan 2021)  until January 2022. 

    Orpheus Recorder Festival 2022

    On the wings of possibility

    9-15 January at Armidale NSW Australia

    Orpheus Recorder Competition

    8th January semi finals

    12th January finals

    An intensive and intimate recorder course for intermediate and advanced players of all ages. Six days of technique classes, small ensemble and chamber ensemble. Each group works with a variety of world-renowned tutors. Full board is available on campus. 

    "What would a year be without a week in January in Armidale, dedicated to playing recorder intensively with fellow recorder addicts at the wonderful Orpheus Recorder Boutique?  Orpheus Recorder Boutiques are a very rich experience for so many of us, where we can immerse ourselves in the joys of learning, music-making and team-work, with like-minded people who quickly become lasting friends.  Orpheus Music also sells a fabulous range of recorders of all sizes, to suit every pocket, and music from the earliest times to the ultra-modern, to suit recorder players at every level, whether playing solo or in a group of any conceivable size.  A veritable treasure trove!  Thanks so much to Zana, Peter and Alexandra for their expertise and patience in providing advice and help."        (Vanessa Elwell-Gavins, Hervey Bay, QLD)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

    Watch this space for more details!

  • Past Courses

    Orpheus Music has been organizing Workshops, Courses, Summer Schools, Festivals and Grand Musical Gatherings since 1994. All the courses have been held in Armidale NSW except for The Grand Musical Gatherings in 2003 that were held in Melbourne, Canberra, and Newcastle.


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  • Orpheus Recorder Boutique 2020

    Below you will find the details from our most recent past course, held in January 2020. We have displayed all the information here, so that anybody wondering how our courses work can browse through every little detail. The next course will be in January 2022.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

    Orpheus Recorder Boutique 2020

    Tutors:

    Joris van Goethem (BELGIUM)

    Robyn Mellor (AUSTRALIA, ACT)

    Hans-Dieter Michatz (AUSTRALIA, NSW)

    Rodney Waterman (AUSTRALIA, VIC)

    Ruth Wilkinson (AUSTRALIA, VIC)

    Anna Stegmann (NETHERLAND)

    Alexandra Bailliet-Joly (AUSTRALIA, NSW)

    Joanne Arnott (QLD)

     

    Description:

    About the Course: An intensive and intimate recorder course for intermediate and advanced players. Six days of technique classes, two ensemble classes daily (Small Ensemble and Chamber Ensemble). Each group will be a balanced and fully functional small ensemble that caters to each individual’s needs, and each group will work with a variety of tutors throughout the week. There will be a separate Youth Section for players under 18 (depending on ability some Youth players may prefer to join the adult groups). Full board is available on campus - also available for unaccompanied minors (age 11 yrs and older).

     

    Eligibility:

    All participants need to be comfortable with both C and F fingerings. (I.e. must be able to read for and play descant/tenor and treble). The new learners stream is available for those that only play F or C fingering.

     

    Venue:

    PLC Armidale, Crest Rd 
    Armidale, NSW 2350

    Full board is available at PLC Armidale. Single room, twin share or dormitory/cubicle rooms are available. Staying on site really adds another dimension to the course as it gives opportunities to play with other people outside the class times and to socialize with like-minded people. All the tutors and administration staff stay on campus. If you want a single room you are advised to book early. 

     

    How to get to Armidale:

    Armidale is situated half way between Sydney and Brisbane on the New England Tableland. It is an education centre and the home of the University of New England. Both Qantas and Rex fly from Sydney to Armidale and Fly Corporate flies from Brisbane to Armidale. There is a daily train service from Sydney to Armidale. Orpheus Music is happy to pick up participants from either plane or train and take them to the venue. As the Accommodation is on site so there are no further transport needs whilst at the course. 

     

    Groups and set works:

    For ORB20 a maximum of 6 set works will be required.  Around the end of August, participants will be organised by the tutors into groups according to standard and balance of instruments and repertoire will be selected that best suits each level.  Each participant will receive a list of set works along with a part allocation in late September If you have not attended an Orpheus Recorder Boutique before, you will be contacted to discuss your playing level. For more information on how participants are allocated a group please refer to our frequently asked questions.

     

    Concerts:

    For ORB20 there will be 3 Blackboard concerts and a final concert at the Astra Arts Centre, PLC Armidale on Friday 10th January at 4pm. Visitors, friends and family are welcome at no additional cost. There will also be other concerts during the week – details to be advised.

     

    Trade Display:

    Largest range of recorder sheet music recorders and accessories in the Southern Hemisphere available throughout the course.

     

    Recorder Repairs: There is a repair workshop set up at the course and recorder services, cleans and repairs can generally be attended to in a day or two.

     

    Town Dinner: 

    On the final day of the Recorder Boutique and after the final concert there is a Town Dinner that will be held at the Tattersalls Hotel in the centre of Armidale on Friday 10th January at 6.00pm.

     

    Additional Course Add-on Options: There are additional courses which can be added on to the principal Orpheus Recorder Boutique Course 2020 before (Pre) and after (Post). All of these courses are only available to Orpheus Recorder Boutique Course 2020 participants.They include:

    • Reading up an octave on the Treble Recorder
    • Learn to play the Bass Recorder
    • The basics of Recorder Maintenance 
    • Tips on how to write for the Recorder
    • Opening Concert
    • Additional Accommodation
    • Chamber Recorder Ensemble

    Costs:

    Registration FeeRegistration fee includes 6 days of tuition, blackboard concerts, tutor concert, final concert and morning teas
    Adult$730
    ConcessionPensioners and full-time students only$620
    Under 18Secondary School Student$460
    Primary SchoolPrimary School Student$320
    On campus Accommodation and Full BoardAll meals and Accommodation on campus from Saturday 4th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 11th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.
    Single RoomSingle room from Saturday 4th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 11th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.$825
    Twin RoomTwin room with two single beds from Saturday 4th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 11th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.$750
    DormPartitioned private cubicles from Saturday 4th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 11th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.$700
    18 DormPartitioned private cubicles from Saturday 4th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 11th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.$760
    CateringOnly for those staying off-campus as catering is included for those staying on campus.
    All Lunches6 Lunches 5-10 January 2020$130
    All Lunches and Dinners (including Town Dinner)6 Lunches and dinners including the Town dinner.$270
    Town DinnerFriday 10th January. NB. If you are staying on campus or buying all lunches and dinners the Town Dinner is included.$55
    Additional Course Add-on OptionsThere are various Add-ons on the 4th January (Pre course) and the 11th and 12th January (Post Course). You can also add additional Accommodation/Full Board.
    Pre Course 1Learn to play the Bass Recorder 4th January 9-12.30. Half day intensive for players that would like to learn to play the bass recorder. You will need a need a bass recorder and a bass tutor book (to be advised)$60
    Pre Course 2Reading up an Octave on the Treble Recorder 4th January 9-12.30. Half day intensive for players that would like to learn to read up an octave on the treble. You just need your treble recorder and music will be provided.$60
    Pre Course 3The basics of recorder Maintenance 4th January 1.30-5.00. Half day intensive for players that would like to learn about how to look after their recorder including oiling and cleaning.$60
    Pre Course 4Tips on how to write for the Recorder 4th January 1.30-5.00. Half day intensive for players that would like to learn about how to write for the recorder. This is most relevant for those that have been writing or arranging and want to learn more or get feedback. .$60
    Pre ConcertSpecial concert given by Anna Stegmann on Saturday 4th at 7.30pm. This is a pre Recorder Boutique event.$20
    Pre Course AccommodationAccommodation and Full Board Includes Dinner on the 3th and Breakfast and Lunch on the 4th. This is for people that want to come a day earlier to either settle in or attend a Pre course option. Please note this is only available for those who are staying on campus for the main course.$130

    Post Course

    Chamber Recorder Ensemble

    Chamber Recorder Ensemble with Joris van Goethem. 11th and 12th January.

    One to a part for experienced players This ensemble is for 12 players only, which will include contrabass(es) and a C-bass(es) which may double other bass parts.. Parts will be sent in advance so that everyone is well prepared. This is an exciting opportunity to work with Joris in this intimate setting. Repertoire may include:

    Interested players need to apply to be considered, and numbers are strictly limited. If your application is successful, you will be sent a link to complete registration.

    https://www.trybooking.com/BHKDK 

    Adult $270

    Con $240

    Post Course Accommodation

    11-12 January

    Accommodation and Full board 11-12 January Includes Lunch, Dinner and Bed on the 11th, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Bed on the 13th and Breakfast on the 13th This is for people that want to stay on campus Post course option. Please note this is only available for those who are staying on campus for the main course.$260

    Refunds for all courses:

    50% refund if withdrawing before 30 September 2019;

    25% refund if withdrawing before 30 November 2019;

    No refund after 1 December 2019.

    NB - it is recommended that participants consider taking out insurance in case you are unable to attend at the last minute.

     

    Questions:

    Please refer to frequently asked questions.

     

    Youth Bursary Fund - Supporting the next generation of recorder players.

    Depending on Donations received, Orpheus Music may be able to offer partial Youth Bursaries to support young recorder players to attend the Orpheus Recorder Boutique in 2019. Please contact us for details.