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!
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)
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)
Held at The New England Conservatorium of Music
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.
"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)
Change of dates from January to April.
So much can change so quickly. Over a month ago we were excited to open registration for our much-anticipated recorder course, and within a week 12 million Aussies found themselves in yet another lockdown. It's so hard to predict what the situation will be in a few weeks' time, let alone a few months.
We have looked at as many options as we can, and we've decided to postpone the Recorder Gathering until April 19-24. Our venue has been confirmed and will still be held at The New England Conservatorium of Music. We'd like to thank them for their support.
We have received many emails and comments from the Australian recorder community who dearly wish to be reunited at our annual course and we are doing are best to organize an incredible and covid-safe event.
We will be announcing the tutors over the coming months.
Joanne Arnott - NSW
Hans-Dieter Michatz - NSW
Brendan O'Donnell - SA
more coming soon....
This year’s programme is built around daily classes focusing on technique and playing in small ensembles. There will also be opportunities to play in larger Chamber groups.
New this year will be plenary sessions called Afternoon Musings. These will be talks about various subjects of particular interest to recorder players - historical perspectives, performance practice, exploration of a particular repertoire etc.
The Gathering will also include other possibilities such as singing together and an Open Panel session where you can ask the experts those questions you have always wanted answers for concerning the recorder.
There will be a tutor concert featuring the winning compositions of the 2020 Orpheus Recorder Quartet Competition and a number of blackboard concerts and pop up concerts through out the week.
Registration fee includes all tuition for 6 days, blackboard concerts, and final concert for the Recorder Gathering 9-14 January 2022.
|Concession||Pensioners and full Time students only||670|
|18 and Under||Secondary school students||485|
|Primary Student||Primary school students||350|
New England Conservatorium of Music (NECOM)
Armidale Teachers College
Cnr Mossman & Faulkner Sts
Armidale NSW 2350
LUNCH BOX OPTION will be available. You will be able to request this option as part of the registration process.
We are looking into options for lift shares and a taxi service for those with mobility services. If you have room in your car or any mobility issues, please let us know during the registration process.
Click here for FAQ about the Recorder Gathering, with information about the Tier System, group allocations and much more!
CLICK HERE ACCOMMODATION GUIDE FOR THE RECORDER GATHERING (opens to a new webpage).
If you are looking to share accommodation with somebody else attending the course, please send us an email so that we can help you find others who may be looking to share two bedroom apartments, hotels or airbnbs during the Gathering.
For players under 18 we will be offering off site accommodation under the care of a house person.
There is plenty of FREE parking at NECOM.
There is disable access into the building and bathrooms.
We will have a locked and secure office to store instruments during the week so you won’t have to cart your instruments to and from your accommodation.
This event will keep Covid safety at the forefront.
50% refund if withdrawing before 15 October 2021;
25% refund if withdrawing before 15 November 2021;
No refund after 1 December 2021.
NB: It is recommended that participants consider taking out insurance in case you are unable to attend at the last minute.
In our new Covid environment, there are now more generous options for flights and accommodation being cancelled or postponed until another time. Orpheus Music has likewise extended our cancellation deadlines as far as possible to allow more flexibility with registration-fee refunds if they become necessary.
NBB: If Orpheus Music has to cancel the event completely due to Covid restrictions, all registration fees will be refunded in full. However, if the Gathering proceeds, the refund structure as outlined above will apply.
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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.
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)
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
|Registration Fee||Registration fee includes 6 days of tuition, blackboard concerts, tutor concert, final concert and morning teas|
|Concession||Pensioners and full-time students only||$620|
|Under 18||Secondary School Student||$460|
|Primary School||Primary School Student||$320|
|On campus Accommodation and Full Board||All meals and Accommodation on campus from Saturday 4th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 11th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.|
|Single Room||Single room from Saturday 4th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 11th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.||$825|
|Twin Room||Twin room with two single beds from Saturday 4th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 11th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.||$750|
|Dorm||Partitioned private cubicles from Saturday 4th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 11th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.||$700|
|18 Dorm||Partitioned private cubicles from Saturday 4th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 11th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.||$760|
|Catering||Only for those staying off-campus as catering is included for those staying on campus.|
|All Lunches||6 Lunches 5-10 January 2020||$130|
|All Lunches and Dinners (including Town Dinner)||6 Lunches and dinners including the Town dinner.||$270|
|Town Dinner||Friday 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 Options||There 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 1||Learn 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 2||Reading 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 3||The 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 4||Tips 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 Concert||Special concert given by Anna Stegmann on Saturday 4th at 7.30pm. This is a pre Recorder Boutique event.||$20|
|Pre Course Accommodation||Accommodation 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|
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.
Post Course Accommodation
|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.
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.