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                              Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest   Director, Clea Galhano  Associate Director, Lisette Kielson

Marilyn Flowers and Weezie Smith have organized a recorder orchestra in the Midwest which begin last September and are very happy to announce that Clea Galhano has agreed to continue as director for the
2009/2010 season!  Clea is one of the world's leading recorder players.  She gives concerts around the world and is highly sought after as a master teacher and workshop leader; and is well known for her recordings of renaissance, baroque and contemporary recorder repertory as well as the music of Brazil, her native country. Our Associate Director, Lisette Kielson is willing and ready to step in if weather or other circumstances prevent Clea from traveling to Bloomington for a rehearsal time. Lisette hoLisette Kielsonlds Bachelor and Master Degrees in flute performance from Indiana University. Her post-master's studies brought her to The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, the Netherlands where she received a Diploma in recorder performance.


Our vision for the recorder orchestra is that the group will play quality music and provide an inclusive and friendly environment in which all players will be challenged to improve their skills through large recorder ensemble playing.  We will work on music that has a variety of styles from renaissance to jazz/Brazilian that features all sizes of the instrument.  Members should be able to move successfully from one instrument to another using C and F fingerings and reading the bass clef. ROMW would like to offer educational experiences to the public that demonstrate the history and versatility of the recorder.

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We will rehearse from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.  This will allow for time to arrange private lessons and/or coaching with Clea should you choose to do so.  Separate fees will be required for these private sessions. We will rehearse in the Great Hall of Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington, Indiana (111 S. Grant Street -- corner of Kirkwood and Grant). We plan a recital at the conclusion of the season, and additional performances in other locations are under consideration.

                                Photos of 1st Rehearsal taken by Jim Bethel

  1st Rehearsal   Saturday Sept 25, 2010   Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington   10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon & 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
  2nd Rehearsal   Saturday Oct 16, 2010   Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington   10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon & 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
  3rd Rehearsal   Saturday Jan 22, 2010 Indianapolis - Meridian Music   10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon & 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
  4th Rehearsal   Saturday Feb 19, 2010   Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington   10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon & 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
  5th Rehearsal   Saturday Mar 19, 2010   Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington   10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon & 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
  Benefit Recital  Friday April 8, 2009   Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington


  6th Rehearsal   Saturday April 9, 2010   Indianapolis - Pilgrim Church   10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon & 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. 

* Anyone (not just ROMW members) can now purchase the DVD of the 2009 recital for $20 from:

  Duane Busick
  4400 East Etter Drive
  Bloomington, IN 47408


Our expenses will include the fee and travel reimbursement for the director; music purchase and duplication; postage; space rental; publicity. General membership dues for the 2010-2011 season is $300.00, with a Student membership rate of $250.00 available to students.  Donations and additional membership contributions are strongly encouraged. If you are interested in becoming a part of this new tradition in our own MIDWEST, please contact Marilyn Flowers at mflowers@bsu.edu or Weezie Smith at mlasmith@indiana.edu

Members of Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest (ROMW) come from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Minnesota

If you are flying, plan to fly into Indianapolis.  There are several options to get to Bloomington (1 hour south): 1) rent a car; 2) Bloomington Shuttle (bus)  3) Classic Touch Limousine (limo) 4) pick up by fellow recorder player 5) walk (not an option).  For options 2 and 3, go to the Ground Transportation Center (across from the baggage claim area of the airport by the parking garage).  The Shuttle: $19 each way; drops passengers at IU Union, Courtyard by Marriott Hotel downtown; reservations recommended (812-332-6004 or 1-800-589-6004). The limo: $59 one way or $100 round trip; drops you at your final destination and picks you up; reservations required (812-339-7269).

There are many options for lodging in Bloomington.  If you are planning to spend a night, let me know and I will (snail) mail information about possibilities to you.  Also, if you prefer, I can see about having local people put you up.

When you arrive for the first rehearsal, I will have a folder with information for you, including a map of downtown and a listing of restaurants within walking distance of our venue.

Please bring your instruments (we will be playing at A440) and a MUSIC STAND WITH YOUR NAME ON IT.

ROMW will rehearse in the Great Hall of Trinity Episcopal Church at the corner of Kirkwood and Grant.  The Great Hall is a newer addition to the 100 year-old original church and runs parallel to it.  Enter the Great Hall from doors facing Kirkwood.  Parking may be a bit tricky because of one-way streets and 2-hour limits.  (We can address this on the 26th, when I can SHOW you.)

We will begin to play promptly at 10:00 a.m.  I suggest that you arrive by 9:30 in order to get set up, get your folder with information, get a name tag, pay your fee, purchase a Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest T-Shirt ($15), and enjoy a cup of coffee with fellow recorder players.

WHAT TO DO ****NOW****
Please send me your contact information: name, address, phone numbers (home, work, cell), e.mail address.  I will prepare a list of participants which might help you arrange ride-sharing, etc. Weezie Smith at mlasmith@indiana.edu  or Marilyn Flowers at mflowers@bsu.edu

Recorder Orchestras Of the World by Richard Geisler









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