Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra


The Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra (BCRO) is a recorder orchestra in the San Francisco Bay Area now in its fifth year. It is an educational outreach program of Voices of Music.

BCRO is a “democratic” recorder orchestra in which all its invited members participate equally from soprano to bass.

BCRO’s name references historic 19th-century San Francisco, evokes a flavor of diversity, and imparts one of its objectives: to perform unconventional works for recorder orchestra, including contemporary repertoire, pop and jazz arrangements, and newly-commissioned works. The recorder orchestra also plays earlier repertoire from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque in arrangements giving voice to the unique sounds of the recorder orchestra. BCRO led a successful fundraising campaign to purchase a subcontra bass recorder for use in the orchestra last year. The subcontra bass recorder, only a few exist in the world today, will fill out and beautify the recorder orchestra sound by adding great presence to a fine large bass section.

WORKSHOP – 10 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Sept. 15: Hillside Community Church in El Cerrito, with Adam Gilbert

2018-19 SERIES – directed by Frances Feldon, Greta Haug-Hryciw, and Glen Shannon

Saturday, Oct. 20: rehearsal #1 at Hillside Community Church, 10AM to 3:30PM
Saturday, Nov. 17: rehearsal #2 at Hillside Community Church, 10AM to 3:30PM
Saturday, Dec. 15: rehearsal #3 at Hillside from 10AM to 3:30PM
Saturday, Jan. 5: rehearsal #4 at Hillside from 10AM to 3:30PM
Saturday, Mar. 2: dress rehearsal #6 (dress) Arlington,10AM to 3:30PM
Sunday, Mar. 3: BCRO concert at Arlington - 2:00PM call, 4:00PM performance
Hillside Swedenborgian Community Church 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito, CA 94530
Arlington Community Church 52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington, CA 94707
Montclair Presbyterian Church 5701 Thornhill Dr, Oakland, CA 94611
Saturday, March 5 BCRO concert dress rehearsal (#5) at Montclair Presbyterian Church
Our 2015-2016 conductors: Frances Feldon, Greta Haug-Hryciw, Tish Berlin & Frances Blaker

If you have questions, please contact us. Please remember that because BCRO strives to be a top-notch performing ensemble, we want to involve as many high-level players as we can and therefore reiterate that participation is by invitation only. If you know someone who’d like to join BCRO, you must pass the name to the directors before an invitation can be issued.

Frances Feldon and Greta Haug-Hryciw, directors
franfel@aol.com or gr8asf@yahoo.com