The Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra (BCRO) is the only local adult amateur recorder orchestra in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 2011, BCRO is a democratic orchestra in which all its invited members participate equally from soprano to bass. BCRO meets monthly for rehearsals and performs annually for the public in March.

BCRO’s name references historic 19th-century San Francisco, evoking 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 that give voice to the unique sounds of the recorder orchestra.

Directors: Greta Haug-Hryciw and Glen Shannon

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Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra