Recorder Weekend 2-4th July 2021

Riverside freeway and City Cat, Brisbane River Brisbane Qld

Riverside freeway and City Cat, Brisbane River Brisbane Qld

Important Message

Sorry, this event has been cancelled for this year.


Zana Clarke

Zana Clarke

Yvette Friend

Yvette Friend

Kathleen Williams

Kathleen Williams

Program Summary

 The Brisbane Recorder Weekend - Fri 2nd to Sun 4th July 

  • Zana Clarke from Orpheus Music (Armidale) and Yvette Friend, Kathleen Williams and Deana Dodds (all from Qld) 
  • A range of sessions for Intermediate and Senior players 
  • Group work, ensemble and small group tuition 

Covid - the event will be conducted under the (then) current industry plan for events of this nature. A copy of the checklist will be forwarded to all players

Weekend Program Summary  

The program will include 4 sessions 

Blue session - Friday night ensemble workshop for all players  
Green session  Saturday all-day program for all players.  
Red session -  small group, technique and tuition classes.
Orange Sessions -small group technique and tuition classes. You may select one of three options in each of Red and Orange sessions depending on your level of playing..  


In the inner-city Brisbane area. To be advised.  

RSVP Date  - please register your interest as soon as possible.

Cost Options 

1. Full weekend $150    EMSQ members will receive a discount and will be advised of final costs - but should register as soon as possible. Full Weekend costs include all four sessions.  

2. Individual Saturday session only - $120 per person.  


Presenter's Bio

We would sincerely like to thank all our presenters who have given generously of their time, talent and expertise in uncertain and difficult circumstances    


Zana Clarke (BA (Melb), B.Mus Hons (Melb), Dip.Ed (UNE), A.Mus.A)    

Zana is a recorder specialist active in the areas of performing, teaching and composing. She has toured extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the UK, has recorded eight CDs, and is a popular conductor of seminars and workshops (both in Australasia and the UK). Zana has developed a unique approach to recorder teaching that has been the subject of in-depth articles in The Australian Music Teacher magazine (1998) and The Recorder Magazine UK 2003. She has carried out pioneering work in several new areas of recorder technique including vocalised recorder. Zana has also taught Medieval improvisation and early instrumental music at UNE and has conducted workshops in the Baroque repertoire across Australia and New Zealand. Zana is the founder of Orpheus Music, based in Armidale NSW. Orpheus publishes new Australian recorder music and retails recorder music from a wide range of other publishers under the name of Allspice Recorder Music. Orpheus Music also organises concerts, workshops, international music festivals and the annual Orpheus Music Recorder Course in Armidale.    

Yvette Friend   

Yvette studied Recorder as her principal study at the University of Queensland where she was awarded a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours and a University Medal. Yvette regularly performs recorder repertoire old and new and has composed music for players of all levels. She has taught recorder for 25 years.    

Kathleen Williams   

Kathleen began musical life as a recorder player before transitioning to clarinet. She holds undergraduate and Masters degrees from the Queensland Conservatorium and a year on exchange with the Royal College of Music London. She has played with the Queensland and Australian Youth Orchestras, was selected for the World Youth Orchestra, and played professionally with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. She has played concertos with the Conservatorium Symphony, Queensland Symphony Orchestra as a finalist in the instrumental section of the ABC Young Performer’s Awards and the Harlow Symphony Orchestra in the UK. In 2000 she placed second in the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition.     

She began playing recorder again in 2013 and has played with Brisbane Baroque Players, Queensland Baroque and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra on this instrument. An interest in early clarinet has also led to her playing the chalumeau and an 1840s boxwood classical clarinet both of which she has played at various venues including regularly at Albert St Uniting Church and for the Early Music Society.    

Deana Dodds   - is regrettably not available in October.  Many thanks for her support of this event.

Deana now lives in Brisbane after spending 30 years teaching Recorder, Classroom Music, Piano and Mathematics in Victoria. She has worked primarily with children at both primary and secondary level, taking students from beginner through to Licentiate Diploma level. Several of her students have been recipients of Premier's Awards in Music Performance and Music Investigation for being the top students in Victoria for these subjects at Year 12 level (VCE). She has had several students go on to study recorder at university. One of Deana's particular passions is the teaching of music theory; she has written a series of Music Theory books for young students. In addition to her teaching qualification, Deana holds her A.Mus.A on both piano and recorders and has completed postgraduate studies in both Music and Mathematics. 

Your Playing Level

Please Contact Brisbane Recorders or m: 0457895035 if you have any questions or need clarification about your level of playing.  


• Those who have had nil or minimal tuition on the recorder but can read music and play 1.5 octaves. Would Soprano-only players please check with the organiser

• Upper intermediate players will be fluent players but may have no or minimal tuition on the recorder/woodwind.


• Those with Grade 5 and above AMEB level in recorder or any Woodwind

What to Bring and What to Expect

 All venues are access-friendly.They will be in the inner-city area. 

The following list may assist players to enjoy the event more fully.  

  • The Covid admittance process takes time so please plan ahead.  
  • You will be in a hall for each session and will need to be checked in, confirm your details and use the hand sanitiser on entry.  
  • You will then be directed to sit in a Covid-spaced allocated place with your voice group (SATB). We ask that you remain socially-distanced at all times and not move around unless absolutely necessary and in the breaks  
  • Please be set-up and ready to engage, by the session start times. We will start promptly. You will understand that latecomers will be admitted when convenient, so as not to disturb the group. This will be at the discretion of the presenters.  
  • Serving food or drinks other than water, tea or coffee is not provided at this event due to Covid at this stage. There will be a hot water urn and water at each location.  
  • Water bottle and all supplies. There is not necessarily a shopping centre etc close-by
  • Please be aware that there can be no sharing of anything including music, stands or instruments  

All players are asked to behave in a considerate and professional manner and bring :  

  1. a floor music stand
  2. your music (no printed music will be handed out
  3. something to mark your score. Pencils should have a clip on them preferably, so they don’t clatter to the floor.  
  4. your instrument/s and a stand if needed. You will be asked to nominate whether you can play one or more instruments when registering. Changing to another voice during the weekend is possible at the presenter’s discretion.  


Player etiquette - We can all have fun but please remember your fellow attendees. You are, of course, expected to listen and comply with all instructions from the presenters at all times. A number of people foot-tapping in slightly different tempos is really distracting. Tap your toes within your shoes if necessary. Chit chat, conversation, comments, jokes etc. are for the breaks please. 


Registration and Payment

 Electronic transfer details are below. Those without access to electronic payments, let me know. 

Account Details 

A/c Brisbane Recorders BSB 124035  A/c No. 23026741   

Please note your name in receivers statement - and an email please in case there is any problem.


Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or m:0457895035