2018 Recorder Festival

Saturday, February 3 @ 7:00PM

Settlement Music School
Mary Louise Curtis Branch
416 Queen Lane, Philadelphia



Recorder music in schools has come a long way since “Hot Cross Buns.”

Piffaro’s Recorder Festival features ensembles of young students from area schools and accomplished finalists from Piffaro’s National Recorder Competition for Young Players performing solo pieces, a duet, and quartets with Piffaro artistic directors Bob Wiemken and Joan Kimball. Bob and Joan will also conduct a recorder demonstration introducing the amazing variety of instruments that Piffaro plays. The event will be followed by a light reception.

Fountain Woods’ teacher Miriam Arbelo says, “Even after more than 20 years teaching, my students inspire me. When I am tired and out of ideas, I look at my students and their eagerness and love of learning propels me forward. When I see and hear my students performing the music I taught them, and they are enjoying it, I remember why I got into this gig.”


Fountain Woods Elementary School Recorder Sinfonia (Burlington, NJ), Directed by Miriam Arbelo
The Hope Partnership School Recorder Ensemble (Philadelphia, PA), Directed by Victoria Tamburro
Francis Scott Key Elementary Recorder Club (Philadelphia, PA), Directed by Kimberly Yocum


Alexis Van Tassel (age 12, from Endicott NY, student of Barbara Kaufman)
Sridhar Shenoy (age 13, from Merion Station PA, student of Rainer Beckmann)

If you are a teacher and interested in providing your students an opportunity to perform in a supportive environment, contact us!

Miriams kids Fountain Woods Recorder Sinfonia at the 2013 Recorder Competition, photo Bill DiCecca