The beginning of recorder history
What has hundreds of fingers, makes ear-piercing noises and loves to show off? The employees of NJPAC, who made their debut this week as The Accidental Recorder Orchestra.
It wasn’t all work and no play at the Jan. 14 all-staff meeting, where members of the Arts Education Department concluded a presentation with a well-rehearsed rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In” on recorder. The purpose was to toot about RAMP (Recorder Arts for Musical Pathways), NJPAC’s pilot music program in partnership with Newark public schools.
Recorders were distributed to everyone in attendance for an impromptu lesson in how to play “Hot Cross Buns,” conducted by Michele Wright, Program Manager for Arts Training, Music Programs and New Initiatives.
Note to James Galway: Watch your back.
About 1,000 third-graders and their music teachers in 16 Newark schools, though, are making beautiful music at RAMP, which wraps up in June with a performance in the Victoria Theater.