The Space Coast Recorder Consort consists of four members with a wide breath of music experience and interest. We have many connections with musical groups nationally and locally. Our unique blend of experiences and talents make it possible for us to design a performance that will suit your needs.
Charles Boyer's first significant experience playing recorder quartets was with Pipe Dreams in Washington, DC. He also was a founding member of La Menestrandise, an ensemble of oboe, recorder and continuo that played early music in the Washington area beginning in 1974. Charles holds a master's degree in clarinet and a doctoral degree in educational administration.
I am currently a retired music teacher living in Cocoa, FL. My interest in recorder playing began in the 5th grade at Fairglen Elementary in Cocoa. Our music teacher introduced us to the instrument, then invited a group of students to study the instrument in more depth. I was excited to learn more and fell in love with the instrument.
In 7th grade I joined the band and played the flute. I continued to play in the band through high school and didn’t play recorder much. I went to USF in Tampa, FL and majored in music education with flute being my major instrument. After college, I stayed in Tampa and taught elementary school. I was very involved in studying the Orff method so my love of the recorder was revived. A group of music teachers formed a recorder quintet and we were invited to play each year at USF Chamber Singers Madrigal Dinner for many years. We also played at Renaissance Fairs, museums and other venues.
My husband and I relocated to Brevard County in 2000 where I started teaching middle school band at Clearlake MS (my alma mater). I retired in 2013. I started playing in the Space Coast Flute Orchestra where I met Bob Lane at one of our concerts. I was already friends with Tamsey Audet and we decided to begin playing together since we all had an interest in the recorder.
I grew up in a family that loved music. I learned to play the piano at an early age and still play for my church and my own enjoyment. I have sung chorally since middle school,singing in school and church choirs and a small touring ensemble in college. I currently sing with and am the librarian for The Indialantic Chamber Singers here in Brevard County. I also sing and play the piano with the praise band at Christ Episcopal Church in Suntree. My introduction to recorders began, of course, in the 4th grade when I learned to play the flutophone. I loved it, but the piano and choir remained my primary musical activities. Fast-forward about 18 years and I was in the US Air Force stationed in Germany without my beloved piano and no choral organization available. I was looking for a musical outlet. The recorder seemed like a great option, portable and not too costly, and given that I already read music, not too difficult to learn. I purchased a beautiful Mollenhauer treble/alto recorder because I liked the sound of the lower pitched instrument. I also had access to great recorder music in Germany and built up a collection of solo and duet music for the treble recorder. That was over 35 years ago and I have played off and on ever since.
Like many of you, I learned to play the flutophone in elementary school. I got some formal music training during junior and high school, where I was a brass player. I have always been very interested in various musical styles, and have been a "musician's friend" for years, working as a sound and light technician. One thing I retained from my schooling was the ability to read musical scores and have always enjoyed reading music while it is being played. One day, I was listening and ready along with Bach's Brandenburg Concertos., when the 4th began. I read and listened to the recorder part and said to myself, "I think I can play that." That was in 2005 and I have become saturated with playing the recorder and its musical history ever since. I have attended workshops through the years and feel a part of the recorder community. I have done some composition work and lots of transcription for recorder. I was a member of the Orlando Recorder Chapter of ARS and have played with various groups around the area. I am hoping that the Space Coast Recorder Consort will revived an interest in early music on the Space Coast.