Announcement: RONY will not be a performing group for the foreseeable future, but Patsy will be leading reading sessions monthly in the spring - Wednesday nights as usual - March 2, April 6, May 11, June 1 or 8. The fee is $10 per session. If you are not a regular member but would like to join us for one or more of these readings, please e-mail Patsy at You would be most welcome!

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This is the official home page of the Recorder Orchestra of New York (RONY). We are an ensemble of experienced amateur players who perform on a wide range of recorders, from the tiny garklein to the hefty contrabass, and all of our members play at least four sizes of recorders during a season. The regular addition of bass viola da gamba, voices, percussion, and occasionally other instruments gives our unique sound an exciting extra dimension.

The music we play covers a wide spectrum—religious and secular, ancient and contemporary—from medieval times and the Renaissance, through the Baroque and classical eras, to the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. While much of our repertoire is adapted from works for vocal ensemble or other instruments, we do play a number of pieces written specifically for the recorder, including several we have commissioned.

RONY was organized in 1994 under the leadership of Ken Andresen, music director and conductor through the 2001 season. In subsequent seasons we have been led by Stan Davis (2002–2003), Deborah Booth (2003–2008), and our present director, Patsy Rogers. While we perform primarily on Long Island, we have also presented concerts in New York City and the wider metropolitan area, including Connecticut. In July 2001 the orchestra completed a highly successful tour of England.

Recorder Orchestra, Inc., doing business as The Recorder Orchestra of New York (RONY), is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, incorporated in the State of New York. All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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