Jerry Bellows earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from UMass Amherst and received an Orff-Schulwerk Certificate from UMass Lowell. He taught instrumental music at St. Mark’s School of Southborough for sixteen years. His recorder studies include master classes at Amherst Early Music workshops with Pat Peterson, Dan Laurin, Saskia Coolen, and Mathias Maute.
Jerry was on staff at the Early Music Shop of New England for six years. During that time, he worked closely with Friedrich von Huene, engraving Mr. von Huene’s arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier for “recorders with or without keyboard or string instruments.” It was published in June 2015 under the title “The Well-Tempered Recorder.”
Jerry performs regularly as recorder soloist with the Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble, the Berlin Country Orchestra and the Carter Street Band. He plays a von Huene “Rippert” alto recorder made of granadilla and a von Huene boxwood “Bressan” voice flute. Jerry is a founding member of the Worcester Hills Recorder Society and previously served as Music Director for Summer Services at First Unitarian Church in Worcester. He taught at JOMP in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s and rejoined the faculty in the fall of 2017.