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Vol.6 No. 8
April, 2013
  The next playing session will be Friday, April 12th, 2013 at 7:30pm.     
Come join us!
Be ready to play at 7:30pm in the Community Room of the Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland, OR.  Bring music stands and stand lights if you have them.  For more information, go to our

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Vicki Boeckman

Phil Neuman

Gayle Neuman

Kim Pineda

Bryce Peltier


A Note of Springtime from Vicki B.     




Hello dear Portlanders! Spring has returned, and what a splendid time we had at the Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat in March! I'm still grining in delight at the sound of the fabulous tuttis in the afternoon, and on a musical high from the super fun faculty concert. I can hardly wait for next year!


For our playing session in April I thought it would be nice to start with a lovely transcription of Edvard Grieg's hauntingly beautiful tune, V�ren, ("Last Spring") which lends itself perfectly to the sweetness of the recorder's sound.


Then we'll revisit a piece that Rotem used in her Spain in the New World class at Menucha, a transcription of Juan Cabanilles' organ work: Tiento XVII de "Pange lingua". Cabanilles was a distinguished Spanish organist and composer of organ works and published a large volume of Tientos, which is a free fantasy-like form.The original Pange lingua chant was written by St. Thomas Aquinas in the 1200s and is one of the great seven hymns of the Church.  It is intended to be sung on Maundy Thursday, during the procession from the church to the place where the Blessed Sacrament is kept until Good Friday.  Then the entire hymn is sung on Good Friday, so we're just a couple of week off!


Then we will switch gears entirely and play Pete Rose's MegaRONY, which I introduced to you in 2008. MegaRONY is an 8 part, 3 movement work commissioned by the Recorder Orchestra of New York in 2004. The members of RONY come from all walks of life and this delightful piece is meant to portray a routine day of an average person in New York. Mega RONY has jazz elements, Native American and Latin influences, and certain sections seem to echo the feeling of a medieval estampie. The Final movement, Evening Celebration is truly a celebration of life and all players will eventually wind up playing percussion for the insistent 8 bar theme. This is not an option!!!  Please bring your favorite implement of percussion! Anything will do, a pot and wooden spoon, a frog, you get the picture...!

Pete Rose is recognized as one of the leading composers and performers of contemporary music in the United States, and his eclectic repertoire has made him welcome in diverse venues all over the world. Many of you might recognize his name as columnist, critic or contributing editor for the American Recorder Society magazine. In 2005 he was the recipient of the ARS Distinguished Achievement Award.  This is a really fun piece that I am eager to share with you again.


We will need SATB and Great Bass recorders, and any sizes of viols you want to play. This April session will be the last formal group playing session of the season, so I'm looking forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.




Upcoming Playing Sessions
April 12th (SECOND FRIDAY!) - Vicki Boeckman conducts
May 17th - Member's Night Gala - stay tuned for more info!          

The Future of The Columbia Gorge Early
 Music Retreat

is bright!  We have our dates set for the next two years with the facility at Menucha.  We'll keep you updated on when registration opens, as this year was a sell out with multiple people on the waiting list!

CGEMR 2014:  March 14th-17th, 2014
CGEMR 2015:  March 13th-16th, 2015

PNW Music Workshop Raffle Winners!!

We are so pleased to announce the TWO winners of our recent raffle.  Thank you so much for the generosity of all who contributed - we covered our costs to pay for two registrations, with a little extra to cover more housing costs!

Karen Soma from Seattle will be attending the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop in July.

Patti Carter from Lake Oswego will be attending the Winds and Waves Recorder Workshop in April.  Thank you to Bee Neufeld for giving her winning ticket away to this aspiring recorder player!  It will be her first recorder workshop ever!

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Membership dollars pay our conductors, the Community Room rental fee, and sheet music copying costs.  Please support our efforts to create a fun and educational non-profit organization!


Portland Recorder Society membership includes:


~monthly playing sessions (Sept-May) coached by


~Discount to Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat

~Monthly e-mail newsletters

~Networking opportunities with like-minded musicians


Yearly dues are $40, additional donations welcomed and are tax deductible.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and qualifying organization for Oregon Cultural Trust donations! 

This gives special tax advantages to Oregon tax payers.   It allows a person who makes a donation to PRS to make a matching donation to the Oregon Cultural Trust (up to $1000) and get an equal tax credit on their Oregon state taxes.   This essentially makes the donation to the Oregon Cultural Trust free. For more information, go to to the OCF web site: www.culturaltrust.org.


Click HERE for a link to our membership registration form, or pick one up at the next playing session.  Please make checks out to "Portland Recorder Society".  You may mail your check and form if you choose to our treasurer, Robin Teitzel 9385 NW Murlea Lane, Portland, OR 97229.


If you are not a member, drop-in fees are $10 per playing session; your very first visit is free to try us out!

Upcoming Events and Concerts
PRS members are welcome to submit recorder/early music related items for this column.  Deadline is 7 days prior to the next PRS playing session.  Submit events to:  newsletter@portlandrecordersociety.org


Saturday, May 11th, 2013 7:30pm

Community Music Center
3350 SE Francis St.
Portland, OR 97202

Guest ensemble: RISONANTI, A unique chamber group comprising Baroque flute, viola d'amore, and basso continuo

Joanna Blendulf, bass viola da gamba and pardessus de viole
Tessa Brinckman, Baroque flute
Victoria Pich Gunn, viola d'amore
Hideki Yamaya, archlute and mandora

Don't miss Musica Maestrale's last concert of the season as we welcome Risonanti, a Baroque ensemble comprising members of both Portland Baroque Orchestra and Musica Maestrale. Risonanti showcases an unusual instrumental combination of Baroque flute, viola d'amore (a viola with 6 fingerboard strings tuned to a triad and 6 sympathetic strings), pardessus de viole (a kind of treble viol), and mandora (a kind of lute tuned like a guitar). The program will feature music by late 17th- and early 18th-century greats including Couperin, Marais, Locatelli, Quantz, and Telemann.

$16 general; $14 students/seniors
Tickets online or at the door

Friday April 12th, 7:30pm
Portland Camerata presents
"To Sing, to Praise, to Dance" at First Christian Church
(1314 SW Park at Columbia Ave.
Portland, Oregon)

Adult Admission: $15
Seniors and Students: $10

Magnificats by Part and Purcell
Choral settings of Dance Rhythms from the Renaissance and Latin America

This concert brings music to soothe the soul and get your feet tapping to rhythms from the Renaissance and Latin America. Performed by mixed chorus, recorders and drum.

Oregon Renaissance Band
Friday, May 17th at 7:15pm, 2013 at the Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis, Portland, Oregon.

Music of Early Transylvania, maw haw haw!

The Oregon Renaissance Band, celebrating its 21st year, specializes in the performance of 16th and early 17th century repertoire on historical instruments.  They have appeared on NPR's Performance Today and performed at the Regensburg Early Music Festival.

Their new CD "Now make we joye," featuring Renaissance Christmas and other celebratory music has just been released, and their earlier CD "Carnevale!," featuring Italian carnival songs and other festive pieces, is in its second pressing.  Many of the instruments played by members of ORB are built by the performers themselves after museum originals.  Members include David Bryan, Sharon Cheney, Daphne Clifton, Ben Fitch, Lori Fitch, Polly Gibson, Andrew Harris, Cindy Markham, Gayle Neuman, Phil Neuman, Kathryn Richer, and Hideki Yamaya.  

Classified Ads
PRS members are welcome to submit recorder/early music related items for these ads.  Deadline is 7 days prior to the next PRS playing session.  Submit: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sheet music for sale, never published before
:  Baroque recorder music by Babell, Carissimi, Corelli (attrib.), Fede, Finch, Fiocco, Paisible, Rosier, Schickhardt, Steffani, Torri, and Vinci.  Edited and published by PRS member David Lasocki, recipient of the American Recorder Society's Distinguished Achievement Award.  Also books on recorder history.  Go to www.instantharmony.net.



Nice highland bagpipes in hard case by Kintail. Purchased in 1981 for $480 (currently priced around $1300). They are in fine shape. Priced to sell at $200. Contact Annie Scott at anniedscott@gmail.com.



Moeck tenor shawm in hard case. Range to low G with two keys in front for low C and B flat and two thumb keys for A and G. Old enough that modern bassoon reeds fit it nicely. Two new Volker Kernbach reeds. Plays well. Priced to sell at $550. Contact Jeanne Lynch at jeannelynch@gmail.com.


Moeck Soprano Schalmei (2008) A440. Stained oil on maple. Two Volker Kernbach reeds. Good condition. Priced to sell at $400. Contact Jeanne Lynch at jeannelynch@gmail.com 


Older Moeck renaissance tenor recorder with fontanelle. C to C'. Baroque fingering. Original hard case. Good condition and plays well. Soft on bottom 2 notes. Asking $500. Contact Jeanne Lynch at jeannelynch@gmail.com 



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