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Vol.6 No. 4
December, 2012
  The next playing session will be Friday, December 21st, 2012 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


Holiday Wishes from Guest Conductor, Bryce Peltier 



Hi Folks,


It's that time of year again when you get to look forward to jazz on the recorder.  I imagine that you've been looking forward to this all year, or well, at least I have.  Anyway, I am excited to get you guys swinging through the holiday season!


A few pieces that we are going to read through are Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries, an arrangement of Fly Me to the Moon, and a couple of Leroy Anderson favorites, Jazz Pizzicato and Sandpaper Ballet.  I also have an arrangement of a bunch of Christmas tunes that should be festive enough to keep you in the mood for whatever winter holiday you're celebrating. 


It'll be fun to share this music with you and to get some more do-bops and sha-bams out into the musical universe.  So, get your jazz caps on and get ready to shim sham shimmy the Kennedy School into a frenzy!


Take care,


Upcoming Playing Sessions
December 21st - Bryce Peltier conducts
January 18th - Vicki Boeckman conducts
February 15th - Joanna Blendulf conducts
March 15-18th - Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat, Corbett, OR         

The Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat is Full!
Thank you so much for all your support!  We are thrilled and looking forward to a fun and stimulating event!  Please feel free to sign up on our waiting list, in case there are cancellations between now and then (a good possibility).  Contact:  jeannelynch@gmail.com.

Please also consider one of the other workshops happening this spring - see announcements below!


The Portland Recorder Orchestra Rides Again,
and Again!
by Ellen Mendoza

Some people see adversity and ask why.  Others say why not?  It was a why not moment that gathered our intrepid band at the Zoo, amidst the madding crowd of folks waiting in the rain to get tickets to stand in line to ride the ZooTrain and see the Zoolights. We were heroic in our efforts to show up.  The parking lot was mobbed, the exit to the Zoo was lined up and hardly moving.  But recorder players persevere.  They are patient.  And amazingly, we all got there!  Although there are amateur musicians lined up all day during the holy season of Zoolights, we had to scramble to find a dry place to set up.  Luckily we all had stand lights, as we  stood and played in the dark.  But we sounded great overall, and we barreled through at least a dozen tunes in our short 35 minute set.  Great work everyone!  Sadly, our staff photographer could not find a place to park, so we have no digital record to share, but Hark the Herald Angels Sing!
Portland Recorder Orchestra decking the halls at the airport

The next weekend, at the airport was a more sedate affair.  We had chairs, parking passes, and were dry and warm.  It was a good thing too, since we were expected to play for two hours.  A little more relaxed than at Zoolights we played through our repertoire twice as people gathered in wonderment.  Okay, maybe they were just trapped waiting for a plane, but I saw gratitude in the eyes of the parents with squirming children.  We did get actual applause quite a few times and with the plate glass Nike store behind us, our sound was great.  Congrats to all of us.  And at the end of the month we go out in a blaze of glory at the Pittock Mansion!

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

 The Portland Recorder Society wishes to express its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Eileen Hadidian who passed away on Friday, December 14th, 2012.  Eileen was a generous spirit and wonderful music teacher and performer.  She holds an extra special place in our hearts because she brought Portland recorder players together for a weekend workshop in June of 2006, from which the seed of the Portland Recorder Society was planted.  We wish you peace, Eileen.

Below is a remembrance shared with us by Suzanne Siebert, CGEMR participant and student of Eileen.

In Memoriam, Eileen Hadidian: 1948-2012

I was Eileen's music student for almost 11 years, beginning shortly after I retired and began playing recorder. She was a wonderful teacher, and even worked with me a bit when I took up Baroque oboe along my amateur musical journey. Several years ago, at her urging when she felt the need to begin stepping down (it was difficult to resist Eileen), I became President of Healing Muses (www.healingmuses.org), a non-profit that brings soothing music to hospital wards and waiting rooms throughout the SF Bay Area with no direct cost to patients. She had founded Healing Muses about 12 years ago as a positive response to her own bouts with cancer.

Some while ago, Eileen wrote about the role of healing music as follows:  


"For centuries people have written of music's power to aid in healing the body and soul. More recently studies have established impressive data showing the effects of music in various medical situations, in alleviating conditions from anxiety to chronic pain and post-operative side effects. Healing is different from curing; curing refers to the medical interventions which treat a disease and try to eliminate the symptoms, whereas healing comes from within the individual and has to do with a sense of balance and wholeness, an integration of body, mind and spirit, a space from which even death can be more readily accepted."  


She died at home with her husband Peter at her side on December 14th. In response to emails I sent to Healing Muses friends and supporters following an announcement of her death by her daughter Melia, many, many folks responded to note the enormous influence she had had on their lives.


Melia's announcement also said: "We look forward to celebrating Eileen's life with you at a future to-be-determined date. As you can imagine, we're still wrapping our heads around everything and don't have any details at this time. However, with the holidays fast approaching and the desire to gather so many of you who have meant so much to her over the years, I can say that the celebration of life won't be until the new year, likely end-of-January at the earliest."


Thus, as we enter into the beginning of this New Year I feel very sad at her passing, but am grateful for having had the opportunity to receive her ever insightful instruction and to observe the force of her powerful personality working for the good of others.


~Suzanne Siebert


President's Day Weekend Recorder Workshop with Danish Recorder Trio, Wood'N'Flutes

Vicki Boeckman, Gertie Johnsson, Pia Brinch Jensen, recorders 


February 16 & 17, 2013

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, North Seattle


This exciting workshop will offer classes in Medieval, Modern and Renaissance styles. In addition to small classes, there will be glorious tutti segments with double and triple choir pieces as well as the opportunity for existing groups to be coached on pieces they have prepared ahead of time. A lovely way to re-connect with old friends or make new ones while playing beautiful music all day and still be home in time for supper!


The setting will be Maple Leaf Lutheran Church conveniently located in North Seattle with ample free parking. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided, but we ask that you bring your own lunch. There will be a designated lunch break with plenty of time to visit a local bakery or cafe on 35th Ave NE if you forget to pack one.


Cost for two day workshop: $100


For questions or additional information please call

Vicki Boeckman

206. 985. 9916



Concerts with Wood'N'Flutes in WA:

(not included in workshop price)


Feb. 23, 2013: St. Paul's Episcopal, Bellingham 7:30 pm

Feb. 24, 2013: St. Placid Priory, Lacey 2:00 pm

Feb. 26, 2013: Peninsula College, Port Angeles 7:00 pm

March 5, 2013: Trinity Parish Church, Seattle 7:30 pm


Winds and Waves Recorder Workshop

Sponsored by the Oregon Coast Recorder Society and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology at Sitka Center on Cascade Head, Lincoln City, Oregon

April 27, 28, and 29, 2013

Registration opens January 14, 2013 and is through Sitka Center, www.sitkacenter.org


Come work on a wide variety of recorder music from the past and present under the guidance of an internationally renowned faculty. Winds and Waves offers graded technique and repertoire classes, plus general "grand consort" sessions-all in a spruce-hemlock forest perched above the Salmon River estuary. Take a break for three days and open yourself up to inspiration from the setting, the teaching, and the music.


Faculty will include Frances Blaker, Letitia Berlin, Cl´┐Ża Galhano, and Louise Carslake, all of whom perform, record, teach, and conduct workshops throughout the United States and abroad. Blaker, who also composes for recorder and other instruments, and Berlin are based in the San Francisco Bay area and form the duo Tibia. Galhano, originally from Brazil, lives and teaches in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is on the faculty of Macalester College and other Twin Cities institutions. Carslake, a native of Great Britain, plays recorder and baroque flute and is on the faculty of Mills College.



It's Time to Renew your PRS Membership: 
   YOU are what makes this happen!

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!


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!

Web Link of the Month (send YOUR suggestions to newsletter@portlandrecordersociety.org

Voices of Music is a fabulous group of San Francisco Bay area historical performance musicians.  But they also have paired up with a team of amazing recording and video engineers to produce many fine HD videos on YouTube.  Here's one you'll like of their recorder player, Hanneke van Proosdij, playing Jacob van Eyck:

Click here for vanEyck variations

Be sure to browse all the other videos too! 
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

The Oregon Renaissance Band 
Christmas-New Years Concerts
"As it fell on a holie eve"

- Friday, Dec. 28th, 2012, 7:30pm, at the Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis, Portland, Oregon

- Saturday, Dec. 29th, 2012 at 7:30pm, at the Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis, Portland, Oregon

- Sunday, Dec. 30th, at 3:00pm, St Aidan's Episcopal Church, 17405 NE Glisan, Gresham, Oregon

The 13 member ensemble, directed by Phil and Gayle Neuman, will perform music of Palestrina, Byrd, Praetorius, Du Caurroy, and others on voices, violin, viol, sackbutts, recorders, krummhorn, cornamusen, racketts, tartold, lute, spinettino, tabor, and bells.  A special Magnificat by Charles Pachelbel (son of Johann whose career was in America) will also be featured.


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