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Vol.6 No. 6
February, 2013
  The next playing session will be Friday, February 15th, 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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All our professional coaches are available for private lessons and ensemble coaching.

  Please contact them directly for scheduling at the links below.

Vicki Boeckman

Phil Neuman

Gayle Neuman

Kim Pineda

Bryce Peltier


Portland Recorder Society Welcomes Joanna Blendulf!   



 We are so lucky to have Joanna as special guest conductor for our February playing session!  Well known throughout the country for her sublime viola da gamba playing and historical cello performances, Joanna is a sought after teacher and coach at early music festivals, workshops, and at her home in Eugene, Oregon.  You may have heard her perform with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Portland Viol Consort, or in chamber music concerts in Seattle, San Francisco, or Vashon Island (my hometown!), just to name a few.  She also has some lovely videos online that I've featured in the Link of the Month section below.


You may be thinking, why invite a string player to conduct a recorder ensemble?  Surprisingly, there may be things wind players can learn about articulation, phrasing, and musicality from the approach string players use.  But another reason is drawing back to the social nature of renaissance instruments.  The viola da gamba and the recorder were used as consort instruments during similar time periods.  Amateur musicians in particular were drawn to them for their accessibility and recreational value.  Today, the amateur early music world is small enough that we need to encourage inclusiveness, to make our music that much richer by the addition of mixed ensembles of winds and strings.  On that note, a special invite has been sent to viol players in the Portland area, with the hope they will join us on Friday night and add that special something to our sound.


Looking forward to making music with you all soon!




Upcoming Playing Sessions
February 15th - Joanna Blendulf conducts
March 15-18th - Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat, Corbett, OR. Come dance with us on Saturday night!
April 12th (SECOND FRIDAY!) - Vicki Boeckman conducts
May 17th - Member's Night Gala           


English Country Dance at CGEMR
Come dance with us, Saturday, March 16th at 7:30pm, at the Menucha Retreat Center in Corbett, OR.  Everyone is welcome for this fun event, even if you're not attending the workshop.  Dress up in renaissance costume (or not), instruction provided and suitable for beginners!  Email Zoe at zoetabbycatz@gmail.com to let us know you're coming!

Terrific and Timely Tax News:  PRS and the Oregon Cultural Trust

Thanks to the diligent work of Portland Recorder Society board members, PRS has recently become a "qualifying cultural organization" with the Oregon Cultural Trust (OCT). Along with our federal 501(c)3 status and as a non-profit organization registered in Oregon, 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.



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

A beautiful video of our guest conductor, Joanna Blendulf playing Bach (published recorder arrangement is available as well):

J.S. Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord BWV 1027

Also, a very interesting interview and performance about early music and the pardessus, the smallest member of the viola da gamba family:

Interview with Joanna Blendulf and Annalisa Pappano

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 and qualifying organization for Oregon Cultural Trust donations! 


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
Musica Maestrale Presents:

Sonatas for Plucked Strings:
18th-Century duets for lutes and mandolino

February 17th, 4pm
Community Music Center, Portland Oregon

John Schneiderman, Baroque lute and mandora
Hideki Yamaya, Baroque lute, mandolino, and mandora

The 18th-century was a rough time for lute players. Many music lovers just weren't into lutes anymore! Sure, they were still being used as accompaniment instruments in operas, church music, and orchestral music, but there just wasn't that much demand for soloists. Lutes just didn't get the attention that they did in the previous couple of centuries. We lutenists are a stubborn bunch, though, and there were notable holdouts, mostly from Germany and Italy, who wrote some amazing music for the instrument as late as the second half of the 18th-century. This program explores some of this repertoire, from the tail end of the entire literature for the lute, the last hurrah for this beautiful instrument! Represented will be pieces by Falckenhagen, Lauffensteinter, Kellner, Brescianello, Vaccari, and Scarlatti (the only name most of you would recognize, I'm sure!).

Admission: $12 general; $10 students/seniors
For tickets: www.musicamaestrale.org


The Silverton Concert Series proudly presents the Dulcet Abiqua Duo in performance Sunday, February 17, 2:00 PM, at the Silverton Concert House (405 N Water St., Silverton). The Dulcet Abiqua Duo are musicians Silverton pianist and composer Christopher Wicks and Mount Angel Abbey Br. Niels Nielsen, O.S.B., who will play the ancient instrument the dou�aine. Christopher will perform solo piano works by Bart�k, Shostakovich, and Wicks, and together Br. Niels and Christopher will perform variations on Danish and Swedish tunes and a sontina for dou�aine and piano, all composed by Christopher.


"Christopher has put together a program with folk music influences and presents us the unusual opportunity to hear Br. Niels perform upon the dou�aine, a double reed ancestor to the oboe. It will be a delightful afternoon," enthuses Jeff Klein, the Series host.


Suggested donation $10 for adults/$5 for students and seniors will be collected at the door. A reception will follow the recital.


For more information, visit the website www.silvertonconcerts.info or e-mail info@silvertonconcerts.info.



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: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Handmade Friedrich VonHuene recorders for sale:  Soprano and Alto at 440 in rosewood with genuine ivory rings, vintage 1973 and 1963 respectively.  Both are lovely instruments with good tone and ease of playing.  Should be revoiced by the VonHuene workshop in Boston; pricing reflects this and is $500 lower than the shop would sell for.  Asking $500 Soprano, Alto $1000.  Please contact Zoe Tokar at zoetabbycatz@gmail.com.
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