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Vol.6 No. 5
January, 2013
  The next playing session will be Friday, January 18th, 2013 at 7:30pm.     
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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


A Note from Vicki B.  



Greetings everyone and Happy New Year to all! I hope this new calendar year of 2013 is starting off well so far. Joyous music is filling the air and the hills are alive with it! The Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat is just around a the corner and already filled to the brim with a waiting list! Yay Portlanders!


I look forward to leading the January playing session with you and have chosen music that celebrates the anniversaries of the births of several seemingly disparate composers. The 450th year anniversary of the master of English melody, John Dowland, the 200th year anniversary of the great German composer, Richard Wagner, and the 100th year anniversary of the inimitable Benjamin Britten.


We'll start with Wagner's Pilgrim's Chorus from Tannh�user in a lovely 4 part setting, then segueway into some of the most beautiful and beloved 4 and 5 part songs, Pavans and Galliards from two of John Dowland's collections; A Pilgrim's Solace and Lachrimae or Seven Teares from 1604. After that we'll all go on a skiing trip together and whiz down the Piste with Benjamin Britten's Alpine Suite! Please join me for an entertaining evening of fun.


All sizes of recorders and viols welcome.




Upcoming Playing Sessions
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 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 her obituary....

In Memoriam, Eileen Hadidian: 1948-2012


With her husband at her side, Eileen Hadidian, 64, died at her home in Albany, CA, on the morning of December 14, 2012, after a long battle with cancer.


Eileen was as a well-known professional recorder and baroque flute player in the Bay Area. She appeared in concert and taught workshops throughout the western United States, as well as offering private lessons from her Albany home.


Eileen was born on June 9, 1948 in Beirut, Lebanon to Armenian parents. She received her B.A. in Music from the American University of Beirut (Lebanon) and her M.A. and Doctorate in Early Music from Stanford University. In addition to serving on the music faculty at Mills College, Eileen directed the Hausmusik concert series in Albany (CA) for twenty years before founding Healing Muses, a non-profit organization that brings soothing music to Bay Area medical centers. She recorded five CDs on the Healing Muses label, and her work has been featured in a number of publications, including The American Recorder, Early Music America, and Yoga Journal.


Eileen's involvement with music for healing grew out of her own experience with breast cancer. After using music for her own healing and pain management, she began to play for other cancer patients, exploring ways in which music can be used to soothe critically and chronically ill people. In 2010, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner named Eileen "Albany Woman of the Year," one of thirteen women honored for having gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a significant difference in their communities.


In addition to her musical projects, Eileen served as a breast cancer peer support volunteer, helping cancer patients navigate the medical system and become informed and pro-active in their care. She loved to read, go for walks, explore world music, watch foreign movies, travel, and get together with friends for good meals and philosophical discussions about life's journey.


Eileen is survived by her husband, Peter Tichenor, and daughter, Melia Tichenor. A Celebration of Life will be held in her honor on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Albany, CA.


Memorial gifts can be made to Healing Muses, which continues to carry on Eileen's founding legacy by bringing healing music into hospital wards and waiting rooms throughout the Bay Area. Donations can be made on via the website (www.healingmuses.org) or sent to Healing Muses, P.O. Box 10862, Oakland, CA 94610.


Concerts with Danish Recorder Trio, Wood'N'Flutes

Vicki Boeckman, Gertie Johnsson, Pia Brinch Jensen, recorders 


We are thrilled to be reunited and excited to offer
four concerts in Washington.
Come join us for an entertaining mix of music from Medieval to Modern including
world premieres by Pacific Northwest composers
David Jones and Peter Seibert.

Feb. 23, 2013 7:30 pm: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Bellingham
2117 Walnut St. Bellingham, WA
info: (206) 985 - 9916

Feb. 24, 2013 2:00 pm: St. Placid Priory, Lacey
500 College St. NE, Lacey, WA
For tickets call: (360) 438 -1771

Feb. 26, 2013 7:00 pm: Peninsula College, Port Angeles
Maier Performance Hall
1502 East Lauridsen Blvd. Port Angeles, WA
For tickets call: (360) 417 - 6264

March 5, 2013 7:30 pm: Trinity Episcopal Church, Seattle (EMG First Tuesdays)
609 8th Ave. Seattle, WA



Winds and Waves Recorder Workshop - REGISTER TOMORROW, Jan. 14th!

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�a 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

Here is yet another superb workshop to plan on attending this summer!  Phenomenal faculty and fun and Tacoma is only 2.5 hours from Portland!


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

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