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Vol.6 No. 7
March, 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


Next Playing Session is April 12th!    




Happy Spring!  There is no playing session at the Kennedy School this month due to the conflict with the Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat.  Please do join us for the dancing on Saturday night - or you can play an instrument in the dance band if you're a strong sight reader!  Email Zoe at zoetabbycatz@gmail.com


Upcoming Playing Sessions
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

 Did you know Boulder Early Music Shop is actually in Eugene, Oregon!  A highly recommended  source for instruments, music, and accessories, they will bring some stock to sell at the Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat and Winds and Waves Recorder Workshop this year!  Let them know if there is anything specific you'd like them to bring.  Here's their website:

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


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: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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.

A brief note....We are very happy with our email marketing service, Constant Contact. If you should sign up with them, tell them we sent you and you'll help support the PRS non-profit organization, and get a credit yourself! Thank you!