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Vol.7 No. 8
April, 2014
The next playing session will be Friday, April 18th, 2014 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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Vicki Boeckman

Phil Neuman

Gayle Neuman

Kim Pineda

Bryce Peltier

Welcome to Laura Kuhlman!! 


It is our great honor to welcome American Recorder Society President Laura Kuhlman to conduct the Portland Recorder Society.  Laura is one of the most fun and enthusiastic leaders of the recorder community today.  We got to know Laura from her years on faculty at the Columbia Gorge Retreat, and she fell in love with Portland and the early music community here.  How lucky we are that she has chosen to make Portland her new home!


Laura has enjoyed a career in music that started as early as fourth grade, when she received her first flute. Since then it has been a love affair with music that has spanned many years and just as many genres. Laura obtained an A.A. degree from Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri and a B.Music degree from Pittsburg State University, in Pittsburg, Kansas. She has studied with flute teachers Charles Delaney, John MacKay and John Fonville. Early music instructors have included Marion Verbr�ggen, Frans Br�ggen, Robert Wiemken and Joan Kimball.


Laura has enjoyed freelance partnerships with several early music ensembles in the Chicago area and is a founder of the Milwaukee Renaissance Band. Laura specializes on shawms, dulcians, crumhorns, recorders and an occasional bagpipe. She is the former music director for the West Suburban Early Music Society and is currently President of the American Recorder Society. Laura sits on the Board of the Madison Early Music Festival and is an instructor at many early music workshops throughout the nation.  When she is not playing her instruments, Laura indulges in long distance bicycle touring and racing.


Here is what Laura is planning for our Friday night session:


The Duke of Lerma and his musical legacy

The Duke of Lerma's reputation hasn't aged well. Accused of bankrupting the Spanish Empire's banks, reducing the army and navy to a paltry shadow of their former selves, and miscalculating the horrendous economic effects of exiling thousands of moriscos (Christianized Moors) from Spain, biographies of the Duke often contain numerous less than complimentary passages. King Phillip III took the Duke under his wing and was subsequently treated to events of great religious splendor (allegedly to keep the Duke in the crown's favor as his reputation amongst the nobles melted like wax in a furnace; even the Duke's own son joined the plot against him).

The first modern edition of the music of the Archivo de San Pedro de Lerma, ms. mus.1, presents a fascinating look into the repertoire of the church wind band in Lerma, Spain, ca. 1600. This carefully prepared "gig book" includes music by Guerrero, Lobo, Rogier, and others. The book compiled and edited by Douglas Kirk is 217 pages of the most fascinating wind band music by Spanish composers. 

We will finish off the evening with a piece of music by S�ren Sieg, African Suite No.2, mvt 2: Der Grosse Fluss (The Great River). Bring out those low recorders because we can use them!  Here is an amateur video of a performance of this piece in case you're new to the wonders of Soren Sieg!  
African Suite No.2 /Soren Sieg
African Suite No.2 /Soren Sieg

Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday evening!  Please do contact me if you are planning on coming and do not play any other recorders besides soprano.




Upcoming Playing Sessions
April 18th - Special Guest, Laura Kuhlman, ARS President!
May 16th - Member's Night
2014 Member's Night

May 16th will be here before you know it! Do you know who your ensemble members are?  Time to start rehearsing!  We want to hear your musical gift! I think I can safely say almost anything goes...kid's groups, viol consorts, buzzy bands, singing, and of course, recorder solos, duets, trios and larger ensembles! Prepare now, and plan on a fun and low-stress performance opportunity with your friends!  All are invited, participation highly encouraged at any level!

PLEASE RSVP by May 1st to Zoe: prs@portlandrecordersociety.org
Please include the names of your group members and what pieces you will play (can be tentative). 
CGEMR in Review, by Steve Teel
(Many thanks to Steve Teel for writing this up for his home chapter, the Sonoma County Recorder Society.  Steve is also a member of the Portland Recorder Society!  Save the date - CGEMR 2015 is March 13-16!)
Paul Leenhouts' class

I just got home from attending the Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat held Friday, March 14 through Monday, March 17. I trust that you have heard of this workshop, and I want tell you my experience.
To start, the setting for the CGEMR is stunning. The Portland Recorder Society managed to find a retreat facility with a commanding view of the Columbia Gorge located about an half hour from the Portland Airport. In the early 1900's it was a family vacation compound for the owners of a great Pacific Northwest department store chain. For CGEMR, the main meeting hall is a large craftsman style hall built in the 1920's. It contains a great hall, with a full-circle overlooking second floor balcony, kitchen, two dining areas, and dorm style bedroom suites. The CGEMR also uses a more modern second complex similar to some excellent motel convention centers.  This facility is friendly to my arthritic body.
2014 Faculty Concert

I should also try to give some idea of the workshop curriculum planned by Music Director Vicki Boeckman. Faculty regulars Phil and Gayle Neuman bring glimpses of their fascinating world which includes ensemble music with just about every instrument (voice included) from just about every musical period. Joining the faculty this year were Rotem Gilbert and Paul Leenhouts. Need I say more, except that I attended a class of Paul's where he used his own arrangements of four Scottish and Irish fiddle tunes stamped with his own excitement-filled musical style. I had two classes with Rotem which seems to happen a lot.
This is one of the most intimate and exciting workshops available. I meet new best friends here every year. 
Kyuquot Sound Recorder Workshop
Kyuquot Sound Recorder Workshop at the Kyuquot Inn (west coast of Vancouver Island);   Aug. 29 - Sept. 2, 2014


  • Enjoy a wilderness experience in the remote village of Kyuquot at the Kyuquot Inn (see our web-site:www.kyuquotinn.com), a beautiful beachfront property
  • Choose from a variety of classes including the Baroque Masters, a Master Class and Contemporary Music
  • Faculty:  Matthias Maute and Sophie Lariviere
  • Delicious meals catered by Kyuquot Inn/Eric Jay Gorbman Catering Company

Register early - space is limited to 20 people!


Upper-intermediate to advanced level.   


For more information and to register, follow this link to the workshop brochure:  http://portlandrecordersociety.org/?p=637   Please feel free to contact me with any questions - I hope you can join us!


Nancy Gorbman, Director

Kyuquot Sound Recorder Workshop



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~monthly playing sessions (Sept-May) coached by


~Discount to Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat

~Monthly e-mail newsletters

~Networking opportunities with like-minded musicians


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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.


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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



Anita Archer
Saturday, April 26th * 6:00 PM (rescheduled from Feb. 8)
15 guests * $100


Ensemble De Organographia (Gayle and Philip Neuman) present "The Wherligig" for the Friends of Chamber Music series, Dinner with Friends, Saturday, April 26th at 6:00pm.  The Wherligig - early music piece or child's toy? Philip and Gayle Neuman will answer this and more in their entertaining and fascinating program of Renaissance music for voice, early violin, recorder, krummhorn, cittern, rackett, tartold, curtal and many other early instruments.  A piece by renaissance woman composer Maddalena Casulana, and a theatrical song, "Drinke To-day and Drowne All Sorrowe," will be featured along with a wide variety of other period selections.  A delicious dinner will follow the captivating program in this lovely Northwest Portland home.  For more information and tickets, see the Friends of Chamber Music website, under Concerts and Events - Dinner with Friends:http://focm.org/concerts-events/2013-14-dinner-with-friends/  When you order tickets, FOCM will send you an e-mail with the address of the dinner and performance.



Friday, May 16th, 2014: Oregon Renaissance Band "Music from Beyond the Forest" An all new program of early Transylvanian music from Codex Caioni. Friday, May 16th, 7:15pm, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Portland, OR. Selections from a musical manuscript hidden in a wall of a Transylvanian monastery. Part of the CMC Family Fridays Series. 12 musicians will perform music on violin, lute, sackbutts, recorders, cornamusen, krummhorns, bagpipes, racketts, tartold, spinettino, tabor, and voices. Musicians: David Bryan, Andy Harris, Daphne Clifton, Lori Fitch, Cindy Markham, Ben Fitch, Kathryn Richer, Hideki Yamaya, Sharon Cheney, Phil Neuman, and Gayle Neuman.

The Oregon Renaissance Band, celebrating its 23rd 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 in Germany.
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: newsletter@portlandrecordersociety.org

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.



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