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Vol.8 No. 8
April, 2015

playing session will be Friday, April 17, at 7:00pm. 
Come join us!
Be ready to play at 7:00pm sharp in the "Dining Room" (lower level) of TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont  Ave., Portland, OR.  Bring instruments and music stands.  For more information, go to our

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Laura Kuhlman

Vicki Boeckman

Phil Neuman

Gayle Neuman

Zoe Tokar

Notes from our Music Director
Ah, Spring is in the air and that unfortunately means this is our last meeting playing music together as a group. You will read more on May's Member Night further down but I do encourage each and every one of you to bring out your hidden talents to share.

This Friday, I will be leading the large group. We will open the evening with an Intrada by Melchior Frank, a German composer who spent most of his life in Coburg, a court near Nürnburg. To follow in the season of Easter, we will visit a Heinrick Finck piece written around the tune, Christ ist erstanden. Please bring your folders as we will revisit Capriole Suite by Peter Warlock.

After the short break, we will look at William Byrd's, " This Sweet and Merry Month of May", and a Fantasia á 5 by Jerome Bassano, of the famous Bassano family brought to England by Henry VIII. All pretty challenging music but fun to play nonetheless!  Anyone is also welcome to join Zoe's novice class in the second hour...I know she has some more "talking music" planned!

As always, capped or soft double reeds, dulcians, and strings are welcome. Please feel free to bring more than one instrument and move around from part to part...on different tunes, of course!

Now, Member's Night! It is a PRS tradition for members to showcase their talents at the May meeting. I know all of you have something to share and when you are among friends, it is a great place to show off! Last year was my first Member's Night and it was a great time. I am hoping to see many of you come forward. If you would like to perform, please tell Zoe Tokar by May 1, with the name of your group members and the talent you are going to showcase. 

See you all come
Friday, 7 p.m., Tabor Space dining room!
Play on!
Laura Kuhlman


Upcoming Playing Sessions
Friday, April 17, 7 pm - Laura Kuhlman conducts at TABORSPACE
Saturday, May 9th, 6pm - Recorder Orchestra of Oregon CONCERT!!
(at St. David of Wales Church 2800 SE Harrison St)
Friday, May 15, 7 pm - Members' Night at TABORSPACE

Recorder Orchestra of Oregon Report

It is hard to believe that we only have three more rehearsals left before our premiere concert on May 9th at St. David of Wales church in SE Portland. These rehearsal dates are: Mondays, April 20, 27 and May 4. I will be looking into having our final rehearsal at St. David's so please keep on eye out for an email.

Our rehearsal will run right up to 9 p.m. We will rehearse all the pieces for the concert. Our task will be to play our concert from beginning to end to get the feel of the flow. Bring only the instruments you will play for the concert: (in this order)

La Battaglia
2nd mov't Folk Song Suite
Lacrimae Tango
Mountain Mosaic

Questions? Need help with your part? Just want to tell me how much you love me? Email or call.

Play on!
Laura Kuhlman

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It's time to renew your PRS membership!

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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! 

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.


If none of your contact information has changed, you do not need to fill out another membership form.


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

40th Anniversary Northwest Handmade Musical Instruments Exhibit at Marylhurst University
Sat and Sun April 25th and 26th, 12noon to 5pm
www.nwmusicalinstrumentshow.org, admission $3.
Marylhurst University Music Dept and EMGO are sponsors.

Portland Viol Consort

Friday, May 1st 8pm 
Grace Memorial Episcopal Church
1535 NE 17th Ave Portland, Oregon
Joanna Blendulf, Max Fuller, Lee Inman, Tim Scott

Portland Viol Consort presents a concert of the English Masters 1550-1650;  Tallis, Picforth, Parsons, Tye, Ward, Lupo, Gibbons, Lawes, Holborne and Byrd
Tickets at the door:  $20/general, $15/senior/student
Email  timcello@gmail.com for more information

Saturday, May 2nd 9:30-4pm Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, Oregon

Day-long workshop with Wendy Gillespie, and the Portland Viol Consort; large group play in the morning, with smaller groups of consort music in the afternoon.
Lunch is provided!

Local viol-dignitaries present will include Wesley Brandt, Bill Monical, Damien Dlugolecki, Charlie Ogle and the Boulder Early Music Shop.

Register early as space is limited! Information: timcello@gmail.com

Recorder Orchestra of Oregon
6 pm, Saturday, May 9, 2015  St. David of Wales Church
2800 SE Harrison St, Portland

Come hear the magical sounds of recorders of all sizes as we perform a battle hymn by Adriano Banchieri, a tango by Andrew Melville, a ballad by Ralph Vaughn Williams, and Mountain Music by Glen Shannon. The concert is a free will offering and open to the public. Come enjoy an enchanting hour of music before heading off to dinner!

Dulcina, Medieval Consort

3 pm, May 31, 2015  Grace Episcopal Church

1535 NE 17th Ave, Portland

Join local musicians Laura Kuhlman, Aage Nielsen, Gayle Neuman and Phil Neuman on recorders, douçaines, sordunes, rackets, strings and bagpipes playing medieval masters: Machaut, Dufay, Phinot and more. Reception following the performance. Meet the musicians and see the instruments!

The Port Townsend Early Music Workshop   
July 5 - 11, 2015,  Tacoma, Washington
Our fantastic faculty offers classes in technique and consort playing for recorders, viols, and "buzzies," as well as topics from Medieval Music to Baroque ornamentation to Jazz improvisation and percussion, and traditional music from the Balkans and Armenia -- brush up on some favorite composers or try something entirely new!

Join us on the beautiful campus of the University of Puget Sound.  Private bedrooms in shared suites in a non-smoking building, with plenty of places for informal consorts to play.  The city of Tacoma offers many amenities and attractions, including the Museum of Glass, easy access to Puget Sound, and close proximity to Mt. Rainier.

Registration is now open! 


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
Proceeds to benefit PRS!
Moeck Rottenburgh 229 soprano recorder in unstained maple.  Very good condition, mild wear on thumbhole, $75.
Moeck Rottenburgh 339 alto recorder in rosewood.  Very good condition, mild wear, plays very well, excellent instrument, $300. Please contact Zoe Tokar at zoetabbycatz@gmail.com.

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.

Bass Viola da Gamba for sale: small size, excellent vibrant timbre,
no maker's name, good condition, 6 string.  $1100.  Contact Phil
Neuman at pneumantartold@gmail.com.


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