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Vol.8 No. 4
December, 2014
playing session will be Friday, Dec 19, 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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Laura Kuhlman

Vicki Boeckman

Phil Neuman

Gayle Neuman

Zoe Tokar

Hello to all from Laura!

This has to be one of my most favorite times of the year. I know, that sounds like a song but it is true. I love the crisp air, the lights of Christmas trees and the music! Oh, my, the music!

To start with, our next playing session will be this coming Friday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m.  All instruments are welcome...even those buzzie capped reed kind and strings. I love the interesting mix of texture and sound. You will not need the folders except to fill it with all the free music I am going to bring. My Christmas present to all of you!

We are going to read some of my most favorite of all favorite holiday tunes ranging from In Epiphania Domini by Dufay to a Stan Davis arrangement of Santa Claus is Coming to Town. There is so much exciting music written for this season that it will be hard to read through all of it. I hope you all will find one of your favorites in the offerings.

As always, if you have any questions about the music or PRS in general, please do not hesitate to click on my name and shoot me an email. If I cannot help you, there is a Board of terrific PRS members to help you.


Recorder Orchestra of Oregon Update

The Recorder Orchestra of Oregon is taking off! We are still accepting applications and welcome all to join in this new and exciting performance group. While we are not requiring an audition, there are some qualifications. Be sure to visit the PRS website or email Laura Kuhlman for more information.

Rehearsal dates and music will be sent to all ROO members by December 31. I am looking forward to working with all of you!


Upcoming Playing Sessions
Friday, December 19th, 7:30 - Laura Kuhlman conducts at Kennedy School
Friday, January 23rd,7 pm- Laura Kuhlman conducts at TABORSPACE
**NOT the third Friday of the month, note new start time!**
Friday. February 20th,7 pm - Vicki Boeckman conducts at TABORSPACE
Announcing a new NOVICE PRS Group

Do our Friday night PRS sessions make you nervous about keeping up?  Do you feel like the music gets too hard too fast?  Have you stopped coming to PRS because you were frustrated or feeling in over your head?  We have good news for you!  Starting January 23rd, I will be offering a novice-level break out group during the second hour of our regular Friday night PRS sessions.  It will be at TaborSpace in a smaller room nearby starting at 8pm.

My intention is to slow things down and work on troubleshooting common difficulties with our instrument as well as exercises to improve our rhythm, tone production, and ensemble playing skills.  We'll work on some of the same music the larger group is playing, but also some of our very own.  If you are new to C or F fingerings, want to learn to play alto up, or just want easier music to play, this group is for you!  Please do contact me if you have questions or comments, I'd love to know if you were planning on coming!

Zoe Tokar

TaborSpace, Our New Venue!

Well, we asked, you answered and we are moving! Starting with our January 23, 2015 playing session, PRS will be calling TaborSpace its new home!  It is inside the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church at 5441 SE Belmont St. in Portland.  Several of the Board members have gone to TaborSpace to check out rooms, lighting, sound and parking. We believe it is going to be a great place to come together and make music. 

There has also been requests to move away from Friday nights. We hear you loud and clear. It was decided to make one change at a time. For the rest of the PRS 2014-15 year, we will stay on Friday nights. We have been in contact with TaborSpace for alternative nights, so the request is not forgotten. Should you have strong opinions one way or the other, please feel free to contact the Board and let them know your thoughts. We will probably do another survey sometime in the Spring.

Thank you very much to everyone that answered our short and sweet survey. 

The PRS Board of Directors
If you haven't already...
It's time to renew your PRS membership!

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! 

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


There is a lot of music coming your way. So, put down those CDs, grab a friend and help support live music in Portland!



(The following list is in no particular order other than date)



Portland Recorder Orchestra, under the baton of Ellen Mendoza,will perform at Pittock Mansion, Sunday, December 14, 2014 from11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This performance is in celebration of the Holiday Season. Contact Pittock Mansion for further details.


Early music specialists, Gayle and Phil Neuman bring back the vibrant sounds of the Oregon Renaissance Band for another round of Christmas/New Years concerts. "Nowell syng we," a program of early Christmas, New Years and Winter themed early music on voices and period instruments. Music of England, Ireland, Germany, Spain - composers include Tom�s Luis de Victoria,Crist�bal de Morales, Michael Praetorius, and Turlough O' Carolan. 

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, Polly Gibson, Cindy Markham, Ben Fitch, Kathryn Richer, Hideki Yamaya, Sharon Cheney, Phil Neuman, and Gayle Neuman.

Friday & Saturday, December 26 & 27, 7:30 p.m.
Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis
  St., Portland, OR.
Sunday, December. 28th, 3 p.m. 
Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St.,
 Portland, OR  

Admission: $15 general and $12 students, seniors and EMGO members.
Tickets are available only at the door.


Back by popular demand or just because I am demanding, the Cascadia Loud Band will present it's first concert of the new year:"Music for Twelfth Night". Musical selections will include compositions celebrating the New Year, Epiphany and selections from Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" played on shawms, recorders, dulcians, violin, citern and bagpipes. Cascadia Loud Band members are Laura Kuhlman, Brandon LaBadie, Gayle Neuman and Phil Neuman. 


Sunday, January 4, 2015, 3:00 pm 
Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Portland, OR.

Admission: $15 general; $12 students, seniors and EMGO members. Reception to follow the concert.

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

Bass recorder for sale:
The Oregon Coast Recorder Society would like to sell their Roessler Bass. It is direct blow and we think it is pear wood. It was reconditioned by Von Huene Workshop in 12/11 and has a padded suitcase-style case. We are asking $450. Call Jane at 541-994-5198 or email:  jane.boyden@gmail.com
Tenor recorder for sale:  Beautiful American cherrywood Gerhard Huber Model III Tenor recorder in C. This is a keyless, ergonomic recorder with bright, clear, focused tone in like new condition, played very little. Comes with hard, fitted case. Purchased in 2012 for $1136 from Antique Sound Workshop where it was custom fine tuned (custom fingering chart included). $800. Contact Stan in NE PDX: stanhoffman@mindspring.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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