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Vol.8 No. 5
January, 2015

playing session will be Friday, January 23rd, 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


TaborSpace, Our New Venue!
See you there this Friday at 7pm!

TaborSpace is located within the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church at 5441 SE Belmont Ave, Portland, Oregon.  We rehearse on the lower level in the Dining Room.

Please note that parking at the Tabor Space is easy!  Use their lot with the entrance on 54th Ave.  You may enter the building on the walkway directly across from the parking lot entrance.  Come in those doors on the lower level and look for the second door on the right, the "Dining Room".  No stairs required!


Notes from our Music Director
I cannot tell you how excited I am for our new playing session at Tabor Space. The recorder orchestra had our first rehearsal there and we loved it. Please do come a little early so we can be ready to start right at 7:00 p.m. We also need the rehearsal room to be put back the way we found it, so we ask everyone to help put chairs and tables back in place before leaving. Enough housekeeping!

Aage Nielsen
Some of you may know him, others not, but after Friday's playing session you will all come to appreciate the skills and knowledge Aage Nielsen  has for music and especially music from the Medieval period. Aage, (pronounced Oh-ah) is a master of the dou�aine and maybe with a little encouragement, he might pull it out and wow us with a little estampie! Aage also has some exciting music planned from his Danish heritage that will have your feet tappin' away. We are very excited for Aage to make his debut with PRS!

I know that May is a wee bit in the distance, however, it will be on us before we know it. Now is the time to start thinking about Members' Night and if you are going to want to perform. I will begin asking for submissions in March so I can get a handle on time. We had such great performances last year and we look forward to many sharing their talents with us this year, too! Team up with some friends or even dare to play solo! It is a night not to be missed!

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


Upcoming Playing Sessions
Friday, January 23rd,7 pm- Aage Nielsen conducts at TABORSPACE
**NOT the third Friday of the month, note new start time!**
Friday. February 20th,7 pm - Vicki Boeckman conducts at TABORSPACE
Friday, March 20th, 7pm - Phil Neuman conducts at TABORSPACE
Please RSVP for the 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
Recorder Orchestra of Oregon Report

We had a great opening rehearsal in our new Tabor Space digs. We have a great group of 20 talented recorder players. We are exploring music of Glen Shannon, Vaughn Williams, Andieno Banchieri, and Andrew Melville. Our next rehearsal will be Monday, January 26, 7 p.m. Our debut concert will be this coming May.
I thank all of your for your support of this new ensemble and we look forward to bringing exciting and educational concerts to Portland and surrounding communities.

Play on!
Laura Kuhlman

Scholarship Opportunity

The Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat is all full up...except for our scholarship spot!  If you are a motivated teacher or student of the recorder, we want you!  Deadline for application is February 1st.  More information at:  http://portlandrecordersociety.org/?page_id=137

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


Ensemble De Organographia Saturday, January 31st, 2015, at 11:00am: Get acquainted with Renaissance Music for all ages. Gayle and Phil with emcee Judy Castle. Hillsboro Public Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR 97124.

Ensemble De Organographia "Greatest Hits for Elizabeth I" Saturday , January 31st, 2015, at 2:00pm: Gayle and Phil Neuman play renaissance music for voice and period instruments. Library Auditorium, Beaverton Main Library, 12375 SW Fifth St., Beaverton, OR 97005. Phone: 503-644-2197.

The Oregon Renaissance Band "The Song of the Birds" Friday, February 20th, 2015, at 7:15pm: Programmatic music including Janequin's "Le chant des oiseaux," Byrd's "The Battell," Senfl's "Das Gl�ut zu Speyer" (The Sounds of Speyer), and Isaac's "A la battaglia". Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis, Portland. Part of the CMC Family Fridays Series.

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

The 20th century recorder repertoire can be both expressive and lively, and trios in that genre offer a fascinating interplay between three equal voices.   Looking for good SAT players to read through and work up this refreshing repertoire   -- e.g., Staeps, Hindemith, Genzmer, Barab, Gal, etc.  Strictly one-to-a-part; good sight reading skills will come in handy.  For fun, perhaps performance.  This appealing repertoire offers plenty of musical bang for the buck!  Contact Jas Adams, jadams@teleport.com; 503-349-0840.

For Sale: Mollenhauer "Kynsecker" alto recorder in F at 440 in pearwood. The Mollenhauer Kynsecker recorders are based on originals by Hieronymus Kynsecker (1636-1686) in the German National Museum in Nuremburg, and feature a strong, rich beefy tone and a full two-octave range. Excellent stability in low register. Great all purpose consort instrument for pre-baroque music. Blends well with other renaissance recorders, "Dream" recorders, other Kynsecker brands. Sells new for $707, asking $507, only owner, bought from Bill Lazar in 2007. Contact Zoe Tokar at zoetabbycatz@gmail.com or 971-235-1060.
Bass recorder for sale: PRICE LOWERED!
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 $400. 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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