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Vol.8 No. 7
March, 2015

playing session will be Friday, March 20, 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


Remember, TaborSpace is our new venue!
See you there this Friday (tomorrow) 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
TaborSpace is working out great!  A brief reminder to use the available parking lot to the west of the church. If you do park on the street, please be very aware of the driveways! Don't park in front of them!

This Friday, our playing session will be led by a PRS favorite, Phil Neuman. Phil's talent for leading fun and interesting music goes without saying but we will say it anyway. It is always a treat for us to have have him lead. Be sure to bring your double reeds because he always welcomes them! Here is what he has to say:

Greetings Everyone from Phil!  


I'm really looking forward to directing the PRS session on March 20th.
Could there be a better way to spend the vernal equinox than to gather at Tabor Space to harmonize with fellow music makers?  Surely not.  And, as always, I'll bring a piece that will work great on reed instruments along with recorders and strings.


For this session I'm bringing a veritable cornucopia of pieces in a
variety of styles that will range from the early Renaissance to the early 20th century.  We'll start with an arrangement of the beautiful "Polyhymnia" by Vincenzo Galilei (Galileo's father), included by Ottorino Respighi in his "Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite no. 1 (1917)."  Then we have Adriano Banchieri's wonderful Concerto primo "La Battaglia" for double choir, one of the best of the myriad of pieces based loosely on Janequin's "La Guerre."

Next is a composition that has probably not been heard since it was
composed in 1840 entitled "My Tent Beside the Oregon: Founded on
Native airs of the Oregon Indians" by James Dana.  Dana copied it into a manuscript known as the Wilkes Songbook which has never been published.  We were recently given permission by the current owner to look at it and copy the piece by hand.  If any of you has a native american drum, please bring it - there's a part for it.

Then we'll read the hauntingly beautiful 4 part motet "Inclita stella
maris," by the greatest of the Burgundian composers, Guillaume Du Fay. Then Dowland's tuneful "Mrs. Nichols Almain" will follow, perfect for a diverse array of reeds, recorders and viols.

Finally, we'll read the lively ragtime two-step from 1906, "Dill
Pickles" by Charles Johnson.  Surely toes will tap!

Hope to see you there!
~ Phil 


Thank you, Phil! It is going to be a fabulous evening of playing, so grab your instruments and join in on the fun!

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


Upcoming Playing Sessions

Friday, March 20th, 7 pm - Phil Neuman conducts at TABORSPACE
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, Portland)
Friday, May 15, 7 pm - Members' Night 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, March 23rd at 7 p.m. Our debut concert will be Saturday, May 9th, 6 pm at St. David of Wales in SE Portland.

Our rehearsal this Monday will run right up to 9 p.m. We will rehearse all the pieces for the concert. Be prepared for many stops and starts. Alas, the task of concentrated rehearsing but we can do it because we are the Recorder Orchestra of Oregon!

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

Play on!
Laura Kuhlman

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

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

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.

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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