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Vol.7 No. 9
May, 2014
The next playing session will be Friday, May 16th, 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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All our conductors are available for private lessons and ensemble coaching.

  Please contact them directly for scheduling at the links below.

Laura Kuhlman

Vicki Boeckman

Phil Neuman

Gayle Neuman

Bryce Peltier

A Final Note From Vicki Boeckman


Hello dear Portlandiers,


What a pleasure it has been to witness the growth and evolution of the Portland Recorder Society over these 7 years. I have been honored to be your musical director and part of the incredible team of hard-working, dedicated recorder-loving board members, both past and present. As most of you know, I live in Seattle and have been happy to do the commute, but I always felt that PRS would be better served by a local leader - one who could establish continuity, implant visions for the future, and be present at most events. Now that Laura Kuhlman has moved to Portland, I truly believe you have that leader!

I would like to hereby officially announce that I will be stepping down as music director and passing the baton over to Laura.


Ever since I met and worked with Laura at the 2011 Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat I knew she would be the perfect replacement if and when she moved. She fell in love with Portland and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and we all fell in love with her energy, wit, and impressive diverse talents.


Therefore, dear ones, it is not with a heavy heart that I hand over the reins, but with a heart full of admiration and confidence that PRS will be in fabulous hands! I will still come down to lead as guest conductor and teach lessons on occasion, so this is not adieu, but simply au revoir!


Rumor has it that Member's Night will be a splendid event this year. I look forward to being there and sharing it with you.





Welcome Laura Kuhlman!
Hello members of PRS!

Four years ago, PRS invited me to teach at the Columbia Gorge Retreat and I was immediately in love with Portland and the surrounding areas. I knew I needed to find a way to move here and now here I am! 

It is with much gratitude and enjoyment to be part of the Portland Recorder Society. I am thrilled to be not only an active member but also to take on the role of music director. Of course I have big shoes to fill and have much respect for what Vicki Boeckman has built and inspired in this chapter and its members. 

I bring with me not only my arsenal of instruments but also my love for all things recorder. I really enjoy leading chapter meetings and presenting music from all genres, including some of my own arrangements. I look forward to meeting all of you, remembering your names and continuing to build on the foundation that has been so expertly laid. 

Thank you all for the warm welcome!

Upcoming Playing Sessions
May 16th - Member's Night, everyone welcome to perform or listen!
September 12th (2nd Friday, tentative) - Laura Kuhlman conducts
2014 Member's Night Potluck

May 16th is going to be fabulous!  We have 8 groups (including some professionals you know) lined up to perform and we're counting on a large and supportive audience as well!  Please consider bringing a finger food potluck item to share after the show.  Drinks will be provided, but do bring plates or utensils if your dish requires it.  See you at the Kennedy School Community room as usual, 7:30pm!  Formal wear NOT required....
PRO=Portland Recorder Orchestra
There is still time to join the Portland Recorder Orchestra and play our summer season!  We entertain the crowds at the Portland Sundays Parkways, and whatever gigs come along.  We are a group of about twenty enthusiastic players of recorders and like minded instruments who join to play Renassiance and English country dancing tunes.  The format is informal, we usually play outside or in public places and we often end up standing to play.  If you have at least intermediate skills, like to play continuously for at least an hour,  and enjoy playing in front of impromptu crowds, shoot me an email: ellenmendoza_lido@yahoo.com or give me a call (503-504-4501) to join the fun!
Ellen Mendoza

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



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


A concert not to miss....


The Portland Viol Consort: Joanna Blendulf, Treble Viol; Lee Inman, Tenor and Treble Viol; Max Fuller and Tim Scott, Bass Viol


"Continental Tastes - European Music for Viols"  

Music from France, Spain, Italy and Germany for 4 Violas da Gamba. Works by Mouline, Charpentier, Eustace Du Carrouy, Lassus, Adrian , Cabezon, Scheidt and Cabezon.


A rare chance to hear the only professional viol consort in the Pacific Northwest!  Tickets: $20 adults, $15 students and seniors, available at the door only.  Grace Memorial Church (1535 NE 17th AvenuePortland), May 23rd, 7:30pm.



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

Contact Susy Wilcox at susan@fullduck.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.



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