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Vol.8 No. 9
May, 2015

Member's Night Variety Show will be Friday, May 15, 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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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

Zoe Tokar

Notes from our Music Director
Hello everyone! I am always amazed at how fast time goes by. When I am trying to get out the door for a rehearsal or lesson, 20 minutes flies past like just a few seconds. When I am exercising, however, 20 minutes can seem like two hours! And this is how I am feeling about the PRS season. Tell me it is not almost over!

This Friday, we will celebrate the year together with stellar performances by friends and members of the Portland Recorder Society. A little birdie, okay Zoe Tokar, told me she has some real gems lined up for the evening. If you want to get in on all the fun and show off a little, please contact Zoe by Thursday, May 14. Remember, your talent doesn't have to be playing recorders. Last year, Duane played accordion for us. Come on out of the practice room and give us a show! You're among friends, what could be better?!

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


Upcoming Playing Sessions

Friday, May 15, 7 pm - Members' Night at TABORSPACE
Recorder Orchestra of Oregon Report

We rocked it!
A super huge and even bigger thank you to all the talented recorder players of the Recorder Orchestra of Oregon. We played to a wonderful crowd of 75 eager listeners that included family, friends and many new converts to the world of recorder. I also enjoyed all the kids that came to listen...or was it for the cookies?! It was a wee bit warm but everyone played through the heat and it was magical. 

The program was extremely well received. Starting with La Battaglia by Adriano Banchieri followed by Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Lachrimae Tango by Andrew Melvin and my personal favorite, Mountain Mosaic by Glen Shannon. There is a growing amount of recorder orchestra repertoire and I am looking forward to exploring as much as possible with this talented group.

A big hurrah for the trio of Susan Campbell, Sophie Petersen and Zoë Tokar. They performed two very captivating contemporary trios by Danish composers: Farven Blau by Hans Henrik Brandt and Kadanza by Willem Wander van Nieuwkerk, which include some extended techniques like singing while playing! And we thought only Jethro Tull could do that?!

A thank you also goes to Tabor Space on SE Belmont, which hosted our twice monthly rehearsal space and to St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, which provided the concert venue. You can see from the picture it was a beautiful backdrop. Thank you to Richard Bebb, who recorded the concert, which we will post on the website soon. Thank you to Ellen Mendoza for opening her home after the concert to many hungry recorder players and guests. Good food, good wine! It was nice to sit and relax after a job well done.

I am looking forward to our next season, which will start up again in September. Look for announcements and dates coming this July and August. If you or someone you know are interested in being in the recorder orchestra, please contact me

Enjoy the summer!

Play on!
Laura Kuhlman

Portland Recorder Orchestra
Ellen Mendoza and her band of merry recorder players had an extra special treat during their Sunday Parkways Performance. Hiding under the guise of a bicyclist, Portland Mayor, Charlie Hales, listened to several tunes and then visited with us. Janet Bebb seems to have had an "in" with the mayor since they worked on special projects together. 

Ellen and the PRO can be seen at all the summer Sunday Parkways events. It really is a good time and a vital part of PRS outreach. Many people come by and tell us they play or want to play. You never now who is going to show up...like the mayor! Visit the Sunday Parkways website for more dates and places. Watch for Ellen's emails for play times! Grab your bike, grab a recorder or two and join the fun! 
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 Oregon Renaissance Band
Friday and  Saturday, May 15 and 16, 2015  at  6:00pm
Eugene Vocal Arts Mayfest
Renaissance Dinner in Eugene
www.eugeneconcertchoir.org  for details and reservations.

Gayle and Phil Neuman
Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 6:00pm
Gayle and  Phil  Neuman perform a  one-of-a-kind program of Ancient Greek Music on period instruments  (kithara, lyra, aulos, syrinx monokalamos, trichordon, kroupezon,  psithyra) and voice, with a fabulous dinner at a stunning Portland home.  The  performance will feature extant notated music from c. 500 BC to c. 300  AD. 
For details and reservations see Dinner with Friends

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!

This concert is a fundraiser for refurbishing the church organ.

Visit Dulcina for more details. 


Community Music Center: Early Music Ensembles
The concert for the spring session for the  Renaissance Song, Recorder Level 3, Advanced Recorder, Renaissance  Winds, Loud Band, and Collegium Musicum classes 
Sunday, June 7th, 2015  
Reed College's Eliot Chapel at  7pm  in Portland. This special
performance is part of the day-long celebration of the Community Music  Center's 60th anniversary
Visit the CMC website for more detail

There are many, so many workshops all over the United States and even "across the pond" each summer. A very good source for the listing is at the American Recorder Society and Early Music America websites. Check it out and go have some musical fun this summer. 


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
Alto, tenor and bass dulçians by Erik Moulder (England). The details can be found on Ebay . These are very good instruments and need to be played! Contact Laura Kuhlman if you have any questions.

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.


A brief note....We are very happy with our email marketing service, Constant Contact. If you should sign up with them, tell them we sent you and you'll help support the PRS non-profit organization, and get a credit yourself! Thank you!