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Vol.9 No. 3
November, 2015

The next PRS playing session is Friday, November 20, 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
So you want to know what it is like to record music for a major Hollywood movie? Come to the next PRS Friday meeting and ask Phil and Gayle for all the exciting details...but not until you have played some of the best music arranged by Phil himself! Here's what Phil has to say about the music he is going to present for your delights:

I'm really looking forward to directing the PRS session on Friday,  November 20th!  It's the very date, in 1985, that Windows 1.0 was released, so what  better way could we celebrate than to gather at Tabor Space to play
our analog recorders  with fellow music makers?  And, as always, I'll bring a piece that will  work great on reed instruments like cornamusen, krummhorns, douçaines,  sordunes, and racketts along with recorders and strings.

I'll bring a smattering of selections in a variety of styles that will
range from the Renaissance to the 20th century.  We'll start with a
fun and adventurous toccata from 1626 by Giovanni Cavaccio called "La  Licina."  Cavaccio was a singer at the court of Munich, and later
became the choirmaster at S. Maria Maggiore in Rome.

Then we'll play two chansons about birds that we didn't have time to get to  in our recent EMGO Workshop on bird themed music, both from Leroy et  Ballard's 1572 publication "Mellange de chansons," namely "Dieu te  gard, bergere" by Nicolas (about a falcon) and "Le rossignol sauvage"  (about a nightingale) by Millot.

We'll also be celebrating the wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth
II (Nov. 20, 1947) by playing Thomas Ravenscroft's beautiful "The
Crowning of Belphebe," based on a character in Edmund Spenser's poem  The Faerie Queene of 1590, representing Queen Elizabeth I.

In honor of the fact that Minnesota Senator Knute Nelson in 1907
introduced a resolution stating that while the Senate is in session,
bean soup must be served daily, regardless of the weather, we'll read
through a German Bohnenlied  (Beans song) entitled "Wer lützel bhalt" by Thomas Sporer from 1536.

Finally, we can celebrate Zumbi Dos Palmares Day in Brazil by playing  Jobim's  wonderful bossa nova hit from 1967, "Wave."

Can there by any doubt that fun will be had by all?  Hope to see you there!

Phil Neuman

See you all come
Friday, November 20, 7 p.m., Room #4 in the basement! Bring a stand light if you need more light!
Play on!
Laura Kuhlman

Upcoming Playing Sessions

Friday, November 20, 7 pm at Tabor Space - Phil Neuman leads
Friday, December 18, 7 pm at Tabor Space - Laura Kuhlman leads
Recorder Orchestra of Oregon Concert

Seated above is a fine group of talented recorder players and they are working hard to bring to you an exquisite concert of music sure to get you into the Holiday spirit. A little Russian folk tune, Chant de Noel to Michael Praetorius', Resonnet in laudibus and many others. We will also be featuring two small groups playing variations on Von himmel hoch. We have sporanino recorder, we have a trove of altos and tenors, we have exceptional basses all the way down to the contra! No recorder left behind!

The premier Holiday concert presented by ROO will be held at 
St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, 2800 SE Harrison on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm. The concert is a free will offering and children friendly. Plenty of free parking and a reception to follow the music. Bring your friends and family as we open the doorway to the Holidays!
A tribute to Robin Teitzel
It is with great appreciation that we say farewell to Robin Teitzel, founding member of the Portland Recorder Society and Keeper of Coin (Treasurer) since it's inception.  After 8 years of service, Robin is stepping off the PRS Board to commit to work and family responsibilities and maybe brush off the old guitar!  Since it has been that many years since PRS was created, I'd like to share Robin's pivotal role in starting this whole thing.

Some of you will remember a weekend workshop at the Jewish Community Center in 2006.  The elegant, now departed Eileen Hadidian from California wanted to give a workshop here and recruited Vicki Boeckman to co-teach with her.  Robin turned out to be the willing organizer!  It was my first introduction to Vicki who was a new transplant back to the United States after her prior life in Denmark.  Once I met her, I knew I had found a fabulous teacher that could lead us far!  That workshop Robin organized was a turning point for many, and several of us met up again at the Winds and Waves recorder workshop Spring 2007.   There, with much encouragement from Tish Berlin, Frances Blaker, Clea Gallano, Eileen and Vicki, we decided to start a chapter!  The founding board members were: Chair: Zoe Tokar, Vice-Chair: Sharon Cheney, Keeper of the Coin: Robin Teitzel, Scribe: Sean Nolan, Jeanne Lynch, Charles Schweigert, Drew Herzig, Jan Groh.  Our first playing session was November 2007, led by Vicki Boeckman.  Spurred on by early enthusiasm, we hosted the first Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat in April 2009.

Robin's duties were classic behind the scenes grunt work!  He maintained a large spreadsheet with all the financial transactions, he filed tax forms with the state and the IRS, and he paid all the conductors, facilities, web hosts, and more.  It was a big job that just keeps getting bigger, now with the addition of the Recorder Orchestra of Oregon.  So big that Robin is being replaced with TWO capable board members, David Solet and Susy Wilcox.  We profusely thank Robin for all he's done and WISH HIM WELL!
Zoe Tokar

Yep, it's time to renew your PRS membership!
Don't forget to bring your checkbook!

Membership dollars pay our conductors, the room rental fees, 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 professionals

~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!


Winds and Waves Workshop
The 18th annual  Winds  and  Waves  Recorder Workshop is  April 30-May 2, 2016 , Saturday through Monday, with the Faculty Concert on Friday evening,  April 29 . Locations are the beautiful Sitka Center for the workshop and St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church for the concert. Faculty are Frances Blaker, Letitia Berlin, Cléa Galhano and Sitka recorder resident, Alison Melville from Canada.

Workshop registration opens  Monday, January 11 at 8:30am . Tuition is $270 and includes one adult ticket to the faculty concert. General admission tickets to the concert ($15 adult and $5 student) will also be available through the Sitka Center. In addition, this year we are able to offer two Jeanne Lynch Memorial Scholarships. One will cover tuition and provide $150 toward living/travel expenses, and the second will just cover tuition. Information about how to apply will be on Sitka's website in January.

To register or for more information, go online or call Sitka at 
541-994-5485 . Space is limited to 45 participants. So please be aware that spaces are filled in the order received and registration fills up rapidly. Hope to see you in April!

Oregon Coast Recorder Society
Sitka Center for Art and Ecology
Corlu Collier, Director
56605 Sitka Drive  PMB 309
Otis, Oregon 97368
2226 N Coast Hwy,  Newport OR 97365

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
Community Music Center: Early Music Ensembles
Phil and Gayle Neuman and Cindy Markham offer excellent sessions for recorders (all levels), voices, renaissance winds and mixed consorts (including strings!). Register online or at the center. For more information go online or call: 503-823-3177.

Tuesday, Dec. 1st at 7:30pm: The Oregon Trail Trio performs Music from Appalachia at Artist's Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison in Portland.  Gayle and Phil Neuman and Mick Doherty will sing and play banjo, hammer dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, appalachian dulcimer, whistle and more.  The program will take a historical approach, with early sources and information. For tickets visit their website.

Saturday, Dec. 26th at 7:30pm AND Sunday, Dec. 27th at 3:00pm
"It fell on a holie eve" - The Oregon Renaissance Band performs early
music for Christmas and New Years.  13 of the Northwest's finest
renaissance musicians perform music by Palestrina, Holborne and many others on violin, viols, lute, sackbutts, dulcians, rackett, spinettino, portative organ and voices. 
Directed by Phil and Gayle Neuman.  
Admission: $15 general, $12 students, seniors, and members of EMGO:  www.emgo.org or www.philandgayleneuman.com,
write to pneumantartold@gmail.com or call 503-631-2973.

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 douçaines by Erik Moulder (England). 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.


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