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Vol.9 No. 2
October, 2015

The next PRS playing session is Friday, October 16, 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
You know, when Hollywood calls, you have to take the gig! Portland's Early Music gurus, Phil and Gayle Neuman, are off to California to play their Greek music for the soundtrack of the Ben-Hur movie remake. We will miss Phil, as he was scheduled to lead the October PRS meeting. However, how lucky are we to have booked the fabulous Miyo Aoki from Seattle!  You may have heard her concerts with Musica Maestrale last year.  Don't miss the next one on Nov.7th (see concert listings below)!  I know we'll give her a warm welcome at PRS next Friday.

Miyo Aoki has performed in the US, Germany, and Poland with groups including Salish Sea Players, Bloomington Early Music Festival Opera Orchestra, Utopia Early Music, and Gamut Bach Ensemble, and is a founding member of the Seattle-based chamber group sound|counterpoint. She performs music ranging from medieval to modern and has premiered works by contemporary composers Natalie Williams and Agnes Dorwarth.  Miyo holds a KAZ Diplom (Artist Diploma) from the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany, where she studied with Professor Han Tol.  While living in Bremen, she maintained a private studio and worked in the musical outreach program "Musik-im-Ohr", based in Die Glocke, the Bremen concert hall.  She holds degrees in both early music performance and mathematics from Indiana University, where she studied with Professor Eva Legêne and taught as an Associate Instructor in the Pre-College Recorder Program.  Most recently, Miyo performed at the Whidbey Island Music Festival, taught at the 2015 Port Townsend Workshop and helped to create the new chamber music series, Salmon Run Concerts, currently in its inaugural season.

As you can read, Miyo will have a lot to share with all of us. Please join with me in welcoming Miyo to the PRS play session. 

See you all come
Friday, October 16, 7 p.m., Tabor Space dining room!
Play on!
Laura Kuhlman

Upcoming Playing Sessions

Friday, October 16, 7 pm at Tabor Space - Miyo Aoki leads
Friday, November 20, 7 pm at Tabor Space - Phil Neuman leads
Friday, December 18, 7 pm at Tabor Space - Laura Kuhlman leads
Wind Players Invited!
You're invited to a workshop presented by Cascadia Viols,
a new Oregon chapter of the Viola da Gamba Society of America.
October 17, 2015

The next workshop presented by Cascadia Viols is fast approaching! Our gathering on  Saturday, October 17  will feature Sarah Mead presenting a workshop session entitled Positively in the Mood. This promises to be a fascinating and musically fulfilling experience, and is open to both viols and soft early wind instruments .  We will gather at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave. Portland, OR 9720. Registration begins at  9:15 am , and the downbeat will occur at  10:00 am . The session will conclude at  4:30 pm . Pitch is A=440.

Please click  HERE  for the registration form and more information. If you have not already preregistered, please complete the registration and email it to  info@CascadiaViols.org  or mail it to 606 Wilbur St SE, Salem, OR, 97302. If you have any questions, please email us at  info@CascadiaViols.org . We look forward to seeing you on  Oct 17 !

At this workshop we will also be offering a special treat: 

Beginner's viol class
Learn the basics of playing the viol! Participants may experience either treble, tenor, or bass viol. We will explore the instrument, including holding the instrument, basic bow hold, and various bow strokes. The class will culminate with playing a couple of simple pieces.


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!

Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat - Don't be left out! Registration is 80% full.

Join us for a long weekend of music making in the beautiful setting of the Columbia River Gorge, April 1-4, 2016.  But you have to register early, as this event fills quickly!  Registration forms are posted HERE and waiting just for you!

Our faculty once again includes the wondrous Vicki Boeckman, music director and recorders, the fabulous Laura Kuhlman, recorders and reeds, the amazing Gayle and Phil Neuman, early winds and strings, and finally, our special guests, virtuoso recorder artist and talented teacher, Anne Timberlake and composer extraordinaire, Glen Shannon.

What are you waiting for? Join the weekend of fun!

For more information, please go to our website:

Recorder Orchestra of Oregon (ROO) 

ROO members are deep into our Fall/Winter repertoire. I must say, we have a fantastic group of dedicated players and each week the music making just gets better and better. 

We have two October rehearsals: October 12 and 26. We will have rehearsals all Mondays of November with the 30th being our dress rehearsal for the concert. 

Our first concert is scheduled for Saturday, December 5. We are still ironing out details but will let you all know very soon. The repertoire for the first concert will include some renaissance holiday favorites by Praetorius and Hassler plus Chanson de Matin by Elgar, a Russian folktune  Chant de Noël and a Mozart Minuet. It will be an evening not to miss. 

Should you or someone you know want to join this merrie band of recorder players, please feel to contact me. My email is below. 

Play on!
Laura Kuhlman

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!). Classes begin Wednesday, September 30th. Register online or at the center. For more information go online or call: 503-823-3177.

Saturday, October 17, 7:30 pm
Wildwood Consort presents, "The Leipzig Candidates: Instrumental and Vocal Music of Telemann, Graupner and Bach.Kari Ferguson, soprano; Leslie Hirsch, violin; Hannah Brewer, harpsichord; Michael Wilhite, viola da gamba and Marshall Tuttle, recorder, flute and violin.
Houseconcertspdx.org - reservations: 503.659.9956

Sunday, October 18, 7:00 pm
Same concert as above
St. Michael & All Angels Church, 1704 NE 43rd Avenue

Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 pm
Los Grillios Consort will be performing  at the Beaverton  City Library Auditorium. Los Grillios is a renaissance band. They specialize in medieval and renaissance vocal and instrumental music. Mebers include, Tony Peterson, Heather Peterson, Rocky Blakewood, Susy Wilcox, David Solet, Ken Russell, Mary Sullivan, Ron Mann and David Wilkins. More information can be found at their website

Sunday, October 25, 5 pm
Bach Cantata Vespers: Cantata 51 "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!" and Fantazia for violin, bass viol and organ. Anthony Allen, violin and Max Fuller, viola da gamba performing.
Free will offering
St. James Lutheran Church 1315 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97201 (503) 227-2439

Friday, Oct. 30, 8:00pm 
Dulcina and the ORB Singers perform "The  Witches' Dance": Renaissance music concerning the supernatural and  events of general mayhem.  Composers include Gesualdo, Johnson,  Playford, Holborne, and others, performed on recorders, dulcians,  shawms, sackbutts, douçaine, bagpipes, percussion, and voices.
Musicians: Gayle Neuman, Ben Fitch, Cindy Markham, Aage Nielsen, Laura Kulhman, and Phil Neuman.  
Location: Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis, Portland.  Admission: $15 general, $12 students, seniors, and
members of the Early Music Guild of Oregon. 
For more info write to pneumantartold@gmail.com

Saturday, Nov. 7, 7:30 pm
Musica Maestrale presents:  The Super Sammartini Brothers:
The music of Giuseppe and Giovanni Battista Sammartini
Miyo Aoki, recorder; Max Fuller, cello; Brandon Labadie, oboe and recorder; Jonathan Oddie, harpsichord
Hideki Yamaya, mandolino, theorbo, and director

Unfortunately relegated to the C-list of Baroque composers today, the brothers Sammartini, Giuseppe (1695-1750) and Giovanni Battista (c.1700-1775) were nevertheless much celebrated and highly regarded in their day. This program showcases some of the varied instruments for which the brothers wrote, and will include solo sonatas for cello, mandolino, oboe and recorder, and a concerto for keyboard.

First Christian Church,  1314 SW Park Ave, Portland
Admission: $18 general; $16 seniors; $10 students
Tickets at  www.musicamaestrale.org or at the door
There will be a wine and beer reception after the concert.

Sunday, November 8, 3:00 pm
 Nielsen, douçaine; and Jacob Breedlove, hurdy gurdy and viol, will play a house concert at 6063 NE Glisan St, Portland. Admission is $15 at the door, and seating is limited. The house is located directly behind As You Wish gift shop.
email   aage.igen@gmail.com or call  503 470 0083 for more info.

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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