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Vol.10 No. 2
October, 2016

The next PRS playing session is on
 Friday, October 21st, 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 Guest Conductor, Phil Neuman

Gee Phil, I didn't know you had a tail!

I'm really looking forward to directing the PRS session on October 21st. Escape the campaign ads and come spend a fun evening at Taborspace harmonizing with fellow music lovers! Bring recorders, strings, and reed instruments, and I'll even have a piece that works on bagpipes along with other instruments.

For this session I'll bring a generous admixture of pieces in a variety of styles that will range from the early Renaissance to the 20th century. We'll start with two wonderful French chansons by the illustrious Heinrich Isaac whose passing 500 years ago will be celebrated by a special performance by the Oregon Renaissance Band on March 26, 2017. These are "Je ne me puis vivre" and the humorous "Mon pere m'a doné mari," which work great on reeds, recorders and strings. Then we'll read a set of variations on the hauntingly beautiful melody "Star of the County Down" (also known as "Kingsfold") by Wilfred Roberts.

Next we'll read a new arrangement I did of Bart Howard's jazz standard "Fly Me to the Moon," first recorded by Kaye Ballard in 1954. It was originally titled "In Other Words," but later the composer was convinced to change the title. After that, we'll read through the amazing Suite in F Major for recorders and basso continuo by the baroque German composer Christian Friedrich Witt, some of whose works were so highly regarded that they were wrongly attributed to J. S. Bach. This particular piece is one of the few in existence that actually specifies the use of tenor recorder ("Flauto Taillo.")

After all that, what session would be complete without a piece featuring bagpipes? We'll play two dance tunes from John Playford's 1651 The English Dancing Master: "The New Exchange" and "Grimstock." Bagpipes, reeds, recorders, strings and percussion are all welcome. Note to the bagpipers: the melody fits on a c' - d" chanter with a D drone; contact me if you would like to see the music ahead of time.

Can there be any doubt that fun will be had by all? No, I say - hope to see you there!

~ Phil

Upcoming Playing Sessions

Friday, October 21st, 7 pm at Tabor Space - Phil Neuman leads
Friday, November 18th, 7 pm at Tabor Space - Laura Kuhlman leads
Friday, December 16th, 7pm at Tabor Space - Miyo Aoki leads
Friday, January 20th, 7pm at Tabor Space - Laura Kuhlman leads 
Approve Your Slate of Officers!
October is the month to say "Aye!" and give your vote of confidence to our hard working Portland Recorder Society board.  Here's who volunteer many hours of their time to help make PRS the wonderful community that it is.  Formal approval will take place at the PRS session on Friday, October 21st.

Chair of the Board:  Susan Campbell 
Vice-Chair:  Diane Ellison

Secretary:  Susy Wilcox

Treasurer:  David Solet

Members at large:   Laura Kuhlman (Music Director), Boyd Osgood (Membership),  Zoe Tokar (CGEMR Administrator).


Yep, it's time to renew your PRS membership!

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, David Solet, 5323 NE 29th Ave, Portland, OR 97211.


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 is FULL!

Please go to our website to be added to the waiting list.  Click here:   CGEMR WAITING LIST

Recorder Orchestra of Oregon (ROO) 
Concert Announcement

Join us on Saturday, November 19th at 6pm in the Sanctuary at TaborSpace for ROO's fall concert.  Admission is by free-will donation.  Program includes renaissance music and contemporary classics!

Early Music Goes to Hollywood!

Gayle and Phil Neuman recorded music on ancient instruments including kithara and kroupezon for the Paramount/MGM movie "Ben Hur," which opened on August 19th in theaters. Stay for the credits!

Members of the Oregon Renaissance Band (Daphne Clifton, Lori Fitch, Gayle and Phil Neuman) appear in the recent movie "Buddymoon" directed by Alex Simmons, starring David Giuntolli (Grimm) and Flula Borg. The group appears somewhat unexpectedly in the 'wilds' of Mt. Hood playing 2 pieces by Anthony Holborne on recorders. It premiered in July of 2016. The film, which also stars Claire Coffee, Jeanne Syquia, and Brian T. Finney, is distributed by Orion, and is available on Itunes.
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
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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.

Portland Baroque Orchestra Concert:
"Breathtaking - A Voice and Cornetto Entwined"

This October we launch PBO's new chamber music series with a few dear friends you have not seen in years and a very special program called Breathtaking - A Voice and Cornetto Entwined on October 28 & 29. Bruce Dickey has been responsible, more than anyone else, for reviving the cornetto and raising it to the level of a virtuoso solo instrument. Rising star, Czech soprano Hana Blazikova had the cornetto and its bright, slightly metallic sweetness as a model for her vocal sound from the time she began singing. Once Dickey and Blazíková began collaborating, they realized they were uniquely poised to explore the affinities of the instrument with the voice. The result is Breathtaking - also featuring Monica Huggett and Grammy® Award-winning director and lutenist Stephen Stubbs.


The Western Early Keyboard Association Presents
The Road to Hamburg with Mark Brombaugh, Harpsichord
Reed College Performing Arts Building, Portland, Oregon.   Saturday, November 12, 2016 -  2pm

Join us for an afternoon exploring keyboard music of the17th-century! Mark Brombaugh visits Portland to showcase works by Weckmann, Reincken, Buxtehude, Böhm, Frescobaldi, Louis Couperin and Froberger, performed on harpsichords in the Reed College Early Keyboard Collection.

Mark Brombaugh is Co-Director of Music Ministries at Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma, a position he shares with his wife, the Rev. Kathryn Nichols. He has been a faculty member in organ, harpsichord and church music at the University of Oregon, Westminster Choir College and the University of Illinois, and has served churches in several states. He holds degrees from Oberlin College, the University of Louisville, and Yale University.

Dr. Brombaugh's concert appearances as organist and harpsichordist have taken him throughout the United States. As a clinician he has led workshops and master classes for the American Guild of Organists, Presbyterian Association of Musicians and the Hymn Society of America. He has been Curator of Organs at Westminster Choir College and consultant for numerous churches. Dr. Brombaugh is Immediate Past-Dean of the Tacoma Chapter, American Guild of Organists and past national secretary of the Organ Historical Society.

Students/Faculty/Staff of Reed College - Free | WEKA Members - $10
Regular Admission - $25 Student Admission - $15
For more information see:  http://wekaweb.org

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

For sale:
Moeck Renaissance Consort Recorders, alto and soprano.  These matching recorders are nearly brand new and little used.   They are pitched at 440, use renaissance fingering (except baroque closed fingering for g and d), and have meantone tuning. Hard case, renaissance fingering chart and maintenance kit included.  $1100.
Reply to scampportland@gmail.com or  Susan Campbell  503-288-4024


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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