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Vol.9 No. 1
September, 2015

PRS play sessions begin! Friday, September 25, 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
Welcome to the 2015-2016 season of the Portland Recorder Society. This is going to be yet another fantastic year of music making together! Do you see the picture I have posted? It shows not only recorder players but also viol players, all playing harmoniously together. As a newbie to the viola da gamba, I am most interested in inviting viol players to come play with us. I know there are many PRS members that also play the viol. Bring those strings with you to the meeting. It is such a wonderful combination of sound. I also invite the sound of crumhorns, cornamuses and other such soft double reeds to join in the PRS playing sessions. Be sure to grab a few of those as you pack up recorders for the evening!

Our first meeting of the Portland Recorder Society will be on Friday, September 25, 2015. It is a week later because I have an ARS Board meeting in Raleigh, NC. My last meeting as President, so I guess I need to attend?! I thank you all for accommodating me on this date change. Just for that reason, I will have several treats waiting for you both in food and music but you will have to attend to find out what these can possibly be! You will not be disappointed!

Zoë Tokar will once again be leading a novice group from 8:00 - 9:00 pm on the same night. If you are learning a new recorder or just want the music to slow down a bit, Zoë will work with you on these techniques. If you know someone that has stayed away from PRS because they did not think they could "keep up", let them know we want them to come play with us again. 

There is a lot of early music happening right here in Portland and PRS wants to let you know all about it. Please read on and be sure to share with anyone you who loves the recorder!

See you all come
Friday, September 25, 7 p.m., Tabor Space dining room!
Play on!
Laura Kuhlman


Upcoming Playing Sessions

Friday, September 25, 7 pm at Tabor Space - Laura Kuhlman leads
Friday, October 16, 7 pm at Tabor Space - Phil Neuman leads
Friday, November 20, 7 pm at Tabor Space - Laura Kuhlman leads

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, 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 - Register Oct. 1st!

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 will be posted HERE at the end of September.

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 guest, virtuoso recorder artist and talented teacher, Anne Timberlake.

For more information, please go to our website:

Recorder Orchestra of Oregon (ROO) 

And the season begins!

As I said last newsletter, ROO rocked it out at our first concert and we will do it again this year! The Recorder Orchestra of Oregon had its first rehearsal on August 31 and with the sounds we made, I know it is going to be a full season of excellent music making.

I would like to welcome new members Cindy Markham and Diane Ellison to our family. I would like to thank and unfortunately say good-bye (for now) to Sharon Cheney, Janet Bebb and Eugene Gilden for their support and superb contributions to ROO. We will miss you and know you are welcome back at any time!

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.

Wednesday, Sept. 30th, 12:30pm (to 1:20) 
The new early group Dulcina performs a variety of 15th and 16th century music for douçaines, recorders, vielle, rebec, racketts, sordune, and voice.  Composers include Du Fay, Goudimel, Obrecht, and Agricola.  Musicians are Laura Kuhlman, Gayle Neuman, Aage Nielsen, and Phil Neuman.  
Location: Mago Hunt Center Recital Hall at University of Portland, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland.  
Admission free; visitor pass needed if you park on campus.  
For more info write to pneumantartold@gmail.com

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.

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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