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Vol.10 No. 1
September, 2016

PRS playing sessions begin again
 Friday, September 16th, 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
Ah, the smell of Autumn is in the air...not really but it sounded like a nice opener! The sound of recorders will be filling the air in just a short time and I am looking forward to seeing so many of you once again. I look forward to hearing what everyone was up to and maybe even a picture or two.

This Friday, September 16th at 7:00 pm will be the opening of our very own Portland Recorder Society season. And this is a banner year for PRS! We are 10 years young and there are some exciting events being planned, starting with our opening playing session at Tabor Space.

We will begin the night nice and easy with music by Susan Lindvall, organist and composer from Minnesota. I found arrangements she made while teaching at a Wisconsin workshop and immediately fell in love with them. Titles will include  Ash Grove, Simple Gifts, Amazing Grace and even  Scarborough Fair. The arrangements are very imaginative and I am sure will become a staple in any recorder ensemble book.

After a short break we will come back together and revel in the music of Thomas Weelkes, 1576 - 1623, an English composer and organist whose works were mostly vocal but will sound even more marvelous on recorders. Who could resist tunes like:   Strike it Up Tabor, As deadly serpents lurking, Since Robin Hood or the ever popular, Those spots upon my Lady's face . You will not want to miss these musical gems and more. 

As always come prepared with a stand, a light if you think you need more, a pencil, your instruments and a willingness to have some good ol' recorder fun. Soft double reeds and strings of all sizes are most welcome. If you want music ahead of time, please shoot me an email.   Please remember your checkbook for renewing your annual membership to PRS ($40). 

Those of you interested in a little more socializing are welcome to follow me down the street from Tabor Space to the Horse Brass Pub. Not a requirement but it will be fun!

I am so looking forward to see you all. Questions? Concerns? Give me a call or drop me an email.

Play on...
Upcoming Playing Sessions

Friday, September 16th, 7 pm at Tabor Space - Laura Kuhlman leads
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

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 - Register Oct. 1st!

Join us for a long weekend of music making in the beautiful setting of the Columbia River Gorge, March 17-20th, 2017.  But you have to register early, as this event fills quickly!  

**NEW** this year:  ONLINE REGISTRATION!!  Follow this link to get there (active October 1st or thereafter):   CGEMR REGISTRATION

This year we welcome our very own esteemed Laura Kuhlman as Music Director as well as the wondrous Vicki Boeckman, the amazing Gayle and Phil Neuman, and our special guests, Miyo Aoki from Seattle and Alison Melville from Toronto, Canada.  Both our special guests are incredible recorder player and educators; please enjoy these YouTube videos as an introduction:

Miyo Aoki: 
Sammartini Sonata for recorder in d minor
Sammartini Sonata for recorder in d minor

Alison Melville:
Ensemble Polaris w/Alison Melville
Ensemble Polaris w/Alison Melville

For lots more information, please go to our website:

Recorder Orchestra of Oregon (ROO) 

With the opening of the PRS year comes the beginning of rehearsals for the ROO. Emails and music have been sent to the very talented players. Our first rehearsal will be at my home and on Sunday, September 18 from 6:00 - 8:30.

We are small but mighty this first half of the season but I know all of you will rise to the occasion and present a beautifully crafted concert on Saturday, November 19 at 6:00 pm. The place will be announced in the October newsletter.

This is a superb group of recorder players and the concert will have something for everyone. Mark you calendars now.

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
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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.
Cascadia Viols presents a very special concert:

Fêtes Galantes - A Baroque Celebration
with Tina Chancey, Pardessus de Viole
John Mark Rozendaal, bass de Viole
Webb Wiggins, Harpsichord

Friday, September 16, 2016, 8:00pm
First Christian Church 1314 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR
$20 general admission; $15 students and seniors

Viol Workshop: Saturday, September 17, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Avenue, Portland, OR

It sounds like a story from The Voice, a shy instrument treated like a poor step-child comes into its own and blows the competition away. But that's what happened to the pardessus de viole, a small baroque string instrument invented for wealthy women amateurs who would NEVER be seen playing the violin. Why did this little fiddle spark such a Cinderella story? You'll understand if you come to Fétes Galantes: A Baroque Celebration. Tina Chancey has brought three tiny, antique string instruments, plus musicians John Mark Rozendaal on viol and Webb Wiggins on harpsichord, to recreate the heady atmosphere of Versailles. They're playing music by Couperin, Marais, Corelli, as well as the first modern performance of Forqueray's fiendishly difficult bass viol suites, all on pardessus.

Cascadia Viols is the newest chapter of the Viola da Gamba Society of America. Its mission is to encourage the appreciation, study, and performance of the Viola da Gamba and related music in Oregon and SW Washington. www.cascadiaviols.org.


Oregon Renaissance Band and Singers will present two house concerts on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9. It will be an Octoberfest of music by Weelkes, Hassler, Bassano and more. We will also be premiering the newly built Bassanello instruments (alto, tenor and bass). "Invented" by Giovanni Bassano, of the famous Bassano musical family, these unique instruments were the last step before the baroque oboe became the standard. Nowhere else in the world will you find these instruments! There will be recorders, violin, voices and bagpipes to round out an afternoon of musical delights. Wine and small bites to follow the concert.

Visit the EMGO website for further information and tickets. It is an afternoon not to be missed!

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


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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