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Vol.7 No. 2
October, 2013
The next playing session will be Friday, October 18th, 2013 at 7:30pm.     
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Be ready to play at 7:30pm in the Community Room of the Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland, OR.  Bring music stands and stand lights if you have them.  For more information, go to our

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All our professional coaches are available for private lessons and ensemble coaching.

  Please contact them directly for scheduling at the links below.

Vicki Boeckman

Phil Neuman

Gayle Neuman

Kim Pineda

Bryce Peltier

Welcome Phil and his Phunnies!
    Calling all recorders, reed instruments and viols!  I'm really looking forward to leading the session next Friday.  Even though Orlando di Lasso wrote 70 masses, 200 Italian madrigals,146 French chansons and nearly 100 German Lieder, he still had time to write over 700 motets and a smattering of villanellas - we'll play one of each:  a motet "A voi Guglielmo" and a villanella "Ad altre le voi dare," both which work on reed instruments as well as recorders and viols.

I'm also bringing a fabulous canzona by Giovanni Riccio entitled "La Grimaneta con il tremolo" with a fun repeated eighth note section and contrasting meters, and a chanson by Ninot le Petit, "Mon amy m'avoit promis," that works great on reeds. Then we'll do an exquisite 6 part motet "Hy sunt quos habuimus" from Codex Caioni, the extensive Transylvanian manuscript from the mid-17th century, and a transcription I did for 5 part recorder ensemble of Bill Holcombe's jazz arrangement of Stephen Foster's "Jeanie with the Light Brown
Hair" we'll dedicate to Jeanne.  I'm looking forward to seeing you there!
Phil Neuman


Upcoming Playing Sessions
October 18th - Phil Neuman conducts
November 15th - Vicki Boeckman conducts
December 20th - Bryce Peltier conducts
January 17th - Vicki Boeckman conducts

Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat 2014! 
Sunset at Menucha, Bill Stickney photo

Registration is now open for the 6th year of the Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat!  Next year's dates are March 14-17th, 2014.  Lodging in Creevey Commons is more than half full already, so mail those checks to the address on the bottom of the registration form.  Here's the link:

We're really excited about our faculty this year!  Vicki Boeckman and Phil and Gayle Neuman and Rotem Gilbert are all returning to coach, and Paul Leenhouts is joining us from the Netherlands via Texas and will whip our recorder orchestra into shape!  Did you know he was a founding member of the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Recorder Quartet in 1978 and currently directs an amazing renaissance recorder ensemble, The Royal Wind Band?


Don't forget, you receive $100 off tuition if you register by December 1st!  If you have questions, please email Zoe Tokar, Registration Coordinator at zoetabbycatz@gmail.com.


Jeanne Lynch Memorial Contrabass Recorder 

In case you missed the initial excitement, Portland Recorder Society is pleased to announce the coronation of a new Kung contrabass recorder!  The generosity of PRS board member, Boyd Osgood has allowed us to make this amazing instrument available to PRS members for check out.  It will be present at all PRS playing sessions and workshops for anyone to play and may be brought home and to other workshops by prior arrangement with Boyd.  This is an amazing opportunity to expand your playing horizons - you may find it is easier than you think to blow!  Please contact Boyd at 
bosgood@opusnet.com for more information.

Thank you Boyd!!
Autumn is here! 
It's time to renew your PRS membership!

Membership dollars pay our conductors, the Community Room rental fee, 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


~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!

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

"Nutmegs and Ginger" Renaissance Music for Autumn - violin, recorder, viola da gamba, serpent, krummhorns, racketts, tartold, cittern, curtal, and more.  Musicians: Gayle Neuman and Phil Neuman of Ensemble De Organographia.


One performance only:  -  Saturday, November 23rd at 3:00pm, 2013 at the Hillsboro Public Library, 2850 NE Brockwood Parkway, Hillsboro, OR 97124.



Oregon Renaissance Band Christmas/New Years Concerts
directed by Phil and Gayle Neuman.
Three performances:
-  Friday, December 27th at 7:30pm, 2013 at the Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis, Portland, Oregon.
-  Saturday, December 28th at 7:30pm, 2013 at the Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis, Portland, Oregon.
-  Sunday, December 29th at 
3:00pm, 2013 at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, in Gresham, Oregon.

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Online Music Lessons offered by Alexa Raine-Wright, recorder and baroque flute performer and teacher


Alexa Raine-Wright 


Online music lessons have become increasingly popular, as technology (specifically video communication) has made it easier to connect with other people across long distances.  All you need is a high-speed internet connection, a webcam, and a microphone!  There are several advantages to online lessons, including: 
  • High-quality instruction:  Due to the fact that the recorder and baroque flute are specialized instruments, many areas do not have a local teacher.  Online lessons allow students in such areas to connect with an experienced professional teacher, and receive high-quality and personalized instruction from their own home. 
  • Convenience:  Students can have lessons in the comfort and convenience of their own homes.  This is especially useful to people who: 
    • have busy schedules and do not have time to travel to their lessons 
    • live in isolated areas without access to music teachers, particularly for specialized instruments 
    • find travel difficult or have limited access to transportation 
    • are caregivers or parents and cannot leave their premises for extended periods of time
About my studio 
All levels and ages are welcome!  Since most people have no experience with online lessons, and may not be sure if it will work for them, I offer a free 30-minute trial lesson/introduction.  I have seven years of experience teaching private lessons, masterclasses and workshops across the US and Canada.  In my lessons, I tailor to each student's personal goals and unique strengths and weaknesses.  As an instructor, I am committed to helping my students discover their musical intuition, improve their technique, and better understand a variety of musical styles (such as Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, jazz, and contemporary). 
I offer: 
  • Regular (weekly) lessons on recorder or baroque flute 
  • Occasional lessons (for specific questions such as special techniques, ornamentation, arrangements, music theory, etc) 
  • Duet/ensemble coaching (regular or occasional) 
About me 
I am an active performer on recorder and baroque flute across Canada and the US, in solo concerts as well as with orchestras and chamber ensembles including Fl�te Alors!, Arion Baroque Orchestra, and Ensemble Caprice.  I hold a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Early Music Performance from McGill University, where I studied with Matthias Maute (recorder) and Claire Guimond (baroque flute).   To view my full bio, please refer to my website:  www.alexarainewright.com.

More information 
Please contact me at a.rainewright@gmail.com for information about my rates, availability, or any other questions.  Visit my website (www.alexarainewright.com) to view my full biography and upcoming concerts, or to hear some of my performances.


High-end Recorders for Sale:


*In 1999 Nicolaus von Huene appraised my then existing instruments for insurance purposes.  I have listed these values and the current prices where available. 

If anyone might be interested in any of the instruments, please contact me:  All Instruments are in excellent, well cared for condition.
Marika Frankl
5298 Cantante
Laguna Woods, CA 92637



 Appraised*/Current Value


1. von Huene A-415 alto, boxwood, after Rottenburgh #4539                      $1650/?  


2.von Huene A-415 alto, boxwood, after Denner #8036                               $1650/$2300         


3.von Huene A-415 alto, rosewood, after Rottenburgh, #11073 

newer, not appraised


4. von Huene A-440"Ganassi" soprano (Renaissance), #8819                     $650/$1100


5. Dolmetsch A-415 soprano,rosewood                                                      



6. Prescott A-440 transitional alto, boxwood purchased new from Prescott in 1999                           



7. Moeck "Stanesby" A-440 alto Indian boxwood                                        $1100/$1235


8. Moeck "Rottenburgh" A-440, soprano, ebony                                          $399/$476




Concert 9614

original green box

used only a few times

excellent condition

Amazon price: $452-459.77

Nextag price: $502

E-Bay price: $459.77 (in a case)

Asking $375 OBO



Concert 9574


original green box

excellent condition

Amazon price: $266-289.68

Nextag price: $245

E-Bay price: $150-200

Asking $175 OBO


Please contact Marcia @ 503-341-4875 or marcia.rowlandmr@gmail.com


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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