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Vol.7 No. 7
March, 2014
The next playing session will be Friday, March 21st, 2014 at 7:30pm.     
Come join us!
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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Vicki Boeckman

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Gayle Neuman

Kim Pineda

Bryce Peltier

Special March Announcements! 


Yep, this issue is really early this month, just so you're aware of a couple important things happening 'round here!  With all the excitement of the Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat, do remember to come to the March 21st playing session with Vicki Boeckman!  Same time, same place!  There won't be another reminder!


Now, did you know March is National Play the Recorder Month??!!  The American Recorder Society helps us celebrate by encouraging playing sessions, workshops, concerts, and special events, with a prize going to the most creative!  Of note is that ARS is 75 years old this year!  Why not become a member using the special discount given during March, or the  2-1 membership rate for the 75th Anniversary?  Here's the link to check it out:  AmericanRecorder.org  


We are SO lucky to have recorder virtuoso Aldo Abreu in Portland on March 16 for a FREE 4pm concert on the Lewis and Clark College campus.  See below for details.  This is from his press release:
"The program starts with unaccompanied recorder music of all eras, including music by Van Eyck, Virgiliano, Bach, Lavista and Berio. The program concludes with Vivaldi's C major concerto RV 443 for sopranino recorder and strings. The string ensemble is a quintet of members of the Portland Chamber Orchestra led by PCO concert master Andrew Ehrlich.

Award-winning performer, Aldo Abreu, has a strong tie to Lewis & Clark College and Portland Chamber Orchestra. His mother, cellist Janet Foxton, was a student at Lewis and Clark in 1956-57, during which time she took lessons with PCO founder Boris Sirpo and became a member of the Portland Chamber Orchestra and also the all women Portland Little Chamber Orchestra. This program on March 16 is presented to honor the members of the PLCO, many of whom plan to attend the event." 
Upcoming Playing Sessions
**Please note recent changes**
March 14-17th - Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat
March 21st - Vicki Boeckman conducts
April 18th - Special Guest, Laura Kuhlman, ARS President!
May 16th - Member's Night

2014 Member's Night

May 16th will be here before you know it! Do you know who your ensemble members are?  Time to start rehearsing!  We want to hear your musical gift! I think I can safely say almost anything goes...kid's groups, viol consorts, buzzy bands, singing, and of course, recorder solos, duets, trios and larger ensembles! Prepare now, and plan on a fun and low-stress performance opportunity with your friends!  All are invited, participation highly encouraged at any level!

PLEASE RSVP by May 1st to Zoe: prs@portlandrecordersociety.org
Please include the names of your group members and what pieces you will play (can be tentative). 
If you haven't already...
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


Oregon Renaissance Band - Upcoming Concerts:


Tentatively rescheduled for Friday, March 21st, 2014: ORB Sackbutts and Trombones "Trombones Before and After" Early music and 20th century music performed on tenor, bass, and contrabass sackbutts, and voice, as well as modern trombones. Music by Senfl, Pierre de la Rue, Haydn, Berlin, Nestico, Frackenpohl, and others. Musicians: David Bryan, Andy Harris, Phil Neuman, and Gayle Neuman. Bobbin' Robin concert series. Friday, March 21st, 2014, 7:00pm: 3706 Cedaroak Drive, West Linn OR. Stay tuned for date confirmation.

Friday, May 16th, 2014: Oregon Renaissance Band "Music from Beyond the Forest" An all new program of early Transylvanian music from Codex Caioni. Friday, May 16th, 7:15pm, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Portland, OR. Selections from a musical manuscript hidden in a wall of a Transylvanian monastery. Part of the CMC Family Fridays Series. 12 musicians will perform music on violin, lute, sackbutts, recorders, cornamusen, krummhorns, bagpipes, racketts, tartold, spinettino, tabor, and voices. Musicians: David Bryan, Andy Harris, Daphne Clifton, Lori Fitch, Cindy Markham, Ben Fitch, Kathryn Richer, Hideki Yamaya, Sharon Cheney, Phil Neuman, and Gayle Neuman.

The Oregon Renaissance Band, celebrating its 23rd year, specializes in the performance of 16th and early 17th century repertoire on historical instruments. They have appeared on NPR's Performance Today and performed at the Regensburg Early Music Festival in Germany.
Their new CD "Now make we joye," featuring Renaissance Christmas and other celebratory music has just been released, and their earlier CD "Carnevale!," featuring Italian carnival songs and other festive pieces, is in its second pressing. Many of the instruments played by members of ORB are built by the performers themselves after museum originals. Members include David Bryan, Sharon Cheney, Daphne Clifton, Ben Fitch, Lori Fitch, Polly Gibson, Andrew Harris, Cindy Markham, Gayle Neuman, Phil Neuman, Kathryn Richer, and Hideki Yamaya.  

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
Paid Gig Opportunity:  Beaverton International Festival is accepting applications and audition videos for it's celebration on July 26th, 2014.  A recorder consort might be just what they're looking for!  For more information, go to  http://www.beavertonoregon.gov/index.aspx?nid=986.


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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