Who We Are

The Portland Recorder Society is made up of enthusiastic amateur recorder players at all levels of experience. If you played soprano recorder in grade school, or if you have a great bass at the ready in your living room, you can join us! Our mission is to share the joy of making music together, promote recorder playing, and have fun doing it!

PRS couldn’t function without the dedication of it’s board members and professional conductors. Meet them below:


Board Members

Susan Campbell,


Diane Ellison,

Vice Chair

Susy Wilcox,

David Solet,

Laura Kuhlman,

Music Director


Boyd laughing

Zoe Tokar,

CGEMR Administrator

Boyd Osgood, Membership


Music Director

Laura Kuhlman

CGEMR 2012Laura Kuhlman, Past-President of the American Recorder Society, is one of the most fun and enthusiastic leaders of the recorder community today.  During her years at the Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat, she fell in love with Oregon and its music community.  How lucky we are that she has chosen to make Portland her new home!

Laura has enjoyed a career in music that started as early as fourth grade, when she received her first flute. Since then it has been a love affair with music that has spanned many years and just as many genres. Laura obtained an A.A. degree from Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri and a B.Music degree from Pittsburg State University, in Pittsburg, Kansas. She has studied with flute teachers Charles Delaney, John MacKay and John Fonville. Early music instructors have included Marion Verbrüggen, Frans Brüggen, Robert Wiemken and Joan Kimball.


Laura has enjoyed freelance partnerships with several early music ensembles in the Chicago area and is a founder of the Milwaukee Renaissance Band. Laura specializes on shawms, dulcians, crumhorns, recorders and an occasional bagpipe. She is the former music director for the West Suburban Early Music Society and is currently President of the American Recorder Society. Laura sits on the Board of the Madison Early Music Festival and is an instructor at many early music workshops throughout the nation.  When she is not playing her instruments, Laura indulges in bicycle touring and exploring the great Pacific Northwest.

To contact Laura:  shawm1550@gmail.com


Guest Conductors

Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat 2010.

Vicki Boeckman, Guest Conductor, PRS Music Director 2007-2014.

Vicki Boeckman has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Scandinavia, England, Scotland and Germany, and has appeared on countless productions for Danish and Norwegian radio and television. Her recordings can be heard on the Kontra Punkt, Classico, Da Capo, Horizon, Musical Heritage America, Paula, Kadanza, and Primavera labels.

Vicki resided in Denmark from 1981-2004.  While there she taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen for 12 years, and at the Ishøj Municipal School of Music for 23 years. Together with colleague Dorte Lester she co-founded a regional recorder orchestra for children and young adults which continues to flourish and grow. In great demand as a teacher here in the United States, Vicki coaches and teaches at workshops and seminars all over the country. She has taught in Arizona, California, Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon and Washington, and British Columbia. She has been on the faculty of the Music Center of the Northwest in Seattle since February 2005, and also an integral leader of the Seattle Recorder Society for many years.  Vicki was Music Director for the Portland Recorder Society from 2007-2014.

In the Seattle area, Vicki has been a featured soloist with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra and the Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra. She is a returning guest with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, the Gallery Concerts Series with harpsichordist Jillon Stoppels Dupree, the Northwest Girl Choir, and the Medieval Women’s Choir led by Margriet Tindemans.

Vicki was co-founder of two Danish-based ensembles: Opus 4, who concentrates on performing trio sonatas from the 17th and 18th centuries, and Wood’N’Flutes, a recorder trio playing works spanning the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Wood’N’Flutes has commissioned and premiered several works by Danish composers.  Since 2003 they have been invited back to the United States three times to perform and teach in Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington State. Vicki continues to perform with these ensembles abroad as often as she can.  Wood’N’Flutes recently recorded a new cd entitled, Woodworks with contemporary works by Danish composers, which was nominated for a Danish grammy in the category of contemporary chamber music recordings. For additional information, consult Vicki’s website at www.vickiboeckman.com.

To contact Vicki: vickiboeckman@comcast.net




Philip Neuman, Guest Conductor

Philip Neuman, a performer on recorder, sackbut, and numerous other wind and string instruments, co-founded and co-directs the Oregon Renaissance Band, which has performed for the Regensburg Early Music Festival and recorded the CD “Carnevale.” He has produced and recorded seven CD’s for Pandourion Records including “French Music of the 14th Century,” “Music of the Ancient Greeks,” and “The One-Horse Open Sleigh.” He has written and recorded for productions by Oregon Public Broadcasting. He has played for audiences on three continents, including performances at several ancient theatre sites in Greece.

He has taught Recorder, Renaissance Winds, and Loud Band Classes at the Community Music Center in Portland since 1981. He teaches Counterpoint and Orchestration at the University of Portland and Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Music History at Marylhurst University. Philip is a member of the Trail Band, has performed under the baton of Christopher Hogwood and Nicolas McGeegan, recorded with the American Bach Soloists, and has played in the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, The Chicago Chorale, Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra, and Spiritus Collective. He has composed, arranged and transcribed over a thousand works for recorder ensemble, brass ensemble, and symphonic wind ensemble, including “Theme and Variations” that won 1st place in the San Francisco Recorder Composition Competition.

To contact Phil: pneumantartold@gmail.com

Early Music Guild of Oregon: www.emgo.org