Schedule and Classes

Schedule and Classes

Please plan on arriving for check-in at Wright Hall between 4-5pm on Friday, April 1st.  Dinner is family-style and will be served promptly at 6pm in the dining room of Wright Hall.

Evening Activities:

Friday evening at 7:30 there will be a large group playing session, led by Phil Neuman, in the Great Room of Wright Hall.  Bring recorders of all sizes (especially the large ones if you have them), viols and other strings, and soft double reed instruments.

Saturday night we will again enjoy an English Country Dance, led by a caller who knows how to make it fun for absolute beginners!  On Sunday night we’ll be honored to hear our esteemed faculty in a concert just for us.  Saturday and Sunday we’ll also have opportunities for singing madrigals, buzzy band and/or drumming circle.

Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat 2013.


Just to spark your interest, here is a sampling of classes we had at the 2015 retreat:

– “A marvelous pleasingness”: The Music of Guillaume Du Fay

– Florentine Festival Music

– “Bach By Popular Demand!”

– From Adams to Zawinul: The Roots and Branches of Jazz

– An Abundance of Boismortier

– “O magnum mysterium”: Music of Renaissance Spain

– Caioni Connection: Music of Early Transylvania

– Antique Gold and Ancient Armor: Music of Eric Satie

After your registration form and payment are received, a class selection form will be emailed to you.  Ensemble classes will include a range of music from the renaissance and baroque eras to contemporary works.   You will be asked to make a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice for each class period, taking into consideration your playing level and instruments played.  The faculty will do its best to use this information to create cohesive ensembles that will be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for all.

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be four class periods a day, with a shortened class schedule on Monday.

The retreat concludes at 3pm on Monday.