CGEMR Faculty

CGEMR 2012Laura Kuhlman, Music Director

Laura Kuhlman is a recent transplant to Portland from Chicago, Illinois, where she has spent many years as a freelance musician. From Bach to Broadway, Laura has enjoyed partnerships with several early music ensembles including the Burgundian Ensemble, Masqued Phoenix, and the Too Early Consort. In 2011, Laura performed with members of Lizodes in Ecuador and in 2012 with members of Piffaro for the Washington DC Revels. Laura has performed with theatre orchestras in the Chicago area, including Pheasant Run, Oak Park & River Forest Stage Productions. Laura is currently music director for the Portland Recorder Society and the Recorder Orchestra of Oregon. She is the recent past President of the national American Recorder Society.  Laura also organizes the Indiana Early Double Reed Workshop and the Whitewater Early Music Festival, and has taught at the Kalamazoo Recorder Workshop and the San Francisco Recorder Workshop. Along with Dulcina and the Cascadia Loud Band in Portland, Oregon, Laura performs with Project Zeffiro Reniassance Wind Band in Albany, California.

To contact Laura:  shawm1550@gmail.com

WebVicki Boeckman

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.

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 recorded a 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

 

Gayle and Philip Neuman

Gayle Stuwe Neuman, a performer on violin, recorder, sackbut, and many other instruments, is also a vocalist who has received international acclaim for her renditions of the “Song of Seikilos”, the “Chorus from Orestes”, and others upon the release of Ensemble De Organographia’s “Music of the Ancient Greeks”, now in its seventh pressing. Several of the tracks from that recording have also appeared in the Norton Scores CD Anthology and numerous films and television programs. She has performed for audiences in the U.S., Japan, Israel, Turkey, Greece, Canada, Norway, Germany, and for members of the royal family in Jordan.

She cofounded and co-directs the Oregon Renaissance Band, now in its 17th season. Gayle is a member of the Trail Band and performs with Cappella Romana and the Portland Baroque Orchestra Chorus. She has played under the baton of Monica Huggett and Ton Koopman. She teaches Recorder and Renaissance Song Classes at Portland’s Community Music Center, and Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Music History at Marylhurst University. She has given workshops and presentations at many institutions including Oberlin Conservatory, Rice University, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Getty Museum. She has built with her husband Philip over 400 early wind and stringed instruments, including crumhorns, corna musen, racketts, and vielles.

Philip Neuman, a performer on recorder, sackbut, and numerous other wind and string instruments, cofounded 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 cds 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 or Gayle Neuman: neuman@emgo.org

 

Frances Feldon 2017 photoFrances Feldon

Frances Feldon is quite sure she was a troubadour in a former life; in her present existence, she performs on baroque flute and recorder, and is a conductor, educator, and arranger. She has performed with American Bach Soloists, California Bach Society, Sonoma Bach, Ensemble Mirabile, and in conjunction with the Berkeley Early Music Festival. Ms. Feldon was a recipient of the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology recorder residency. She is music director of the baroque/contemporary chamber music ensemble Flauti Diversi, and a principal conductor for The Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra. She teaches recorder and baroque flute privately and is a regular conductor and faculty member at recorder workshops throughout North America, and has taught at UC Davis and Indiana University. She directed the San Francisco Early Music Society’s Recorder Workshop for nearly twenty years. Ms. Feldon has conducted her recorder orchestra arrangements of Gershwin and Ellington classics at international recorder festivals and writes about jazz recorder players for the magazine American Recorder. Dr. Feldon received a Doctor of Music in collegium directing at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute. Flauti Diversi recently released its CD of Joseph Bodin de Boismortier’s complete Opus 37 trio sonatas for baroque flute, viola da gamba and chamber organ (available on CDBaby and Amazon).

 

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Bob Wiemken

Bob Wiemken began his musical life as a French hornist many years ago and continued pursuing modern brass for some 18 years. Eventually, however, he became inexplicably enamored of the double-reed instruments and leapt at the chance to begin playing early reeds in the Collegium while a graduate student in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania. That began a long love affair with medieval through early Baroque double-reed instruments that has only crescendoed over the past 27 years of playing, exploring, studying, maintaining, servicing and, above all, making reeds for shawms, dulcians, bassoon, krumhorns and more, for himself and many others. As Artistic Co-Director of Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, he has performed worldwide, recorded extensively, built over 100 programs of Renaissance and early Baroque music and commissioned new works for early winds and chorus. He has been very fortunate to perform with many of the world’s leading early music ensembles, in festivals in North and South America and throughout Europe, and in spaces contemporary with the music that helped him define the role, sound and capabilities of double reeds in historic performance settings. He is an eager and well-appreciated teacher and lecturer in college and university settings, having directed the Early Music Ensembles at the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University for 20 years, bringing the world of Medieval and Renaissance music, instruments and practice to emerging modern players. He also teaches regularly at festivals and workshops throughout the country, and is the artistic advisor for the Madison Early Music Festival and artistic director and teacher for the Indiana Early Double Reed Workshop. Currently, in addition to his performing, researching, recording and educating responsibilities, he continues to attempt to plumb the depths of early reed technique in an effort to understand the mysteries of these glorious instruments.