Vicki Boeckman, Music Director
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.
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Laura Kuhlman, President of the American Recorder Society and the new Music Director of the Portland Recorder Society, returns to join the faculty at CGEMR. Laura is one of the most fun and enthusiastic leaders of the recorder community today. During her previous years at CGEMR, she fell in love with Oregon and its early 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.
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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.
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Anne has received awards from the American Recorder Society and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and was awarded a Fulbright Grant. With Musik Ekklesia, Anne has recorded for the Sono Luminus label.
Anne is a founding member of the ensemble Wayward Sisters, specializing in music of the early baroque. In 2011, Wayward Sisters won Early Music America’s Naxos Recording Competition. Wayward Sisters released their debut CD on the Naxos label in 2014.
Anne enjoys teaching as well as playing. In addition to maintaining private and online studios in St. Louis, MO, Anne has coached through Indiana University’s Pre-College Recorder Program, the Amherst Early Music Festival, the San Francisco Early Music Society, the Virginia Baroque Performance Institute, Mountain Collegium, and for numerous ARS chapters.
In his own words…
“I grew up near Buffalo, NY, the third of five. The Middle Child. My older brother and sister are also musicians – my sister Tammy is an excellent guitarist and songwriter playing since she was seven, about the same time my brother Sean got his first drumset. Now he is a professional drummer and owns sound recording studios outside Orlando. Sean also writes and records original country music in his recording studio, and has a self-produced CD out. My younger sister Erin is a musician and writer in Upstate New York, and the youngest sister, Meghan, is a veterinarian in Colorado.
The first time I encountered a recorder was in third grade, when everyone had to learn it. The school used it as a litmus test of musical aptitude, which then helped determine who would be in the school band. I was a natural at it (at least compared to the other kids) and joined the band the next year as the first-chair clarinet. It wasn’t until years later that I learned there were any other sizes of recorder besides the soprano!
My musical training consists of spending my teen years learning volumes of JS Bach’s work by heart, and a couple theory classes while an undergrad at Cornell University (class of ’88). Bach’s preludes, fantasias, toccatas and fugues for organ were my particular favorites and at age twelve I started writing music which emulated his style. Of course it wasn’t exactly *stellar*, but you have to start somewhere, right? Since then I’ve refined my own style of composing – now that I know some of the rules, I like to break them with impunity.
In addition to composing music I am also involved with the East Bay Recorder Society, where I was the President for three years, and now I’m the keeper of the chapter music library, and I also heckle at chapter meetings.
I actually have a nice day job at a small graphics company in San Francisco called TransPacific Digital, which specializes in digital prepress, graphics and web design in East Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean). Usually the non-Asian multilingual projects come to me; in addition to the “standard” languages that come through, recently I’ve done some fun projects in Arabic, Hebrew, Russian and Kazakh.”